This September, we visited Design junction and were immediately impressed by the quality of the products on show. In particular, we loved the simplicity and detailing from product designer Sara Mellone and wanting to know more we asked:
How would you describe your approach to design?
We always try to make designs that use the material in a very efficient way. Often there are no or very little off cuts. It’s always about finding interesting solutions how parts come together. The connections are different to the usual idea of just using screws or nails. We always design furniture that is really easy to assemble and doesn’t require any handcraft knowledge. We try to design simple and minimalistic pieces that you will hopefully still like in 10 or 20 years.
Who were your design hero/ heroines?
I’m a big Dieter Rams fan. I would say he was one of the first designers who tried to create absolute timeless pieces. Everybody knows his famous sentence‚ ' Form follows function‘. I think that's a really good guideline. But I also really like works from Stefan Diez or the Japanese design studio Nendo. It’s always inspiring to see what other designers do.
Where can we buy your products?
You can order straight through my website saramellone.com by just sending me a short email or through online shops like Clippings.com or MONOQI.com.
Our inspiration can stem from many things, as you can see shape and form inspire us. Above one of our mood boards, with the Arne Jacobson drop chair which is perfect in shape, combined with the leather detailing results in a beautiful product. A flower with it's delicate lines and some geometric tiles that can be made into a unique pattern by moving the positions.
We work with an Italian tannery that supply our beautiful vegetable tanned leathers a more natural process of tanning leather, which is Chrome free. These full grain leathers have no synthetic covering and are sensitively finished with oils and waxes. Vegetable tan leathers darken and develop with exposure to light, and this natural aging process gradually enhances the personality of your bag.
Take care not to over-fill your bag as this will cause it to loose shape and weaken the handles over time. When you’re not using your bag, stuff it with bubble wrap - it doesn’t attract the moths like tissue paper - and store it in the provided dust bag. Leather is like skin and needs to be looked after - dependent on your use we recommend once to twice a year to use a natural beeswax to keep the leather protected. Babywipes are good for keeping the leather clean, never scrub it, but gently buff the surface.