William Warren

London based product and furniture designer
Domestic Products

Dangerous Rug

The ‘Dangerous’ rug is a nostalgic link with my childhood, a time when everything could be a game. I often had to travel around the room without touching the floor because of the crocodiles.

The rug was launched at a solo show in Tokyo called ‘Lovable, Alternative Folk Design, during their design week in December 2007.

Link to rug on Trico’s website

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Two Timer Frame

A photo frame for two photographs that employs the action of turning a portrait face down when you’re up to something you don’t want it to see. The dovetail wood working joint makes associations to lovebirds and ‘fitting neatly’; appropriate connections with the mythologies of complicated love lives.

The pictures are installed by sliding the dovetail joint along which exposes the one open side to the frame.

The picture frame was developed for the exhibition ‘Them Indoors’ at the Geffrye Museum. 2005.

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Chinese Whispers

Willow pattern is a common English crockery design that has been popular for over two hundred years. The pattern originates from China and was ‘interpreted’ by Europeans. This version is now it is manufactured in Japan. The design has traveled backward and forward with a suitable amount of development with each trip, like the game of Chinese whispers.

The ceramics are produced in the usual way, with transfers applied to standard white ceramics, but this time with each piece ‘wearing’ the…

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Wipe Mirror


This is an early example of process led product design. I started this project in 2001.

I wiped stop-out varnish onto mirrors and allowed the varnish to run as it dried. The mirrors were later emersed in a bath of sugar acid, which etched into the glass that was not protected with varnish. The mirrors were then cleaned of varnish to reveal a series of unique patterns that resemble condensation. The design now produced in Japan by screen printing in a…

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Indent Crockery

One of my early experiments with manufacturing intervention combined with narrative from 2000. The crockery was produced by a well-known ceramics factory in Stoke on Trent where I was allowed to interrupt the production line in mid flow. I sat and bit the plates myself as they were produced, leaving them to continue through production to be picked up in quality control.

The final result appears as if someone has been so hungry that they have tried to eat the plates.

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Fold Cutlery

Cutlery that has been laser cut and formed in stainless steel. Produced in a limited batch of fifty sets.

The Fold cutlery set is one of a range of laser cut stainless steel products I developed after graduating from my silver-smithing course. The range included salad servers, egg cup and spoon, napkin rings and coasters as well as the fob off key-rings now produced by Trico. All the pieces have a underlying concern with the use of off cuts which I…

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Manila Letter Box

Produced by a C.N.C. punching and folding machine, in sheet steel, using the dimensions and construction language of manila envelopes.

Designed in collaboration with Carl Clerkin.

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Drunk Wine Glass

This design grew from the observation that when identical objects roll off the production line, it is the mistakes that have more quality and personality.

With the difficult craft of glassblowing, the more skilled you are, the more perfect or identical your blown pieces will be. The better you are at the craft, the more your output will look like a machine had produced them. It seems a shame that one of the aims of the skill is to hide itself.


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Emir Products

This was our first project with Emir. We developed designs for a mitre breadboard, salt and pepper holder, a meat mallet, a toilet roll holder and a series of coat hooks.

The mitre breadboard help with the cutting of bread at 90 and 45 degrees. The ability to cut bread straight has always been a competitive sport in my family. The salt and pepper holder is a cross between a marking out guage and an oil stone box. Both standard Emir…

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