Clive and Tina Bullivant

Professional in Kitchenware Design.

About Clive and Tina Bullivant

Clive and Tina Bullivant started 'Lovemirror-mirror' in August 2013 to draw on their backgrounds as designers and silversmiths. They chose to work specifically in Pewter, a traditional material for art metalwork making their products more accessible to a wider audience. Their work is characterized be richness of ornament and decorative use of supporting materials. Pieces make eye-catching use of colour both in stones and crystals used and in the organza backings applied to their products.

  • Winner of 8 A' Design Awards.
  • 5-Time Winner of Kitchenware Design Award.
  • Specialized in Kitchenware Design.
  • 8 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
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Masquerade Make-up mirrors

Masquerade Make-up mirrors

Art Design

Bear Hug Bottle chiller/Ice bucket

Bear Hug Bottle chiller/Ice bucket

Kitchenware Design

Oceana Make-up mirrors

Oceana Make-up mirrors

Art Design

Urchin  Table Cruet/Condiment Set

Urchin Table Cruet/Condiment Set

Kitchenware Design

ONE GOOD TERN Mortar and Pestle with strainer

ONE GOOD TERN Mortar and Pestle with strainer

Kitchenware Design

Humming Bird Salad Dressing Set

Humming Bird Salad Dressing Set

Kitchenware Design

Room Hub Occasional table and storage unit

Room Hub Occasional table and storage unit

Furniture Design

Pit Stop Table Pepper Mill/Shaker

Pit Stop Table Pepper Mill/Shaker

Kitchenware Design


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Interview with Clive and Tina Bullivant

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
I always wanted to be a designer even when I was in school. I have a flair for drawing but first became truly focused when I encountered metal work for the first time. This lead to me exploring a whole range of materials to my bachelors degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
I work in partnership with my wife, we have both always been freelance designers working to commission. We recently started CNBconcepts which aims to provide concept development for entrepreneurial innovators
What is "design" for you?
It’s become a cliché to say you only notice good design by its absence which puts an emphasis on operation and functionality, I believe it goes further than this. Good design should also provoke an emotional response, a connection between the product and the user increasing its desirability enormously. I also think we have an increasingly sophisticated user base ready to make that connection.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I like decorative pieces and retain a love of the refined functionality of silverware.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
My most favourite design was created to recognise 50 years of the design classic the 'Bic Crystal' pen. It is called 'Rags to Riches' and utilizes the spent plastic barrels of the pens as a structural component for a desk/table centre and flower holder. It uniquely brings an often neglected disposable product together with precious materials to form something unique and different.
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
In my early career I worked in graphics and advertising and my first design work was to produce the logo and corporate identity for a property developer.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
My favourite material would have to be metal. I get great personal joy from working it by hand or machine, both hot and cold, and I have become a huge fan of using new technologies such as laser cutting and welding to realise products with high precision.
When do you feel the most creative?
I feel most creative when surrounded by inspirational objects and when talking to other creative people.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
Aesthetics and visual impact have always been my main focus. It is after all what provokes the initial, emotional response from a user.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
I find designing exhilarating and exciting. I can get lost in a my work and lose track of time and the world around me.
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
I always feel a sense of achievement, but have yet to be entirely satisfied with a design. I will always find some aspect I could re-do differently.
What makes a design successful?
A good design has to fulfill a need whilst being economical and ethical. Whilst doing this it must provoke an emotional response in the user, it has to have desirability and longevity.
When judging a design as good or bad, which aspects do you consider first?
The quality of materials and manufacture and the overall aesthetic. It goes without saying that it has to do the job it was designed for.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
I strongly believe that designers should be leading the way on ethical issues. Modern technologies are allowing us to re-use and recycle much of the material we employ in products and this must be a prime consideration for any designer. My own experience in teaching has proven that design and designers have an important role to play in educating consumers and guiding them towards a sustainable future. With increasing access to new energy efficient technologies and a broader understanding of how and where materials are sourced we really have no excuse.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
I believe that designs are becoming increasingly innovative both in the way they solve problems and the technologies that are employed in production. Perhaps for consumers the pressure of technological change and the bombardment of brands and products have resulted in a trend towards 'retro' design. I don't think this is a bad thing as it forces individuals to reappraise classic design periods and we have the opportunity to do things differently with our current understanding of modern materials and manufacturing techniques.
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
I last exhibited in a group exhibition for the Goldsmiths' Company Craft and Design Council in February 2011 at Goldsmith' Hall, London. I have no firm plans for my next exhibition at the moment.
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
The principle source of inspiration for my designs is the natural world. I enjoy being outdoors and draw from the shapes and forms of animals and plants, and the rich colours and textures I find there. In contrast I am also fascinated by the made world and iconic architecture and engineering in particular.
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
I would like to think that I produce elegance in my designs with the forms of products themselves being ornamental rather than relying on applied decoration. I always try to achieve balance and harmony in my designs whether they are free in form or derived from a more geometrical source.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in England which of course has a rich history of it's own which has always benefited from migrations from the near continent. It is difficult and wrong to generalise about design in my country but I would say for me that our architects have lead the way in grasping the opportunities that modern living present. There are of course very notable exceptions and we have outstanding product design companies however when visiting trade fairs I too often see run of the mill products presented as the best of British which rely on some contemporary surface decoration to make them in anyway different. I certainly feel more that my more flambuoyant approach is more suited to cultures further south in mainland europe.
How do you work with companies?
I am happy to work on individual projects and submit work to competitive briefs. I also use a range of professional contacts to be able to offer more substantial product development if required.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
You have to look at a designers portfolio and choose in the knowledge of their style. It is also important to prepare the designer thoroughly with the expectations and constraints on their work, preferably in face to face meetings.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
I have always drawn extensively for it's own sake. I have built up a resource that I turn to for inspiration and continue to experiment with materials and textures. If working to a specific brief I will always do some research to analyse what is at the root of the task which in turn leads on to further research and testing, exploring current products and trends. I like to pursue my initial ideas in discussion with partner designers or client and will test these to get feedback before developing them using CAD. It then becomes the client's option to take the design further themselves through in house R&D or I will move to mock-ups and prototyping for them.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
My favourite pieces of design are my Isamu Naguchi coffee table, Koziol Leaf salad bowl, Joseph Mortar and Pestle, Starck Ghost Chairs and Bjorn Weckstrom cufflinks.
Can you describe a day in your life?
This is really hard as There is little routine about what I do. I try to organise administration for early mornings and will break for some fresh air before settling to any design work. I feel most productive when working into the evenings and produce my most imaginative work late in the day.
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Keep looking! Visit outlets and venues with the express intention of looking at design in any field, not necessarily your specialism. Stay on top of technological developments and be open to unconventional ways of employing these.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
For me the positives of being a designer are the opportunities it brings to engage with people and objects creatively and the chance to use my imagination productively. The negatives are the pressures of time and constraints!
What is your "golden rule" in design?
Never allow 'perceived wisdom' or convention to stop you exploring radical pathways.
What skills are most important for a designer?
Designers have to be real problem solvers and be able to recognise where and how a situation can be improved. They need to be to be good communicators both verbally and graphically and above all be resilient.
Which tools do you use during design? What is inside your toolbox? Such as software, application, hardware, books, sources of inspiration etc.?
I use Rhinocerous 4 with a Flamingo rendering package. I also have more books for source material than is probably healthy and I keep a good collection of found objects from sea shells to bits of machinery for inspiration.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
I am not a great time manager but I believe that it is important to be realistic when setting deadlines and then stick to them, even if that means a lot of late nights!
How long does it take to design an object from beginning to end?
Too many factors influence the time spent on a design, it changes quite radically from product to product, and I am seldom working on just one project at a time.
What was your most important job experience?
I would have to say designing and manufacturing a presentation piece for H.R.H. the Queen Mother's 80th birthday for Smith and Stevens Enamels.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
I actually like designing for domestic kitchen and dining, although I have built a reputation for designing silverware and jewellery. I really enjoy working with CAD packages and the speed with which you can identify and solve practical problems in a virtual space.
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I have spent a long time in education and am looking to move back into full time design. I am happy to work for a company or organisation but enjoy the freedom and responsibility that comes with being freelance.
Do you work as a team, or do you develop your designs yourself?
I work with my partner designer for CNBconcepts and we will bounce ideas off of each other, but I have to say that I develop most of my ideas myself.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
I am in the process of designing a range of all weather garden planters which will be effective in the dormant growing season. I don't believe that anything like these pieces exist and am hoping to attract the growing market for outdoor living.
How can people contact you?
People can contact me by email at CNBconcepts@yahoo.co.uk, or clive.bullivant@btinternet.com. They can also contact me by phone on 07833777598, contact details are on my website CNBconcepts.co.uk

Extended Interview with Clive and Tina Bullivant

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I trained in Brighton, and have a degree in Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Things that don't do what they are supposed to irritate me, and things that are beautiful inspire me.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I design homewares but my background is in high end silverware and jewellery.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
Keep engaging with the world, draw, investigate and above all never accept the mediocre.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
Consistency and the ability to adapt. A natural flair also helps.
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
A good design makes you want to use it, to pick it up enter it, own it. It provokes an emotional response.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
Good design drives things forward and can change the way we see and interact with the world.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I would love to design something which made youngsters want to put all their technology down and do something in the physical world for a while
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
I work with luxury goods most of the time and would love to execute a commission for one of the big international institutions.
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Balance. Achieving harmony in the design even if working with conflicting criteria.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
Frank O'Gehry, Georg Jensen, and Ross Lovegrove, and the work of Curventa Design and Seymour Powell.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
I love Phillippe Starck's ghost chairs because they established a unique trend, as well as being comfortable, practical and super cool.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
My Gold Award winning design for the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council for a silver table centrepiece that recycled unwanted Bic Crystal pens. It showed that disposable items can be given a desirable new life.
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
You just have to keep challenging what is around you. I can never go around a shop or department store without picking products up and critically evaluating them, it drives my wife mad!
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design makes changes. It is what moves culture forward, everything we use and accept today is affected by design.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
It is a very overcrowded profession, just getting noticed is hard.
How do you think designers should present their work?
I like to show thought processes through initial ideas, through to developed designs using digital modelling.
How does design help create a better society?
It should be inclusive and improve situations wether through function or just in style and looks.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
I am currently designing a range of products that highlight endangered species.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
I think my 'Bear Hug' wine cooler, it was practical, made good use of materials and most of all great fun.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
More opportunity for small independent designers and less chasing celebrity.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
It depends on the project. Some can be realised in a matter of weeks, while others may take months to resolve. It all depends on scale, clients, and manufacturing partners.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
Always with sketching. You have to clarify the thing in your head first.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
Good design should set trends, if you are just reacting all the time nothing innovative will ever come about.
What is the role of technology when you design?
It helps plan and present work and ideas but most importantly developing technology opens up new ways of doing things.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
I work with 3D CAD programmes that allow me to connect to rapid prototypers or directly to manufacturing systems.
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
These are essential as they are what people connect with and respond to.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
I get genuine pleasure from seeing or handling good design, I like to see it context and think about what the next direction could be.
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
I enjoy collaboration, it is important that people with different skill sets have input into a design challenge. For me that means talking to engineers.
How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
Practice, practice and more practice across a range of products and materials.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
I don't think I am famous. I enjoy the awards for their challenge and variety
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
Blue, Rome, fish, spring, E-type Jaguar, but don't like brands.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
I was taught to forge steel for a cutlery design, by a blacksmith from the Royal Horse Guards. When I reviewed the finished work I had to change the knife design as I had inadvertently made lethal weapons. The set went on to be shown at the European Silver Triennale.
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
Change is so fast and radical I wouldn't even try to think that far ahead. I do believe that we will find a need to return to designs that require more of the user rather than continuing to push the technology.
Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
I truly believe we have responsibility as designers to think about the consequences of the things we design, whether that be use of finite resources, pollution or looking after endangered species, or affecting the thinking of those people we aim designs at in a positive way not just for financial gain.

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