Craig Jones Design is a small and dynamic team working out of their workshop and studio in West London. Dedicated to challenging convention and then re-imagining it, this team of unassuming designers thrives on the challenges of ‘the problem’ and its resolution through the most appropriate route not just the conventional one.
The Anywhere case designed specifically for Herman Miller is a perfect example of the studios ability to see a problem and then reassess its impact and create an alternative approach to it. ‘Anywhere’ was designed as both a response to and a catalyst for change in the workplace. It is a product for carrying and protecting your stuff during your working day. The product’s design utilises two well established manufacturing techniques (compression and injection moulding) and combines them in an unconventional way to create a new workplace product type.
“The product design process should reduce client risk by asking the right questions at the right time.”
- Craig Jones
As a product the concept is disarmingly simple. It’s a small case with a hinged lid, but behind that simplicity is a bigger story. The materials selected are light but robust, the product is designed for protection. The case is small enough for some stuff (a phone and a tablet, some papers, a magazine, pens etc.), but not too big to become a case for everything. When you open it up it becomes an addition to your working space. Used upright it works like a file box, a space divider and a sorting dish for a phone and pens. Used horizontally on its back, ‘Anywhere’ becomes a pair of narrow pockets stacked one on top of the other.