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Black + Blum is passionate about creating beautiful, original designs which are underpinned with functionality. We have an eclectic taste and this shows through in the varying aesthetics of our different ranges.

Dan Black and Martin Blum met while studying industrial design at Northumbria University. In 1998, not long after graduating, they formed black+blum. Although the company started as a consultancy, their passion lay in developing and selling their own designs and they launched their first range of lighting in 2000. The range quickly grew and they entered the homeware market in 2002, with the launch of their iconic James the doorman.

Other award winning designs followed swiftly, with the propello fan, loop candelabra and box appetit lunch box. The designs were adventurous in diversity of category and aesthetic, but always consistently underpinned with function and fun. In 2014 Dan took over the reins of the organisation and steered black+blum into becoming the design house behind several homeware ranges, with each one having its own individual category and recognisable aesthetic.