"Objects that say something about you."
On a recent Soyuz rocket launch an astronaut took a small cuddly toy along for the ride. You could see it on the in-board camera, dangling from the control panel. It was a simple object, but it represented a significant physical connection to someone back on earth. Being connected to your tribe is important. Being connected through an object is special. Objects tell of who we are, and give us strength and inspire our survival.
There’s space on our person for little tangible objects that represents a connection to our tribe and says something about us. These are the objects I've set out to make. Life is all about connections and the secret of our survival can be found in simple things... nil plug (nilplug).
Nilplug was founded in London in 2010 by designer/artist/maker Neil Marlow.
The nature of the business is to make precious things for good men, in the form of flying, chasing and orbiting characters inspired by stories of great men. The purpose of the work is to foster bonds between people and add a little character to your life.
The work is influenced by a hotchpotch of wonderfully colourful and energetic sources from graphic arts to typography; from The Russian Constructivist art movement to West Coast First Nation art; from ancient crafted objects to Isamu Noguchi; and, many many more things beside.