Paul Townsin, Industrial & Architectural Designer

August 01, 2014
Paul Townsin, Industrial & Architectural Designer

Paul is an Industrial Designer and Architectural Designer based in Adelaide, SA. After a decade in Architecture, it was a passion for product and furniture design that led Paul to take the leap into studying the Bachelor of Industrial Design at UniSA whist continuing his Architectural career. 5 years of tireless work later, which included various awards, a successful medical trolley design and the creation of two beautiful children (Paul's best designs), he graduated in 2011 and began on a path of meshing his career and newly developed skill set starting his own design studio.

Following his passion for design and in particular object, furniture and lighting, Paul has developed a number of self initiated and bespoke projects resulting in the retail release of a concrete and steel lighting collection entitled “Me & Me Too” and ceramic pendants entitled “Bud”.

paul townsin bud light

The development of the Me & Me Too collection spanned 18 months, beginning with an idea for a floor lamp. What followed involved the development of a custom concrete recipe after considerable trial and error, learning how to effectively mould concrete, the development of several moulds along the way. Eventually from the inspiration of the first lamp came the development of a lighting collection that continues to grow. The lamps were featured in Launch-pad 2013 as a top 11 national finalist, received a commendation for the concept category of Vivid at Furnitex 2013 and have been exhibited as a full range with a fantastic response at The Edge, Design and Decoration Sydney 2014.

Bud is the result of a custom client project, after being approached by a local interior designer for a custom lighting installation for a house addition. The brief was to design a unique yet simple light fixture that related to the selected colours and finishes of the surrounding kitchen and lounge room. The client was involved collaboratively in much of the design and manufacturing process, enabling them to gain as much enjoyment from the experience of seeing something turn from a thumbnail sketch to reality.

bud installation

A focus on working with interesting materials in interesting ways whilst developing thoughtful and thoroughly considered objects forms the backbone of Paul’s designs. However, having a belief that every project is different and requires a unique response, he does not design under any one fixed methodology or process. Paul applies a high level of moral conscience to ensure that the appropriate consideration is given to each element of a design, the design response is suited to the project and aims to achieve designs that have positive impacts on all that come into contact with them.

paul townsin me too lamps

All designs are made in Australia in conjunction with local craftspeople.

Highlighting a commitment to design, Paul is a current sitting council member of the Design Institute of Australia (SA branch) and is actively involved in developing programs and curating exhibitions/ events that support and promote local designers.

Paul is currently working on some new ranges, working with retailers on establishing his design within their stores and continues to seek bespoke client projects.