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Dan Black and Martin Blum are an Anglo-Swiss Partnership who joined forces in 1998 and based themselves in London, the European heart of design. As a design consultancy they advise companies on any creative aspect. This accumulating insight into different markets catalysed the decision to develop their own range of products. It has since become a vehicle to fully explore and enjoy creativity.

Dan Black comes from a manufacturing background, Dan grew up discussing products and design with his family from an early age. His passion and skill for design was recognized in a first class honors degree from the respected Design for Industry course, University of Northumbria (Newcastle).
Dan gained further professional foresight working at IDEO (London), Frog Design (California), and under Julian Brown at Studio Brown (Bath). Dan completed successful group projects with his friend Martin Blum whilst studying in Newcastle, sparking the idea for the creative partnership that is now black+blum.

Martin Blum was born and raised in Switzerland. An early apprenticeship as a commercial clerk with a product design company provided his first insight on the development and distribution of products. Graduating in Industrial Design, from the highly respected course based within the University of Northumbria (Newcastle), Martin's cultural and design reference is a juxtaposition of his Swiss youth and enduring love affair for all things British.
Martin's work has been acknowledged by internationally recognized design awards.