Oliver Sunderland Product Design

United Kingdom - Yorkshire and the Humber

Email address
Profile description

Oliver Sunderland

Designer. Maker. Creative Thinker.

I believe design has many purposes, one being to create JoyI take a meticulous approach to product design through a considered blend of materials, form and function with the aim being to create products that bring a positive experience to peoples lives.

I enjoy tackling the unfamiliar. Taking on a project where I have no past experience with a particular  industry allows me to start my creative process with no preconceptions. I believe this is where truly unique ideas and products originate.

Since graduation from the Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University in 2018 with a 1st class honours degree in product design, I’ve gone on to develop patented products for the construction industry during my work with Gripple, as well as see my first product, the SW1 spinning wheel, receive recognition from various industry awards and magazines.

I currently work full time as a professional product designer, whilst furthering my own design practice.

KRAFFT SW1 Spinning Wheel

Spinning as a craft has devolved since the industrial revolution and it is estimated that currently, there are only 51-100 skilled crafts people in the UK able to spin to a professional standard (Heritage Crafts Association, 2018). KRAFFT aims to introduce spinning to a new audience through a new product format and an updated material palette. A functional product as well as a conversational object, SW1 is is as much a piece of furniture for the home as it is a tool to engage with making.

Gripple Cable Basket Clip

The Cable Basket Clip is an accessory product designed to work with all of Gripple’s bearers, most specifically, the newly launched FastTrak system. When FastTrak is used as an electrical containment bearer, the Cable Basket Clip allows contractors to secure lengths of cable basket to the FastTrak bracket. Providing a quick and intuitive installation that is easier to install than traditional methods.


Inspired by traditional Japanese architecture, SUKŌCHI combines light with a sense of traditional. The Charred Timber construction pays homage to Shou Sugi Ban, the centuries old Japanese technique for treating wood. SUKŌCHI: Pendant, SUKŌCHI: Floor and SUKŌCHI: Wall combine to create a suit of three luminaires, all with three finishes to choose from; Charred, Burnt or White Wax.

SUKŌCHI: PENDANT and SUKŌCHI: WALL were recognised by the TalentLAB scheme and have been shortlisted for their fourth collection.


Designed during my time at Gripple, FAST TRAK is a pre-fabricated trapeze bracket solution that offers speed, flexibility and efficient use of space for the installation of electrical containment, pipework, ductwork and other mechanical, electrical and piping services within the construction of buildings. After 3 years of feedback on the 1st generation product and receiving several additional requests for more functionality from the market the project was originally 5 separate briefs that were extensions/add-ons to the existing product. Instead of reacting to the market’s requests for additional accessories and bolt-ons, a more holistic approach was proposed that involved combining all 5 briefs with an added extensive market research phase to re-design the core product and further future proof and protect Gripple’s unique FAST TRAK product. After putting a vision for the product together, the project was backed by the company and new machinery and manufacturing processes were invested in off the back of a compelling design.

B-LOCK Wire Hanger

The second generation of Gripple’s B-LOCK Wire Hanger features an updated, intuitive design that provides embodied carbon savings when compared to the first generation product.

Contractor Tool XL

The Contractor Tool XL is a strong and robust tensioning tool built for contractors, producing low effort wire tensioning for applications that utilise the Dynamic range of tensioners. The tool was developed in conjunction with the Dynamic 8 wire tensioner.

OBL Wire Hanger

The OBL wire hanger is Gripple’s offering to the own brand label market and is tailored to customers who require a product that  represents their brand. The modular design allows the housing to accept any 1 of 3 button designs and further customisation is offered through laser etching customer logos and colour selection of plastic components. The product has been designed with high speed automated assembly in mind and huge embodied carbon savings can be seen when compared to the obsoleted product that Gripple used to offer to this market.

Dynamic 8

The Dynamic 8 is Gripple’s highest load rated wire tensioner, capable of supporting loads of up to 3125kg. The D8 was developed for use within multiple Gripple markets. In agriculture the Dynamic 8 will be used to anchor and brace fencing and trellising structures. In the construction sector the Dynamic 8 will be used to sling up catenary wires that span open ceiling spaces in large industrial buildings such as warehouses and distribution centres where no direct vertical anchor point is available.