Research: London Design Festival 2014 – Lighting

Research: London Design Festival 2014 – Lighting

Lighting is incredibly important in interior design. It’s the icing on a cake, either making or breaking a room. It’s full of possibilities, from subtle to dramatic statement pieces. I have recently been thinking about taking my work into a more sculptural direction and feel that lighting could be a way of doing this. At London Design Festival (LDF) I was inspired by a few designers, each with different styles, so I have analysed what it is I like about each piece. Also, I noticed that I liked the mix of new materials with traditional crafts and recycling or upcycling materials.


Louise Tucker at London Design Festival 2014

Louise Tucker woven lighting: photo taken by Kate Mawby on 18 Sept 2014 at Tent London

LOUISE TUCKER[1]Tucker, L. (2014) Louise Tucker [Online] Available from: http://louisetucker.net [Accessed 20 Oct 2014]. at Tent: Apart from lighting, Louise Tucker also designs woven textiles. You can see this influence in her lighting, as she uses the technique of weaving to create sculptural shapes made from sustainable wood. In my own work I would like to experiment with taking a textiles approach to designing other products. I like the idea of reinterpreting the knitted structure in different materials. I’m inspired by Louise Tucker’s ‘experimental approach to new design exploring the possibilities of traditional crafts and new materials'[2]Tucker, L. (2014) Louise Tucker: about [Online] Available from: http://louisetucker.net/#!/about [Accessed 20 Oct 2014]..


Street Label by Salsabeel Amin at London Design Festival 2014

Street Label by Salsabeel Amin (edited photo): Amin, S. (2014) Designed by Sal: street label [Online] Available from: http://www.designedbysal.com/#!street-label/c1xs9 [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].

STREET LABEL by Salsabeel Amin[3]Amin, S. (2014) Designed by Sal [Online] Available from: http://www.designedbysal.com/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014]. at Designers Block: Street Label is a lighting collection made from found objects on the street. I love the simplicity of the lamps; industrial, practical and elegant.  I would like to consider working with found materials and upcycling them to produce one-off pieces.


Mutton & Flamingo at London Design Festival 2014

Mutton & Flamingo lighting (edited photo): Mutton and Flamingo (2014) Mutton and Flamingo [Online] Available from: http://www.muttonandflamingo.com/introducing-scarf-1 [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].

MUTTON & FLAMINGO[4]Mutton and Flamingo (2014) Mutton and Flamingo [Online] Available from: http://www.muttonandflamingo.com/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014]. at Tent: The collection of lamps and vases on display at Tent were made from objects you’d find in a chemistry lab. They have amalgamated a variety of materials to create statement pieces with great simplicity and functionality. I like the raw industrial look with all the elements on display. Making a feature out of wires and bulbs is a trend I have seen developing over the last few years.


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Valentina Caretta pendant lighting: The Conran Shop (2014) The Conran Shop: egg of columbus carton pendant [Online] Available from: http://www.conranshop.co.uk/carton-pendant-22-5-cm.html [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].

VALENTINA CARETTA[5]The Conran Shop (2014) The Conran Shop: egg of columbus carton pendant [Online] Available from: http://www.conranshop.co.uk/carton-pendant-22-5-cm.html [Accessed 20 Oct 2014]. at Brompton Design District: Valentina Caretta’s pendant lights were on display in The Conran Shop during LDF. They are made from recycled egg carton cardboard that has been reformed to create lampshades. I like how the designs have a feeling of movement, as if they could be fabric, but instead they are rigid forms. Also, I like the natural colour of the cardboard in contrast with the red wire.


Melanie Porter at London Design Festival 2014

Melanie Porter woven lighting: photo taken by Kate Mawby on 18 Oct 2014 at Tent London

MELANIE PORTER[6]Porter, M. (2014) Melanie Porter [Online] Available from: http://melanieporter.com/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014]. at Tent: Melanie Porter works with traditional crafts to produce handmade furniture and furnishings. She mainly works with knitted textiles and designs anything from cushions and lampshades to knitted upholstered chairs. At Tent she was displaying a hand woven light shade that I liked for the concept of using constructed textiles in lighting design and the abstract patterns she had created with this technique.


Fanatic House at London Design Festival 2014

Fanatic House Loop lamp: photo taken by Kate Mawby on 18 Oct 2014 at Designers Block London

FANATIC HOUSE[7]Fanatic House (2014) Fanatic house: loop [Online] Available from: http://fanatic-house.com/loop/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014]. at Designers Block: Loop lamp is made from a single piece of PVC that has been slashed and twisted to produce an organic shape inspired by a butterfly cocoon. I like the idea of manipulating a single piece of material to produce a 3-dimensional object without producing any wastage. When lit this design comes to life, glowing and with great depth at the overlapping sections. I like that the use of light has been considered as part of the design, rather than an after thought.

References   [ + ]

1. Tucker, L. (2014) Louise Tucker [Online] Available from: http://louisetucker.net [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].
2. Tucker, L. (2014) Louise Tucker: about [Online] Available from: http://louisetucker.net/#!/about [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].
3. Amin, S. (2014) Designed by Sal [Online] Available from: http://www.designedbysal.com/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].
4. Mutton and Flamingo (2014) Mutton and Flamingo [Online] Available from: http://www.muttonandflamingo.com/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].
5. The Conran Shop (2014) The Conran Shop: egg of columbus carton pendant [Online] Available from: http://www.conranshop.co.uk/carton-pendant-22-5-cm.html [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].
6. Porter, M. (2014) Melanie Porter [Online] Available from: http://melanieporter.com/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].
7. Fanatic House (2014) Fanatic house: loop [Online] Available from: http://fanatic-house.com/loop/ [Accessed 20 Oct 2014].

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