All posts tagged: lamps

4 Ingenious Designs

Today I’d like to share with you four designs that perfectly blend practicality with originality and quirkiness. Top left to right: I featured an interview with the creators behind the giant HB Pencil Lamp a few months ago – here – and now husband and wife team Michael and George have launched on Kickstarter with a smaller version as pictured. Their clever design, Drew, pays homage to the humble pencil by hovering over surfaces as if held by an invisible hand and doodling straight into your computer or wall socket. I just love it! If you want to back their project and get a massive discount on a lamp, you’d better get in quick as support for them has already gone nuts. Go to Kickstarter now. I can’t decide if I’d want a bird wrapped around my neck but I do love the idea of making a scarf statement and having a giggle at the same time. Etsy creator Nina Fuhrer beautifully hand-makes scarves from merino wool and cashmere and features different birds, cats and foxes. The beaks/mouths contain …

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Video | Interview – Designer Duncan Meerding

Today I’d like to share a video interview with one of the designers whose work we love and feature on the store. Tasmanian Duncan Meerding is a furniture and lighting designer-maker of the traditional kind whose love of the outdoors and the ethical way in which things are made feature foremost in his design practice. ‘A lot of my designs concentrate on overall form and light going through and around objects rather than intense detailing,’ he says. His award-winning Cracked Log Lamp series of lights is testament to this. Made from salvaged logs, it is their cracks and imperfections Duncan harnesses when turning them into lighting. He also has a penchant for making durable and thoughtful flat-pack pieces such as his latest lighting range that takes its cue from aeroplane propellers and his leaning leaf coffee table. ‘Form and function should be a major part of the brief,’ he says. ‘Not necessarily, how do we make a million of the things?’ Come and meet Duncan and learn more about his design practice and the inspiration behind his …

Interview: David and Etienne | Vintage Aeroplane Upcyclers

Aeroplane enthusiasts and fellow French men based in Sydney, Australia, David Clement and Etienne Proust, have turned their part-time hobby into a fully fledged business where their pieces of restored and upcycled vintage aircraft propellers and aero-furniture are sought after by collectors and designers around the world. They source their parts from original planes from the 1930s to the 1970s and describe their business Propell’art as a place where ‘aviation meets modern art’. Come and meet the aero-upcycling duo and learn more about their passion … Please introduce yourselves – tell us a bit about your backgrounds and how you’ve ended up where you are today. Etienne: I’m French-Australian and have been in Australia for thirteen years, working as head barista in a city coffee shop. I am passionate about classic cars and restore abandoned cars, mostly British cars, Jaguars, MGs etc then sell them or keep them. Dave: I am French born and have been in Australia for eleven years now, working in marketing and strategy for an import and distribution business. I’m also importing …

Interview: Owen Duggan | Unique Lighting Co

Those who know me know I have a penchant for lights, particularly those that are different, unique and not run of the mill. So when I discovered Owen Duggan on Etsy I was fascinated by his range of upcycled and created lights which he makes in the beautiful environs of the historic town of Melle in western France. A barn renovation was all it took for his love of making things to turn into a business, The Unique Lighting Company. Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your background and how you’ve ended up where you are today. My name is Owen and I have always had to do something practical and with my hands. I would not last at a desk job for a day! About 5 years ago I decided to make the move from hectic London to very quiet rural France. After renovating an old barn in a new home the one thing that was missing was some suitable lights. I looked everywhere for something a little bit ‘different’ and unusual and was shocked at …