41 ACCESSORY DESIGN LOUIS JOBST
This architect-trained maker’s lamps are sculptural works of art.
After seven years spent training to be an architect, 30-year-old, Bristol-born Jobst found himself working with his hands. He became a sculpture fabricator at Mike Smith Studio, a workshop that turns artists and architects’ designs into reality. ‘As an architect, I always wanted to get my hands dirty and build things,’ says Jobst. ‘And I got to learn on the job at Mike Smith Studio.’ It was there, building a brass pavilion for architect Jamie Fobert, that he grew interested in experimenting with patinating metals. For the past 12 months, Jobst has been busy in his workshop in Acton, west London, developing the techniques needed to create the patinated steel base on the ‘Monument’ lamp and the spun brass shade atop the ‘ V’ lamp ( both above). Unsurprisingly, architecture inspires his designs. The lamps’ silhouettes and materials are so striking that they remain things of beauty even when the lights are switched off. ‘ Winning this award is a great catalyst,’ he says. ‘I look forward to producing more pieces that bridge architecture and lighting.’ (@louisjobst; louisjobst.com).