41 ACCESSORY DE­SIGN LOUIS JOBST

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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).

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