Tapping into a new market
LIGHTING doesn’t come more innovative than these quirky LED tap lights from DesResDesign, an online source of unusual furniture and accessories. Designed and made in France, each light is an old-fashioned nickel tap mounted on a matt-finish, polished concrete base in anthracite. Ingeniously, the tap spout holds an LED light – nonreplaceable but made to last. These are connected to the mains and come in a variety of sizes, from a single to a set of three or row of seven , any of which would make a statement in a kitchen or bathroom. Prices are £249.98 for a single light, to £1224.90 for seven lights.
DesResDesign was founded in 2010 by Nicki Massey, a former dance teacher who, after taking time out to have children, decided to pursue her passion for property development and interior design. “I’ve always had a knack for finding really unusual things at home and abroad, and because people were always asking me where I got things from I thought it could be the basis for an online business,” she explains.
She spent a year researching suppliers from around the world, buying stock and setting up the website (www. desresdesign.co.uk), and in the past two years has seen phenomenal growth. Products can be shipped worldwide and buyers have come from as far afield as New Zealand and Rio de Janeiro.
All Massey’s products are exclusive and unusual: she also stocks stag-horn chandeliers, hand-made glass-and-metal wall sconces and floor lamps made from antique skis (yes, really) available individually or as a pair complete with bear fur-covered shades (not the real thing this time) that can be swapped for lighter linen shades in the summer months.
SHINE A LIGHT: These unusual LED tap lights come in singles or a row of seven.