Tap­ping into a new mar­ket

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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.

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