3 OF A KIND

Shine a light on a chic cor­ner with one of these il­lu­mi­nat­ing de­signs

Inside Out (Australia) - - Contents - EDITED BY LOUISA BATHGATE & NATALIE JOHN­SON

We shed some light on three very dif­fer­ent ta­ble lamps that take il­lu­mi­na­tion to a whole new level

De­sign­tree ‘Frankie’ lamp

DE­SIGN­ERS: Re­becca Asquith and Tim Wig­more The de­sign team formed their Welling­ton stu­dio in 2011, com­bin­ing Tim’s craft and de­sign skills with Re­becca’s back­ground in model-mak­ing to cre­ate pieces both sep­a­rately and in tan­dem. The felt and tim­ber ‘Frankie’ lamp is a col­lab­o­ra­tion, with the com­po­nents ma­chine-cut and hand-fin­ished by the cou­ple in their stu­dio. “We like the high-tech, low-tech ap­proach, and I think we get more con­trol over the qual­ity by fin­ish­ing each piece our­selves,” Tim says of their man­u­fac­tur­ing process. “The fab­ric shade is an acous­tic felt, so it helps tune the sound of the spa­ces it goes into. We dig the idea of it per­form­ing more than just the task of light­ing.” NZ$795, de­sign­tree.co.nz.

Daast ‘Gra­di­ent’ ta­ble lamp

DE­SIGN­ERS: An­drew South­wood-Jones and Alexan­der Kashin From their base in Mar­rickville, Syd­ney, this award-win­ning duo work in ma­te­ri­als such as tim­ber, met­als and plas­tics to cre­ate fur­ni­ture, light­ing and ac­ces­sories. The two be­came friends while study­ing ar­chi­tec­ture at UTS be­fore join­ing forces to set up their fab­ri­ca­tion and model-mak­ing work­shop and sub­se­quently, their de­sign firm. The hand-pol­ished, cast resin ‘Gra­di­ent’ lamp was in­spired by move­ment of light within a space, ex­plains An­drew, and named for its ap­pear­ance. “All of our de­signs come about through ex­plo­ration with ma­te­ri­als and process,” he says. “This de­sign has vary­ing wall thick­ness which be­comes ev­i­dent when it is lit up. We like that most of the de­tails and form are hid­den and not re­vealed un­til the light is turned on.” From $1100, daast.com.au.

Marz De­signs ‘At­ta­los’ ta­ble lamp

DE­SIGNER: Coco Reynolds The Italy and Aus­tralia-trained in­dus­trial de­signer es­tab­lished her Bronte, Syd­ney stu­dio in 2010, and since then has de­vised beau­ti­ful ac­ces­sories and light­ing in a range of ma­te­ri­als. “I started work­ing with a lot of FSC-cer­ti­fied tim­ber va­ri­eties, but my re­mit has ex­panded into met­als like bronze and now glass,” she says. ‘At­ta­los’ has a brass base on which sits a strik­ing over­sized bulb. “The de­sign was in­spired by An­cient Greek ar­chi­tec­tural forms, which are pre­cise, or­dered and fo­cus on cre­at­ing a sense of beauty through pro­por­tion and bal­ance,” Coco says. “I love how the tra­di­tional stone-carv­ing that’s found in fluted columns has been rein­ter­preted into this con­tem­po­rary light fix­ture.” From $549, marzde­signs.com.

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