We recently gave an interview with Gear Patrol's Will Price on how our lamp came into being and what makes it so unique. We thought you might be interested in what we had to say, so here it is in full...
Talk a bit about your family background's influence vs. Dyson's influence, how do those things play off each other to make this product?
As I was growing up, beautiful pieces of furniture would pass through our house on an almost daily basis, on their way to and from our workshops. Everything from Chippendale to Eames. I guess I just soaked all that up and it’s really helped to give me an eye for the details on the visual side of things.
Working in design engineering with companies like Dyson, I learned the sheer level of detail and iteration you need to go to when things are made for mass production to ensure quality and reliability. Most consumers have no idea of the time and effort needed to create good design.
What brought you to making a lamp?
I’ve always been fascinated by desk lamps. I was given one for my birthday as a child and now have my great grandmother’s original Anglepoise from the 1950’s. The advent of LED’s has really been a game changer for lighting design and suddenly opened-up new design possibilities that never existed before. For example, LED’s are tiny compared to traditional tungsten bulbs, use much less power and give a much higher quality of light.
Do any other lamps work with the same conductive/cordless manner? If not, talk a bit about when you realised that was a goal.
Metal lamps with conductive joints have existed for a while but we’ve been able to do it with wood by carefully detailing the arms to keep the conductors fully concealed and achieve a clean, sleek aesthetic. From early on, we realised that if we could do this in the final product, it would add a real magic quality to the design as well simplicity.
Talk a bit about the use of natural materials. Is that choice an aesthetic one? Quality? Durability? The mix is gorgeous.
The beauty of using wood is that it’s strong and light as well as being very tactile and warm. We wanted to avoid the harsh, industrial feel (that many metal desk lamps have) so it would really sit well in homes and live work spaces, which are becoming more and more popular.
We’ve pushed the envelope of what people generally do with wood on this type of product. During my research, I discovered wooden cameras and tripods from the 1900’s that were made with incredible precision and achieved things in wood that people would never consider today. Many of those techniques are now lost and/or uneconomical but by using CNC (computer controlled) machinery we’re able to cut the wood very accurately and achieve very similar things.
View the article in Gear Patrol here.