Benjamin Hubert

London-based Benjamin Hubert Studio goes off-beat to create lamps.

London-based Benjamin Hubert, an globally acclaimed industrial designer, founded his studio in 2009, after studying Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University (2006). The studio, which employs a material-driven process, challenges the everyday application of materials, traditions of construction and the context that drives an idea. Working across a broad range of sectors including furniture, lighting, consumer goods, architectural installations and art direction, Hubert’s team takes cues from affiliated factories and workshop environments. The products thus created, do not respond to the latest trends, but focus on usability and sustainability. While the entire repertoire is unique, the lighting products especially appeal to a holistic green ideology. A good example of this is the Tenda lamp (Italian for tent), which uses fibre glass rods from the kite industry; Lycra from the sports industry; four-way stretch mesh from the underwear industry; and construction technique from the tent industry. Chimney, on the other hand, is a terracotta pendant lamp produced in Wales that utilizes the natural clay of the region. Each lamp gets a textured finish, which is a contrast to the glossy white glazed interior. The studio has received several awards including Design of the Year (British Design awards 2010), Best Product (100% design/Blueprint awards 2009), Homes and Gardens Young Designer of the Year (Design Classic Awards 2010), among others.

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