New Designers: David Irwin

by Katie Treggiden in Bespoke stories

We take a look at one of the best products to emerge from 100% Design.

You may already be familiar with 100% Design, the UK’s leading contemporary-design show, which took place at Earl’s Court earlier this month. The exhibition is divvied into sections, like office, and kitchens and bathrooms, but our favourite is the room devoted to emerging designers. It’s often this one that throws up the most original ideas.

One of the best new products we spotted there was this light from upcoming designer David Irwin. It’s made almost entirely from a single sheet of metal.

Irwin was keen to work in metal extrusion and limit the design to as few components as possible. This keeps the design clean, limits waste and makes it cost effective to produce.

A single metal sheet is cut into six pieces at alternate angles, so that the elements fit together to make a hexagonal cone. The only other components are two black silicon bands, available off the shelf for pennies, and a small metal hexagon, both of which fit into pre-cut groves. The entire lamp can be assembled in seconds.

The lamps pictured here are prototypes – ultimately the product will be finished in black.

David’s approach to design is understated and considered – it’s a real joy.

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