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A domestic tool: Glass, Aluminum, Walnut, Leather and Brass.
Commissioned as part of the ‘Tools for Everyday life’ Project, the collection takes inspiration from a variety of industrial task lighting and Newcastle’s strong shipbuilding heritage. The form itself makes direct reference to a buoy.
The combinations of materials used link back to ship building, the use of exotic hardwood and leather draw on the luxury of the liners built in Newcastle’s shipyards in the early 19th century. The lights utilize the function of pressed glass outer doublet lens in a domestic manner.
Originally used in the railway industry with the introductions of LED lighting systems they are now used only as replacements for a few remaining units. The production of the lights use a variety of traditional craft techniques in wood, metals and leather. The lenses themselves are spun into the aluminum form marrying two industrial processes and reducing the need for additional fixings. The collection is made designed and manufactured in the Uk.
This is an on-going project from the community of practice that surrounds the DIR Scheme (work from past and present residents and Northumbria staff). The ‘Tools for Everyday Life’ project aims to reinstate a balance of artistry, both manual and machined – championing not solely products, but also the things that are used to create them.