behind the design


Product:   Table Lamp

Client:      Dar Lighting

Features: Walnut wooden base, oversized dial knobs, 2 layered perferated metal shade, brushed brass and pewter metal finishes, retro braided flex, 2 x E14 lamps

Inspired by a love of 1950-60's radio and guitar amplifiers, Woodstock took the form of a  mid-century table lamp with a nod to design details from the golden era of electrical musical equipment.

JW's love of music is exceeded only by his love for design, and in Woodstock he was able to combine both passions. Taking inspiration from both the equipment made by Marshall, Bush, Vox and WEM during the musical revolution of the 1960's and the timeless detailing of mid-century product design, JW evolved this range from notebook sketch to prototype.

Soft rectangular shapes inspired by a wall mounted 1950's Bush radio began the building blocks of the design concept and are echoed in its final form. Originally the double layered shade combined brushed brass sheet metal and a dual woven fabric - as you would find over speakers on 1960's amplifiers. The fabric was later replaced by perforated metal, to envelope a more mid-century look and project a better light pattern.

JW came across some oversized machined brass knobs that would not feel out of place on a 1960's home entertainment stack. These were to mimic the dial knobs of radios of yesteryear and be perfectly placed on a solid walnut wooden base, again to mimic the contrasting materials of the era. The two dials would function as an on/off and dimmer. As the dual woven shade fabric was lost, it was revived in the form of fabric covered cable - another nod to the 50-60's.

The original concept was created to be part of a larger family including wall lamp and dinning pendant, but the table lamp stood out as a clear favourite.