BEST BRITISH SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

September 1, 2014 / The British Design Awards

The antithesis of throwaway, these beautiful products all encourage reuse and regeneration

  • THE WINNER:  ‘PLUMEN 002’ LIGHT BULB BY HULGER – The first Plumen, the ‘001’, aimed to make low-energy bulbs look good. This new design goes one step further: its minimal shape creates light gradations that give a warm, subtle glow, while still using  80 per cent less energy.  £19.95 (plumen.com). Scroll through the gallery to view the rest of this year’s nominees.

    THE WINNER: ‘PLUMEN 002’ LIGHT BULB BY HULGER – The first Plumen, the ‘001’, aimed to make low-energy bulbs look good. This new design goes one step further: its minimal shape creates light gradations that give a warm, subtle glow, while still using 80 per cent less energy. £19.95 (plumen.com). Scroll through the gallery to view the rest of this year’s nominees.

  • ‘RIPPLE’ DINING TABLE BY BENJAMIN HUBERT – This corrugated birch plywood table is so light that you can lift it over your head with ease – in fact, it’s the world’s lightest timber table, weighing just nine kilograms. Plus, it is self-assembly, which saves resources. From £4,000 (benjaminhubert.co.uk).

    ‘RIPPLE’ DINING TABLE BY BENJAMIN HUBERT – This corrugated birch plywood table is so light that you can lift it over your head with ease – in fact, it’s the world’s lightest timber table, weighing just nine kilograms. Plus, it is self-assembly, which saves resources. From £4,000 (benjaminhubert.co.uk).

  • ‘SHAKE’ STORAGE BY SEBASTIAN COX FOR BENCHMARK – Made from coppiced chestnut and managed crops of ash, these units  are constructed using traditional ‘cleaving’, where sections of wood are split to create ‘shakes’, or leaves of timber. Sideboard, £2,800 (benchmark furniture.com).

    ‘SHAKE’ STORAGE BY SEBASTIAN COX FOR BENCHMARK – Made from coppiced chestnut and managed crops of ash, these units are constructed using traditional ‘cleaving’, where sections of wood are split to create ‘shakes’, or leaves of timber. Sideboard, £2,800 (benchmark furniture.com).

  • ‘THE VAMP’ BLUETOOTH DEVICE BY PAUL COCKSEDGE STUDIO – This tiny and ingenious Kickstarter-funded device grants any hi-fi speaker Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to update your better-sounding vintage system for the iTunes age.  £49.99 (thevamp.co.uk; paulcocksedgeshop.com).

    ‘THE VAMP’ BLUETOOTH DEVICE BY PAUL COCKSEDGE STUDIO – This tiny and ingenious Kickstarter-funded device grants any hi-fi speaker Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to update your better-sounding vintage system for the iTunes age. £49.99 (thevamp.co.uk; paulcocksedgeshop.com).

Best British Sustainable Design 2014: ‘Plumen 002’ light bulb by Plumen

This clever design reinvents the light bulb for the modern age. Its curved shape creates light gradations for a gentle glow. Hulger’s co-founder Nicolas Roope tells us more.

What inspired the design? Our two main influences were  sculptor Barbara Hepworth and Texan artist Tony Greer. Hepworth’s quest matched ours: how do you create spirit in seemingly simple forms? Greer plays with the colour, texture and animation of light in his illuminated sculptures; that appealed to us because we wanted to make the quality of light as intriguing as the bulb’s shape.

What was the biggest challenge? As a brand, our aim is to put innovative ideas into mass production so that we can offer affordable products. There’s a real tension there because we have little leverage with manufacturers and limited resources. But we’re also fortunate to have partners who fall in love with our ideas, which makes things easier.

What does it feel like to win a British Design Award? Like all of those designers grafting away in their studios, we dream about our ideas being noticed. We spent years developing this product, so to win is pretty spectacular.

What are you working on next? There are so many new technologies to corral into efficient, useful and beautiful things. We’re developing lampshades and accessories that will add diversity, colour and playfulness to our range.

£19.95 each (plumen.com)

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