Custom product design | Lightweight case study


Developed for against a brief:  "A free standing luminaire set in sand, and in green areas (flower beds, vegetation areas), also path guiding.  Candle lit vibe light source, an indirect light source, attenuated. The form should be sculptural and the composition of natural material, as in raw un-lacquered brass, wood, ceramic, metal, stone but purist design and not fussy."

When Moredesign came to us with the brief we decided to collaborate with an old friend of mine Tom who is also a product designer. We had been planning to work on a project together for a while and this seemed a natural brief to look at. We began with a big sheet of paper and a cup of tea and worked out a few forms based on the brief. Having chosen a form we drove to the local river bed and selected a selection of river smoothed rocks to work with. We then diamond cut these to make a mock up. Once we were happy with the form we made a few cardboard mock ups to check light distribution from 4 fittings using led tape as a temporary light source.

Once we had finalised and proved the design we sent a 3d printed model to the client for approval. Oro, our client was happy with the form but then wanted to see it as a rough concrete form. A further 4 part 3d printed mould later and we cast our first concrete fitting. I lugged this out to Ibiza in my suitcase and the client was delighted and placed an order.

We then worked with a UK based grp mould making company to produce 2 moulds to allow us to fulfil the order.

The fittings are hand cast here in France and are then broken from the mould and hand finished, assembled and tested.

The hand made process allows the texture  and colour to be chosen, and means we can add pebbles, colours, oyster shells to the mix.

The light source is a custom CNC cut brass housing with a strip of 2700k led encapsulated beneath resin to give IP67. The light source clips into the shell making it easy to replace in the event of a failure and means the fittings are recylable. The direct light distribution floods out at 180 degree giving excellent lighting to driveways and paths at wide centres, and the secondary indirect light gives light to facades and avoids the 'dark face' associated with some other floor wash fittings. They are powered from an IP rated 12v power supply or we offer them with our plug and play solar panel and battery kit with automated control, on at dusk.

Moredesign are delighted with the result and have just put us forward for another project for a beach club for Pacha in Mykonos.