Refill your glasses; get your Smoked Salmon Oscar Matzo and Peanut Butter Strawberry Jelly Lollipops ready (yes, really the Oscars had nearly 50 tapas-style dishes) as the Homes & Gardens’ Designer Awards takes place on Wednesday 25 February at the British Museum. Forget film and red-carpet showboating, we are talking domestic design that enriches everyday life. These awards celebrate those who have succeeded in creating pivotal interior pieces. The shortlist can be viewed online and one nomination in the ‘ Use of Materials’ category is Tom Housden’s Updown pendant for the Hand & Eye Studio.
The Updown pendant combines glazed ceramic and matt opal glass designed to provide a focused down light and an ambient up light from one lamp. The use of hand made ceramic available in three colours ensures this deceptively simple lamp also looks pretty fabulous when not illuminated.
Close involvement in the production process underpins all designs, allowing scope for experimentation that results in an intimate understanding of the objects’ material and character. ‘In our studio we play with all of our ideas and then commit to our designs by manufacturing them in collaboration with small British and European manufacturers, all of whom are masters of their craft.’
And Tom’s speech, just in case…
'We are genuinely interested in experimenting with materials and the process of making objects. This takes time and effort but we think it pays off – we hope that by getting our hands dirty the final products end up being both beautiful and functional with subtle attention to detail.’
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