Parasol Lamp

Industrial Design

Inspired by factory machinery, this innovative design invites you to adjust, direct and finetune light to suit your setting.  Adjust the tensioner, tilt and tighten.

Using a guided pivot to control and fix the position, the dome can rotate on a full 180° axis, allowing you to downlight a room, bounce light off the wall to create atmosphere or to simply read in style.

Assembled in London. Only 30 made.

The aluminium knob & stainless locking nuts are precision made using CNC machining, and finely bead blasted and anodised to give a luxurious finish.

Finally, the custom made coiled cord makes cabling much less messy, and features a satisfying switch designed by Achille Castiglioni in the 1960s.



The light encourages the user to tilt and move the shade to direct light indirectly away.   This meant creating a pivoting arm which would allow smooth movement but also hold the weight of the shade.

Testing dozens of approaches, the chosen solution uses a guiding pin hidden within the pivot, and a tensioner which fixes the position.

The shade is spun from steel by Gary, a 3rd generation metal spinner based in in Uxbridge.   The tubing, cut from seamless steel tubing in Norfolk was welded and finished by hand and sealed to protect against liquids.

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Made in collaboration with Atelier100

Conditional Longevity: The Umbrellas

Industrial Design Storytelling, Production

Conditional Longevity asks the question, 'How long should objects last?' through the medium of umbrellas. 

Each of the umbrellas explores different takes on approaching longevity, and users are presented with the impact data, downsides and benefits of each.  

The aim is to open up the debate on which strategies in product design are truly 'best' suited to our needs, and question our own assumptions around what are the best approaches to manufacturing.

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Completed @RCA

Conditional Longevity:
The Data

Industrial Lifecycle Analysis, Data Modelling

One key aim of Conditional Longevity was to investigate and prove the environmental impact of different industrial practises. 

Looking at lifecycles, carbon dioxide emmissions from materials and processes, I was then able to model the consequences of each umbrella. 

It gave some fascinating and uncomfortable truths; namely that longlasting objects must be used many hundreds of times more than we would naturally use them, in order for them to be worth it in terms of their damaging impact.

See the data here

Gifu Collection Tradestand

Creative Direction

Creative and production lead for a fully operational tradestand for Maison et Objet for 170 different objects.

All completed in under in under 3 months for under £50k.

An eye catching and flexible exhibit which was practical for both exhibitors & visitors and had over 10,000 visitors.

Bespoke furnishings for each brand, including lockable elements and storage.  Signage, hanging Noren and signposting all made in Japan. 

See the Gifu collection here.

Behind This Wall: Box Bar 

Industrial Design & Production
2019 - Now


The Bar & DJ booth that packs into a box.

Part of an ongoing partnership with the eponymous cocktail bar Behind this Wall, based in Hackney central.  Self manufactured using custom laminated Valchromat, nylon guide rails & stainless steel customised hardware.

The brief:

“A visually neutral continuous stackable unit that has two states, a bar or DJ booth.  Can be carried by two people. Can be set up in under two minutes without instructions. Physically strong, waterproof and can withstand a beating.”

Available to rent via 411 Events.

See more at @Behind This Wall

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Charlie Humble-Thomas. 2024