British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert recently launched his 2011 collection of furniture and lighting.
Benjamin studied Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University and graduated in 2006. He went on to open his own studio in London in 2007 where he works on a diverse range of projects across the furniture and lighting sectors.
He has also received a number of prestigious awards including: Design of the year (British Design awards 2010) Best Product (100% design/Blueprint awards 2009) Homes and Gardens Young Designer of the Year (Design Classic Awards 2010) and EDIDA International Young Designer of the Year 2010.
Benjamin launched the Maritime timber chair collection at Milan Furniture fair this year in collaboration with the Italian company Casamania. Inspired by traditional wooden ship building techniques, Maritime is a solid timber range of chairs which are skinned internally with a formed plywood shell.
Pod is a large and sustainable privacy chair for use in breakout areas in offices or residential projects. The chair’s ergonomics allow the user to work comfortably, whilst feeling relaxed and separate from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
The shell of the chair is produced using pressed recycled PET felt technology and adds sound dampening properties to the chair to increase the sense of privacy.
Produced by Benjamin in collaboration with high-end Italian lighting company Kundalini, the Frame light was first launched at Euroluce 2011. Frame is a collection of architectural wall lamps, made from a one shot aluminium die casting with integrated glass diffuser.
Working in collaboration with Fabbian, Benjamin came up with an installation named Field, which also launched at Euroluce 2011.
A network of varying height painted dowels support a series of circular ‘floating’ platforms presenting Fabbian’s collection. The glass wall allows for a feeling of privacy but also space.
Paddle was also the result of a collaboration with Fabbian and was launched at Euroluce 2011. The Paddle collection is a range of adjustable LED task lights inspired by the 360 degree movement of a canoe blade through water.
According to Benjamin : “The product focuses on the flowing relationship between adjustable elements, whilst retaining a utilitarian architectural quality.”
Again working with Kundalini, Benjamin produced the Treis pendant light, which took its inspiration from tessellation and the growing trend to create focal points from clusters of lamps.
This is probably my favourite item in the new collection. The Roofer light was produced by Benjamin for Fabbian and was inspired by the roof tiles that can be found in Marrakech.
The design allows the consumer to build their own lamp from a framework and selection of different coloured tiles, allowing for customisation as the end-user becomes part of the design process.
And finally we have Industry, the modular storage unit designed by Benjamin and Casamania. Inspired by architectural and deconstructed references from an expanding cityscape, the storage unit is composed of 4 modules contained within a visually lightweight framework. Each module offers different size and types of storage each composed of a different material including, sawn pine, dyed oak, concrete and corten steel.