If there was a “man of the match” for the London Design Festival, I think David Irwin would be it – his name just seemed to pop up everywhere. He had his own stand within 100% Design’s Emerging Designers section and his products also featured on Deadgood’s stand and on the Designers In Residence stand at designjunction. Everywhere I turned – there he was, and with good reason. His products are gorgeous!
David’s M Lamp is inspired by 19th century miners’ lamps from the North East of England where he lives. It is completely wireless and changes between a bright emergency light, a normal light and a dimmed light with a tap to the top, making it perfect for a bedside light.
The head is full adjustable and it comes in orange, black and white. David has launched this product on crowd-funding site, Kickstarter and is hoping to get enough support to put it into production.
The other product that David was showing at 100% Design has already found a home and will be distributed by Deadgood. It’s the EXTL light. These are prototypes; it will eventually be finished in black.
It’s made from a single sheet of extruded metal cut in alternate directions to form six pieces that fit together into a hexagonal cone. Just one other piece of metal and two silicone bands, which fit into existing grooves, are all that’s needed to put it together.
David said he wanted to make the product with as little waste as possible, partly out of a sense of environmental responsibility, but also out of a very pragmatic desire to keep production costs as low as possible. Definitely one to watch.