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!

London Design Festival 2012: David Irwin in main home furnishings  Category

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.

London Design Festival 2012: David Irwin in main home furnishings  Category

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.

London Design Festival 2012: David Irwin in main home furnishings  Category

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.

London Design Festival 2012: David Irwin in main home furnishings  Category

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.

London Design Festival 2012: David Irwin in main home furnishings  Category

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.

London Design Festival 2012: David Irwin in main home furnishings  Category