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In the unusual choice of material for his lighting series, designer Benjamin Hubert found a refined alchemy that extends to the Heavy Wall Light. Here the signature cast-concrete shade is fixed on a brushed metal arm and wall mount to cast a warming glow in any setting, while the fillip of the red cord adds a bit of whimsy. The pendant light’s thin-walled shade is individually slip-cast and left inverted in the mold to dry for a number of days as random air pockets and marble-like veining develop on the interior. Yet the exterior surface of the form remains sleek and smooth to the touch. Designer Hubert’s work has received international critical and media acclaim and has been exhibited internationally while Decode London more than lives up to its aim of challenging long-held conventions in modern interiors.
"Robust" is a favorite word of UK-born designer Benjamin Hubert when describing his eponymous firm's approach to furniture, lighting and accessory design. His team includes industrial designers, researchers and engineers, all focused on innovating with materials and strategies. That's led to Benjamin Hubert Ltd. collaborating with a roster of international brands from Europe to Asia and Australia to Brazil and the US. "We're a small studio, a young studio—but there's quite a lot of knowledge here," he says.
Educated at Loughborough University with a degree in Industrial Design and Technology, Benjamin first gained notice upon graduation at the New Designers '06 exhibit. Several honors followed, including 2 Red Dot citations, Design of the Year (British Design Awards) and Best Product (Blueprint Magazine 100% Design.) Perhaps such success stems from a regard for the rigor of his process: "If you give somebody a set of constraints, you push the limits."