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Behind the scenes at Benjamin Hubert's studio
‘Materials driven. Process led. Industrial design’: These are the qualities that not only make up the Benjamin Hubert ethos, but something that is keenly put into practice at the designer’s North London studio.
The Chimney Lights, Benjamin Hubert’s latest lighting design, is just one of the products handmade with this philosophy in mind. Made from textured clay, the Chimney Lights have a contrasting white glossy interior and are produced in two sizes (tall and wide), and we’re pleased to be able to share with you some exclusive shots of them being made, all detailing the exciting stages of production.
The Chimney Lights are produced using a technique known as slip-casting (where liquid clay is poured into plaster moulds) and are cast with white earthenware clay.
After casting they are hand-painted (on a potter’s wheel) with a terracotta slip which has an addition of 25% sand. They are then glazed on the inside with a white tin glaze and then kiln-fired.
The Chimney Lights are finished with a slight textured exterior, which creates a visually stunning contrast to the glossy white glazed interior.
Interestingly, there is only one skilled artisan who moulds, kilns and finishes all the Chimney lights by hand, and no stock is produced, so you know that your light will be made especially for you.
The clay Chimney Lights are a natural progression for Hubert who is used to experimenting with unconventional materials. In the past he has famously used concrete for his Heavy series which included pendants, a wall light and a desk light. Find out more about Benjamin Hubert, his designs and his eponymous studio on our brand page.