When it comes to design, simplicity is often best. Uncomplicated silhouettes are far more impactful than complex ones. Honest materials will always outperform the latest fad. And intuitive functionality is, well, a no-brainer. Designing products that tick all these boxes is no easy feat, but it’s something designer Tim Rundle has mastered.

In the last five years, he has created the refined TR Bulb for Menu, as well as a sophisticated lighting collection for Resident. Today, we discover more about this master of simplicity and take a closer look at his elegant designs. We hope you’ll join us.

Who is Tim Rundle?

Tim Rundle is a New Zealand-born, London-based designer whose work spans furniture, lighting, interiors, technology and transport.

Tim Rundle Studio Visit

Tim worked as Head of Design at British manufacturer Tom Dixon, before establishing his own studio in Hackney Wick in 2015.

Since then, he has worked with some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking brands, including Danish company, Menu, and New Zealand lighting specialists, Resident.

Tim Rundle Designing the MENU TR Bulb Series in his studio

Tim is known internationally for his simple, pared-back aesthetic and top-notch functionality. In fact, he describes his work as ‘seeking to improve the manufactured environment through elegant, technically refined solutions’.

He finds inspiration in the work of contemporary designers, like Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, and Danish masters, like Poul Kjaerholm, both of which can be seen in his work.

The TR collection for Menu

The TR collection for Menu started life as a single light - the TR Bulb - and has grown to include a Suspension Light, Table Light and Wall Light.

‘The inspiration for the TR Bulb came from the nomadic way we live today; moving often, sometimes many times within a year. I wanted to create a high quality, technically sophisticated lamp that was, in essence, a light bulb,’ Tim explains.

Anatomy of the Menu TR BULB Sketch by Tim-Rundle

Tim designed the TR Bulb with our busy lives firmly in mind. Inside the unassuming spherical shade hides a concealed E27 fitting, making the light compatible with all standard European sockets. It’s easy to install and, when it comes to moving on, you can simply unscrew it and take it with you. There’s no need for any disruptive drilling or complicated re-wiring either, it’s a beautiful design that’s ready to go.

The Menu TR BULB Series by Tim Rundle

There’s no doubting the TR Bulb is one of the most practical lighting designs around, but it’s also one of the most elegant. Tim’s signature style can be found in the bulb’s fuss-free black socket and uncomplicated opal glass shade. It’s details like these that have made the design so versatile. The TR Bulb is as likely to hang in our living room, as it is in a local cafe or restaurant.

The Bloom collection for Resident

Tim’s foray into lighting doesn’t stop with the TR collection. The New Zealand native has also designed a series of lights for Resident called Bloom.

Resident Bloom Table Lamp by Tim Rundle

Inspired by the mesmerising glow of paper lanterns, the Bloom pendants and table lamps feature frosted glass shades and perforated mesh cores that diffuse light simply yet beautifully.

The Resident Bloom Pendant Light is seen here in the Giraffe restaurant, Auckland, New ZealandThe Resident Bloom Pendant Light is seen here in the Giraffe restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand. Interior by Izzard Design. Image by Simon Devitt.

They’re available in ethereal white, which comes with gold-coloured detailing, or moody black, complemented by black chrome.

Where can I buy authentic Tim Rundle design?

All Tim’s lighting designs can be purchased at Nest.co.uk. You can find them on our Tim Rundle designer page, alternatively, you can give us a call.

If you’re on the lookout for some new lighting for your home and are in need of a little guidance, then why not browse our Lighting Buying Guide? It’s full of expert hints and tips from those in the know: our expert team.