Minimalist Contemporary Table Lamp

Table lamp version of our classic wall lamp

These fabulous new table lamps have digital prints on a fine Japanese Kozo paper that allows a wonderful warm light to permeate. The print can be replaced with other art work or plain paper to suit almost any setting.

low energy table lamps

This elegant contemporary table lamp has evolved from our wall lamp and uses the same customisable shade that simply clips into place. Although designed for tables and shelves, two discreet holes and the supplied screws and spacers allow it to be fixed to a wall.

The body is hand made in our workshop from sturdy galvanised steel sheet that we polish to a brushed finish.

The A4 version comes in a wide or tall format whilst the large A3 and medium models are in wide format only.

designer table lamps

As with all our mains voltage lamps, the bulb holder is a high quality E27 Edison Screw fitting allowing a wide range of compact fluorescent and LED bulbs to be fitted. In our own homes we find that a 3-4W LED lamp is ideal for accent lighting in the A4 lamp. This gives a lift to a dark corner or shelf with minimal electricity use.

contemporary table lamps with paper shade

The tall A4 model pictured above is ideal where space is limited and it can even be fitted under a shelf like a short strip light.

New contemporary task lamp with birch ply shade

The MK 2 Ply Lock Lamp Task Light

contemporary lighting design pared down

We are really happy with the MK 1 birch ply shade Lock Lamp but we knew we could make it simpler to manufacture. We also wanted to have a task lamp that would work well with the growing number of high quality E27 mains voltage LED spot lamps that are now available. These allow a very bright and focused beam ideal for close work such as electronics or just reading. This meant we needed a different shade shape that could be adjusted.

Lighting design minimalism and value engineering

We love the challenge of removing unnecessary components, of de-cluttering the design in search of minimal elegance. This is a long process and the harder we work the less there is to show for our efforts! Most of our prototype parts end up in the recycle bin or repurposed around the workshop or house.

low energy desk lamp shade

Flexibility and function

The nickel plated E27 lamp holder is knuckle jointed to allow the shade and bulb to be angled to suit the task in hand. Combine this with the swivel and slide articulation of the Lock Lamp mechanism and you can point the light where you want it.

ply shade low energy desk lamp

Desk lamp and floor lamp versions

As with the LED and MK 1 ply versions there is a floor lamp version.

Contemporary floor lamp

contemporary task lamp

Fabric flex and magnetic switch

We initially resisted braided flex because of the expense and the time it takes to wire up the lamps with it. But we admit it is lovely and we finally gave into customer demand! We have however resisted retro switches and retained the modern one as we know it to be very reliable and because we can fit Neodymium magnets allowing you to stick it to the upright, a unique Lock Lamp feature. We offer black or red fabric covered flex.

floor lamp with red flex

Heavy stable base

We tried lumps of hardwood and larger pieces of ply but desk lamps and floor lamps need a heavy base so we add a lump of steel. The desk lamp base weighs in at about 3.5kg. The MK 2 currently uses the same birch ply base as the MK 1. It is routed out to take a 12mm (half inch) thick steel plate with a welded steel post to fix the vertical tube without any play. The base is sanded and sealed with OSMO Polyx oil for a natural finish.

When the stock of MK 1 bases is gone we will move to a design that is easier to make and is less wasteful of material.

steel and birch ply desk lamp base

Economy desk and floor lamp version

We wanted to be able to offer a cheaper option but without compromising on function or quality. The design is already so pared down that there is not much we can cut back. However if like us you appreciate the patina of plain un-plated steel and are happy with black PVC flex the the Lock Lamp Eco should fit the bill. The quality is the same, the price is a bit less.

eco desk lamp

Contemporary Wall Lights For a New Passivhaus

Low energy wall lights for Ledbury Passivhaus

We have been working on a simple contemporary wall light for homes, schools and offices for some time. The prototypes were piling up so this project was the perfect excuse to finish the fly press tooling and go into production. We are very pleased with the result. As lamp-holders had already been installed we provided a modified version with a large hole in the baseplate to fit over these. This saved the need to re-wire.

Contemporary wall light design

Contemporary wall lamp with Japanese paper shadeWe have experimented with various options for low energy wall lights over the years including the much admired mirror wall lights developed for Architype’s office. We have designed optimised timber pelmet lights for a housing development in Oxfordshire and for the Green Shop near Stroud. What we didn’t have was a good economical solution for  basic wall lamps using standard CFL or mains LED bulbs.

Customisable shade

Contemporary wall lampsAfter a lot of experimentation we have designed a very simple lamp fitting that can be adapted for a wide range of applications. Our first installation used shades with Japanese paper made from mulberry leaves. This looks very Zen but kid’s art and colourful abstract drawings are equally suitable. The paper or art work is sandwiched between two polycarbonate sheets and simply clipped into the backplate. The fitting is designed to minimise the chance of seeing the bulb even when installed on a stairwell. The generous form allows plenty of light onto the wall and ceiling. The shade density can be chosen to adjust the amount and colour of light bleeding through.

The wall light is available now for purchase. You can see some more photos on the wall light page and we will add some more shade ideas soon.

Lock Lamp features in shortlisted Architectural competition entry

Miniature Lock lampWe are very honoured that Lock Lamp is featured in Charles Grylls’ Passivhaus entry to the Architectural competition ‘Reinventing the Terrace‘ by the RSAW. Charles asked about the possibility of a 1:50 scale version of the floor standing LED Lock Lamp to add to his model. At under an inch tall it was not feasible to make it light up but we are pleased to report that the Lock Lamp mechanism works very well even at this scale (with the help of tweezers). I don’t think that is true of any other desk lamp mechanism!



New Materialism

New MaterialsmAfter seeing our new website a friend sent a link to a free to download pamphlet called New Materialism by Ruth Potts and Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation.

Hopefully this will salve your conscience  as you click buy now in our shop!

Prototypes for sale

LED desk lamp prototypeIf you would like to buy an original prototype lamp then please get in touch.

These are fully functional production prototypes but with plain steel tubes rather than nickel plate. Some have interesting one-off bases from reclaimed large section steel angle or English ash with steel weights.


The first prototypes have all gone to good homes but we do occasionally have seconds or one-offs.


Prototype contemporary desk lamp in ply








one-off led desk lampSOLD