This version of the Plumen (encased in mouth-blown glass with magical reflections) was in the showhouse designed by George Clarke at the Ideal Home show March 2011
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A little more about the stunning Plumen energy-saving light bulb, and its designer Sam Wilkinson.
The bulb is beautiful enought to use on its own – see my previous picture
But here it is is contained within mouth-blown vessels in a range designed for Decode London
The Plumen light bulb won the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year 2011, and its designer also won the title of Homes & Gardens Eco Designer of the Year.
here are the notes I wrote for the awards catalogue (I am chair of the judges, which is a great honour but very hard work.).
Samuel Wilkinson graduated in furniture and related product design from Ravensbourne University in 2002, Then he worked for design consultancies such as Fitch, Pearson Lloyd and Tangerine, on a variety of projects including a mobile phone and an airline seat. These experiences, he says, increased his passion for industrial design, and he set up his own consultancy in 2007.
The judges have based their Award on the revolutionary new Plumen light bulb (designed in conjunction with Nicolas Roope) which is beautiful in its own right and can even be used on its own without a shade, Plumen (in common with other low energy bulbs) saves 80% of the energy of a normal bulb, lasts for around eight years, and with a light output equivalent to 60W. Unlike other eco bulbs, however, it is has an elegant sculptural shape of slim interlacing tubes that intriguingly change shape according to your angle of view. Plumen prototypes have been bought by the museums MoMA in New York and London’s V&A
What the judges said
“A brilliant breakthrough” “Sheer magic” “At last – a product as beautiful as it is green” “Where can I get one?”
What inspires you?
At the start of a project, I rigorously analyse what I’m doing, and why, Then I look for cues – with the Plumen it was rhythmic gymnasts’ ribbons. But ideas for details keep on popping up even when a project is well-developed, and strange tangents occur.
I’m interested in high-quality manufacturing for goods that last a lifetime. And I’d like to do more designs that completely change people’s mind about a product – as does the Plumen.
Love London, a book of around 180 of my photographs will be published on 2 August 2011. The pictures are matched up with quotations from a variety of sources, from 15th century poetry to modern blogs. The publisher is Batsford and the price £9.95
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