Weightless illumination, supple steam bent wood and kitchen island styling. We catch up with Tom to discuss the inspiration behind our latest lighting design: The Loer Pendant.
We've caught up with founder and designer, Tom Raffield, to learn more about how our newest lighting design came to life - it’s inspiration, the making process and how he'll be styling the Loer Pendant at home.
The Loer Pendant has a different style to your other lighting designs - what inspired it?
TR: "Our starting point for creating the Loer Pendant was the fact we wanted to design a light that incorporated solid lengths of sustainable ash hardwood, translucent glass and brushed metallic brass; we had the materials fixed in our heads as we knew they would look beautiful together.
The pendant design itself is inspired, like all our designs, by the natural world that surrounds us. The Loer takes its shape from the elliptical orbits of the planets and moons that line the inner edges of our vast solar system, and the flowing curves reminiscent of the celestial movements of the sky above. The steam bent ash hoop reminds me of outer rings of a planet and the translucent glass orb with clouded bands of warm celestial white light, the planet itself".
"The aim for the design was to capture a weightless aesthetic, be handcrafted from mixed materials and be as sustainable as possible, in keeping with our other steam bent products"
TR: "I often sketch ideas first and then once I have a few potential designs in mind, I begin experimenting in the workshop with wood and other mixed mediums to create the fluid, dynamic shapes I envisaged. Each concept in this journey is captured: the shapes that work, the ones with flaws and products that need to go back to the drawing board are all recorded to use and learn from in future.
Once we have a design that works aesthetically as well as functionally, our design team will work on producing bending jigs and engineering components that ensure product consistency. It’s a long process but very worthwhile in the end".
How did you name the Loer Pendant?
TR: "We like to make sure the name really suits the design, connects with the original concept and has ties to our coastal studio location in Cornwall. ‘Loer’ means ‘Moon’ in Cornish and consequently we felt the name suited the finished product rather well.
There’s a fair amount of research that goes into selecting new product names to ensure they’ll work on the market and lots of discussion around the studio to see what fits. Our whole team agreed on Loer and liked the connotations of the word and what it symbolised".
How have you ensured the Loer Pendant is a sustainable lighting design?
TR: "With the successful launch of our Ash Accessories collection back at the start of the year, we’ve really enjoyed experimenting with the properties of ash wood. Sustainability is really important to us, so using ash wood for the Loer was the obvious choice as it’s the fastest growing hard wood and also self-seeding, which means it grows in plentiful supply. Ash is also a durable and supple material, allowing the tight bend of the Loer to hold its shape and be a striking feature as well as a structural element.
The bulb inside the large glass globe in the pendant is also replaceable – something we found a lot of the other designs on the market did not consider. We’d never create a light that wouldn’t last a lifetime and become an heirloom of the future – it’s really important to us that everything we create is able to stand the test of the time".
Which rooms or spaces do you feel the Loer best lends itself to?
TR: "The Loer is such a versatile design it could be utilised in a number of rooms, spaces and property styles. I imagine it would look great in a bedroom as an alternative to a bedside table light, but equally look striking when hung in clusters in an open living space, above a dining table or kitchen island".
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Combining beautiful translucent glass, sustainable steam bent ash wood and brushed metallic brass, the Loer showcases minimal, nature-inspired design at its finest.