Let there be light Attending the May Design Series. Part 1, Lighting.

On Monday I was invited by UBM Live Built Environment to attend the May Design Series in London. The May Design Series brings together five distinct districts, The Furniture Show, Lighting [incorporating Arc], DX, Kitchen & Bathroom and Décor into one huge industry trade show. This was my first time attending this event and I was extremely excited and intrigued to see what wonders would be on display. I was also extremely curious to discover how this show would differ from a consumer show such as Grand Designs Live or Ideal Home Exhibition.

The first difference you notice about this event is the scale, thankfully the layout was clear and there was useful floor plans for those all important ‘where am I?’ moments. Every stand was designed perfectly to display their products for maximum impact. The first area I headed to was Lighting. Now regular followers will know I have a soft spot for Lighting, and I was not disappointed with a wealth of captivating designs I struggled to leave.

EBB & FLOW instantly drew me in with their classic British and Nordic style with warm colours elegant simplicity.

Dramatic and powerful, I fell in love with the sculptured creations by BRAND VAN EGMOND®. Founded by William Brand and Annet van Egmond with a passion for objects and design. Their handcrafted lighting sculptures radiate passion and emotion, and are designed to make a statement.

Here is one of their commercial projects which I think you will agree, they certainly add some ‘wow’ factor.

From the bling, to simplicity with Shane Holland Design Workshop. Their Ghost of Ash lamps attracted me to their stand with their raw and beautiful design. This is a special edition piece with only a limited number being issues as a response to the Ash dieback disease currently affecting Ash trees throughout Europe.

On the train down to London I was talking on twitter about a Bowler Hat light and what should I find on the Innermost stand?

Their stand had a variety of lights including:

Glaze – Designer Corinna Warm, Innermost Limited
Beads – Designer Winnie Lui, Innermost Limited

Adding some color and a spot of fun, was Holloways of Ludlow with these wonderful bamboo lamps which come in a range of colours. Designed by David Trubridge.

Other wood creations came from designer Tom Raffield. I loved the curves and shapes in his unique range of handcrafted contemporary lighting.

A special thank you to UMB Live for such a wonderful event and making me feel so welcome.

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