With a hemispherical exterior structure formed by a rigid surface that looks like the latest lightweight material, and an interior covered in a multi-coloured paste that reminds us of Plasticine, young British designer Stephen Johnson presented his Play lamp at the latest edition of 100% Design London 2017.
This lamp, part of a range of products with the same name, this is the first design that Johnson has launched on the market after five years of research, during which time he studied the behaviour of countless materials in order to achieve his goal.
“The idea was to get a product similar in appearance to the Plasticine we used in school, and with sufficient hardness and rigidity that it could be used as a new design material. The surface of the concave inner side of the lamp appears covered by pieces of this paste finished in different colours, which gives it a fun, original and young aspect that doesn’t affect the brightness of the lamp,” says the designer.
Johnson wanted to confer on a tangible and useful object such aspects as spontaneity and creative freedom that every human has when they’re a child – a product that must also remain the same each time it is made since each of these pieces has their own DNA, as if they had their own fingerprints.
“The idea was to get a product similar in appearance to the Plasticine we used in school, and with sufficient hardness and rigidity that it could be used as a new design material. “.
Owing to the special production that each of these models requires, it takes Johnson about four weeks to create a new version of Play, versions which, as he indicates, are each totally different due to their production. They can be commissioned in different sizes and in black or white.
Photos: Stephen Johnson
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