M Lamp for Juniper by David Irwin

December 8, 2015

Four years in the making, Newcastle based industrial designer David Irwin has marked the official UK launch of the M Lamp for Juniper with an ambitious installation designed to shine a light on the Northern powerhouse of design.

Now exclusively available from The Conran Shop, the M Lamp has returned to its Newcastle roots at Design Event’s Northern Design Festival.

After being previewed at Irwin’s VIP lounge at design junction in September, Irwin created an impressive installation of 25 M Lamps suspended from the ceiling of Assembly House.

The installation reflected both the innovative design of the lamp and the beauty of the Grade II* listed building, drawing inspiration from the octagonal ceiling plaster work and purposefully creating a darkened space illuminated by a mass of single light sources to reflect the lamp’s design heritage.

It was through Design Event that Irwin initially developed the M Lamp prototype in 2011 as a result of seed funding from their Design Event Presents program-me.

“The premise was to create a task light, which re-appropriated the mining lamp both in its form and crucially its functional nature,” he states.

The resulting design seeks to create a contemporary play on the aesthetics and function of the Geordie, Davy and Carbide miner’s lamps, integrating features such as a handle for carrying and hanging, and a rotating conical reflector for directing light.

With The Mining Institute at Neville Hall also based in Newcastle it seemed fitting to launch the lamp in this old industrial city in which Irwin has been so inspired.

Barbara Chandler, who opened the event, commented “I was on the judging panel that awarded David Irwin the Young Designer Award from Homes & Gardens in 2013.

We were enchanted by his M Lamp, a sophisticated update of the traditional portable miners’ lamp, rechargeable with a strong beam from a head which can be tilted.”

After being awarded Best Interior Product of the show, Irwin sent the prototype to Shant Madjarian, founder of Brooklyn based design and manufacturing company, Juniper who he’d met at ICFF the previous year.

Madjarian immediately saw potential in the design and set about developing the prototype.

“The concept was greatly attractive to me and on hearing David’s interpretation and vision, it occurred to me that the lights true tie to the old mining lamps would be its function as a portable lamp; a vision David had shared from the beginning having designed the lamp with a handle,” he commented.

Since the advent of electricity most light sources have been fixed to certain points.

But with technological progression and new LED light sources, Irwin was able to refocus his objectives and work to a brief that didn’t involve the need for the light to be tethered to a power socket.

He wanted the light to align with how people work and live today whilst minimizing environmental impact.

Powered by an integrated lithium battery, the lamp can be easily transported, making it ideal for modern living and on the go lifestyles.

In its standard mode, the dim-able lamp is ample brightness for late night work or for reading in bed. The LED consumes an average 1.2 W of power and lasts up to 50,000 hours.

The integrated battery does not contain cobalt allowing for a greener and safer product and It can be recharged 2,000 times with no degradation.

The compact aluminium frame minimizes the consumption of raw material and can be disassembled for easy recycling.

David Irwin- www.davidirwin.co

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