Tom Housden is a talented hybrid. An architect designer who set up the Hand&Eye Studio in 2011 with the desire to reacquaint designer and maker. He has since developed an innovative and carefully crafted range of work. He seems to have happily married conceptual and craft.
Each item is designed by the studio and then produced in collaboration with small manufacturers, all of whom are masters of their craft. Hand&Eye’s close involvement in the production process underpins all of its designs. This allows great scope for experimentation in the design process and for a hugely intimate understanding of the objects’ material.
Tom’s new A-Beam light is unique. He has taken an industrial concept and made it accessible. This extruded ceramic beam houses the very latest in LED lighting technology. A combination of craft and precision engineering come together in this suspended lighting. The result is a product that adds the warmth and imperfections of clay in to this highly engineered architectural light.
The lamp is made to the highest quality with a tolerance of +/- 1.5mm across its length of 1700mm. The A-beam is a purpose made profile that allows the LED and diffuser to slide in to the section of the lamp. The A-beam is then suspended from two bespoke suspension cables that also provide the power to the lamp. This means there is no third power flex. Clever eh?
In future the Hand&Eye Studio will introduce additional coloured clays to its collection. It is also possible to have the A-Beam glazed to a bespoke colour.
Hand&Eye’s exclusive range is available to view online and buy through the studio. The studio also accepts bespoke commissions.
Hand&Eye is showing at Clerkenwell Design Week 24-26 May, 2016.