Yes, two new desk lights, both in "traditional" materials -- brass and wood, both from very good companies. Which is the best? We can't decide. You've still got a couple of days to pop along to designjunction and make up your own mind. (It's a great show, so allow plenty of time!)
The brass desk light is part of the new collection of Bestlites that have a brass structure. Not all the Bestlites are available in brass and only certain shades are available with certain structures -- i.e. you can't have just any shade with any structure. The original choices of chrome/black, chrome/off-white and chrome/matt white are now supplemented by brass/brass, brass/grey and brass/matt white.
The floor light also gets its original, larger, Ø21cm shade.
All in all they are really handsome, the warmth and traditional feeling of the brass complementing the cool, seaside/mountain peek white and grey shades.
Jacob Gubi of the Danish company Gubi (that is now responsible for Bestlites) says, "although Bestlite has not been available in brass for many years, the brass finish is entirely authentic...it gives the collection a new, softer, more contemporary feel and allows us to renew the collection whilst respecting its heritage."
The lights above are from the wood furniture specialists, Channels. For the last year or so, a distinct trend has been lights, usually task lights, made using wood (though not many are actually in production). The Finnieston is different in two ways:
- the wood is properly finished, creating a much more satisfying feel (usually a pale wood, unvarnished, is used)
- the light is all wood, including the shade! This is made possible by the coolness of the LED lamp.
Best of all, it is a very pleasing light -- actually, two lights, because, besides the table/desk light (H780mm), there is the floor/reading light (H1,520mm). Both are, of course, task lights!
They are part of a new collection called Finnieston that also includes a bookcase, a tripod table and a tallboy:
They are the brainchildren of Samuel Chan, who set up his own company, Channels, in 1995 with the well-known studio/showroom in Chelsea and a furniture workshop in Shropshire.
Channels photos by Philip Vile.