Following his work as a Designer in Residence at Northumbria University, it seems that Neil Conley can do no wrong: we loved his beautiful, thought-provoking glassware and his recent award-worthy medals. The Newcaste-upon-Tyne-based industrial designer is pleased to unveil the "Submariner," a dimmable table lamp, at DesignJunction 2012.
The barrel-like exterior of the lamp consists of two pieces of bead-rolled steel—available in galvanized, enamel gloss or textured matte—neatly fastened with a pair of worm-driven clamps. "The process of bead rolling introduces rigidity to the lightweight sheet structure; providing a return to house the diffusers whilst creating exterior channels for the clamps." The diffusion plates are available in "a selection of heavy tints, allowing the bulb to be at maximum luminosity without creating glare, with light escaping through the aperture at the rear."
The name, of course, refers to Conley's inspiration: "the form and construction of the lamp is a reference to the materials and techniques seen in traditional marine exploration; port holes, diving helmets, periscopes..." Thus, the nicely refined steampunk interpretation of the maritime aesthetic represents an alternative to that of his fellow countryman Benjamin Hubert's chair.