Lighting highlights from The May Design Series


It was the lighting design that most captured my interest at this year's May Design Series which opened yesterday at ExCel in London and runs until tomorrow.

Tom Raffield's beautifully designed stand was for me one of the highlights of the show. After featuring his work on Design Hunter last year, I enjoyed meeting Tom and spent a good amount of time admiring his striking Flux pendant light (above). I also loved the large statement drum pendants he has recently added to the collection.

It's a busy week for Tom as he is also exhibiting at the Chelsea Flower Show, where he has created an artisan retreat aptly named ‘Inspired by Nature. Shaped by Steam'.


DX Freight offered an edited selection of some of the best products from this year's European design shows, including Nendo's Axor Waterdream - a light that is actually a shower, adding an enhanced sensual quality to the experience of taking a shower.


Daniel Schofield's goblet shaped Arundel pendant lights, available in brass, copper and pewter, are inspired by the goblets that were once made on the street in Sheffield from which they take their name - once the heart of Sheffield's metal working industry.


Jay Watson's forest-forged Bio Mass light is a pendant made from fallen ash branches collected from around his Oxfordshire home. Rather than cutting and polishing the branches into perfect timber planks, Jay decided to preserve and optimise the unique organic shapes and the intriguing patterns and texture of the bark.


And finally, this lampshade, intriguingly made from a textile 'grown' from mushrooms by Danish product designer Jonas Edvard, was exhibited as part of Material Xperience on tour by Materia.

The May Design Series is at ExCel, London until Tuesday 20 May.