The Helix light brings character to any room with its minimalist yet charismatic design. Handmade in Cornwall in Tom Raffield’s studio, the lamp is made of a single piece of very fine wood that is wrapped around itself.
In ash (pale wood), the light pierces through the grain of the wood and creates a beautiful and warm glow around the lamp. With darker wood such as oak (medium wood) and walnut (darker wood), the light is directed out of the bottom resulting in a golden glow in the inside of the lampshade. Made of responsibly sourced wood and finished with a non-toxic varnish, the Helix lamp comes in large and giant formats.
Tom uses steam bending throughout his design pieces. It is a traditional technique that consumes a low level of energy, minimises wastage, and promotes a sustainable production process. He discovered steam bending during his studies and since developed his own methodology to be able to create any shapes and curves. As a result, Tom’s creativity is never constrained.
Tom’s bag technique allows him to create complex 3D shapes. Traditional steam bending uses a chamber of steam in which the wood is first placed and then removed into the air to be bent. This process limits the manipulation of the wood as time is very restricted by the cooling of the air. So Tom uses a bag filled with steam that he places on certain portions of the wood. This way, he can create bends in the wood as the wood is being steamed. As a result, the design pieces can be crafted much more precisely. The wood is bent with a jig system combining clamps, composite straps and scaffolding bars to provide enough space for the whole process and avoid the limitation of shaping on a bench.
This specific technique is time-consuming and requires full dedication. Each piece is individually shaped by hand which makes Tom’s contemporary designs unique.
Helix Large 36cm x 36cm (h x d)
Helix Giant 52cm x 58cm (h x d)
Sustainably sourced ash (light wood), oak (medium wood) or walnut (dark wood).
To be used with an energy saving 25 watt bulb (equivalent to a 125 watt standard bulb).
Also supplied: a 2m Satin Nickel Ceiling Assembly Kit (E27/E26).
“I’ve always loved making things, asking myself what I was going to do and above all how I was going to make it.”
Designer Focus | Tom Raffield
Tom is a rising British designer based in Helston, Cornwall. His designs combine traditional craft skills with a definite contemporary style. All design pieces are handcrafted and respectful of the nature that inspires their curves.