The Skipper Pendant is a great demonstration of Tom Raffield’s unique steam bending technique. Resolutely contemporary, the petal-shaped lamp is minimalistic yet acts as a huge statement in a room. Nodding to Scandinavian design, the lamp orchestrates a beautiful game of light and shadows enhancing the beauty of the wood. Handmade in Cornwall, the lamp is available in sustainably sourced ash, oak or walnut.
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.
40cm x 62cm (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). We recommend using the award-winning Plumen low energy light bulb with its twisted and curled shape to compliment the Skipper Pendant.
Also supplied: a 2m Satin Nickel Ceiling Assembly Kit (E27/E26).
“I look at shapes within nature to get inspired, it can be a twisted branch or knots in a tree that influence the object I’m making.”
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 handmade and respectful of the nature that inspires their curves.
Inspired by a precious stone, the Diamond pendant lamp displays an elegant silhouette for a glamorous appeal. Neo/Craft plays with geometry with utmost taste and variety as the lamp comes in three formats and three colours.
Each lamp is delivered with a matching ceiling rose and a 2.5 metres suspension cable.
Silk grey, White, Black
Maximum 8 weeks, depending on stock list
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