28th January 2019

One of the good things about compiling the weekly Interior News page for Scotland on Sunday is hearing about interesting new product ranges, as well as designers I haven’t come across before, and sometimes a collection arrives in my inbox that I know will work for the blog too. The new Wharf Lighting collection by the London-based design studio Harris & Harris was one of those emails. This range of lighting combines British craftsmanship with a thoughtful combination of materials – reeded glass, ash, brushed brass and blackened steel.

Founded in 2014 by husband and wife design duo Alexander and Sharon Harris, the Harris & Harris team creates innovative interior and product designs for clients across the residential, hospitality and commercial sectors, as well as a growing product collection, and the products are made in the UK by a network of artisans, workshops and factories.

The studio embraces a sustainable approach to design and manufacture as products are designed for durability, and where possible all materials and components come from the UK with a focus on natural, renewable and sustainably sourced materials.

The starting point for the Wharf Lighting collection came from experimenting with light through different types of glass. As the studio’s Creative Director Alexander says: “Reeded glass tube provided a very interesting effect and the semi-transparent nature allows for an attractive LED filament-look bulb to be used.” There are six lights in the collection: table, floor, desk, wall, ceiling and pendant. Each is available in a combination of burnt FSC certified ash with brushed brass or natural ash with blackened steel, with black woven flexes adding to the interplay of finishes.

“The beauty of the lamps are the textures expressed through the rich palette of materials we have selected, such as the tactile reeds of the glass and the deep grain of the burnt ash, which we have presented in a contemporary and minimal way,” ​Alexander adds.

As with all products in the collection, the Wharf lights contribute to the Harris & Harris ‘Designed for Life’ Foundation, which Alexander and Sharon set up to support charities that help people without the basics of food, water and shelter – and this is another reason to admire the approach of this design studio.

See the collection at Harris & Harris.

All photography provided by Harris & Harris.

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