Basel: Port Light by Alexander Taylor 04.08.11

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Port light is British designer Alexander Taylor's first project for London's David Gill Galleries, shown at Design Miami/Basel in June. "I started by just modelling with card, playing around with the archetype of what a light can be, and turned the shade on its side," says Taylor.

The lamp, which comes as a floor and table version and evokes a ship's porthole, is made from sheets of aluminium rolled into tubes. The light source is hidden in the base of the lamp, and shines through a grill at the top of the stem. The simplicity of the rolled aluminium and the reference to archetypal forms is reminiscent of another of Taylor's projects, the Fold light for Established & Sons.

The Port light project is Taylor's first venture into limited-edition design. "Working with a gallery, you tap into a different kind of craftsmanship and you can realise projects that wouldn't be appropriate for retail," he says. "It's allowing me to pursue an arena where I can be more expressive."

The two lights shown in Basel are the first in a larger series that will be shown at the beginning of next year at David Gill Galleries in London.

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The form of the light was inspired by portholes in ship hulls

 

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Johanna Agerman

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The light source is hidden in the base of the lamp, and shines through a grill at the top of the stem

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