Phototaxis is a design and craft collaboration between Joe Armitage Dominic Jones and Tomo Campbell. Phototaxis refers to the movement of organisms towards or away from a stimulus of light. This project sees Armitage, Jones and Campbell collaborate to create six original adaptations of the timeless lamp design, which was first created by Edward Armitage in 1952. The Lamps are completely handmade by the collaborators.
Joe Armitage studied for six years at the Welsh School of Architecture. Whilst completing his Masters in 2012 he started designing and making furniture inspired by his family’s long artistic heritage.
Five time New Gen Award Winner Dominic Jones launched in 2009 with the eponymous debut jewellery collection ‘ Tooth and Nail’. Dominic trained as a jeweller at London’s Sir John Cass School of Art and Design. In 2011 Dominic was awarded ‘ Jewellery Designer of the Year’ at the ELLE Style Awards.
Thomas ‘Tomo’ Campbell graduated from Central Saint Martin’s in 2010. After graduating, Campbell was appointed artist in residence for the English National Ballet and has since been working on an exclusive scarf range in collaboration with designers Lily & Lionel.
Polished brass bracken leaves curve around the light source in a cone producing dramatic shadows and reflections.
The bracken shade sits on a hand carved walnut stand in the form of the original Armitage Lamp. A fallen bracken leaf drapes over the walnut base.
Rose Gold plated thorns rise up the stem of the tall lamp. The Tengujo handmade Japanese conservation paper shade is painted with oils to represent the flower at the top of the stem.
The rose shade attaches to the gold plated shade ring and then onto the stem, which is the same height as the tall version of the Armitage Lamp.
A slender Avis bird perches at the top of a brass strip, which is inset into the walnut pole. The two wings of the alabaster shade are attached by a system of brushed brass wing nuts and fittings.
The alabaster shade is attached to the brass inset pole. The pole slides into a solid alabaster base, which echoes the form of the original Armitage Lamp.
The oil painted Tengujo handmade Japanese conservation paper shade is interchangeable. It is fastened to the lamp using a system of wing nuts.
The oil painted shade has brushed brass reinforcements, which attach to the brushed brass shade ring and then onto the form of the original Armitage Lamp.
A pair of jewelled spiders crawl around the lamp. One sits on the base while the other guards a white gold plated chain web hung high up around the shade.
The spiders shade sits on a hand carved walnut stand in the form of the tall version of the Armitage Lamp.
Six cast moths fly around a calf vellum shade on the tips of gold plated ostrich feather quills.
The moth shade sits on a hand carved walnut stand in the form of the original Armitage Lamp.
Each of the Phototaxis Lamp designs are available for purchase as a limited numbered edition
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