Material Centric by Benjamin Hubert



Young designer Benjamin Hubert will present Material Centric, a collection of new projects, at 100% Futures in London next week.


Labware (above) is a collection of blown-glass lamps with cork stoppers, which Hubert developed by working closely with manufacturers London Glassworks.


"Material Centric is a range of simple interior products showcasing materials and process as the starting point for creativity," says Hubert.

Diamond chair (above) has a bent-steel, powder-coated frame and upholstered, laminated oak or walnut seat. Lily Pad tables (below) are made with oak or walnut tops and bent-steel frames.


Below: Fold magazine rack, made from folded steel.


Below: Yumbrella, a ceramic fruit bowl and banana tree.


100% Futures will be open 18-21 September.


Hubert will also present a range of concrete lamps called Heavy (above and below) for Decode London, 17-24 September.


Here's some more information from the designer:


‘Material Centric'

Launch 100% Futures @ 100% Design 2008

Working in conjunction with a number of master craftsmen in the fields of glass blowing, ceramics, veneer/woodworking, metal engineering and concrete casting, Benjamin Hubert Studio presents Material Centric.

Material Centric is a range of simple interior products showcasing materials and process as the starting point for creativity.


Labware lamps

A range of large geometric blown glass lamps showcasing the purity of glass blowing.


Labware lamps are the result of working closely with the glass blowing process at London Glass works to create a range of softly geometric lamps counterbalanced by Portuguese bark topped cork and arctic cabling.


Richly contrasting materials and textures emphasis the simplicity and purity of mouth blown glass whilst utilising archetypal glass detailing.


Diamond Chair

An occasional chair focusing on material detailing in bute fabric upholstery and veneer production .


Working in conjunction with bespoke upholsters, veneer manufacturers and metal engineers. Diamond chairs bring together a number of different materials and crafts, to create a chair that focuses on quality of material and detailing.


Upholstered in Bute tweed on walnut and oak veneered backs with a powder coated cnc bent steel frame.


Lily Pad tables

A series of solid wood and steel tables focusing on the visual weight of materials.


A solid wood surface focusing on material detailing is counterbalanced by a cnc bent steel frame. In combination they create a series of side tables focusing on minimising visual weight whilst still using substantial materials.

Walnut or Oak surface with powder coated steel frame.


Fold magazine rack

Utilising folded steel to emphasis a magazine racks functionality and paper contents.

To emphasis the paper contents of a magazine rack 'fold' magazine racks mirror the form of a folded or crumpled piece of paper. Creating a simple magazine holder that has a unique architectural silhouette.


Laser cut and cnc bent steel with powder coated finish.

Yumbrella bowl and banana tree

Demonstrating the flexibility and potential of earthenware ceramics to produce an unexpected fruit bowl with integrated banana tree.


yumbrella has been produced in collaboration with ceramic craftsmen from stoke on trent in the uk. The results although fun, demonstrate the potential of ceramic to acieve forms that would otherwise be made in resin or plastic. Retaining the quality, craftsmanship and diversity of ceramic production.


Heavy Lights

A range of thin walled concrete pendant lamps analysing the perception of material worth.


Designed as a large installation for Decode London within the Foundry exhibition and the centre piece to the Icon design trail in London design week at:

POP-UP 187 - 211 St John Street - 17th to the 24th of September.


Heavy lamps are 5mm thin walled concrete pendant lamps for Decode London in manufactured by an innovative concrete casting company in Germany.


Available in a range of greys and in two sizes. Production lamps available late 2008.


Posted on Monday September 8th 2008 at 1:05 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • omar

    nice one. some good stuff here.

  • BangPow

    Surprising that all these projects came from the same designer

  • termite
  • Zenza

    Portuguese cork is really an amazing material…!

  • zuy

    same comment than BangPow and termite….

  • jed_

    a really amazing talent by the looks of these things. beautifully imagined and realised as well as incredibly diverse. well done!

  • Azeem

    All are beautifull except the chair!

  • joe

    these are amazing – a talent to watch!

  • K. Rimane

    fantastic, where can i find them, i want those white glass lamps.

  • Umm

    The objects vary from naff one-liner to quite nice. The concrete lamps look nice, but would question the choice of material as a pendant light (head + concrete = ouch). Oh well, can’t win them all. But, my objection is the transparent way in which the designer is trying to leverage some sort of association with ‘craft’, whilst the objects are totally devoid of a craft aesthetic. And it’s quire ridiculous to describe your process as ‘Working in conjunction with bespoke upholsters, veneer manufacturers and metal engineers.’… Er, doesn’t that some up the working process of any mass produced object? A designer with no real point of differentiation, so clearly needed to write one in instead.

  • zuy

    i think there is some differential design even if it’s often ready made product !!!

  • xtiaan

    as a student glassblower i want to like the lamps but they are quoting such generic forms it seems almost pointless that they were handmade, irony is just SO late 90’s

    mad props for your crazy pipe skills tho