Roofer by Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian


Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

Milan 2011: Italian lighting brand Fabbian will present a collection of pendant lamps covered in silicone tiles by London designer Benjamin Hubert in Milan next month.

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

Called Roofer, the design comprises a series of wire frames over which users hang modular grooved components in graduated colours.

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

See also: Paddle by Benjamin Hubert for Fabbian

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

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Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

Photographs are by Giulio Favotto.

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

Here are some more details from Hubert:


Roofer starts from a production brief of creating a flexible module that can create the surface of a range of shaped pendant lamp structures.

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

Inspired by roof tiles found in Marrakesh a single ‘tile’ is used to clad various steel frame works. This allows for different shaped lamps to be created from a single tile. The consumer can build their own lamp from a framework and selection of different coloured tiles, allowing for customisation as the end user becomes part of the design process.

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

The tile is manufactured from a flexible silicon polymer which both allows the module to be formed around a compound curvature framework as well as allowing some light through its translucent structure.

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

The selection of a polymer is also inline with the high volume production involved in this type of repetitive element scheme.

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

Roofer by Benjamin Hubert

See also:


Paddle by Benjamin Hubert
for Fabbian
Heavy Desk Light by Benjamin Hubert for Decode Crane by
Benjamin Hubert

Posted on Thursday March 31st 2011 at 1:51 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • DVE

    I like this as an idea. Using tiled repetition to create large pendant shades. Just a shame this particular outcome doesn't visually work all that well.

    Makes me think of a Pinata.

  • stefan

    looks like a lamp made of bird feathers!

  • Kerby

    These creations would work well in an Amazon themed cafe or a Playmobile shop.

  • bob the builder

    Do you remember that bar at LDF 2010

  • joe

    like the idea, don't like the feeling they give me, too much chicken…

  • critic

    really interesting lamp, conceptually it works very well. I also think the delivery is successful – a good use of materials.

  • dorothy

    quality not quantity mr hubert. slow down a bit.

    • andy

      what ya on about dot, he's gotta make a living and I think this is his strongest piece yet!

      • Curator

        Well said andy. The best designers combine a prolific output with well thought out concepts…..which it seems, is where 'mr hubert' is heading.

        • Beans

          "The best designers combine a prolific output with well thought out concepts"

          He just needs to work on the 'well thought out concept" bit, then we may have something.

      • Andrew

        You have more chances of making a living with a good piece, that with ten bad ones.
        One thing is getting things produced, another selling them.

        • retro

          what have you ever designed andrew to make such a statement?

          • oliver

            Retro…..did you design this piece? if so just ignore these comments and get back to work.

  • ADesigner

    The idea of the silicone and wire frame is interesting but I just cant imagine what environment this would work in

    • colonel saunders

      It might work in KFC!

  • Crackerjack
  • deborah

    It seems like this guy works with an "inspiration" board filled with the works of other designers. Most of the products he designed can be said about that they are a bit like this, or like that. This one has some of Bouroullec I find for example, and some of indeed the outdoor bar linked to in an earlier comment.
    This leaves me with the feeling this designer (or stylist) for some reason likes to style as many lights as possible without actually saying something about it or displaying any real unique thoughts or ideas. Neither does his portfolio show any consistent thread rather then most of his pendant lights are based on spun shapes. Why? who knows.
    It leaves many products that hit the trends in time but soon will be forgotten.

    • new

      deborah, that is a savage asaualt have you got a personal issue or something? As a young designer he is doing extremely well.

  • teacher


    Your comments seem immature and uninformed.

    1. 99% of lamps are 'spun' actually… revolved… because of the production process not for stylistic reasons.

    2. i worked in his studio and he certainly does not have an 'inspiration board' – not of existing designs at least.

    3.if you want to know what he's saying – why dont you read about the concepts?

  • David

    Not sure which came first as both 2011 but regardless this one called Carmen is much nicer….