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Float by Benjamin Hubert for Unique Copenhagen

London Design Festival 09: London designer Benjamin Hubert will present a range of cork lamps for Danish design brand Unique Copenhagen at 100% Design, which opens tomorrow.

The lamps are hand-turned out of Portuguese agglomerate cork blocks.

These blocks are constructed using waste cork from the manufacture of wine stoppers.

The waste created when the lamps are turned is then fed back into the process and used to create the next batch of lamps.

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Here's some information from Hubert:


Float, a collaboration with Scandinavian lighting manufacturer Unique Copenhagen.

Unique Copenhagen are located in Denmark and produce a range of contemporary lighting products.

They work with both emerging and established designers and are renowned for producing some of Verner Panton’s most celebrated designs.

Float pendant lights are manufactured in a Portuguese factory, hand turned using traditional wood working techniques from large agglomerate cork blocks. The blocks are environmentally friendly as they are constructed from the waste product in wine stopper manufacture.

Turning the cork blocks produces a high volume of waste, however due to the recyclable nature of the cork, it is put directly back into the process to make new lamps.

The lamps retain a classic simplicity, allowing the focus to remain with the cork material. When illuminated the reflected light within the shade produces a warming natural glow emphasised by the colouration of the cork.

Float Specification
Large Ø 600mm, Medium Ø 400mm, Small Ø 200mm
Hand turned Portuguese agglomerate oak cork