The innovative Shade light, designed by Paul Cocksedge, is now available through all Flos dealers in the UK. Shade inverts the traditional model of the lampshade, with the hallmarks of Paul Cocksedge’s imaginative design language. Created for top Italian lighting brand Flos, Shade plays with the boundaries of technology and materials, resulting in an original statement light.
“The Shade lamp started as a purely practical problem: how to rid ourselves of the clutter usually connected to light fittings,” says designer Paul Cocksedge. “The solution actually turned out to be quite mysterious, almost dreamlike. It utilises both floor and ceiling, but it appears connected to neither.”
Shade challenges the conventional use of mains electricity from the ceiling, thus eliminating intrusive wires, cables and switches. Instead, the power is sourced from a small LED floor fitting that shines light upwards into the Japanese paper shade, which in turn is suspended from the ceiling using near-invisible capillary-thin nylon wires.
From a distance the shade appears to float mid-air and diffuses a soft, warm light. Delicate in appearance, the shade’s durability has been enhanced by a special coating to protect the textured paper shell.
Additionally the lamp design has been created especially for flat-pack shipping. Easily installed, anywhere, at any height, Shade is perfect whether for a centrepiece or as an off-centre focus to light up darker corners, shadow-filled corridors and intimate alcoves.
Shade is the first offering for Flos by Paul Cocksedge, one of Britain’s leading contemporary designers. The highly imaginative and surreal effect of Shade captures the quintessential design language of the Paul Cocksedge Studio, combining a sense of simplicity, joy and wonder, as well as creating a pragmatic solution to an age-old problem of clutter.