Rhino lamp, £99, Graham & Green
Berlin-based lighting designer Stuart Haygarth transforms mundane objects into unexpected works of art, and boy am I pleased he has slipped onto my radar. Party poppers, spectacles, flotsam, jetsam… all are re-imagined, re-arranged and re-interpreted within a brand new context. “My work revolves around everyday objects, collected in large quantities, categorized and presented in such a way that they are given new meaning. It is about giving banal and overlooked objects new significance.”
While the complete sustainability of his designs is something to be lauded in itself – and an example to designers worldwide as the question of sustainability continues to divide consumers – the aesthetic results are astounding, and have attracted a wide and varied following. His 2008 Storm Project for Selfridges, above, uses man-made debris to channel the harsh environment of the British coastline, all of which Haygarth had carefully amassed over several years on Dungeness Beach in Kent. Top of my list has to be the central orange sculpture which is made entirely of fisherman’s gloves; 300 pairs to be exact.
Surprisingly, Haygarth’s design above, for Vogue Nippon in aid of UNICEF in 2007, is a children’s night light, full of random plastic items sold in vending machines. Below is his Millennium project, the prototype for which was created from 1,000 used party poppers collected on 01.01.00 after the Millennuim celebrations. It proved so popular that he has recreated the design with different colour schemes.
If, like me, you like what you see, stay tuned. Haygarth is in the middle of an ongoing scavenge on the Dungeness coastline, sorting and categorising all the strange debris he finds, and has already produced four works, one of which – Tidemark, below – is both an installation piece and photographic work, creating harmony and order out of chaos and decay. If only it was that easy…
To see more designs or order one for yourself, visit www.stuarthaygarth.com