The Roots of Design:
Heathfield & Co’s manufacturing heritage
|Heathfield & Co’s latest lighting designs, featured at this year’s Decorex International, continue to demonstrate the closely interwoven relationship between the company’s design process and manufacturing expertise.Heathfield & Co’s manufacturing heritage began forty years ago, when it established itself as one of the UK’s premium lampshade producers. This UK manufacturing base quickly evolved to incorporate two facilities, based in Kent and Manchester, creating both lampshades and intricately crafted lamp bases. The company’s manufacturing base now includes a worldwide partner network, creating inspirational lighting designs featured in some of the world’s most iconic hotels and luxury residential properties. Traditional techniques, such as glass blowing and ceramic casting, are utilised alongside wood fabrication and metal spinning, in addition to working with various stones, polymers and textiles. Heathfield & Co’s manufacturing expertise has also been consistently seen in various finishing techniques across the product ranges including bubbled glass detailing, vivid glass colour drops, ceramic distressing and crackle glazes, and metal leafing.
This growth in the company’s manufacturing process and facilities has simultaneously followed an strong evolution in the design process. A continuous development of the Signature Collection has run alongside new product ranges such as the Hotel Collection, and most recently, the Zoffany Collection, designed in partnership with the luxury textile and furnishing brand, Zoffany. These product collections show an expansive and eclectic range of design influences including Mid-century design, geometric sculpture, key architectural influences, and inspiration drawn from various forms of nature. A number of soon-to-be launched, additional designer ranges also look to expand and the enhance the company’s design ethos. A strong expertise in CAD has also enabled a precision and intricacy when approaching product design, both within core product ranges and with fully bespoke pieces.
While the development of these manufacturing and design processes have intertwined with, and effectively shaped each other, the key overarching benefit has been the ability to design without compromise or limitation. Design and colour trends are able to be seamlessly incorporated without being restricted by the underlying manufacturing process. This ability to design without limits has also been integral to realising the full, undiluted visions within the designer lighting ranges, as well as for the company’s bespoke services.
Several of the new and previewed designs at this year’s Decorex International event demonstrate this unrestricted design principle. The Cornelius table lamp, for example, features a highly intricate blown glass form, while the Freddie table and floor lamps feature a beautifully engineered, yet highly elegant glass structure. The sculpted forms of the featured Alabaster range also shows an ever-evolving design direction, alongside the use of unusual materials, creating a truly unique range of table lamps.
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