Lights & Lighting

black Bakelite rocker switch

Turning off the Rocker Switches | Turning on 100% Compliance

For several years Factorylux has sold rocker switches in classic dark and ivory Bakelite. The switches are made in Mexico by a division of Cooper Industries, the huge (2012 revenue = $21 billion) US-based global electrical products manufacturer. The switches are really beautiful – classics of industrial design and much more pleasing than the cheap […]

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Craft Printing

Prelogram – Recycling Christmas Cards

In 1843 John Callcott Horsley – a British painter noted for his objection to paintings of the nude – created a design for his friend Sir Henry Cole. The design, a triptych of images was lithographed onto 1,000 pieces of card and hand coloured. Each card bore the message ‘A Merry Christmas and a Happy […]

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The Interviews

Julia Cook jewellery

Julia Cook Simple Lights | Designed for Factorylux

Julia Cook is a goldsmith and jeweller renowned for her colourful nature-themed jewellery. She’s the founder of two successful jewellery businesses: Branch on the Park, a workshop and store in east London’s Victoria Park. And Blossoming branch, an online retailer. In 2010 Factorylux supplied the lighting for Branch on the Park – lighting which still looks […]

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A steel light shade being made

Making Factorylux Light Shades

Factorylux light shades are made entirely in the UK by skilled engineers. The five minute film (30 second version here) shows Factorylux Coolicon shades being hand crafted from steel and vitreous enamel. The raw material for the shades is high quality low carbon steel (or pure copper for the copper shades) which is cut into […]

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sonic shades

Factorylux Christmas Carols | #SonicShades

Earlier in the year Factorylux asked composer and musician Tom Parkinson to capture the sounds of Factorylux shades. As well sampling the shades to compose two original pieces, Tom has used the samples to play Christmas carols. There are nine carols in the series and we are releasing them here in the run up to […]

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