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Roofer

Benjamin Hubert's Moroccan roof-inspired lampshades for Fabbian

by Paolo Ferrarini in Design on 14 April 2011

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Established in 1961, Italian lighting specialist Fabbian has developed a cult following for its technical expertise, constant innovation and in-house manufacturing.

Their repertoire of remarkable collaborations (among them Karim Rashid and Marc Sadler) now includes one with young British designer Benjamin Hubert, who just showed their ironic "Roofing" lamp at Milan's Salone del Mobile. The award-winning designer used rubbery silicone tiles in three different colorways to cover two different frames in a modular design loosely based on Moroccan tiles roofs. In spite of its lofty origins, the resulting shade looks like a place where cartoon birds would live.

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Ironic and silly, the design shows the playful sensibility of this young designer, a position he's refined enough to win international critical and media acclaim and to land him in international exhibits. Awards to date include Design of the Year (British Design awards 2010), Best Product (100% design/Blueprint awards 2009) and EDIDA International Young Designer of the year 2010.

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