About the Lamp Collection
Shelley had been musing on a Mud Australia Lamp Collection for years but knew that the design componentry needed a custom solution and the skills of an industrial designer. She first met Zac at an event in 2018 and, when she couldn’t get the lamps out of her mind, reached out in 2021 to discuss how collaborating with each other might work.
Crucial to the collection has been each designer's understanding of the other’s process. Over the design period, Zac conducted research on Mud's process and existing design language, even creating CAD models in his own studio to help finesse the intricate solutions needed. Shelley's expertise in pushing the boundaries of porcelain production proved invaluable in resolving structural issues and shaping the final designs. Throughout the process, both designers collaborated closely, offering ideas and jointly problem-solving to create new products that truly reflects their shared vision.
The use of matte powder coated steel for the frames and functional elements is a strong component in two of the lamps. The use of this material felt innately compatible with the unglazed porcelain, with the resulting designs displaying a happy marriage of our refined porcelain-making processes and the precise technical functionality of intuitive modern lighting.