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Book review: illuminate – contemporary craft lighting

Book review: illuminate – contemporary craft lighting

I must stop taking it for granted that I know so many fabulously talented craftsmen and women, I am so lucky! When I heard that lighting designer Hannah Nunn was launching a book profiling craft lighting in the UK I nearly squeaked with excitement. For anyone who has been lucky enough to visit the glowing mecca of lighting that is Radiance in Hebden Bridge will be familiar with Hannah’s knack for stocking, spotting and displaying the best individual lighting designers in the UK and beyond.

It is fitting therefor that Hannah is charged with the responsibility of bringing a book to market on an often neglected but very important area of craft. Illuminate brings a whole range of craft lighting to us in a neat and organised book, paying attention to the quirks and process of individual designers this really is a selfless book that pays regard to curation above ego.

Split into sections such as ‘Recycled Materials’ which is one of my favourite chapters, Illuminate asks simple questions and triumphs individuality. You can guarantee that one of the featured artists will inspire you to begin creating or continue creating with renewed vigour whatever your chosen discipline. Don’t pick up this book expecting how to make your own lampshade, this is not a project book.

Some books are unputdownable and this is one of them, its going to live on my desk so whenever I need a ray of light and a spark of inspiration it will be there on hand.