You might already know the Plumen bulb, the designer low energy bulb with the captivating swirls. In case you are not familiar with the Plumen bulb, here is one more reason to look it up. Students enrolled in a product design course at the Middlesex University in the UK, were briefed to create an environmentally friendly lamp shade that would complement the Plumen 001 bulb, winner of the brit insurance design of the year award in 2011, designed by Hulger & Samuel Wilkinson.
The project started in Spring 2013 when Tom Stables, a tutor at Middlesex University who had worked with Hulger in the past, invited Hulger and suggested that their innovative Plumen 001 could be the focus of a workshop in the Middlesex Product Design course. Thrilled with the idea of working with student designers, Hulger took on the invitation, which was an opportunity to explore new possibilities for the Plumen 001, free from any commercial constraint. The students produced a number of impressive designs with characteristic “experimental” styling.