Titan 1 Pendant by Peter Bowles for the Conran Shop
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Based on an original 1940s design, often seen in factories, offices, stations and industrial units of the period, the Titan pendant lamp by designer Peter Bowles epitomises industrial-chic style. Exquisitely hand-spun from aluminium, this dome-shaped piece is available in a choice of sizes, a wide range of colours including different interior colours with optional glass visors to perfectly match your interior scheme. Complete with a sturdy steel braided cable, the detailing of the open casting creates a wonderful and visually striking lighting choice – ideal for a kitchen or hanging above a dining table. More about Peter Bowles One of the first designers to capture the appeal of industrial style, Peter Bowles’ collection is inspired by a family history steeped in retail, manufacturing and design. Born in Oxford in 1957, Bowles was introduced to the lighting business from a young age. A carpenter by trade, Bowles’ grandfather was chairman of Minty Furniture of Oxford, later bought out by Parker Knoll. After learning the ropes at Minty, Bowles’ father launched iconic 1960s lighting retailer Cosmo Designs, employing 13-year-old Bowles on his stand at the Harrogate Lighting Fair. Childhood visits to his father’s manufacturing facilities opened his eyes to the clean lines of traditional factory fittings and the functionality of mid-century style. Although it was when Bowles travelled to France in 1976 and worked on the machines at a cutlery manufacturer that his passion for what he calls the “crash, bang, whallop of production” was ignited. In 1977 Bowles returned to England and opened a factory in Sheffield that produced a million pieces of own-designed cookware a year. However, feeling unsatisfied by the limitations of cutlery, in 1990, he returned to his lighting roots and founded Original BTC in Oxford. That same year he designed the classic Hector pendant lamp, which is just as popular today thanks to its instantly recognisable retro-inspired bone china shade and cotton braided flex. His lamps are mostly influenced by traditional factory fittings and iconic 1930s and 1940s design. For example, the Cobb Rise and Fall pendant lamp is based on a Dutch cobblers light, the Titan pendant lamp is based on an original 1940s factory design and the Phane pendant lamp takes inspiration from a light on the Paris Metro. Today, three UK production facilities are dedicated to constructing the lights. The aluminium shades and bases are hand-spun from sheet metal in the heart of the country’s metal-working industry and sent to Oxford for assembly, while bone china shades are hand-cast in Stoke-on-Trent.