Nectar lamp shade Designer: Rebecca Asquith
Hexagonal shapes are prolific throughout nature. Most notably, these shapes are seen in the hive of the honey bee. A honeycomb cell is one of nature’s most efficient designs – there is not one unnecessary surface. The cell is strong, structurally sound, and very light compared with the volume of delicious liquid that is stored within.
Made from lightweight felted polyester, the Nectar lamp shade draws its inspiration from the beehive. The soft and simple form resonates with us tapping into the deep and ancient association we have with bees. During the day it is a soft reminder of the beauty of nature and the amazing strength of the honeycomb structure. At night the Nectar comes alive with a warm and comforting inner glow that also highlights the structure and craftsmanship of the shade.
The Nectar lamp shade comes in two sizes – ‘Full’ and ‘Half’ as well as three colours.
Made in: New Zealand
Dimensions: Full Shade : 690mmH x 360mmD
Materials: 100% polyester fibre, steel spider
Colours: Yellow, Grey, Orange
– The shade is made from 100% polyester that is UV stabilised to provide resistance to colour fade and moisture so that it won’t stain, rot or break down. It is also a non-rip, non-fray, non-toxic, non-allergenic, highly durable and easy-to-clean material.
– Because it is made from 100% polyester it is fully recyclable.
– It is laser cut/or die cut with the parts tightly nested together to minimise waste.
– It comes flat packed to minimise packaging materials and to reduce its size for transport.
– All off-cuts from the production process are taken back by the manufacturer to be recycled into new material.
Designtree began late one night in a small studio in industrial Wellington. Rebecca and Tim were both running our own design practises from our shared studio. “Why not just amalgamate it all into one entity?” Rebecca asked. Tim read between the lines and a few months later asked her to marry him. She said yes but she was also serious about joining their companies together.
They are now growing to collaborate with other designers and institutions to build a solid body of thoughtful and beautiful work.
Designtee is a flexible design studio. Rebecca and Tim work with established and emerging designers as well as graduates to keep things fresh. It’s an exciting and diverse place to be – the work is often challenging but seldom boring.
Designer/maker Rebecca Asquith is based in Wellington, New Zealand where she produces contemporary design objects.
Growing up in the small coastal village of Waitara, Taranaki, Rebecca developed a love of nature and a deep respect for the environment. She draws inspiration from her Te-Atiawa roots (North Taranaki Maori Tribe – Iwi) and from the forms and processes of nature.
Fundamental to her design ethos is the creation of high quality innovative design objects using eco-friendly design and high quality sustainable materials.
Rebecca produces her environmentally conscious objects using responsible design to minimize waste, allow for ease of separation of materials for repair and recycling, use recycled and eco friendly materials, and designing work to collapse for ease of transport and the reduction of packaging materials.
Passionate about preserving the natural environment and exploring both traditional and cutting edge craft and fabrication techniques to make beautiful objects with an environmental conscience.