The idea for the Kurk Lamp was conceived when designer Craig Foster started taking other desk lights apart. He discovered a huge amount of unnecessary parts, fixtures and glue being used, and was surprised to find that the average lamp consisted of over 30 parts! What devised as an alternative was a simple flat-pack design that employs cork to create a cool new eco-lighting solution with a unique aesthetic. Speaking about the lamp, Foster said, “The aim of Kurk was to use the minimum amount of parts, without compromising on the personality and character of the product.”

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The construction of the lamp allows users to manually build each fixture without the need for tools or glue. And because it comes flat-packed, both space and packaging material is saved during transport. Moreover, by focusing on the life-cycle of the product, each part of Kurk can be recycled or reused individually when the whole is no longer needed as a light. Because the user has assembled the lamp themselves, they should feel confident to take it apart again.

Kurk was chosen as the winning design for the 2012 BDC New Designer of the Year award. Kurk also won 2nd place at the 2012 Lighting Association’s Student Lighting Design Awards.

+ Craig Foster