We look at Cameron Design House, where bespoke architectural lighting is inspired by Ian Cameron’s Nordic and English heritage
Words by Cathy Hayward
Established in 2014 by Ian Cameron, Cameron Design House is a bespoke sculptural lighting company based in London. Cameron’s main sources of inspiration are influenced by his Nordic and English heritage. In 2016, with the creation of bespoke and statement light installations, Cameron Design House picked up the International Design and Architecture Award for Best Pendant/Chandelier. In 2018, Cameron Design House exhibited for the first time in Milan and at the London Design Festival. Proudly designed and manufactured in Britain, each design is handmade by the brand’s expert team of craftspeople in the London studio at St John’s Wood, creating unique and contemporary light fittings.
Following degree courses in both furniture design & realisation and furniture & product design at London Metropolitan University, Cameron was inspired to explore lighting design due to the intriguing opportunities for creativity and technical innovation. Inspiration for the studio’s products comes from Cameron’s links with the UK and Finland, with each bespoke piece combining Britain’s tradition of pushing creative possibilities with the Nordic trademark of clean lines and harmonious living. ‘I draw inspiration from literally everywhere, from sci-fi films to nature and brutalism. I am constantly fascinated by my surroundings. I have a strong Finnish heritage and I draw a lot of inspiration from Finland as well as my travels.’
The Helmi, meaning ‘pearl’ in Finnish, was conceived during a fishing trip near his hometown of Turku in Finland. A 24-carat gold-plated industrial net displays the exquisite ‘catch’ of glass pearls. The glass pearls are all handblown in London and available in a variety of colours, each illuminated by a LED filament bulb.
Inspired by the tranquil lakes of Lohja, Finland, this contemporary design won the International Design and Architecture Award for Best Pendant/ Chandelier. Exploring tranquillity, space and equilibrium, Lohja combines simplicity with geometry creating a striking, balanced sculptural form, which changes appearance from each angle it is viewed from.
The branching frame of pendant Haara has a delicate and finely engineered structure derived from close observation of nature. The cylindrical lanterns are assembled from hand-drawn glass and polished brass, concealing the lighting element and creating a unique and admirable lighting diffuser, whether on or off. As in nature, this piece can grow - enabling it to suit any interior environment.
Designed in collaboration with 2LG Studio, the ‘Capsule’ collection meets the challenge of taking the classic strip light and re-imagining it in a contemporary context. ‘We love to disrupt the norm and wanted to do just that with a Victorian property. The lights are a key part of that for us, bringing an ultra-modern edge to the period architecture and making strip lights sexy,’ says Cameron.