Products and objects
Lamps, stool and side tables
And then there was Lumia
Thai Hua says that what inspires and preoccupies him is above all everyday life, with all its accompanying items and objects. Most of all, it is the conceptual and poetic aspect of working in design that attracts him, because it often permits a personal approach. Until recently, he worked for design agencies as an industrial designer, working on his own projects in his own studio in his spare time. This allowed him to focus on the designs themselves and forget about any financial issues, thus he could simply take pleasure in his own work.
A year ago, Thai Hua made the daring decision to set up his own firm, and won the Swiss Federal Design Award 2012 with one of his first designs. The design, entitled 'Lumia', consists of a number of ceiling and standard lamps. The fine-tuning of the idea with the aid of a computer was followed by what, for Thai Hua, is the most exciting phase of the project: the conversion of the 2D plans into to-scale paper models, a process which the designer invariably finds inspiring and enlightening. Further experiments indicated that the lampshades should be made out of single wall cardboard: a material that permits a light, self-supporting structure whilst simultaneously permitting a gentle, muted diffusion of the light. 'Lumia' unites optimal lighting qualities with the poetry of paper lanterns. In this design, Thai Hua makes it possible for us to bring a world of childhood memories and atmospheric light into our own homes.