TR Bulb is a clever solution for modern city living, inspired by the way people are increasingly becoming urban nomads, moving between cities and countries to pursue careers and life experiences.
The first collaboration between MENU and Tim Rundle, TR Bulb is designed to be taken from apartment to apartment – installed by simply screwing it into the pendant sockets hanging in ceilings all over the world, no electrical expertise required. A dimmable LED bulb, its elegant, spherical form hides the lamp fitting, while the opal glass diffuser creates an even, harmonious glow – preventing glare.
the inherent flexibility of the TR Bulb led us to design a collection of accessory fittings, including wall/ceiling sockets, table lights, pendant sets and suspension frames.
These accessories are, like the TR Bulb itself, driven by the need for portability – so the wall bracket can either be permanently wired in, or hung from a nail like a picture, with a cable plugged into a wall socket.
Bloom is a result of ongoing experimentation in transparency and light. Contrasting materials, in this case finely perforated steel and frosted glass, were combined in order to manipulate and control light, softening the sometimes harsh output of modern efficient lamps.
The metallic mesh core, with it’s micro perforations, projects a soft focus texture onto the blown glass shade while directing an unobstructed pool of light downwards. This lends Bloom a distinct character shift between it’s on and off state.
The design process focussed heavily on prototyping the lit effect itself, with numerous perforation patterns being produced and tested.
The super-elliptical form of the shade is inspired in part by paper lanterns, and calls to mind their gentle dynamic glow.
The brief called for a space that maintained the relaxed attitude of the proprietor's apartment where clients visited before the salon was opened. On an exceedingly tight budget, we converted a storage loft space into hair salon. Bespoke furniture and equipment was sourced from local suppliers in Hackney, the London borough where the Salon is located. Space constraints called for intelligent solutions; such as cutting stations with integrated lighting and a ‘shared table’ waiting space.
Collaboration with Lauren van Uden
Client: Glasshouse Salon
Photos : Damien Van Der Vlist
Here you can find a small selection of some projects Tim was involved with prior to forming Tim Rundle Studio.
Tim's previous roles included Head Designer at Tom Dixon, Design Director at Conran & Partners, Industrial Designer at Priestmangoode and Industrial Designer at Formworks Design.
Tim's experience spans Furniture, Lighting, Consumer Electronics, Transport (Aviation and Rail) and Veterinary/Medical products for a range of clients that include, among others, Air New Zealand, Panasonic, Coca Cola, Turkish Airlines, Airbus, Embraer.