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Shane Holland

issue 46 December / January 2008/9

Designer Shane Holland presents his new collection and brings to light one of the largest chandelier installations in Ireland

The ethos behind the Shane Holland design studio is to create unique but well-designed functional and sculptural elements which are innovative in their design and ecological in their approach. This is perhaps why Holland has opted to utilise LED technology in some of his new pieces that were launched at Tent London during London Design Week.

The main work of one of Ireland’s leading designers is in lighting, along with some furniture production from his workshop in County Meath. Holland studied Industrial Design at the National College of Art and Design Dublin and the University of Limerick before working as a technician and honing his skills. He set up a studio in 1991 and his first creation was a light converted from a Russian vacuum cleaner. Holland has since come a long way.

His latest designs, Hoopla and Octogon, aim to ‘express the forms of the new energy revolution in LED lighting technology’. Hoopla is a floating form ceiling light that is waterjet cut in anodised aluminium with up and downlighting Luxeon LEDs. It is currently available in white and the studio is planning a turbo version with more powerful 3W downlights. Octogon uses 8 x 3W high powered LED strips and is destined to make an impact in this sector whilst contributing to Holland’s innovation and ecological goals.

“With my new range some of the products come from the evolving thoughts I have about a light being created from one disc of metal, like Hoopla, and using the most efficient lighting,” says Holland. Previous works by the designer include the decorative Chev ceiling light with globe CFL lamps, and Big Bang.

Holland’s most recent work is the biggest piece ever built from his workshop, and is also thought to be the largest chandelier in Ireland. The Vortex Chandelier is 5.2m in diameter with a drop of 7m. It had to be constructed in seven sections and assembled on site at its new home, the Church of St Peter and Paul in Portlaoise, County Laois. Holland’s thinking behind the chandelier is that a light structure with tapering concentric rings would emphasise the height of the ceiling and focus energy on the altar area, whilst its whirlpool shape leads to the title for the piece. Vortex is made from brass and aluminium, and its light source is CFL A energy rated using 12 x 20W and 12 x 7W downlights.

And what makes his lights special? “They are sculptural as objects and look good with the lights off as well as on,” Holland explains. “They are where I think lighting products are going in the future and I am committed to improving and refining these items.”


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