Bellamy Design is our Supplier of the Week; 4 – 10 July.
We first met Bellamy Design, or then man behind it, Sam, at New Designers in 2015 following his graduation from Nottingham Trent University. From the start Sam understood the importance of designing within manufacturing limits and thus, the Moroccan Lamps were born.
We spoke with Sam to find out how his first year has been.
How did you first get into design?
As a nipper I was always more interested in art and design than anything academic; I think it stems back to creating whatever I could with Lego and K’NEX.
What inspires your work?
I look to a lot of iconic examples of design, rather than specific design icons. I recently moved into a Victorian warehouse conversion as a live/work studio; starting with a blank canvas and a stubbornness to buy temporary furniture has given me a lot of ideas of how to furnish a home.
The Moroccan Lamps come in 3 shapes; globe, pear and plume; as well as 4 finishes; aluminium, brass, copper and powder-coated.
How are your designs made?
I try to consider how to fabricate and assemble my designs efficiently, requiring as few processes as possible. I don’t have a lot of investment at my disposal so I keep tooling to a minimum too. I enjoy the challenge of creating a manufacturing process with jigs and refining designs so I can produce them at a competitive price.
You’re in One Year On at New Designers – how has your first year been and what have you learnt?
It’s been very steady to say the least, I feel like I’m just getting started. I moved to London in September and started working for Flight Design on bespoke staircases and interiors projects, which gave me a lot of construction and fabrication experience. I then moved into the warehouse studio at the start of the year and started to get a feel for what would be necessary to design. One Year On came about at the perfect time for me as I feel settled and have a great space to work in now.
How has the internet and eporta benefited you as an emerging designer?
I have made several connections in the interior design world that wouldn’t have been possible without the eporta platform. I also had the opportunity to exhibit with them at 100% Design as one of the suppliers featured on their stand which gave me fantastic exposure.
What was the latest project your work was used in?
My Moroccan Lamps were installed in Momo Resto, a restaurant off Regent Street for the Fashion and Design Month. They hung amongst the design classics which inspired them and it was great to see them installed for the first time, as they were designed predominantly for bars and restaurants.
Finally, what can we expect to see in 2016/17?
After exhibiting the first of the warehouse range at New Designers I aim to create a variety of freestanding pieces and accessories. The range will be designed for those who want to furnish their home with beautifully practical furniture, inspired by space saving hacks and efficient living.
To open a trade account with Bellamy Design and start ordering from them directly, click through to their catalogue below, and then ‘request a connection’: