Bring the Sunshine In

published in: Design By Marcia Argyriades, 30 June 2009

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Can a lamp bring you all those memories that grandmas cookies brought to you? Of course! We’re referring to Beach Ball Lamp Shade, which surely brings back so many childhood memories! No wonder everyone was talking about it at the 2009 Milan Furniture Fair.
When first seeing it your mind immediately travels to when you were young and had fun at the beach with your inflatable colorful beach ball, which always ended up forgotten or blown by the wind and bobbing into the sea. TOBYhouse, found a rather functional and creative usage of all those balls we cried over and probably made our parents so angry because we were bragging as we had lost them! These fantastic recycled new designs are developed by a process where Toby Sanders rigidifies the membranes of authentic recycled inflatable beach balls with resin so that he can cut holes into them; then, he “blackout” sprays the insides white. They then apply the edge trim, and apply a made to measure lamp shade holder; voila, your unique lamp is ready!

Toby Sanders, creative director and founder of TOBYhouse, started his career in Milan working in product design studios and quickly migrated into Retail Design. TOBYhouse was founded in 2003 tuning in to the fantastic network of Northern Italian 'bottegas' capable of delivering small scale precision manufacturing, enabling it to begin trading in Home Accessories and Furniture products. Today,  TOBYhouseis a London based multidisciplinary interior design consultancy specializing in Retail, Exhibitions, and Domestic as well as producing its own range of home ware.

So why not use these eye-catching lamps to give another perspective to any area with the clever re-use of our childhood icon!


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  • friend
    youhavebeenheresometime | 2009-07-01 21:54:01

    crazy fanatastic and silly!

  • friend
    Evening Dresses | 2010-05-04 14:31:05

    evete_Architects (AL_A) surprised us in an astonishing manner in the 2009 edition of Milan Design Week. Sleek, transparent design with a single concept in mind _ a drop of water hitting th

  • friend
    tours of Israel | 2010-06-21 18:00:09

    Unique and fantastic modern designs. Fitted for a room made for relaxation as this reminds me of the beaches I've been, like in Tel Aviv, Caribbean and Cali.

  • friend
    Roarie | 2011-02-02 12:15:48

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  • friend
    kids toys | 2011-05-06 10:34:27

    Toby Sanders, artistic administrator and architect of TOBYhouse, started his career in Milan alive in artefact architecture studios and bound migrated into Retail Design. TOBYhouse was founded in 2003 affability in to the absurd arrangement of Northern Italian 'bottegas' able of carrying baby calibration attention manufacturing, enabling it to activate trading in Home Accessories and Furniture products.

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