On our recent trip to Iceland we were privileged to stay in this beautiful spot.
Posted by: Sophie 20.11.2013
This 19 minute film looks at how seeing earth from space for the first time changed our perspective forever.
Posted by: Sophie 19.11.2013
The team at Skinflint were thrilled to salvage the majority of the lights from the former power station at Cockenzie in Scotland. Many well known lighting brands such as Benjamin, Lacent and Holophane were installed to illuminate cavernous halls that once echoed with the roar of turbines powered by coal fired furnaces.
Posted by: Sophie 05.11.2013
The team at Skinflint were thrilled to salvage the majority of the lights from the former power station at Cockenzie in Scotland. Here we present a small collection of images of the Power station's monumental exterior and evocative interior.
Posted by: Sophie 04.11.2013
It's such an evocative image isn't it? The traffic light hanging over the freeway or interchange... That's exactly where our US Traffic Light Pendants started their lives, once they'd finished their useful service they found their way to the Skinflint workshops where we transformed them into the stylish modern lights they are today.
Posted by: Sophie 21.10.2013
As a boy Peter Mitchell loved his 'I Spy' books; this spotters eye granted him a career in graphic design and enabled him to capture a decaying industrial landscape throughout his years 'paying the rent' as a lorry driver in the 1970's
Posted by: Sophie 08.10.2013
We recently supplied our lighting to East London Coffee Roasters Ozone, check out this short film explaining what they do and sneak a peek at our lovely lights in the background!
Posted by: Sophie 01.10.2013
One of my favourite lights we are occasionally lucky enough to find are Perihel heat lamps. Super stylish and with incredible detailing, these lamps were developed by Perihel for light therapy use both in hospital settings and at home. And they now make for stunning feature desk lamps.
Posted by: Sophie 23.07.2013
This shot was taken pre-referbishment. This particular fixture was from the National Turbine Test facilities at Pyestock, Fleet, UK. Circa 1950.
Posted by: Ed 19.06.2013
Beautiful images of the derelict interior of the Pirelli Factory and warehouses in Burton On Trent.
Posted by: Sophie 21.05.2013
A few weeks ago we visited the very lovely Isle of Wight and stayed in a fabulously stylish vintage Spartanette caravan
Posted by: Sophie 15.05.2013
Two intriguing and beautiful ways of displaying time.
Posted by: Eddie 08.05.2013
TED talks are held over 4 days every year, consisting of anything technology, entertainment & design. They're based from 3 locations, TED at Vancouver, Canada, TEDActive at Whistler, Canada (which runs concurrently with TED at Vancouver) and TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED was created to spread inspiration from attendees & speakers and a well worth a listen.
Posted by: Eddie 25.03.2013
This is a desk titled 'Homework' designed and built by Tomas Kral. Tomas Kral is a product designer based in Lausanne in Switzerland.
Posted by: Eddie 27.02.2013
This short video demonstrates the next level of 'Super' super-capacitors. The best bit...they're biodegradable!
Posted by: Eddie 25.02.2013
The Benjamin Electric Lighting company was founded in the late 19th Century by Reuben Berkley Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois. The companies success lead to expantion from Chicago to New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London & Birmingham.
Posted by: Eddie 13.02.2013
We love these breathtakingly beautiful images of what happened when firefighters attended a warehouse blaze in Chicago.
Posted by: Sophie 11.02.2013
The snow art of Simon Beck, Savoie, France.
Posted by: Eddie 30.01.2013
Light Show opens at London's Hayward Gallery on Wednesday 30th January and explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways. We can't wait!
Posted by: Chris 28.01.2013
The origins and application of retail lighting.
Posted by: Eddie 16.01.2013
Here at Skinflint we love clever sustainable design and the GravityLight is both. Offering a real alternative to Africa's ubiquitous kerosene lamps, the only thing it uses is the force of gravity.
Posted by: Sophie 14.01.2013
Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde's fascination with the ephemeral has led him to master the art of creating his own clouds.
Posted by: Sophie 20.12.2012
Scientists in Wake Forest University in North Carolina have developed a alternative to fluorescent lighting using polymers.
Posted by: Eddie 03.12.2012
A timelapse of the night sky which captured this years' Leonid meteor shower
Posted by: Sophie 29.11.2012
A stop motion video documenting a Prismalux bulkhead during its restoration process.
Posted by: 14.11.2012
I've always got time to look at some nice cabins.
Posted by: Eddie 24.10.2012
A lovely selection if images from our original 1960's Pifco Infradette catalogue
Posted by: Sophie 29.09.2012
A lovely short animation about changing habits relating to CO2 consumption
Posted by: Sophie 04.05.2012
Another very special place to visit on our blog this week- the calcified sand dunes of Arizona
Posted by: sophie 07.04.2012
Nestled in the trees of Sweden's Harads are these five unique tree rooms forming the Treehotel. Each room and it's interior has been individually designed by leading Scandinavian architects and designers.
Posted by: Sophie 22.03.2012
'Cosmic Communist Constructions' by Frederic Chaubin, published by Taschen, is a photographic record of ninety buildings from the fourteen former Soviet Republics. We have selected a few of our favourite images for you here.
Posted by: Sophie 16.03.2012
A beautiful short film, illustrating why LED bulbs are the future, saving the planet energy and CO2, and saving you money.
Posted by: Sophie 22.02.2012
From 2006 to 2009, the photographer Kempenaers used a 1975 map of memorials to tour the ex-Yugoslavia region, now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc. to record these striking monuments. I'm sure you will agree they are certainly striking even though their original meaning is being lost to the dads of time.
Posted by: Sophie 21.02.2012
Here at SkinFlint we are big fans of the Airstream, here are some lovely and unusual creative solutions for the interiors of this iconic caravan.
Posted by: Sophie 13.02.2012
James Turrell is an artist whose palette is the planet we live on. He makes light monumental and encourages his audience to look 'beyond', to see the extraordinary in the every day.
Posted by: Sophie 31.01.2012
Architectural photography has never been so subversive as the life works of two of my favorite artists Bernd and Hilla Becher. Here is a small selection of their Water Towers series.
Posted by: Sophie 19.01.2012
Snowflakes are just beautiful aren't they? A selection of close up images of one of natures' marvels
Posted by: Sophie 21.12.2011
Ground breaking art collective NVA have plans afoot for a new piece. Taking place in August 2012 and entitled Speed Of Light it's an intriguing collision of the worlds of Art and Sport and will take place over three weeks bringing Edinburgh's iconic mountain Arthurs Seat to life.
Posted by: Sophie 11.12.2011
Glenn Grassi is a theatre designer who has just made his first foray into micro home construction, this is the result....
Posted by: Sophie 27.11.2011
We can't wait for this fascinating portrait of Charles and Ray Eames to be released in the UK. As we can't see the full film, here's a little preview.
Posted by: Sophie 15.11.2011
The amazing natural phenomenon of 'Noctilucent' clouds.
Posted by: Sophie 10.11.2011
This surprise murmeration of starlings was caught on film by Sophie Windsor-Clive and Liberty Smith as they rowed across the Shannon river in Ireland.
Posted by: sophie 09.11.2011
As it's autumn and the leaves are falling it feels like a good time to be reliving my childhood dreams of fantastic arboreal homes
Posted by: Sophie 02.11.2011
Holophane began to manufacture prismatic shades pretty much at the birth of electricity. Prismatic shades break up and spread the beam of light into a myriad of beams using prisms, making a lower voltage bulb a more effective light source.
Posted by: Sophie 29.10.2011
We are often asked about bathroom lighting. The fact of the matter is that it's not as straightforward as I Like that light, I'll buy it for my bathroom. Something called an IP rating is rather important in a bath or wet-room. But just because you have fallen for a light that is not IP rated it does not mean you can't use it in your bathroom.....
Posted by: Sophie 20.10.2011
I have been rather in love with Luminaria since visiting one at Somerset House in the early noughties. The Architects of Air tour the world with their five structures allowing visitors from across the globe to experience light and colour as they never have before.
Posted by: Sophie 20.10.2011