Limestone Lamps by Way of Melbourne by

Issue 82 · Australia by Design · July 23, 2013

Limestone Lamps by Way of Melbourne

Issue 82 · Australia by Design · July 23, 2013

Hugh Altschwager, the mastermind behind Inkster Maken, a Melbourne-based design studio dedicated to handcrafted lighting, had to go home to find his true calling. After college, Altschwager moved to Melbourne to work in design and architecture; the lamp idea took shape during trips back home to his parents' family farm off the South Australian limestone coast, where he built a small, self-sufficient hut made from salvaged materials. During the construction process, he soon realized he was in need of a light source. Already familiar with the local materials—limestone and wood—he put the two together and created a light fixture that inspired him to launch his first handcrafted lighting collection.

The collection features pendants and free-standing lamps made from turned South Australian limestone and reclaimed hardwoods. The small collection is available online, but stay tuned: Altschwager has big plans for the future and a new range of products is in the works (not necessarily lighting).

Photographs by Lucy Feagins and Brooke Holm via The Design Files (except where noted).

Turned Limestone Pendant Lamps, Remodelista

Above L: The Small Pendant is $375 AUD. Above R: The Large Pendant is $585 AUD.

Desklamp by Inkster Maken, Remodelista

Above: The Desk Lamp, featuring a red cord and clamp.

Floor lamp by Inkster Maken, Remodelista

Above: The Standard Lamp is $875 AUD.

Hugh Altschwager In His Melbourne Home Studio, Remodelista

Above: Altschwager in his home studio in Melbourne.

Altschwager's Home Studio in Melbourne, Remodelista

Above: The work studio where each lamp fixture begins as a single block of limestone, which is turned and finished by hand. 

Altschwager's Hut Made From Recycled Materials, Remodelista

Above: Altschwager's sustainable lake hut made from recycled materials. Photo via Inkster Maken

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