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).
Above: The Desk Lamp, featuring a red cord and clamp.
Above: The Standard Lamp is $875 AUD.
Above: Altschwager in his home studio in Melbourne.
Above: The work studio where each lamp fixture begins as a single block of limestone, which is turned and finished by hand.
Above: Altschwager’s sustainable lake hut made from recycled materials. Photo via Inkster Maken.
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