Tamboo, created by Luis Eslava for Uno Design
We were quite simply bowled over by the new ideas in Uno Design's first lighting collection. If we recently said we were wowed by Ramón Esteve's Polis design, this time around we're dying to shed light on a design by Luis Eslava – the wonderfully weightless Tamboo.
Tamboo is inspired by the taut, natural skin wrapped around drums. In contrast to the musical instrument its name alludes to, it's a feast for the eyes rather than music to the ears. The contemporary-looking light is shrouded in a certain romantic aura and hangs in a delicate, ethereal manner.
Young he may be, but Eslava has many prestigious projects under his belt: rather than revisiting the hackneyed and commonplace, his work experiments with materials and techniques, opening the way for new ideas. He's collaborated with such companies as Camper, Nash & Flower, Japanese firm Okusa, Almerich… We recently reported on his interiors project for the Trade Office of the Embassy of Spain in New York, as well as on his stunning Agatha light for lighting firm LZF.
Since 2003, Uno Design, which is based in Valencia, has specialised in making a type of modular furniture which places huge emphasis on good design. Uno Design has since become one of the companies which has made the most outstanding contribution to contemporary design. It has recently branched out, too, into creating lighting.