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Emma Graney Designs – Concrete Lighting

Effective and functional lighting that combines the stark beauty of architecture and nature.


Contemporary lighting with an urban twist is the forte of 22-year-old Emma Graney, a bright young product designer hailing from West Yorkshire, England. Her “Concrete Lighting” collection is of special interest to us at the PPC Imaginarium. 

Concrete lighting

Graney is a recent graduate from Northumbria University, where she did a degree in 3D Product and Furniture Design. This was preceeded by a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design from Leeds College of Art. She has been lucky enough to intern with British Telecom through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Project Redesign and also with Design Junction during London Design Week.

Graney’s “Concrete Lighting” designs are inspired by “nature, architecture, geometry” and materials not often associated with lighting – such as concrete. She loves to experiment with different design techniques and unconventional material choices and this is evident in her work.

Concrete lighting

The lamps that form part of the Concrete Lighting collection are inspired by large-scale urban contexts such as New York, Chicago and Amsterdam as well as by a location as intimate as the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, in her home town. 

Each lamp has a solid concrete base topped with a blown glass dome. The delicacy and fragility of the translucent glass contrasts with the heavier, impermeable concrete base. The bases themselves come in a variety of shades, such as conventional gray or terracotta. The shapes, range from circles to elipses. This gives the consumer more options.

Graney concrete bases are illuminated by nostalgic incandescent bulbs otherwise known as Edison Light Bulbs that are housed beneath her oversized, bulbous glass domes. The visual effect is gentle and calming.

Concrete lighting

Concrete lighting

Concrete lighting

Despite concrete being better known as a building material with hard-wearing utilitarian properties, its use in these lamps has resulted in a much softer and aesthetically pleasing appearance. 

In addition to the Concrete Lighting family, Graney has crafted both standing and task lighting. To view more of her work, visit her website. If you like any of Emma’s designs or would like to discuss a commission with her then please contact her via this link: Emma Graney Designs.

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