Quercus was first designed three years ago by our founder, Max Ashford, whilst studying at Falmouth University. It was created for ‘Delight in Light’ - a student competition encouraging excellence in lighting design.
Intended as a showcase in designing with waste, Quercus has low embodied energy and visually communicates the idea that waste can be beautiful, that it has the potential to be a valuable commodity, that waste can be more than just… waste.
Designed with the full life-cycle in mind, Quercus is sustainably sourced, entirely recyclable and easy to disassemble into its constituent parts. As a product, it portrays the importance of encouraging design with waste, and call to action to improve on current design thinking - a step toward a sustainable circular economy.
The first iteration of Quercus garnered much attention, being exhibited in London, featured in articles and shared on multiple platforms online. As a result, there was a good deal of interest, emails upon emails asking if it was available to order, but as a poor student with a degree to finish, Max didn’t get the chance to make Quercus everything it could be.
After finishing his degree and spending a good deal of time cycling around europe, Max founded Greeb. We’re a sustainable product design studio that aims to challenge the status quo and explore new ways to make nice things that benefit the planet.
Quercus is our first product and we’re so excited to be sharing the journey with you.
Quercus is intended to be a functional and elegant showcase of the possibilities of design for a world in an abundance of waste.
A lamp that produces a pool of warm light from a low energy bulb. It is an immersive light to work or relax by, and compliments its environment when switched on or switched off.
Since the initial design way-back-when, Quercus has been refined; developed into a more functional lamp, whilst also extensively investigating the construction.
Quercus is designed not only as a product, but also as a system. Every component has been selected to allow the lamp to be fully disassembled and recycled, or parts replaced where necessary.
No components are permanently joined. They interact with one another to create functional details. A contrast in material tactility.
The manufacture is intended to be beneficial rather than damaging; the woodwork is completed by the same tree surgeons that planked the tree, leading investment into sustainable forestry management.
The wood is sourced from naturally fallen British Oak, by tree surgeons working to create healthier woodlands. Only the finest straight-grained timber can be bent through steaming, a process that requires nothing but hot water and patience. Treated using nut-based oils, the result is a product that will degrade in to nature’s recycling system after a long life of use.
- “The journey from fallen tree to finished lamp is what it's all about for me, steaming and bending wood that would have been otherwise burnt on a fire or left to rot - it really connects you to the material,” - David Gillingham, WildWood
The lampshade is made of a waste wine bottle collected from a local restaurant, the shape of this bottle produces a functional form, perfectly housing a bulb and directing light in a surrounding yet focused spread. It also visually maintains the link to the where the component was sourced. As a waste wine bottle, the glass can be recycled almost anywhere.
- “The materials are extremely high grade, local and recycled from fallen trees. We use new technologies mixed with old techniques to create a beautiful product. We take great pride in our craftsmanship and sustainable attitude,” - Alex Cave, WildWood
Carefully sourced from Europe (with the exception of the UK plug), all of the components are recyclable. The cable is made on traditional machines in Milan, the EU plug in Germany, the bulb holder, Denmark.
The lamps will be produced in limited numbers, they are handmade by skilled craftsmen.
About UsWe are Greeb, a new product studio aiming to improve the world through design. We are setting out to create ways of designing nice things that are good for the planet.
We need your help to get things going.
To create our first order and officially start up we need to raise a minimum of £6,000. Here is how you can help:
OPTION 1 - Contribution:
An investment into Greeb, you will help us start our journey. You will receive a huge THANK YOU. You will also get early access to our online shop and any future product releases if we successfully reach our target. Your name will also be included as a contributor on our website and publications.
OPTION 2 - Greeb Annual:
A digital (or if requested printed) magazine all about design and the planet; the future of design, what makes a sustainable product and a guide to some, along with a bit about us and what we are passionate about. It will include some nice stuff from nice people.
OPTION 3 - Quercus:
One Quercus Lamp, expected to be shipped April - May 2018, with either a UK or European plug, this can be specified in the survey sent out if we reach our goal. Includes Plumen Wanda bulb, RRP £11.95.
Changing the Bulb:
1. Insert the bulb into the holder
2. Pull the cable through the cork at the top of the bottle,
3. Place the bottle in the wood ring
4. Tighten the cable through the holes on the lamp frame, plug in, switch on, boil kettle, open book.
When the box arrives...
1.Open the box and reveal the wooden frame and bottle.
2. Remove the bulb box and the cable.
3. Carefully lift the frame and the bottle out of the box and lay on a flat surface; then follow the steps above, but make sure there is no packaging still in the bottle or the bulb holder.
What Bulb to use:
Every lamp comes with a Plumen E27 Wanda bulb. This is what we recommend, due to size, quality, light and sustainability.
This is an area we want to refine; we have lots of ideas, however for now our packaging is 100% recycled card and paper and is fully recyclable.
This project could not have been completed without the help and input of fellow Greeb members; Lewis Gillingham and Harry Ingrams, they can't be thanked enough.
A big thank you to all who have helped and inputed into the project:
David and Alex at Wild Wood, John Cahill, Heidi and Robert Ashford, Jason Posnot, Lucie Pendered-Mazer, Falmouth University staff and technicians for Sustainable Product Design, Rory Stewart and anyone else that has helped us on our journey.
Please feel free to leave any enquiries through the FAQ.
Risks and challenges
Most elements of the project have been totally finalised, and a first production batch has been made, there is still a couple of things that we need to lock down:
- Packaging/ Courier:
We have spent a lot of time testing the packaging, due to the glass element. It's now time to make sure that we find the best possible courier.
- Bottle manufacture:
We are still seeking a glass working company in the UK to undertake the glass cutting and frosting. We have some contacts and can even do the work ourselves, but it would be great to work with a quality driven company.
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