heath nash studio visit
heath nash studio visit
aug 14, 2010

heath nash studio visit

heath nash in his studio image © designboom designboom recently got a personal look at south african designer heath nash’s cape town studio. the unassuming black and white building sits on a steep hill above the emerging woodstock area in east cape town. inside, the studio is filled with scrap materials of all kinds, which nash converts into his recycled creations. floors are covered in plastic bottles and finished lamps hang from the ceiling. nash showed us some of his new projects including a weaving project done with a group of craftswoman in zimbabwe and the metallic material he will be converting into a series of dresses.


heath nash studio visit outside the studio image © designboom heath nash studio visit workspace image © designboom heath nash studio visit storage area image © designboom heath nash studio visit nash’s desk and past projects image © designboom heath nash studio visit spare room image © designboom heath nash studio visit storage room image © designboom heath nash studio visit storage room floor filled with plastic bottles image © designboom heath nash studio visit basket weaving project image © designboom heath nash studio visit lamps from weaving collaboration image © designboom heath nash studio visit shooting ‘anemone’ lamp by heath nash for artecnica

heath nash studio visit ‘anemone’ lamp by heath nash for artecnica

the ‘anemone’ lamp is packaged flat and expands into a flexible three-dimensional structure composed of connected four-wall cells. anemone unzips to accommodate a protective metal sphere that serves as the lamp’s structural core. this safety feature turns the lampshade into a malleable, interactive piece that can be

moved and manipulated. this is heath’s most industrial product so far, distributed by american company artecnica.

heath nash studio visit heath nash pointing out some new materials he found for free image © designboom

heath nash studio visit nash discovered a series of off cuts from a sail factory which he plans to use on a new project image © designboom

heath nash studio visit hath nash lamps image © designboom

heath nash studio visit colourful lamps image © designboom

heath nash studio visit close-up

heath nash studio visit this is neat too

heath nash studio visit more shapes for table lamps image © designboom


  • it is not really design, more DIY and recycling

    Jess says:
  • Recycled material designs are very expensive to make, I can imagine it is a very time consuming process.

    Wobe says:
  • yeah, but it is still crap!

    Jess says:
  • I admire his perserverance since graduating he makes things by hand with the help of his local community.

    Oscar Bernal says:
  • Hey Jess, i’m curious… What’s your background?

    Brian says:
  • architect

    Jess says:
  • I really like the delicate work of Heath Nash. I heard he organizes workshops. Any info available?

    Petra says:
  • great work

    uana says:
  • Heath Nash’s innovative work is beautiful!

    Freshly Found says:
  • Anyone who thinks this is crap should try designing with recycled materials without a large budget. I think his lamps are beautiful and well made.

    Ryan says:
  • jess is jealous – no blog article about jess the architect’s crap.

    gimmy says:
  • Heath’s work is soooooo LOVELY. It combines purpose, beauty and craft.
    Design needs to continue moving in this direction. WELL DONE!

    Bea says:
  • Heath is a real talent with awards to back it up. I think his work should be owned by as many people as possible. It’s not often you find socially and environmentally minded product designed and produced so beautifully… some of his work is available in North America at foundation4.com. [url=http://www.foundation4.com] foundation4 [/url]

    TDG says:
  • This is what designer should be. Turn ugly to be beauty.

    j says:

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