WUD Lighting is the brand name of a new and exciting luxury range of lighting designed and made by Steele & Cox who have been creating one off pieces of unique furniture since 2014.
In 2015 we had an idea to create something less predictable that hadn’t been seen before. We were inspired by the emergence of the Edison filament bulbs that had started to make an appearance in the hospitality environment alongside the industrial style look. Although it’s a great look for a bar or restaurant, most people don’t have that style of home and we wanted to introduce the warm candlelight glow in a way that was beautiful and refined rather than industrial.
Our shop in Harrogate had been above a business that builds oak structures and internal fittings and being surrounded by a lot of oak with the beauty of the knots, grain and shakes for inspiration, we set about experimenting with how we could turn this into a fine finished base. The finishing touch to these two elements was to combine them with a clear glass shade. From initial idea to creating the range of six designs to launching to the trade was a journey that took two years. Each lamp is hand crafted with great care and attention to detail, from the design stage through to the hand finishing. We believe all of this is reflected in a product that is a meld of rustic but refined, natural but industrial, warm but cool and appeals to both sexes equally.
We launched the range at The British Trade Craft Fair in Harrogate at the beginning of April 2017 and were delighted to receive three awards for the design of our lamps. Awards for Excellence from the BCTF and The Giftware Association and the WOW factor, an award voted for by all of the other wonderfully talented designers and artists exhibiting at the event.
The event has been a great springboard for us and has exposed us to the type of quality buyers we were looking for. We feel as though WUD lighting as a brand has hit the ground running!