TROUBLE

LIGHT

UNIMATE

Date

2013

Project

Autonomous work

Client

Atelier van Asseldonk

Trouble lights are mostly known from their use in garages and repair workshops, with a bulb that is protected by glass and a steel wire cage and a hook on top for hanging over a broken engine or underneath a car. Instead of the cheap steel plate and wire of the original, we enlarged the size and chose walnut and oak for our version of the trouble light. By endlessly planning and sanding the surface of the precious wood, we aimed to pare the richest expression of the material to the most essential definition of geometric clarity. 

Its humble origin as a utensil was significantly upgraded in our new incarnation. Introduced in 2013, the first series of octagonal lights included a wall mounted lamp and table lamp, the latter hanging from a rustic, thick rope. Besides the ones designed for interiors, an outsized lamp in black wood was made to order for the CHV Noordkade project in Veghel. Later, an elongated hanging lamp was also added to the family, the design of which was based on a vintage industrial fluorescent lamp from the twenties.

On show during the Allegory of the South
Photo by Gijs Spierings

Giant Trouble Lights in the Ploeg Bergeijk Project

TROUBLE LIGHT

From sketch to reality

Trouble light is stacked from octagonal parts, each planed and sanded into sleek perfection. The design aims to express pure geometry of form. Screws and bolts are kept well out of sight.

Photo by Filip Dujardin

Photo by Gijs Spierings

The table lamp version in the Trouble Light family

Photo by Gijs Spierings

THE LIGHTS

are constructed in such a way that they are easy to scale. This allows the Trouble Lights to be used in any interior. Whether it is a small version above a cosy dining table, or a giant version that provides a factory hall with light. It is an ideal lamp to make a statement in every room. Also, the light can be executed in different materials and with different finishes to ensure that it fits ideally within the interior where it will to be placed.

Photo by Filip Dujardin

Photo by Binti Home

Photo by Binti Home

Pendant lamp version as seen in our shop
Photo by Gijs Spierings

A big coloured Trouble light for the Strijp-TQ Project
Photo by Neeltje Oppers

Pointed at the entrance of the building
Photo byNeeltje Oppers

Black burned version in the Private Residence Project

The Unimate playfully refers to the science fiction of ages ago
Manufactured from cenury old oak and casted aluminium

Photo by Gijs Spierings

Photo by Gijs Spierings

Photo by Gijs Spierings