Bold. Bespoke. Beautiful. MacMaster came on the scene in 2009, bringing handmade timber lighting fixtures to the design world with quintessentially British class. Though MacMaster currently offers a smaller range of products, the brand belongs on a short list of craft studios to watch.
Nestled in the traditionally industrial West Midlands region of central England, MacMaster has earned accolades for its exacting quality, unusual designs and responsible methods. Founder and designer Alex MacMaster has consolidated all operations from design to production in his workshop in Worcestershire, using cutting-edge technology alongside restored vintage equipment—the kind of place that begs for a craftsman-led behind-the-scenes tour (I volunteer!).
Modern manufacturing is increasingly environmentally focused, particularly within high-end design studios. MacMaster embraces this movement, using natural timber from Forest Stewardship Council-certified sources and even reusing leftover materials from one product range to create another. This “maximum output, minimum waste” philosophy, along with an outdoors-in aesthetic, delights my inner tree-hugger.
The Iris series is inspired by the sword-like silhouettes of iris leaves, as seen above in the Iris Floor Lamp and in the Iris Pendant. Tucked inside the spear-shaped leaves, the light source gives definition to the arrangement much like sun shining through the real thing. And like the row of irises in my garden, these fixtures are even more stunning when grouped together.
Also ideal for installations of multiple fixtures, the Bloom Pendant family adorns interiors like a floating field of flowers. Each individual shape is certainly appropriate for use on its own, but the interplay of all the shapes (and colors) together is hard to resist. I imagine them in a linear array over a long dining table, or at staggered heights in a tall foyer. If the scarlet red finish is too flashy for your color scheme, the natural birch imparts a more subtle warmth while sacrificing none of the style.
Slightly softer than the Iris Pendant, the Lotus Pendant is also visibly inspired by nature. Its rounded, floral silhouette complements the spiky leaves of the Iris collection; I might use the Lotus Pendant in the same room as the Iris Wall Light for a unified look that isn’t too matchy-matchy. And like all the other MacMaster pendants, Lotus looks ideal for hanging in multiples.