10 questions for innermost’s contemporary lighting designers: Jake Phipps

Jake Phipps graduated from John Makepeace’s furniture design school, Parnham College, in 1999. In 2005, he set up his own design studio in London, concentrating on his own pieces.

His work is characterized by a narrative yet functional aesthetic full of character and with a playful design elegance that aims to strike a strong emotional chord with the people that use them.

We caught up with him to ask these big 10 questions…

1. You designed Jeeves & Wooster, iconic designs for Innermost, what inspired these quirky pendant lights?
The painting “The Son of Man” by Rene Magritte.

2. Who would you invite to your dream designer dinner party? (Let’s call it your ‘innerparty’..).
Arik Levy, Marc Newson, Anish Kapoor, Henry Moore, Naoto Fukasawa, Zaha Hadid.

3. What is your favourite piece of architecture?
St Pauls Cathedral.

4. What would you name as the most useful piece of tech?
Digital calipers.

5. If you could take any found object and make it into a lamp, what would it be?
Errr…a bowler hat

6. What’s your favourite object from childhood?

7. What’s the weirdest thing a client has ever asked in a meeting?
Could a bespoke cabinet play classical music when it was opened.

8. At Innermost we are big fans of the Negroni … what is your favourite cocktail?

9. What’s the last exciting project you worked on?
I have just completed a 1.7m floating bar in mirror polished brass.

10. If you could choose your teachers at Fantasy College – who would you choose to be taught by?
Walter Gropius.

You can see more of Jake’s work here.