Materials have hidden messages. These create a powerful link to our emotional psyches and shape our connection to daily life. The w084 studioilse lamp is a sturdy friend, unpretentious and always there for us. We chose honest materials that carry clear messages: iron because of its feelings of stability, reliability, trust; wood because of its warmth and life, and mineral plastic because of its intimate glow, as well as its tactility. Then we combined the three, trying to achieve a certain oddness. There is an innate awkwardness in the directional light that we wanted to amplify – rather as with people, this is a sympathetic quality, not a sin.