Puff-Buff Design is a design studio and modern lighting producers.
Puff-Buff Design was started in 2003 in Warsaw by: Anna Siedlecka (born 1974), graduate of the Architecture and Design Faculty of the Academy of Arts in Gdańsk, and Radek Achramowicz (born 1973) graduate from the Architecture Faculty of the Gdańsk Technical University (PhD. of that Faculty).
The company is multidisciplinary – they create industrial designs, architecture and they design interiors. In 2004 the studio began to create their own lighting collection, and introduced the brand Puff-Buff Design, which is based on experiments with pneumatic structures and new kinds of light sources (LED). Thus new lighting systems have been created, systems which have been displayed in many international exhibitions and fairs, and also awarded prizes.
The Puff-Buff works were published in many pattern-designing and interior design magazines as well as in Young European Designers, Daab Publishing, 2005.
The Studio also received multiple awards:
- Good Design awards finalist (2006) at the Pattern-Design Institute
- Prodeco Award, conferred by the Elle Decoration magazine (2007 finalist)
- Sołtan Prize, awarded by the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts for international promotion of Polish designs. (2008)
- 40 under 40 – award bestowed on the most promising European designers under 40 (2009, Anna Siedlecka)
- DME Award (Design Management Europe), honorary distinction, 2007 and 2010.
The Puff-Buff lamps have been elected by the National design quarterly 2+3D to be among the 20 best projects of the 2001 – 2006 quinquennium (this was part of the fifth anniversary of the magazine). Tomasz Augustyniak – one of the leading Polish furniture designers – said while justifying his choice:
'the designers used very non-standard materials (such is PCV) while creating the family of lamps'. Inflatable, semi-transparent toruses create a firm but very light construction for the lampshades. Light gently sketches the 'inflated' shape of the objects. This collection features standing and hanging lamps in additional color versions in strong 'plastic' shades. The products, though they immediately are associated with toys, fulfill their functions, and give good quality lighting. Also the minimalist, and well thought-through construction of the socket suspensions. Additional features are: lightness and small size after deflation, which decisively facilitate transport. The production of the lamps doesn't require expensive equipment – the designers produce them themselves. They also are responsible for sales. The project was often displayed abroad.
The Puff-Buff 2011 lighting collection is inspired by the adventures of Alice in Wonderland. Anna Siedlecka and Radek Achramowicz dedicate their lamps to people who have an emotional attitude with the objects. Their most distinguishing product is the Bubbles system and its derivatives – Tube, Star, Superstar and Megastar. The system built of inflatable transparent elements 11 to 15 cm in diameter connected with LED lights is very elastic. Thanks to this flexibility one can form glowing objects of various shapes and sizes – from single chandeliers – say one meter in diameter, through small screens – glowing walls of any size. The lightness of the system allows for bigger constructions. During the creation of their projects the designers assumed that lightness and facility of transport are the most important factors. And important thing for them is also to offer to the end user objects that can be modified according to wishes. For example the 'baroque' octagonal chandelier Lullaby can be configured in three different ways.
The Critters i Blue Grass lamps have a completely different character: blue diodes are placed in little metal springs – diffusers, thanks to that any movement of the air or even a gentle touch cause the lamp to vibrate.
One of the first Puff-Buff lamps is the Puff series. Their globes made of white PCV remind of a pile of inflatable beach rings.
The 2011 spherical lamp project: Megastar has a subheading: 'size XXL' because of its 1,5 m diameter and about 300 LED lights. It's very light and energy efficient.
The creators of Puff-Buff Design define their works as: "alternative and surprising lamps for a creative consumer. Beauty with a touch of defiance, that gives taste to life. Since the beginning of our career we have been driven by the idea to create new solutions in lighting. Our air filled lamps are inspired by the creative experiments of the 50's and 60's. We use air, the most ecological and innocent of material imaginable. Caught in a thin membrane it's amazingly durable. The elastic structures of our lamps combined with the energy-saving light sources can be an alternative to conventional materials. The possibilities of this technology are immense, even addictive. Because a lamp is so much more than a light source. It can underline the personality, express the individual taste and bring a bit of poetry to life." (interview with Anna Siedlecka and Radek Achramowicz, June 2011).
Author: Anna Maga, March 2013