Russell Bagley a colleague, friend and contemporary British product designer. Established Box Products in 1988.
An excerpt from Accessories for our Future, Mark Lewis – Interior Designers’ Handbook, 1993
A pioneer whose business in accessories, Russell Bagley, has together with his wife Hilary, managed Box Products. In their third year of trading, Box has been increasingly successful, supplying light fittings that sit most prominently outside the European mainstream. Based in London, he now illuminates buildings and shops in most of Europe. Their current project list shows they are working with all of the most innovative architects.
The products are simple, mechanical, and strong. Their practical burnished metal light fittings can be adjusted by hand. Beams of light focussed or blurred; shutters and grilles opened or closed to alter the ambience of a room without that expensive transformer or dimmer switch. All Bagley’s designs are strikingly simple, relying on natural finishes and materials for colour and texture. Box Products have a purist approach, no applied decoration, everything being there because it has a mechanical function, or is part of the overall form. Despite this, they are not perverse representations of form following function.
The nature of Box’s luminaries and other accessories which will become a part of our future will mark the oncoming of realisations accessible to anyone who can afford a tooth-brush. These realisations that free us to aspire to truth and cling to contempt for hypocrisy. Hopefully the ethos of the executive toy will not continue, nor will the implication of the corruption that goes with it.