The Uplift Story
Designed to lift the spirits of a stressed out world.
Artist and inventor Tom Lawton was inspired to create Uplift to enchant people into taking a few minutes for themselves, to relax or to meditate and still the wheels of their mind.
Tom set out to create the most beautiful thing he could think of using regenerative design and renewable energy.
Working in partnership with friend, co-inventor & renewable technology expert Ben Jandrell the pair devised this mesmerising sustainable innovation as a labour of love.
The objective was to build a solar powered, sculptural art piece, a mediation aid and a very beautiful thing.
Then they planned to just launch it to the world and see what happened.
"Beautiful in everyway. Mesmerising to watch and handmade with love. What an inspiring and sustainable way to bring a little calm in to your space. This is such an uplifting creation." - Suzi Perry, TV Personality and Gadget Connoisseur
Individually assembled by hand
A conversation piece
The elegant solar powered mechanics of Uplift are key, as the sculpture has it's very own life force or chi, that appears with the sun rise of each new day - and goes to sleep after sunset.
The first prototypes were handmade from an intricately assembled spiralling stack of laser cut walnut.
Tom used to visit his Gran Kitty in her nursing home with an early prototype. It sat in her room and bought gentle relief while she was suffering from dementia, which further encouraged him to take the prototype into production and build the first 500 products.
Feedback on the design allowed Tom to tune the speed and precise characteristic of the spiral to be as relaxing as possible. The aesthetic has been achieved by gently testing improvements until it felt most in harmony with and conducive to a relaxed state of mind.
The project launched on Kickstarter in 2018, reaching its target in under 48 hours and selling out completely in 30 days.
"I love it. Such a beautiful thing." - Matt Haig
A regenerative new design
How could we make it even better?
So many lessons were learned through building the first limited edition batch in-house and with a more intimate understanding of how the product was used it was possible to re-design Uplift completely and introduce several key improvements.
The product naturally evolved from being an object d'art in to a robust and classic design piece, with a modular, long lasting design.
As interest continued to grow we realised the project had the potential to scale into a business, but first we wanted to further improve its environmental impact.
We looked to waste materials in constructing the spiral for Uplift 2.0, experimenting with post consumer plastics, paper engineering and even waste ground coffee.
"Uplift 2.0 is a stunning creation for any windowsill, by artist and inventor Tom Lawton" - Raymond Hall of @physicsfun on Instagram
Be like water
We asked our audience what they wanted to 'see' next and the response was unanimous.
Something reminiscent of ocean waves.
So we went to the coast in search of inspiration.
When we got to the beach the solution was staring at us, but it was dressed as a problem.
Waste marine plastic quickly became the obvious material to use and together with a consortium of innovators we forged a partnership to turn the waste fishing nets, sourced from the Hake Fisheries in Cornwall, into exquisite semi-translucent azure coloured spirals, which we manufacture in rural Shropshire and assemble by hand at our rural workshop in the Cotswold town of Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
We founded Uplifting Products in the summer of 2019 with strategic support and investment from one of our first customers Nick, to make this vision a reality and launched Uplift 2.0 via another successful Kickstarter campaign in the December.
"You are quite simply blowing us away with what you're doing with our 100% recycled nylon from Cornish fishing nets" - Fishy Filaments
Be Uplifted Bursary
We believe in the benefits of blue health for everyone
When lockdown happened in early 2020 we really felt the extra pressure on everyone's mental health and as we found ourselves retreating we saw a May Day distress call from a charity based in Cornwall - so we reached out to help.
The Sea Sanctuary is a unique mental health and wellbeing charity rooted in the concept of ‘blue health’. Its programmes rely on the environment and use techniques thought to be the first of their kind in the world.
They use a combination of sail training, marine activities and evidence-based therapies to help children and adults who are struggling with issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, and a whole range of mental and emotional health problems.
We have proudly partnered with them so that a percentage of every Uplift 2.0 sale on this website will go towards funding those who need financial help accessing the charity's services.
“The Sea Sanctuary provide invaluable support to vulnerable people via their unique concept of ‘blue health’. What they do is truly remarkable and we’re very proud to be supporting them.” - Tom Lawton
Let it go. Let it flow
The art of relaxation
We believe that it's good to relax and feel in the now.
We make and sell Uplift because it makes us feel great and we want to share that feeling with the whole world.
Your space is where you hold your serenity and we've made Uplift a wonderful experience to bring into any indoor environment.
We hope it helps you to feel calm and invites you to dream with us of a more beautiful future for all life on Earth.
We have very exciting things to come so please do stay in touch.
"Geometry will draw the soul towards truth and create the spirit of philosophy" - Plato