Much like all of our modern-day conveniences, we often overlook the inherent beauty and power of lighting. I mean, how often do you think about lights? A simple flick of the switch, and we’re on our way, carrying on with whatever we were doing.

Lately, my algorithm’s been serving me videos of people participating in darkness retreats, sitting in complete darkness for days before slowly emerging into a world flooded with light, and their pure emotions and joy. So, there’s no doubt that light plays a huge role in our lives. Without light, colours fade and shadows lose their dance. As a kid I used to be afraid of the dark, now I’m just afraid of my electricity bill.

Some designers have dedicated their lives to lighting our otherwise dim existence, making art with light, and light with art, through practical and elegant pieces to adorn our interior spaces.

Here are a few lighting designers we love:

Objects for Thought

Founded by artists and designers CJ Anderson and Jay Jermyn, Objects for Thought adopts an informal and conversational approach to lighting and object design. Bound by intuition, the duo produces industrial shapes, materials, and final designs with a refined vision. Operating with a freedom to create objects that may look different yet feel right, CJ and Jay translate their contemporary ideas into a range of functional and aesthetically distinct objects for residential and commercial clients.

They position their lighting and objects in an aesthetic future. Bound by intuition, they operate with the freedom to create what may look different but feel right, through the use of industrial shapes, materiality, and a refined vision. Objects for Thought was conceived in deep zones of thinking and conversation. It is this informal, conversational approach to design that remains a guiding principle of Oft. Negating convention and vogue expectation, Oft translates their contemporary thinking into physical lighting, furniture, and other objects for residential and commercial clientele.

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Marz Designs

Established by Coco Reynolds in 2010, Marz Designs reflects a passion for working with elemental materials and the marriage of craft practice with industrial process. Reynolds began her career as an industrial designer and has subsequently worked professionally across a range of design-related disciplines.

Opening Marz Designs as an independent practice in Byron Bay allowed Reynolds access to the many local artisans that now contribute their craft to products, as well as the opportunity to connect with a network of talented designers that now form the Marz Designs team. The success of their studio is contingent upon these relationships and the many hands that combine to make one light.

Marz Designs is made to order, not en masse. Contemporary designs, thoughtfully produced through collaborative processes. Enamoured by the design and architecture movements of the 50s and 60s, Marz imbues its work with contemporary aesthetics through the pursuit of simplicity and natural materiality.

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SØKTAS

Oliver Höglund and Ryan Roberts are the creative minds behind SØKTAS, and the company’s inception began in Oslo, Norway, where they first met in 2015. Oliver focuses on creating and designing the unique pieces, while Ryan operates the business. SØKTAS is a reflection of both their stories and visions. Oliver’s father, Ola Höglund, and grandfather, Erik Höglund, worked at the renowned Kosta Boda Glassworks in Sweden, and the craft has been passed down through the generations.

The skills and techniques learned by Oliver since 2001 have allowed him to develop his craft and create his own signature style. The process of hand-blowing glass is rigorous and intense, as the molten hot glass is shaped and blown by hand at around 1000° C by Oliver himself.

Each piece made is different from the next, giving you a truly original piece of functional art. Statement wall & pendant lighting that enhances your space with a unique ambiance.

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A Design Studio

A Design Studio is an award-winning lighting design and manufacturing practice, led by Alex Fitzpatrick. The studio is based in Sydney, Australia, and distributes internationally. The studio’s collections reveal a distinctly expressive approach to transforming space with light, using both traditional skills (glassblowing and metalworking) and contemporary lighting and manufacturing technologies, to find a perfect balance between the scientific and the poetic.

The poetic aspects of light are important. The objects we choose to live among, in our homes and workplaces, appeal to us for reasons that extend beyond function. A light can do just that: light a room or a page in a book. It can also be a memory of the way sunlight filters through the canopy of a grove of trees, or the experience of coming upon a bright patch of tropical bougainvillea in a city street, or it may contain a subtle allusion to an early colonial lighthouse and its convict architect. Or it may simply create, through the skills of a glass artist, a perfect space for contemplation by enveloping a reader in a pool of dappled illumination. As a design-focused practice, A Design Studio works with lighting designers, architects, and interior designers to create customizations within the product range for larger projects.

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Ash Allen

Ash Allen graduated from a combined Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) and Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Melbourne in 1996. While he continues his education, currently enrolled in an Associate Degree of Furniture Design from RMIT, he also maintains a design practice rooted in sustainability. Ash Allen’s original, concept-based work is engineered to have a minimal eco footprint, which is complemented by the ‘heirloom’ quality of many of his pieces, removing any perception of designed obsolescence. Wherever possible, Ash Allen uses sustainable, recycled, and recyclable materials, designed for disassembly.

DOLLOP 2013 (pictured): Inspired by a dollop of cream falling gently off a spoon, Ash wanted to create a sensual, organic pendant light full of contrasts. Asymmetric but perfectly balanced, matte on the outside, glossy on the inside, narrow at the top and voluminous at the bottom. A 7W warm white LED globe hidden from sight indirectly illuminates the large space below. Made from an earthenware ceramic slip casting, two lights work well together as a pair.

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Designer, developer and strategist at AC Office.

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