Per­ma­nent Fix­tures


Azure - - SPOTLIGHT - WORDS _Ken­dra Jack­son

For Van­cou­ver light­ing de­sign­ers

Caine Heintz­man and Lukas Peet, cut­ting their teeth at a time when tech­nol­ogy was com­pletely trans­form­ing the in­dus­try was al­most for­tu­itous. The two were still in school – Peet at De­sign Academy Eind­hoven, Heintz­man at Emily Carr Univer­sity of Art + De­sign – when LEDS be­gan to pro­lif­er­ate just over a decade ago. The tum­bling of de­sign bar­ri­ers that fol­lowed aligned per­fectly with the de­sign­ers’ own am­bi­tions to shake things up within the light­ing world. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing, each es­tab­lished in­de­pen­dent stu­dios (which they still main­tain), de­vel­op­ing their own iden­ti­ties be­fore join­ing forces in 2013 to co-found Andlight with busi­ness di­rec­tor Matt Davis. Com­bin­ing their skills into one col­lec­tive, they were able to take on more com­mis­sions and, in turn, fund the brand’s evo­lu­tion. “Our pri­mary fo­cus is to de­velop for­ward­think­ing prod­ucts,” says Heintz­man. That means both ex­ploit­ing emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and think­ing full-cir­cle. “Any­one work­ing in de­sign should have a sense of re­spon­si­bil­ity [for the en­vi­ron­ment]. We’re al­ways con­sid­er­ate of ma­te­ri­als.” Andlight’s tra­jec­tory, so far, has been mea­sured and prag­matic, a slow process of re­fin­ing meth­ods and forg­ing re­la­tion­ships with de­sign­ers. Their first three col­lec­tions were picked up by Van­cou­ver’s In­form In­te­ri­ors in 2013, an early sign they were do­ing some­thing worth not­ing. At a time when most light­ing was skew­ing diminu­tive, the brand went bold. Peet’s But­ton se­ries, for ex­am­ple, lit up a cir­cu­lar face nearly 60 cen­time­tres wide with an LED source, while Heintz­man’s lin­ear Pipeline pen­dants of­fered flex­i­bil­ity in scale and form with their 90-de­gree el­bow joints. This past spring their work topped numer­ous must-see lists by blog­gers and In­sta­gram­mers im­pressed by their Mi­lan De­sign Week in­stal­la­tion at Ven­tura Fu­ture, where their lights were sus­pended against a se­ries of colour­ful asym­met­ric MDF cir­cles. “We wanted to be fully formed and ready to deliver,” says Peet, “so we can do things the way we want.” New York has taken no­tice, too. Andlight’s mas­sive Vine chan­de­lier, a chunky totem of il­lu­mi­nated globes, was tapped as a fi­nal­ist for an Ny­cxde­sign Award af­ter its May de­but at ICFF.

Heintz­man’s Vine chan­de­lier chal­lenges the no­tion that lowen­ergy LEDS can’t be large-scale.

LEFT: The Ar­ray se­ries by Peet uses a thin chas­sis to deliver the cur­rent.

Lukas Peet

Caine Heintz­man

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