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ANDlight on Function-Driven Fixtures

STUDIO SERIES

A series in which we show up to the studios and workspaces of our favorite creatives to discuss their cultural contributions in style, art, and design. Caine Heintzman, Lukas Peet, and Matt Davis wear the Jefferson 2.0 Liteknit: a new Future Classic slip-on made from a foot-forming, breathable knit.

Despite designing tactile forms which can be hung, stood, tilted, or mounted, ANDlight creates fixtures which are anything but sculptural. Working with an interactive medium that can alter mood and fill an entire space, ANDlight manages to design only what is needed, omitting anything that isn’t. Made up of industrial designers Caine Heintzman and Lukas Peet, with business director, Matt Davis, the design label has just released a new trio of unrestricted and ambitious pieces at Milan Design Week.


On lighting spaces for globally-recognized brands:

It is really gratifying any time you learn there is desire for something you’ve created and worked really hard on. Some of the noteworthy places we’ve seen our lights include Nike HQ in New York, Shopify’s office in Toronto, and various WeWork spaces. It’s really cool to be included in the big office projects because they’re massive and the many people working there get to use our lights every day, but it’s equally rewarding to see a design in a close friend’s home.

On transforming a seemingly simple object into a standalone design piece:

A successful design object should be a well executed and functional synthesis of an interesting solution to a problem, and intelligent use of materials and processes. The primary purpose of a light fixture is to facilitate light; the other design elements should support this function. It’s challenging to quantify the success of a light’s design because its output is emotive and ethereal — the physical object has to balance this.


On maximizing functionality through design:

The Slab is a good example of the multi-functionality that we think about when designing and developing lighting. The primary function of our product will always be to provide bright and dimmable light, however incorporating other features makes them unique and increases their purpose. We’ll consider whether a light can be sound absorbing, modular, scaleable, or portable during conceptualizing.

On maintaining a consistent design philosophy:

As a brand, we want to maintain a consistency with our design philosophy; the products must be functional as lights (not simply decorative objects), responsibly incorporating new and progressive technology, and bring something new to the lighting landscape. Individually, we’ll design using our own methods with those constraints in mind and then bring them to the group for critique.

On the product journey from ideation to tactile development:

We try to be flexible with concepts — ideas evolve with further investigation and development. What works on paper or in a 3D modelled file may not translate the same way to an object in the real world, as material properties vary and behave differently in theory than in a physical environment. Each product concept will have a core value, but development will inform what actually works and there are usually quite a few adaptations which occur in this process.


On releasing a new collection in Milan this spring:

Additions to the 2018 collection which we just debuted at Milan Design Week in April include three new families that we’ve been working hard on for the last year. Orbit, an updated version of the classic globe light, and Array, a technical yet minimal system which carries its electrical current through its body are both designed by Lukas; while Vine, a vertically scaling pendant creating a large presence and illumination is by Caine.

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