“A light fixture is an interesting product in a space — especially decorative lighting, which is what we do. It’s like jewelry for your environment, and something we can have fun with when designing,” says Lukas Peet, one of the studio’s co-founders.
Along with Caine Heintzman and Matt Davis, Peet established ANDlight in 2013 with the intent of challenging existing lighting standards. As Heintzman notes, “The light we make has the opportunity to set emotional cues because its mobility and color temperature can affect how people react to it. There’s definitely an emotional angle to it.”
With four collections currently in production — Button, Pipeline, Slab and Spotlight — the company has enhanced spaces from Google’s campus in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, to Sai Woo restaurant in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Each of the collections is carefully named. Button cleverly resembles its namesake, with a round flat panel threaded by woven mesh-swathed wires with two simple front stitches. The fixture can be tilted and oscillated with one-handed ease.
Pipeline is a sleek and beautiful adaptation of its industrial inspiration. It is available in various lengths and finishes such as black anodized, white powder coat, polished aluminium and copper. Each can be set up on its own or interconnected for creative lighting installations.
Slab, a playful illusion, offers a fixture with and without presence. Viewed head-on, the colorful LED panel, covered in die-cut industrial wool felt, makes a powerful impact — but from the side, it disappears into a subtle half-inch sliver. Spotlight, on the other hand, is a soft hanging lamp that illuminates from both the the top and bottom. Its wrap-around cord detail takes center stage.
As the young company steadily expands their collections and retailers, Peet, Davis and Heintzman are set up with a solid foundation. Each founder represents an important cog, equally integral to the early success of the business. “Our backgrounds are quite diverse in different ways,” Peet explains. Davis, with more than 11 years of experience in the industry, lends his market expertise and business acumen. Heintzman, with deft knowledge of lighting technicalities, brings a highly functional expression to his striking design aesthetic. And Peet, having already been lauded by the industry, imparts an impeccable ability and understanding of design.
Although the company is in its infancy, it’s easy to be enveloped by the soft emitting radiance of their fixtures or become taken with their tongue-in-cheek compositions. ANDlight’s reputation will prove to be just as much about the engineering and applied skill as it is their modern and unconventional designs.
Written by Sheila Lam
Headline image: Pipeline 125, designed by Caine Heintzman
All photos courtesy of ANDlight