These independent designer names-to-know take ‘lit’ to a whole new level.
Trueing’s Serie Triple Chandelier shown in dappled brass, one of five metal finishes.
There must something in the water—or, in this case, the light waves—for these four young design studios. Their spring and summer lighting introductions make the most of evolved material languages to deliver fixtures that are at once comforting and subtly defiant of expectations. From the delicate yet thoughtfully adaptable chain-link motifs of Trueing’s latest, to Blue Green Works’ idiosyncratic beach-comber Brutalism, paying attention to these four names right now is undoubtedly a bright idea.
Light sculptures by the California-based artist Bennet Schlesinger.
California-based designer Bennet Schlesinger’s emotive bamboo, paper, and ceramic lamps have garnered a cult following among the creative class: He counts ceramist Simone Bodmer Turner, Green River Project designers Ben Bloomstein and Aaron Aujla, and the fashion designer Emily Bode as supporters. It’s easy to see why. His sculptures radiate light and warmth through a fabrication process that involves layering sheets of translucent paper over a woven bamboo armature. Schlesinger has said the process is akin to throwing clay, another medium in which he works fluently.
The Serie Double “Matinee” Pendant in dappled brass.
Cofounders Josh Metersky and Aiden Bowman’s five-year-old lighting studio Trueing expanded its material repertoire this summer with the release of Serie, a new collection of chandeliers and pendants offered in five metal finishes. Metersky, formerly an engineer and product manager for the New York–based lighting designer Bec Brittain, and Bowman, a Bjarke Ingles Group alumnus, channel the traditions of Italian jewelers into fixtures comprised of substantial brass links with satisfyingly precise beveled edges.
Designer Arielle Assouline-Lichten, founder of the five-year-old Brooklyn-based studio Slash Objects, released her first lighting collection this spring, as part of her Coexist series. Each lamp is customizable and made entirely of recycled materials: a hand-hewn base crafted from marble remnants, a lampshade available in both a woven fabric made of 100 percent–recycled PET bottles, and a special edition bouclé.
The unfussy geometry of the base flatters both lampshade options, expanding on the contrasts and textures that define the studio’s furniture-making. It’s an elegant category bow from the studio, which is working next to bring the “exploded chandelier” from Assouline-Lichten’s time on the most recent season of HBO Max’s Ellen’s Next Great Designer to market as a multipiece collection.