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Australia’s Hub of Lighting Design

The Australian design industry has boomed in the past decade and from furniture to interiors and architecture – Melbourne is leading the way.

The Australian design industry has boomed in the past decade and from furniture to interiors and architecture – Melbourne is leading the way. In fact this year Melbourne was chosen as the Business of Design Week Hong Kong Partner City – a big deal when you consider last year Italy was chosen as a partner country. Within this movement, Melbourne has fast become a hub of Australian lighting design, with many of the world’s most recognisable pieces still being designed and made in our wonderful city.

In today’s world of interior design, lighting is never overlooked and seen as a crucial element of the decor of a space. The lighting designer plays a critical role in creating spaces with sufficient light to carry out tasks and create the right mood and ambiance. It is one of the most functional aspect of any interior design project, and also one of the most glamorous with lighting often the crowning glory of a room.

Many lighting designs featured in the world’s most desirable residential and hospitality projects originated right in our backyard, and nothing can be more true for iconic lighting designer, Volker Haug. German born Volker started making lights in his Richmond garage while he was working as a hairdresser. After being discovered by The Cool Hunter, Volker’s work became known around the world. Since then, Volker has designed some of the most iconic lighting ranges and being specified in major projects. Working with metals, stone, ceramic and glass, each of his lights are assembled and finished by hand in his Melbourne workshop.

Other Melbourne designers, such as Gregory Bonasera of Porcelain Bear, started their design career creating decor and furniture, but quickly becoming one of the most unique lighting designers in Australia. Gregory is a skilled mould maker and craftsman specialising in designing and making furniture and lighting from from slip porcelain. His deep, intuitive understanding of porcelain allows him to push the boundaries of the material. From lighting designs to tableware, and now including a more recent focus on architectural forms, Gregory and partner Anthony Raymond take the centuries-old material of porcelain and transform it into covetable contemporary designs from their Collingwood atelier and showroom.

In today’s world of interior design, lighting is never overlooked and seen as a crucial element of the decor of a space.

Adding to the list is the eccentric Christopher Boots. Christopher Boots is a Melbourne-based Industrial Designer driven by a love of nature and light, with a commitment to nothing short of excellence. While the craft of Christopher Boots can be found in London, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Dubai, all products are made in his Melbourne Atelier with love and care by artisans—amongst them glass blowers, copper smiths, ceramicists, sculptors, and bronze casters, ensuring a commitment to superb quality. Christopher rose to fame when he was Invited to join Hermès’ esteemed Vitrine d’Artiste program, where he delivered a mesmerising series of lighting displays to warm the heart and mind for the 2014 Christmas season.

The new kid on the block is Lost Profile. Conceived by artist, collector, and designer Oliver Wilcox, Lost Profile is described as “a mongrel of edgy art, contemporary design, and obscure antiques.” Located in Fitzroy, the studio designs and fabricates a restrained collection of art-deco, brutalist, and industrial inspired lighting fixtures. At DENFAIR in 2017, visited were wow’ed by Wilcox’s ‘Surgeon’ light bearing the drama of an operating theatre, and executed with the complex precision of a dangerous procedure. These lights are not for the faint of heart.

For further inspiration visit:

Volker Huag, Porcelain Bear, Christopher Boots, Lost Profile.

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