Light Years Ahead

Bright creations by Canadian lighting designers.


Off the wall

Nanoleaf, a modular lighting system created in Toronto, brings colour therapy home with smart LED panels that mimic the northern lights – or whatever scene or mood your inner artist can tap into. Up to 35 triangular panels (per controller) connect together into almost limitless shapes and adhere to any flat surface with simple double-sided tape, transforming walls into personalized and luminous canvasses.

Jordan Tomnuk’s Lune Lighting Collection

Wax and wane

The glow of Edmonton designer Jordan Tomnuk’s Lune Lighting Collection (Launch Pad winner at 2016’s WantedDesign show in New York) comes from two discs set on a rotatable axis – much like the ever-shifting light cast by the moon itself.

Lambert & Fils, Beaubien light collection

In the Beaubien light collection, brass connectors are a chic contrast to black powder-coated rods.

Raw beauty

Collaborative design studio Lambert & Fils melds poetic simplicity and hands-on craftsmanship in sleek, modern lighting that’s been showcased at Salone del Mobile’s prestigious Euroluce exhibition in Milan. Founding designer Samuel Lambert started the workshop on rue Beaubien in Montreal, and the eponymous linear Beaubien light reflects his design ethos: deceptively minimal objets d’art manifested in various adjustable lighting formats – floor, wall, ceiling – to maximum effect.

The Gweilo, Partisans

Plastic fantastic

The Gweilo consists of thin sheets of LED bulbs hand-moulded into dynamic sculptures that drip and drape radiance. “We have been trying to create light that is light itself, rather than a fixture or housing or clothing for standard bulbs,” says designer and co-founder Alexander Josephson of Partisans, the Toronto-based group of architects behind the innovative design (along with Spanish producer and distributor Parachilna).

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