Eindhoven – Some 125 years ago, the light from the carbon-filament lamps that came out of the Philips factory in Eindhoven reached every corner of the city: thanks to the company, the then-small town experienced a business and population boom that turned it into the Netherlands’ most powerful manufacturing hub. Ask the Dutch, and they’ll tell you Eindhoven is the city of light.
That heritage of luminosity and innovation is why today, even after the departure of the Philips operations, a forward-thinking event like the Dutch Design Week is based in the city. And to one Canadian alumnus of that other great Eindhoven institution – the Design Academy – these elements came neatly together recently: now a celebrated lighting designer, Lukas Peet proudly presented a selection of his company’s products at the 2018 edition of the Dutch Design Week.
As Andlight’s co-founder, Peet is focused on producing sustainable lighting that can both evoke emotional responses and yet endure the whims of time and taste. With his partners, Caine Heintzman and Matt Davis, the Vancouver-based company has done just that: from the sensual minimalism of 2013’s Slab to the playful cheekiness of 2017’s Spotlight, Andlight’s 150 – and growing – SKUs can now be found across five continents.
Eindhoven is still a very unique and special place when it comes to design, ideas and making
But for the Canadian creator, no matter how far his designs have gone, displaying them in Eindhoven in Andlight’s first DDW appearance had a special homecoming feel to it.