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A New Field of Science

This post somehow got incepted and talked about and even written on the plane. Call this serendipity, but light fixtures created by Dan Vakhrameyev and Kateryna Fedorenko have a great load of air in them. No surprise that some of our readers see this post in an airport or perhaps even aboard above the Arabian Gulf.

We got in touch with the duo from Kiev — The Fild — and asked them to tell Light Intelligence about their light fittings.

Dan and Kateryna. Light is in the air

Dan and Kateryna. Light is in the air

Dan, Salvador Dali International University Alumni, has started The Fild in 2012. Path to lighting trailed through successful collaborations in the world of fashion and graphic design, when Kateryna Fedorenko and Dan have joined forces. Kateryna has before successfully founded a fashion brand L’UVE and brought with her unique fashion vision.

Their collection Sustainable Origins (SO) consists of eight objects. As Kateryna describes it “Light is simply one of the necessary decorative elements of interior design. We have just expressed the ideas that visited us!” Designers describe their style as clean minimalism and seek inspiration in graphic design. Texture is a key, and to metaphysical light, they add wood and metal.

SO1 from the Ukrain duo

SO1 from the Ukrainian duo

Dan and Kateryna meticulously select their suppliers and demand only the best quality of LED light sources and gears. Impossible to miss, textile cords that match the color of wooden base, are a sign of good taste.

SO8 inviting into a cosy warm hotel of light

SO8 inviting into a cosy warm hotel of light

We loved the suspended linear fixture SO8. A sheet of metal lovingly wraps around the wooden base and leaves an opening just enough for the right amount of light to pour. We won’t be too much far off if we predict this fixture would even meet EN standards for glare control!

Pardon the pun, but there may be a new filed of science happening here. Aetherophosology, we shall call it, with a great load of light in the air.

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Bold from Brooklyn

Photo by Scott Benedict

Knotty Bubbles by Lindsey Edelman. Photo by Scott Benedict. Source: Roll & Hill

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK. We are inspired by bold forms of lighting fixtures made by a Brooklyn-based Roll & Hill, a studio founded by Jason Miller in 2010. Miller’s vision was to make lighting for American market. European brands that dominated the market at the time had, to designer’s view, alien aesthetics to American consumer. Comfortable, rich, solid, simple, durable — are what was sought after by the US lighting aficionados.

Roll & Hill is not after mass market and makes one fixture at a time. Their web-site states 16 weeks production time. Fittings are made by hand and the studio collaborates with several talents from around the area: Lindsey Edelman (her Knotty Bubbles above) or Rosie Li (the fixture below was inspired by the famous painter Frank Stella, below).

Stella Hexagon by Rosie Li. Source: Roll & Hill

Stella Hexagon by Rosie Li. Source: Roll & Hill

James Miller designs are rich in historical context. Endless (photograph below) is brought from 70’s approach when large graphic elements were taken into architecture. This product comes in a variety of options and materials. Studio craftsmen use contemporary light sources. We have noticed the use of LED bulbs (though further specs missing) and typical for the US Triac (or thyristor) dimming. European or Middle East specifications would ask for DALI for better controls integration.


Endless by Jason Miller. Source: Roll & Hill

We wish Roll & Hill further success around the world, and hope one day to see their creations live!

Sources: Roll & Hill website, Fast Company, Port Magazine