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Aries is a minimalist lighting system created by New York-based designer <a href="http://www.becbrittain.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer external" data-wpel-link="external">Bec Brittain</a>. Bec Brittain began her career designing and producing bespoke door hardware. Handcrafting hardware allowed her to unify her diverse interests and discover a love of metalworking. She continued to hone her craft while acting as Design Director for the renowned Lindsey Adelman Studio.
The inspiration behind Aries was found through various sources, namely Olafur Elliasson’s dancing star suits in Tree of Codes, and the beauty of light refraction through glass to emulate the constellations themselves.
In its physical manifestation, Aries’ elegant and minimal structure is the foundation for bright sparkling lights – either pressed glass lenses or prisms. Aries, as a structural system, allows for endless possibilities, zig zags of lines and light, polyhedrons highlighted by lights at each vertex, or branching forms reaching out into space.
New York lighting designer Bec Brittain has debuted her latest range of fixtures, featuring slender frames and refracting prisms, as part of an installation of cosmic imagery at her Chelsea showroom. Read more
New York 2015:in the latest in our series of interviews with leading New York designers, Bec Brittain explains why she studied philosophy and architecture before turning to lighting (+ transcript).
"I like the fact that I can be more obsessive with detail on this scale," said Brittain, who is one of the brightest talents in the city's vibrant lighting design scene. "I prefer dealing with space on a smaller scale. I don't think I was a particularly good architect."
However, her education could explain why her lighting has a strong architectural quality, being more angular and technical-looking than the work of many of her New York peers.
Her breakout piece was the 2011 modular Shy light - an angular space-frame of thin LED tubes and metal fittings. "That was the product that started the business. It was a simple thought I had of wanting to draw with lines of light — of
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<strong><a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2015/new-york-2015" >New York 2015:</a> </strong>Brooklyn-based <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/lighting/">lighting</a> designer Bec Brittain has launched a lighting collection called Zelda, based on diamond-shaped forms, as well as a new range of light diffusers. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/05/20/bec-brittain-zelda-led-tube-lighting-glass-diffusers-sconces/" class="more-link">(more…)</a>
Brooklyn-based designer Bec Brittain is known for her stop-you-in-your-tracks lighting, often combining brass and glass into playful, geometric shapes. The latest addition to the ever-growing collection is the Vise light, which joins a hand-blown, double-fade glass globe that mimics a sunset and situates it within a brass, claw-like structure. The fixture, named after Vise-Grip pliers, with its streamlined, open-volume shape, falls right in line with her expanding portfolio of sculptural lights. For this month’s Deconstruction, we take a look at how the Vise is made.
The Vise Light is a new fixture that expands on the geometric language of the brand’s prior work with color and new materials. These are some of the first sketches, where some of the most important issues are initially worked out.
Above is the first mock up of this piece. Three-dimensional exploration is often one of the first steps in the studio.
As production begins, glass is the first finalized component. Pictured is Michiko Sakano during the first round of experimentation.
The brass parts are machined locally in New York.
Adjustments are made by someone from the design team.
The parts are fitted to ensure a clean assembly.
After plating, assembly begins.
Bec wires the delicate fixture.
The designer and the finished product, the Vise Light!