Bespoke, handcrafted lights are a rarity in today’s world. Yet from a studio in Melbourne, one designer, Christopher Boots, is showing that quality will always find an audience.
March 3rd, 2016
A graduate of Swinburne University (Industrial Design), lighting designer Christopher Boots has made an indelible mark on the lighting industry since establishing his business in 2011. In just over four years Boots has not only made enormous inroads into the local market, but has spread his ‘tentacles’ to America, Europe and Asia.
Christopher Boots’ handcrafted lights, all produced in Melbourne, show the surge of interest in beautifully made bespoke lighting. “It’s a painstakingly slow process, particularly the research and development. But it’s getting each piece exactly right and knowing what to ‘edit’ as much as what to include in each design,” says Boots, who also understands that lighting, unlike other design disciplines, requires a full understanding of international markets, in particular the many regulations that need to be addressed.
“You can’t access the American market, for example, if you don’t carefully follow the production certificates required there,” says Boots. “The way we produce needs to respond to several continents.”
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Photography by: Christine Francis.
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