Today I got a sneak peak behind the world of custom lighting. Lukas Lighting based out of Long Island City, merged with Flos in 2015, but their history goes a long way back. A family company started by two brothers, and now run by one of their sons, the 2000s saw them shift their focus into the more corporate setting and specifically the gap in the market which is custom lighting solutions.
Documentation is a huge part of the process, and it was amazing to see the spec books that Lukas puts together to ensure that the light goes all the way from design, through production and into fitting and installation as seamlessly as possible. As Craig said, "everything has to look magical."
It was very interesting to learn about the process from Lukas's point of view. As a manufacturer with a huge amount of experience in the field, they will sit down with the architects and lighting designers to develop ideas and make sure that they are both beautiful and feasible. They help flush out ideas and support the evolution of the project from rendered ideations, through to custom finishes and styles. Partnering with Flos allows them to take Flos fixtures and use them as the well-produced components to produce high-quality, customized solutions. It has also allowed some great knowledge sharing, giving Flos insight into a company with over 30 years working in the lighting industry in the USA, in every sector, from residential through to corporate.