Lightly x Haymes paint

Beautiful images from the recent Haymes Paint Colour Forecast 2017, featuring Lightly vessels, lighting and furniture.
You will notice many of our current collections feature as the colours of 2017 to watch out for as we worked with stylist Ruth Welsby for colour trends Volume 8. Photographer Martina Gemmola.

 

Horticulturist Thomas Denning knows a thing or two about plants. A Lightly favourite for our green guide!

We welcome the new year with Thomas giving us his tips for looking after your indoor plants.

L I G H T / P O S I T I O N

As the sun is setting higher in the sky during the warmer months it’s important to factor this into where your plants are located for best growth and exposure to the light.

• Rotate your plants around the space according to their lighting requirements, with better light availability I find that this can open up places that were not suitable for them during the cooler months.

• Too much direct sunlight in the warmer months can scold the leaves of some tropical species so pay attention to what parts of the house get the most direct sunlight and set the plants back a bit if needed.

• Try to keep your plants about 1-1.5m away from any air conditioning systems, as this can alter the environmental conditions too drastically for the plant.

W A T E R

While the weather is warmer it’s important to increase how often you water your indoor plants. The higher temperatures means water content in the soil will evaporate faster and the relative humidity will be lower.

My general rule of thumb for watering is once a week in summer and once a fortnight in winter, but many factors play into this, for example; species of the plant; aspect of the house; heating/cooling systems, soil structure and what the plant is potted in. So it’s important to pay attention to each of your plants and gauge what they need individually.

• Ensure you check the moisture content of the soil before watering again: I use my finger to check the topsoil but you can also use a wooden skewer. The topsoil should be dry before watering again for most tropical species but ferns and a few other species require constant moisture in the soil.

• Don’t leave excess water sitting at the base of the plant as this can cause rot and fungal issues. Let the plant drain completely in the sink or empty the excess water from the vessel. This also applies if you are using a Lightly vessel without holes.

N U T R I T I O N

Spring and Summer are usually the main periods of growth for most indoor plants and therefore require an extra little boost to maximise growth and the health of the plant.

I like to use a liquid fertiliser for most of my plants rather than a slow release fertiliser as it gives more control with how much and how often you feed the plants.
Generally I find a seaweed based fertiliser or a product with a good spectrum of nutrients does the job well and it’s good to feed them every 2-3 weeks during the growing season.

Office Accessories

The collection of curious office accessories such as cast paperweights, card-holders, scissors and other spirited pieces explore geometric shapes influenced by Bauhaus Ballet.

 

After the series of successful collections utilising new forms in metals and stone, Lightly continues the brand’s well-known exploration of metallics with new designs in brass, silver and copper.

The collection of curious office accessories such as cast paperweights, card-holders, scissors and other spirited pieces explore geometric shapes influenced by Bauhaus Ballet.

The new pieces bring a trademark lighthearted playfulness to utilitarian objects and shapes.

 

A creative utilitarian resourcefulness and a love for storytelling is why Lightly director and designer Cindy-Lee Davies makes things.

Growing up on a farm learning post-war resourcefulness from her paternal Grandmother, Davies has been creating something from nothing by exploring materials for as long as she can remember. Slow design is in her blood.

For Davies, design is about being curious and lighthearted-‘the more limited the brief the better.’

During the GFC (global financial crisis) 2008, with resourcefulness front of mind, Davies was flying home from a Japanese design show when she gave herself a brief to make a product with a recycled material.

She decided to recycle saucers from op shops to create wall décor of a butterfly designed to be hung like a trophy. Choosing a discarded saucer (that has lost its cup) for its natural curves and delicate bone china nature, Davies reflected the natural cycle of metamorphosis. Chrysalis

Since 2008, we have recycled over 18,000 saucers, and the series developed into a collaboration with retail giant Anthropologie and with Sketch London at the Royal Academy in 2012.

The latest collection from Lightly reflects this inherent resourcefulness and utilitarian sensibility, bringing curiosity and lightheartedness to everyday objects for the home.

Timeless whites

Our curiosity and desire to innovate takes us to far-flung locations and allows us to work with some of the best artisan makers around the globe.

Today we explore the timeless nature of white and brass. With sustainable production some of our classics sell out, so grab one before they are gone! Shop here.

we are hiring

We have two exciting new positions at Lightly now available.

MARKETTING AND DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGER
PART TIME 3/4 DAYS 

  • PR .
  • Social media strategy.
  • Events and marketting.
  • Direct mail.
  • Customer relationship management.
  • Press releases and copy.
  • Manage online store content.
  • EDM campaigns and strategy.
  • LOVE of design and brand building!

*Minimum 3/4 years experience need apply. info@lightly.com.au
Immediate start.
Design related experience with copy.

SHOWROOM CONSULTANT 
PART TIME 3/4 DAYS

  • Shop sales and invoicing.
  • AMAZING customer service and sales skills.
  • Love for design and interiors.
  • Visual merchandising and window displays.
  • Stock and inventory of the showroom.
  • Assist in trade quotes for architects.
  • Stock and web store inventory.
  • Showroom events and iniatives.
  • LOVE of Lightly and what we are as a brand.

*Minimum 5 years experience need apply. info@lightly.com.au
Immediate start. Wednesday – Saturday.

CV and cover letter to  info@lightly.com.au Attention Cindy-Lee

To celebrate the new collection, director and designer Cindy-Lee Davies has pulled together her tips for summer entertaining, to bring you and your guests together for a relaxed meal in the garden or the dining room.

+Mixed materials  – I have always loved a mix of textures, I have always loved a mix of textures and materials on my table, rather than a matching China set.

+Start from the centre – A centre feature piece is always a highlight, even for a small gathering, which is why I’ve been making vessels that work as feature pieces since 2005. You don’t need to go crazy with flowers either, this year I’ll be paring the greenery back to simple Australian native foliage.

+ Multi-task – Let your tabletop items multi-task. A small salt and pepper bowl can add a bit of colour to your table, and can hold anything from condiments to candles to a trail of spices as a feature.

In contrast to the earthy vessels, 20 new spoons hand-crafted in brass, scissors, nutcrackers and four new salad servers in brass and silver are available for  Summer entertaining.  These new tabletop pieces and Lightly’s full new collection of thirty-five spirited pieces for the home, are now available online for pre-order.

LIGHTLY IN MY HOME

We love seeing our products featured in your home. This is our Assemblages leather shelf in white with raw plywood. 

Lightly Assemblages harks back to Australia in the early 1900s and the utilitarian resourcefulness found in the lifestyle. It draws on the saddlery aesthetic: the artisan skill, the mix of leather girths and belt buckles.

Hashtag #lightlyinmyhome to show us how you are styling our products within your home and to be featured on our Instagram page. 

FOR HIM

Lightly presents a curated and light-hearted selection of pieces FOR HIM.

“Relationships are the core of the brand, and every piece we design is considered and timeless,” says Lightly director and designer Cindy-Lee Davies.

With a focus on our signature materials, Davies has expanded the range of handmade pieces with a sense of adventure and resourcefulness.

Our recommendations are affordable and effortless extending from curious office accessories, designs for the avid entertainer or whiskey glasses for the connoisseur in everyone.

LIGHTLY GIFT GUIDE FOR HER

In the spirit of gift giving, director and designer Cindy-Lee Davies has compiled her top recommendations for this festive season.

“The gifts you choose are a playful and personal expression of your relationships with loved ones,” says Lightly director and designer Cindy-Lee Davies.

First up is our curated guide FOR HER, a heartfelt and considered collection of warm and colourful pieces.

The new SS16 range from Lightly encompasses thirty-five new items across table top, lighting, dining and living

New Ceramics and Spice

The latest collection from Lightly includes a beautiful range of tabletop ceramics perfect for entertaining as the weather warms up and the festive season arrives.

A progression from Minerals and Metallics 2015 collection, innovative textural and material contrasts continue to evolve with new ceramics, including raw terracotta clay, never before used in a Lightly range.

The raw textures, speckled glazes and Earthy hues are perfect for bringing a textural and tactile element to your summer table

The new range is available online and in store now.

PINOCCHIO

Referencing the classic story, the new Pinnochio Light brings a human narrative into the collection. The playful puppet’s curious personality and distinct nose are brought to life with his stick legs and oversized cone, shapes that also bring to mind Bauhaus Ballet.

In development since 2010, the Pinocchio Light has only gone into production now, in line with Lightly’s dedication to slow design and sourcing the best materials.

This lighting and living range also includes the Pinocchio Table Light and the newly designed Pinocchio Table with brass accents.

EARTH COLLECTION

This new sculptural collection of vessels references primitive organic water carrying shapes seen in India and Asia, in seasonal colours of khaki, clay, cinnamon, ivory and bark.

Part of the Cinnamon collection, the colours are inspired by the warm colours and scents of traditional spices and the earthy tonal hues of desert architecture.

Lightly has worked with vessels and planters in different forms throughout the brands 11-year history, always exploring new shapes, materials and styles influenced by director and designer Cindy-Lee Davies’ travels.

The full new collection, including the Earth Vessels is now available online for pre-order.

ZENITH

As the moon makes its way across the sky, it reaches one singular highest point each night in relation to the observer—the Zenith.

The new Zenith Light mimics the shape of the moon’s journey throughout the night, following its arc from one horizon to the next.

Evoking this relationship between man and the moon, Lightly designs with functionality in mind, always considering the relationship between the object and its owner.

The full black and brass collection is available online now for pre-order.

Entertaining with Lightly

Just in time for spring and summer, the latest collection from Lightly includes a beautiful range of tabletop pieces perfect for entertaining as the weather warms up and the festive season arrives.

The new tabletop range continues the brand’s well-known exploration of minerals and metallics with timeless tableware pieces like servers, spoons and bowls in brass and silver and vessels in terracotta ceramic.

DESERT ARCHITECTURE

Spending time in India each year is part of director and designer Cindy-Lee Davies’ design process, and the country has been an endless source of inspiration since she lived there as a teen.

The relationship between the natural and built landscapes of desert environments like the Thar Desert in India and Palm Springs, California has manifested itself in Lightly products in many ways over the years. 

The 2015 Desert Days collection tells a story of the desert sunsets, contrasting hues and stone forts seen by Davies throughout the desert region.

The stone forts that graced the background in the Desert Days collection are front and centre this season. They come to life in innovative textural and material contrasts like raw terracotta vessels with a glazed interior and organic shapes crafted from stone, volcanic sand and porcelain.

The recent “Cinnamon” collection draws inspiration from the rich earthy tones of desert homes, from rich terracotta and pink clay to dusty bark textures like those seen at Georgia O’Keefe’s Abiquiu house.

Images

Stone forts, India. Image Cindy-Lee Davies

Georgia O’Keefe’s Abiquiu House, New Mexico. Image Brittany Ambridge

Santa Fe Museum of Art, New Mexico. Image Oour Media.

Amangiri Resort, Utah. Image Giorgio Possenti

 

Office Manager at Lightly

JOIN THE TEAM !

Established Melbourne Lighting and Design Studio seeks a full time office wiz to join our spirited team. We are looking for an organised and resourceful person to help lead our design business of considered design.

Focusing on sales management of our wholesale and design industry clients along with daily office management. http://www.lightly.com.au/ This position is at the design studio- Level 1, 3 Glasshouse rd Collingwood. ( not retail)  

Manage wholesale accounts and build relationships with stores and galleries we sell to.
Manage trade quotes of Architects and Interior designers. (lighting and specification market)
Direct reporting to Management weekly.
Lighting / product / Interior knowledge.
Liaise with studio despatch and production.
Strategic planning of monthly budgets.
Myob Account Edge administration (or equivalent inventory system.)
Wonderful people person. 

Mac user and efficient computer us only need apply.

Minimum of 2 years in a similar role.

Email only cindy-lee@lightly.com.au 

LIGHTLY STORY RELATIONSHIPS

Lightly started from a bond between grandmother and child, and relationships have remained at the core of the brand since we started in 2005. As we have evolved, the relationships with our makers, new materials and the travel designer and director Cindy-Lee Davies does to make Lightly designs a reality have become central to the business and a reflection of what is important to us.

Striving to invent authentic, visually tactile work with a considered manufacturing process, we support artisanal producers internationally and undertake ethical limited-edition production by choice.

Over the years, we have seen many makers built workshops in their towns or villages and be able to provide their children with a quality education from our small production. For Cindy-Lee Davies ‘this small difference of opportunity is part-and-parcel with making a high-quality product.’

The latest collection exemplifies Lightly’s global proposition and wide-eyed view of design—from our inspiration to these unique relationships with artisanal producers who have handcrafted items from weaving copper or woollen rugs, casting brass, hand beating copper, inlaying marble, forming ceramics, spinning metal, and more.

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