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.