Behind the Design with Cerno
Sharp contemporary design, organic feel and energy-efficient LEDs from three friends in Laguna Beach, CA.
A Q&A with Nick Sheridan, Bret Englander, and Daniel Wacholder, Founders
Interview by Sarah Schaale
What’s your design process like?
Nick: The design aesthetic of Cerno lighting
was developed mostly when I was in
architecture school, which shaped my
sensibility, along with an academic year
I spent studying in Italy and other
traveling. That aesthetic value is applied
to both a need, i.e. a working desk lamp,
and a set of components, like a specific
LED array, or a dimmer. It’s usually a
need or a new component will be a
starting point to inspire a design. In the
case of Cubo, [founding partner] Daniel wanted
a light that he could use to read in bed without disturbing his
fiancée, and also have it provide ambient room
illumination—a hybrid lamp.
Most of Cerno designs often begin by trying to exploit the
way that LEDs can provide light like no other source has
been able to in the past. The manufacturing process,
materials to be used, electronic components to be
concealed, and the problem it solves are all applied
simultaneously while going through 10 or 20 iterations in
the computer before it’s introduced to Daniel, who solid
models the design in the computer. We work together
to fine tune any issues that he may see with
engineering and manufacturing of the piece.
Then Daniel works out every
"nut and bolt" until he has
resolved it to as few parts
Honesty in material is important to our brand. Form is backed by function, not by a desire to create ornamentation.
Winner of the LED Award for Best Luminare for Public Use Interior, 2010. The Cerno Cubo Wall Sconce features a solid walnut base that offers great aesthetics while energy efficient LED lamping functions as an ambient light when stored behind the polymer shade, and task lamp when the aluminum arm is fully extended. Designed by Nick Sheridan.
The Cerno Claudo Pendant adds a distinctive architectural element to modern interiors. The otherwise solid wood shade diffuses light through slim, precisely cut slits. The glow cast by the inner LED array both provides flattering ambient light and offsets the deep tone and grain of the shade. Available in two finishes.
"It feels signature and iconic while still keeping a clean and timeless modern aesthetic," says designer Nick Sheridan. Inspired by the structural connection between metal and wood, the Cerno Silva Table Lamp finds stability on uneven surfaces and allows the cord to exit discreetly and effectively.