The Lightyears Story
Lightyears is a contemporary lighting designer founded in 2005 in Aarhus, Denmark. Their main goal was to renew Danish modern lighting traditions, to keep that mode of design fresh and exciting. In practice, this has been accomplished by taking the basic tenets of Danish design and injecting them with modern energy. In other words, a legacy of quality meets boundless creativity.
In the Lightyears collection, lighting designs from established designers like Jorn Utzon and Henning Larsen blend together easily with those from the new generation of Danish designers, including Cecilie Manz and Hans Sandgren Jakobsen.
Why We Love Lightyears Lighting
The company's name reveals its core ambition: to be lightyears ahead when it comes to lighting design innovation. In order to live up to its name, Lightyears creates modern lighting that combines youthful design energy and curiosity with the technical skills that come from experience. As they put it, "We love the curiosity and boldness of the up-and-coming generation, and we respect the skill and the trained eye of the experienced designers." This blend of the time-honored with the new results in lighting that is at once comfortably familiar and provocative.
A Fun Fact About Lightyears
In 2012, Lightyears joined the ranks of some of the most prestigious Danish companies when it became a "gazelle company." This means that Lightyears had continually grown over the four years prior, in that same period more than doubling its gross profits. The gazelle designation was begun in 1995 by Danish business newspaper, Borsen.
Noteworthy Lighting from Lightyears
The Caravaggio Pendant went through a number of variations before arriving at its current simple, soft shape. Caravaggio's smooth, feminine curves are given the ideal counterbalance by a masculine, industrial-styled suspension. The Pharoah Pendant was created in collaboration with Hulger, designed specifically for use with their distinctive Plumen bulb. Mirror-like and opaque when turned off, the shade turns transparent to show off the bulb when illuminated.