Since 2014, Toronto’s design studio Anony has been creating thoughtful, long-lasting light fixtures that have earned it a place at the forefront of the city’s burgeoning local design scene — and plenty of international buzz, too.
At New York’s WantedDesign fair this past November, Anony unveiled four new products, adding to their existing lighting offerings with two fresh luminaires while also expanding their horizons to introduce two sculptural homewares.
The collection’s main showpiece, the Wisp suspension light, takes its shape from an inverted chandelier, casting light down instead of projecting it upwards. Attached to an almost-invisible cable that extends from the ceiling, the lamp seems to hover untethered in a room. It can be moved along the steel string to bring its diffused glow to any height, and touching the light’s brushed aluminum shade also allows for brightness control and dimming.
With Node, a similar ethos is repeated: compositions of glass spheres, steel cylinders, and glowing LEDs create a geometric balancing act. Hung from the ceiling, the chandelier’s individual pendants can be arranged to form infinite sculptural combinations. Alternatively, Node can also be installed as a wall sconce or table lamp.
To complement their lighting portfolio, Anony also introduced two objects: Trio, a composition of three steel pipe pieces bent and welded into a stool, and Stone, a capsule collection of tableware comprising stackable geometric vessels made of travertine and volcanic stone. The Stone pieces were made to be used as containers, weights or decorative sculptures, while the stool stands on its own or as a natural match to Anony’s lighting pieces.
“Lights are sculptural, so it was only a matter of time before Anony expanded beyond illuminating and illuminated objects. The Trio stool and Stone collection showcase our desire to find new perspectives on simple geometry,” says Christian Lo, Anony’s co-founder.
Paying close attention to each product’s life cycle and reducing the use of materials and extensive manufacturing, Anony’s design approach exemplifies a return to slow living and mindfulness. With each piece crafted to the highest technological standards — yet still maintaining an overall ease of use — the studio is setting a refreshing design standard that is likely to become more widespread in the years to come.
The slow-design studio adds two new light fixtures to their portfolio — plus a stool and a geometric tableware collection.