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bec brittain.

"QUEEN of the refined industrial."


BEC BRITTAIN IS A BROOKLYN BASED LIGHTING AND PRODUCT DESIGNER DRIVEN BY A LOVE OF LUXURIOUS MATERIALS, INTUITIVE FORMS AND FORWARD-THINKING TECHNOLOGY.

 BEC HAS A RICH EDUCATION BACKGROUND. AFTER STUDYING PRODUCT DESIGN AT PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN, PHILOSOPHY AT NYU, AND ARCHITECTURE AT THE ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION. SHE DIDN’T PURSUE ARCHITECTURE AFTER SHE REALIZED THAT HER PASSION EXISTED IN A DIFFERENT FIELD; THE FIELD OF PRODUCT DESIGN.

  “I DON'T THINK I WAS A PARTICULARLY GOOD ARCHITECT. I LIKE THE FACT THAT I CAN BE MORE OBSESSIVE WITH DETAIL ON THIS SCALE. WITH ARCHITECTURE, YOU HAVE TO LET GO OF A LAYER OF DETAIL AT SOME POINT BECAUSE YOU HAVE SUBCONTRACTORS. I LIKE THE FACT THAT I CAN BE MORE OBSESSIVE WITH DETAIL ON THIS SCALE. IT'S MORE PRAGMATIC. IF YOU WERE THAT OBSESSIVE WITH ARCHITECTURE, YOU WOULD NEVER GET ANYTHING BUILT.” – SHE EXPLAINS ABOUT WHY SHE DIDN’T CHOOSE TO PURSUE HER ARCHITECTURE BACKGROUND.

 SHE BEGAN HER CAREER DESIGNING AND PRODUCING DOOR HARDWARE. HANDCRAFTING HARDWARE ALLOWED HER TO UNIFY HER DIVERSE INTERESTS AND DISCOVER A LOVE OF METALWORKING. SHE CONTINUED TO HONE HER CRAFT WHILE ACTING AS DESIGN DIRECTOR FOR THE RENOWNED LINDSEY ADELMAN STUDIO FROM 2008 THROUGH 2011. IN 2011, BRITTAIN OPENED HER OWN STUDIO IN BROOKLYN, WHERE SHE DEVELOPED HER SIGNATURE PRODUCT, THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SHY LIGHT. SHY REFLECTED THE BEAUTY OF THIN LED TUBES TO DEFINE THE EDGES OF ITS SHAPE; COMBINED WITH MODULAR HARDWARE THAT CAN BE RECONFIGURED IN A MYRIAD OF DIFFERENT WAYS, TAKING NEW SHAPES ACCORDING TO WHAT THE SPACE DEMANDS. "THAT WAS THE PRODUCT THAT STARTED THE BUSINESS. IT WAS A SIMPLE THOUGHT I HAD OF WANTING TO DRAW WITH LINES OF LIGHT – OF JUST BEING AS SPARE AS POSSIBLE," SHE EXPLAINED.

 TODAY, WITH THE HELP OF A SMALL AND DEDICATED TEAM, BRITTAIN CONTINUES TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIMENT WITH NEW TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS. ALL PRODUCTS ARE DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED BY BEC; EACH IS THEN PRODUCED IN NEW YORK, USING A BROAD VARIETY OF TECHNIQUES AND A TRUSTED NETWORK OF LOCAL FABRICATORS AND ARTISANS.  EVERY PIECE IS HAND ASSEMBLED BY HER STUDIO TEAM AND PERSONALLY INSPECTED BY THE DESIGNER.