“It’s like LEGOs for adults,” said Peter Bristol, designer of Juniper’s new magnetic lighting system. Inspired by Platonic Solids, a geometric nomenclature consisting of regular, convex polyhedrons, THIN Solids comprises three spherical fixtures that snap together: a tetrahedron, a cube, and a diamond. Depending on the kind of lighting desired, the thin rods of LEDS can be positioned inward or outward to project diffused or direct luminance. Meanwhile, the modular joining system also allows for multiple fixtures to come together to form large installations of light.
As the story goes, Bristol designed the first lighting collection, THIN Modular Lighting System, for Juniper seven years ago before taking post as Head of Industrial Design AR/VR at Oculus VR and Facebook, respectively. Splitting his time between making lighting and virtual reality experiences, Bristol took the namesake wall-tethered 2D incarnation into trajectories that hung in space with collections THIN Primaries and THIN Multiples, which then expanded into the new three-dimensional-shaped collection THIN Solids. “I’ve enjoyed observing the development arc of this beloved product line. It’s grown fluidly, expanding to more versions, but that doesn’t just mean more skews, we are developing a system. With each evolution and product rollout, Juniper is fine-tuning the manufacturing, materials, and technology,” Bristol confessed unapologetically.
And, what great things to expect of Juniper next? This fall the lighting design studio is relocating from their Brooklyn-based Industry City location to a new storefront on Crosby street in the Soho Design District designed by New York-based interior design studio Asthetíque. Coinciding, is the new factory design by architect Marc Thorpe that will open its doors in Southington, Connecticut to replace the current production facilities in Brooklyn.