A perfect storm: Rainlight Studio Unveils New Website to Mark its 2nd Year in Business
“Part laboratory, part workshop, part studio, Rainlight combines inspired design thinking with business acumen to create products that enhance how people live, work and play.”
Rainlight, the international product design studio based in London and New York, has unveiled its new website fit for its next phase of growth. Under the leadership of Yorgo Lykouria, the Founder and Creative Director of Rainlight, the business has experienced exponential growth and won several accolades over the last 2 years since its launch in 2018.
Lykouria is described as a humanist, establishing a design culture that creates resonant visionary work with purpose. His broad creative output prior to creating Rainlight includes award winning work in architecture, product design, and film. Starting with 7 years as a design lead at Helmut Jahn’s architecture studio in Chicago, working on large scale international projects including the acclaimed Sony Centre in Berlin, the Post Tower in Bonn, the Cologne/Bonn Airport and the Bayer HQ building in Leverkusen; followed by 12 years creating a broad spectrum of work in his multidisciplinary London studio, Lykouria, that includes architecture, Interiors, automotive design for Ferrari, furniture for Vitra, Moroso, Classicon and Akaba, bathroom systems for Alape and Dornbracht, and partition systems for Lindner and Clestra.
Rainlight has increased three-fold in size, including the key appointments of Chardonnay Pickard-Fares as Business and Marketing Manager based in New York, as well as Pierce Brennan and James Bennett, both outstanding industrial designers located in the London Studio.
Chardonnay Pickard leads business development and marketing for the studio and is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, trained as an illustrator and textiles designer. She’s honed her marketing and communications skills working with some of the most renowned designers in New York for over 10 years. She specializes in design licensing and strategic partnerships.
Recent collaborations with product manufacturers include collections with Scavolini, Carnegie, Kewaunee and Arcadia, as well as new offerings with existing long-term partners Allsteel and Okamura. Rainlight products have been showcased in the world’s highest profile design fairs and exhibitions, including NYCxDesign/ICFF, NeoCon, Clerkenwell Design Week, 100% Design and Salone del Mobile.
Product launches on the horizon for Rainlight include BoxLife, a micro-living concept that previewed at ICFF last year, and Salone del Mobile. The studio also is continuing its collaboration with the Hunter Douglas Architectural business, which was acquired by CertainTeed in 2018.
Yorgo Lykouria, Rainlight founder and creative director says:
“Rainlight has grown in influence and success, expanding our partnerships and garnering widespread industry attention for our work. We never impose our ideas on the problem but seek to understand the deeper issues, always starting with a blank page. We remain committed to our ethos of matching sophisticated innovation targets with strategic thinking. Now, more than ever, this multi-faceted approach to design-led solutions is vital to solving the new problems and challenges businesses are facing.”
Rainlight is an integrated product design studio operating between offices in London and New York, with client collaborations across North America, Europe, and Asia. It was born two years ago with a vision to align its business initiatives with further recognition in the design profession.