Considered. Timeless. Elegant. Three adjectives cropping up time and again in descriptions of Melbourne-based home product design studio Lightly, a brand exemplifying simple, wholesome, graceful functionality with calm and measured mid-century modern gusto.
If Lightly were a plate of food it would be a raw fennel and blood orange side salad served alongside a glass of sparkling mineral water. Crisp, bright and refreshing with a dash of colour and plenty of bite: the perfect palate-cleansing complement to any main meal.
From coral velvet cushions, sandy white pendant ceiling lights and delicate brass planters, to terracotta jugs, elongated black salad servers, marble cheeseboards and sunflower yellow button wall hooks for children’s bedrooms, Lightly’s output is unendingly fresh and soothing – a lesson in refined, earthy, nutritious mid-century living. It’s little wonder that brands including Anthropologie and Kate Spade have been so keen to collaborate.
Founded by former Euroluce lighting consultant Cindy-Lee Davies in 2005 and named after her grandmother Rosemary Lightly, the interior design company focuses, according to Davies, on producing products that are ‘innovative, sincere and ethical’. And it’s a mantra she lives by within all aspects of her business: her whole team eat lunch together every day, and she organises mindfulness meditation and yoga classes to keep spirits and energy high.
This is a brand treading peacefully through the hectic world of design, and emerging beautifully on the other side.