Designer Cindy-Lee Davies imbues her homewares and lighting designs with a colourful character, marrying traditional arts and crafts with cutting edge technology. Or, as she likes to call it, “Nanna Technology”!
It was, in fact, in homage to her own grandmother Rosemary Estelle Lightly that Cindy-Lee created the Lightly brand in 2005. Fittingly, doilies and lace have been an obvious inspiration, but she’s brought an old favourite into a new era by using some savvy materials and bold, bright colours.
Whether refashioning discarded saucers into beautiful wall collections, designing accessories that recall childhood memories of milk bottles and macrame, producing innovative lighting that spans loads of styles from industrial to eccentric, or developing new uses for post consumer waste (just check out her Tis Knot ottoman – ABOVE – fashioned from old tyres and crochet), the Lightly signature is playful, inquisitive and a little bit quirky.
Cindy-Lee’s latest venture is the Assemblages collection of three dimensional furniture that combines various found objects with leather bindings. Like Lightly, Assemblages (BELOW) is inspired by family – her grandfather who was in the Australian Light Horse Regiment, which served the country on horseback. The range harks back to Australia in the early 1900s and the utilitarian resourcefulness found in the lifestyle, drawing on the saddlery aesthetic of leather girths and copper belt buckles, and the unmistakable smell of raw leather.
Assemblages has been through a lengthy development process, starting out as a series of strap-based furniture made from recycled car seatbelts, designed when Davies graduated in 2000. The designs have developed over the years, and have finally evolved into a beautiful leather range for interiors.