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For Bec Brittain, designing lighting and products is the logical evolution of a lifelong interest in form, materials, and technology. She grew up surrounded by creative people: her mother is an artist; her father had a woodworking business; and her paternal grandparents (as well as her step-grandfather) were architects. After deciding that her initial interest in studying fashion design would lead to a career that was too trend-focused, Bec studied product design at Parsons before exploring the philosophy of design at NYU and the concepts behind architecture at the Architectural Association. An early job making custom door hardware led Bec to the realization that she loved the process of making things in metal, and a subsequent job as design director for Lindsey Adelman, the noted lighting designer, affirmed Bec’s view that lighting embodied not just the challenges of engineering and technology, but also the playfulness of form and the richness of materials. By 2011, Bec had opened her own studio in Brooklyn and designed the critically-acclaimed SHY light, named for the initials of her grandmother, the architect Sarah Hitchcock Yerkes, one of the first women to receive a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard.



Allied Maker is a Long Island-based design and manufacturing studio established in 2013 by designer Ryden Rizzo. Every piece is handcrafted in Allied Maker’s workshop and in collaboration with the best New York fabricators. Allied Maker is committed to manufacturing high-quality and long-lasting lighting made in the USA. Inspired by raw materials that grow more beautiful with time, Allied Maker utilizes a hand-applied blackening process and brass that will develop a beautiful patina with use. Allied Maker’s lighting fixtures can be seen in boutique hotels, residential and commercial projects worldwide and has been featured in publications such as Elle Decor, Dwell, Architectural Digest, NY Magazine and Domaine Home.