is Russia-based studio Wishnya, founded in 2013 by Dmitry Litz to design and produce lighting products, with appearances at Milan, IMM Cologne and Interlight Moscow already under his belt
Words by Emily Martin
Russia-based studio Wishyna, designing and producing lighting, was founded by Dmitry Litz in 2013. That same year the studio won the SaloneSatellite award, as part of the SaloneSatellite Worldwide exhibition in Moscow, and has since exhibited at other major exhibitions – in Milan, IMM Cologne and InterLight Moscow – as well as showcasing its products in showrooms in Russia and Germany. While not from a design background, it was after a trip to China in 2011 that a change of direction came about.
Point: This year sees the studio launch a new collection called Suprematic. It features copper, brass and formed aluminium, with Point serving as both the centre and the foundation for the entire collection. ‘For Point, we took a classic lamp shape, a sphere,’ says Litz.
Garnet: The work of Frank Gehry inspired Wishnya’s first collection of cardboard lamps. The first collection comprised 16 pendant and table lamps and was presented at InterLight Moscow in autumn 2013. ‘Later we expanded the collection with five new models,’ adds Litz.
Joining the family business of fire insulation after graduating from his production management degree in 2008, Litz decided after three years to seek out new opportunities.
‘At the end of 2011, I moved to China for three months and spent this time travelling around and visiting many different exhibitions,’ he says.
‘The most impressive exhibition was Design Shanghai; it was like a breath of fresh air in a stuffy metropolis. I then understood that design is what I wanted to dedicate my life to.’
Diaradius: Part of the Suprematic range, this product ‘complements’ the sphere of product Point with a suspended form that ‘allows the very fine tuning’ of the final look of the light. ‘We are just going to have some fun and continue development of Suprematic,’ says Litz.