CARVART is proud to partner with lighting designer, Stephen Pikus, at NeoCon 2017 to share the story of how glass can create a social impact within the design community and around the globe.
Raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Stephen is lighting up the world with his innovative designs centered on social impact. His love for working with his hands begins like many stories, during childhood, when Stephen would accompany his contractor father to building sites.
About a decade ago, he and wife Samantha felt the tug to set up an NGO based on a farm in the beautiful hills of Limpopo province, South Africa. An orphanage and various other community upliftment projects made up the backbone of the organization, and each of these spaces needed to be made beautiful with very little budget. There he worked with numerous talented creatives and artists, and fell in love with the process - and so often challenge - of transforming “one mans’ trash into another mans’ treasure.”
Over a period of a decade, there were countless trips to rubbish dumps and scrap yards to find items to repurpose or recycled – this gave birth to a new way of thinking…” where before all I saw was trash, I now saw potential”. It was at this time Stephen fell in love with lighting.
Today, Stephen lovingly handcrafts luminaires predominately from recycled, repurposed and renewable materials, using the most environmentally friendly and socially beneficial processes possible. The ‘raw materials’ for Stephen’s TRuK and FIRE+ICE collections are sourced in the most socially beneficial means possible.
He believes that not only design, but the fabrication thereof needs to have a relevant and measurable positive effect, while entrenching an attitude of zero waste. Stephen works closely with micro recyclers – their hugely overloaded trolleys such a common sight on South African streets – and support them wholeheartedly as well as with an established NGO, New Beginnings Care Centre (www.nbcc.co.za), hoping to offer people an opportunity to ‘change their stars’. “These guys are the real deal – they feed, clothe and house thousands of people every week,” says Stephen.
Stephen’s team is consistently growing and made up of a truly rainbow mix of people – from qualified tradesmen to parolees and people battling - and winning – the battle against substance abuse. The company’s mission is to produce unique, beautiful products, leaving a footprint of love and respect both for people and the environment.
His pieces of functional art are handmade from recycled glass, then formed into bespoke lighting available in standard size and shape options.
CARVART is partnering with Stephen to show support for his social designs by providing NeoCon attendees with the opportunity to create a unique glass necklace made from the same recycled glass featured in Stephen’s lighting. We’re encouraging visitors who stop by our new Studio and create a necklace to wear it throughout NeoCon and show their support for social good design.
To learn more about Stephen’s designs, please visit http://www.stephenpikus.com.