All the way back in 2008, Kiwi husband and wife Ben and Kiri Wahrlich started their own lighting brand, Anaesthetic. They were living in Australia and working full-time jobs, so Anaesthetic began as a side hustle. Their debut products were massively (deservedly) well-received by architects and interior designers, and soon enough, Anaesthetic lights were being specified for all sorts of impressive projects (the Tommy Hilfiger Europe head office was an early highlight; Brisbane’s incredible new design hotel, The Calile, is a recent one).
A decade on and now truly a global business (with a network of distributors and re-sellers around the world), Ben and Kiri have re-branded as Nightworks, and have returned to New Zealand. Of their move home to Christchurch, Kiri says: “Every week there are new cafes, restaurants and stores opening. There are the most amazing, inventive uses of public spaces and some beautiful architecture filling the empty spaces. It’s so good already, but we’re also excited at the thought of what Christchurch will be in just a few years time! We’re proud to have moved back here, to launch our business in Christchurch and to show that it is a very liveable city with a lot of local talent.”
As if a full decade in business and a re-brand weren’t achievement enough, Ben and Kiri have gone and developed four new lighting families – two of which are finalists in the 2019 Best Awards.
Below and above, is Code, an innovative system of modular lighting components that can be arranged in a multitude of ways to create different linear designs – check some of the configs below. Made from hand-blown glass and solid brass, the designs and namesake are drawn from the dots and dashes of morse code. Each globe is connected via a smart screw fitting that transfers power to the next globe, a system unique to Nightworks’ products and one that took Ben and Kiri over two years to develop and refine.
The Code family also includes a wall sconce. I do love a fresh sconce.
Also two years in the making and a finalist in the Best Awards, is Nightworks’ new architectural, statement-making Petrine.
The Petrine lights are precision-engineered from a custom extruded brass profile and – thanks to a special assembly technique laboured over by Ben and Kiri – are virtually free from any visible screws. Petrine comes as a double pendant, single pendant and a wall light.
Also new to the Nightworks’ family, the fluted glass Zeppelin (below) – available as a wall sconce, and as a single, double or triple pendant.
All images by Haydn Cattach Photography
Let me be one of the first to welcome you home, Ben and Kiri. *cue Dave Dobbyn track*
So great add another world-class design house to our nation’s folio.