Digest Vol 4.4

September 2021

In our next Digest Volume 4.4, we delve into Europe’s leading architectural and decorative lighting manufacturers, Wever & Ducre and celebrate two of their exceptional designs.

The WETRO collection brings pieces made with techniques based on hundreds of years of craftsmanship, making each product completely unique. VENN accentuates exciting design elements, with its striking overlapping squares, but also incredibly multifunctional.


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Digest Vol 4.3

September 2021

Welcome to Digest 4.3. In this issue we hero XAL’s innovative and timeless design, starting with the MOVE IT 45 SYSTEM. A magnetic track system that allows workspaces and conference tables to be individually illuminated with a single track and the right insets.

We then tap into how lighting has been used in a number of open-learning, spatial situations within St Martin’s Primary School, to achieve a feel-good environment. Similarly, we discuss the versatile lighting formats for meeting rooms and how it can truly determine the mood and outcome of any discussion.


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Digest Vol 4.2

June 2021

Welcome to Digest Volume 4.2.  Despite the continual challenges faced by us all,  the creative minds and manufacturing teams behind the Brands we represent at Est Lighting, have shown remarkable resilience.  Their admirable defiance has conceived the release of new collections that continue to push the parameters in ‘good design’ and lighting technologies. We proudly applaud their perseverance.

With our Melbourne and Sydney showrooms renovating to represent these new products, some of which we showcase in this Digest issue, we invite you to put some time aside to visit us and see these new collections for yourselves.  Of course, there will be Gin & Tonic’s and Negroni’s on request!


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Digest Vol 4.1

March 2021

Welcome to your first Digest of 2021. For those of you that are new to Digest, we welcome you to this quarterly ‘newsletter’ fix of inspiring products, projects and the complete low-down of Est Lighting. Our local and international brands continue to inspire, rising above our collective universal challenges, to bring you a range of extraordinary new products, designs and technologies. As we invite you all back into our showrooms, we look forward to sharing them with you. There is a lot we have planned for the year ahead so please, read on.


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Digest Vol 3.8

November 2020

Welcome to the final Digest for 2020. We still cannot grasp just how quickly we got to November, what a year it has been.  In this volume 3.8, we announce the two winners of the Instagram 10K Followers. Congratulations to you both and a huge thank you to all of our followers, we hope you continue to find our Instagram a source of inspiration. We also spoke with Andrew Mitchell, Director of the hugely inspiring The Design Coach, and we celebrate our sponsorship for the upcoming Byron Retreat 2021. We close out this year’s final Digest with your usual selection of Key Products and recent Project Features.


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Digest Vol 3.7

October 2020

In this volume of Digest we recap and showcase four popular light products that have repeatedly caught the attention of our clients and specifiers.  Each offer a bundle of excellent unique features with one thing in common, they resolve a lighting need, whether it be a solution for minimal recess install, provide illumination while absorbing sound or simply provided that much needed practical yet decorative touch.

Project Showcase presents four collaborations with Australia’s leading Architects and Interior Designers including Greg Natale and Pierce Widera, who have applied luminaries from the Est Lighting lighting range.
In other humbling news, our Instagram profile has proved an inspiration and source of product ideas for close to 10,000 followers and for this, we thinks it is worthy a celebration.  Read on for your chance to celebrate, on us, a grand prize worth $2,000.


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Digest Vol 3.6

January 2020

We have a Colossal (no Lost Profile pun intended) Digest for you, so we won’t take up too much of your time here. There are a lot of exciting products coming out of Europe right now and XAL and Wever Ducre will absolutely provide you with great inspiration.

We also caught up with Melbourne based artist Kane Alexander, whose work is currently on display at the Melbourne showroom, and while we wait to welcome you back in to experience his sublime works, we caught up with Kane and dug deep into art and light.


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Weekly Digest Vol 3.3.1

March 2020

Welcome to the next volume of Digest, now as a weekly edition where you can find all the latest information and inspiration from our brands and project.


Est Lighting Digest vol.3.3.1: Marset Giveaways, XAL Go Compact, Brutalist-Inspired Residential Architecture

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Digest Vol 3.3

February 2020

Welcome to the next volume of Digest where you can find all your information and inspiration from our brands and project.


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Halloween Party

November 2019

A big thank you to all of you who helped us celebrate at our inaugural Halloween party in Sydney. It was a big night of famous ghosts & frivolity – we’re still laughing. Start limbering up for next year – we will be hosting this event again – without a scary shadow of a doubt!

The costumes on the night were nothing short of incredible. The best-dressed on the night, as voted by many, was Karl Lagerfeld (Sam de Jongh). The best-dressed office was the fabulous team at Woods & Warner. We’ll be coming to find you with a special prize.

Thank you to Javier Neito from XAL Austria and Jordi Prat from Marset Spain, who travelled the furthest to be with us.

Big scares and kind regards,


Team Est.

Digest Vol 3.2

January 2019

Welcome to the next volume of Digest where you can find all your information and inspiration from our brands and project

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Melbourne Launches New Showroom

January 2019

The Melbourne (Richmond) showroom officially launched on the 14th of June, three years in the making, it follows the incredible success of the Sydney showroom launch.  Unlike the bright and shop fronted Sydney space, the Melbourne showroom is a hidden gem, with very little natural light, it provided the perfect space to showcase the assortment of lighting brands that adorn walls, ceilings and floor of this unique and inspiring space.

The Est team celebrated with over 280 guests, a night that brought together industry friends and clients past and present.  It was a humbling occasion that reminded the entire team the importance of honest and loyal relationships and uncompromising support.

The evening was indulged with catering and superb event management by Damm Fine Foods, gin by our local gin distillers, Brogan’s Way, and floral installations by Blossomboy Flowers.


Photography by Jack Lovell

Interior Design by Christopher Elliott Design

B10 Active House by XAL

January 2018

B10 is the world’s first active house. Thanks to an intelligent, self-learning building automation system, B10 generates twice as much energy as it requires itself – a surplus that can be used for mobility solutions such as electric vehicles and e-bikes or to supply other buildings with energy. Over a period of three years, the building will be used for the scientific testing of various usage scenarios in actual operating conditions. In the first phase, it will serve as office space with an emphasis on use during the day and during the week. In the second phase, it will become a residential building and will mainly be used in the evening, at night, and on the weekend.


These conditions required a smart lighting concept: It not only had to be energy efficient, but also had to be able to flexibly react to changing circumstances within the rooms. Therefore, the Stuttgart-based firm Candela Lichtplanung, which sponsored the project with lighting and planning services, chose three MOVE IT SYSTEM 25 profiles. They form the backbone of the system, providing the power supply and Dali controls over the entire length of the building. Regardless of whether they are spotlights or wallwashers, lights can be quickly and easily installed in the desired position using the magnet system and individually controlled as needed. This is ideal for rapidly changing usage scenarios and lighting situations. The product also offered a structural design benefit that made it perfect for B10: The architects used a cloth ceiling liner for the building, which was able to be mounted on the MOVE IT profiles.


With its address at Bruckmannweg 10 – hence the name B10 – the research project is located in a suitable setting: on a plot of uncultivated land in the heart of the Weissenhof Estate. Constructed as an exhibition area over the space of a few months in 1927, the site was used by famous architects such as Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier to present their ideas about the living space and construction of the future. One of the building’s immediate neighbours is the two-family house designed by Le Corbusier at Rathenhausstraße 1–3, which houses the Weissenhof Museum and was recently declared a world heritage site. This building uses a portion of the energy surplus generated by B10.



Werner Sobek


Lighting designer

Candela Lichtplanung GmbH

Introducing Unico by XAL

January 2018

UNICO represents the achievement of a truly unique level of flexibility for XAL. Lighting designers and architects can choose between two mounting options, seven design shapes, nine light insets, three colour temperatures and three control options, all of which can be individually combined. There has never been more freedom for professional lighting design using a single luminaire.


See the video here


The micro-faceted reflector technology ensures incomparably precise light distribution and minimum glare. The downlight lenses for generating either round or angular light projections are available in three different emission characteristics. Additionally available are a rectangular downlight and a 12° narrow spotlight as well as a wallwasher lens. There is also a highly anti-glare version (UGR <19), which is ideal for use with VDU workstations.


In addition to truly exceptional flexibility, the minimal dimensions of UNICO also make it a winning product. Despite the high performance of the LED light insets, with up to 360 lumens, they only measure a tiny 38×38 mm. With the low installation height of 80 mm, the downlight is hardly perceptible and therefore can be installed in a wide variety of ceilings without affecting the aesthetics of the room.


With just a single luminaire, a lighting planner can program a wide variety of lighting scenarios. Through the combination of up to nine lenses for various lighting effects, a single UNICO can simultaneously illuminate walls, provide light for basic illumination or accentuate individual zones. And lighting planners can program a wide variety of lighting scenarios which are accomplished through the addressing of different groups, which, of course, can be very individually and flexibly arranged for each application.


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Create your own Unico system with the configurator here

Restaurante Alioli, Valladolid

January 2017

Santorini suspensions and wall fixtures by Marset were used for the Alioli restaurant to support the playful use of colour throughout.

“The reinvention of a mythical 1970’s brewery by Tarruella Trenchs Studio is located in the centre of Valladolid, Spain. As a starting point, the existing facade was painted in a yellow tone similar to the aioli dip as an artistic resource to enhance and give attrativeness to the small facade of the restaurant, located under the porches of Pasion Street. The colour, which serves as a link among spaces, covers the access area in yellow. To keep the gastronomic values, we were also inspired by using elements related to the sea and fishing. A series of benches were lined with the typical black round studded rubber flooring by Pirelli, creating irregular silhouettes – at different heights – reminiscent of the octopus’ tentacles, providing plasticity to this bold element designed for this space. Between these wavy-shaped backrests, the benches and tables were placed. They are made of treated pine planks, as well as the wall where they lay against, bringing warmth to the shop and transporting the diner to a seaport ambiance.” – Tarrualla Trenchs Studio


Tipics Restaurant, Xativa

January 2017

Follow me by Marset is a mobile, rechargeable table lamp with a small and warm character.

“The main idea of this project was to create an interior and image Redesign graphics, a restaurant with more than 30 of experience in the field of gastronomy, collect his identity restaurant confidence always with a new gastronomic approach and concept of interior. We start from a place very versatile because of its multiple uses and schedules, and a logo that refers to the ancient castle of the city, which already identifies the local and will serve us a starting point. Why we have reinterpreted the traditional children’s game of wooden building blocks to generate raster graphics and texture that apply to different parts of space and graphic identity end. The restaurant is presented as a large space of 300m2 divided into three different areas: the cover-sweet terrace corner, bar-fresh lounge, dining area and restaurant space privé. The cover-sweet corner terrace is characterized by a large bar glass and stone that serves as exposure of the large selection of fresh pastries, combined space tables to enjoy the outdoor environment. A large glass closure and labeling graphic divides this space entry area main-fresh lounge bar where you can have breakfast or an informal meeting with friends or clients work. The dining restaurant and privé area is part of a space with a subtle decoration woodwork and painting on the walls, combined with the special selection of furniture that blend natural wood oak tables and chairs with black color in different parts of other décor. A special selection of furniture Andreu World, which combines Smart chairs in natural oak finishes, with braided in black or with a special combination of black lacquer and textiles Kvadrat with rotundas and compact Reverse tables in oak and black base. They wanted to emphasize the location of this restaurant and its food culture through the strength of stone and for this, the general container for all spaces combines the limestone of Portuguese origin and Catalan ceramic Living Ceramics with the freshness of a painting textured in the same tones of natural stone to give more space.” – Estudi H AC

Voyager Espresso, New York City

January 2017

Designed by NYC practice Only If, Voyager Espresso employs Polo luminaires by Marset.

“In early 2016, Voyager Espresso, a new specialty coffee bar, opened in a subway concourse of the Fulton Street station, in Manhattan’s Financial District. The architect, Only If, was commissioned by the Australian team of Owner Prudence Reid and Owner/Barista Aaron Barnard to develop an innovative architectural and interior design for its initial retail location in this unusual underground site.Voyager Espresso, with its integration of an artistic and scientific approach to coffee, is a welcomed addition to the lagging food scene of the Financial District. Its rotating menu features seasonal, fresh crop coffees from the best roasters in the United States.In contrast to the artisanal aesthetic of contemporary coffee culture, the coffee shop’s design and material palette refers to the namesake spacecraft and scientific approach behind Voyager Espresso. Adam Snow Frampton, Principal of Only If, commented: “From the beginning we knew we wanted to avoid the clichéd language of white tile, reclaimed wood, and exposed Edison bulbs.The material palette we developed is inexpensive yet futuristic.” The walls are clad in oriented strand board (OSB), which is transformed through the application of aluminum enamel paint. Work surfaces consist of black marble countertop, which plays off the texture of the walls. Elsewhere, perforated aluminum, copper, and black rubber are used.The design of the small space is based on the organization of two circles: one for service (the Barista Station) and another for seating (the Grotto). The Barista Station can be read as a positive volume, whereas the Grotto can be read as a negative volume excavated from the surrounding walls.Practically, the layout consolidates the storage and back of house at the rear of the space, and maximizes visibility of Voyager Espresso along its glass storefront to the subway concourse. The layout creates a variety of different social settings for seating, from individual to collective, intimate to exposed.The design team worked closely with the client to integrate custom coffee equipment and refine the ergonomics of coffee making and service.Aaron Barnard, Owner of Voyager Espresso, commented: “The circular bar design allows for two baristas to work simultaneously and seamlessly through two points of sale. The barista does each transaction from start to finish. This helps to make the service more personable.” Through its unique design, Voyager Espresso is redefining coffee culture in New York.” – Only If

Est Lighting – Sydney

January 2017

Our showroom is a resource for light planning and advice to the architecture and design community, featuring a broad composition of architectural and decorative lighting. We’d like to thank our friends at Valmont for the design and build of our new home.

Oracle by Christopher Boots

January 2017

In classical antiquity, an oracle was a person or agency considered to interface wise counsel or prophetic prediction of the future. As such it was a form of divination. Oracles were thought to be the medium through which the gods spoke directly to people. Sculptural in presence & resonating with symbolism, ORACLE brings a touch of the Bronze Age crossed with the 21st century. Interlocking rings inlaid with LED create optical effects of dancing mid-air in a weave of the simple and highly complex.

Find out more about Oracle by Christopher Boots


January 2017

Turner is a sharp and evocative multi award-winning design practice with realised projects valued at over $3 billion recently completed or under construction. With approximately 100 staff from 24 countries, Turner reflects a culturally diverse workplace, strong in identity, that is continually evolving. Their recent studio renovation uses a layering of task, accent and pelmet illumination by Est Lighting to create a sophisticated and warm environment.

Brugge Residence

January 2017

Belgium and the Region of Flanders in particular features extensive use of modernist residential architecture, as seen in this Brugges collaboration by Salens Architecten and Eva Carlier.

ORP by Christopher Boots

January 2017

Oblique Rhombic Prism is a pared-back structure that allows sacred geometry and light to come together as one. ORP emphasises simplicity and form, connecting elements that speak to the links between all formations of life.

Amara Display Suites

December 2016

“The building will take the form of an elongated and punctured void, intuitively responding to its unique site conditions on Botany Road, Alexandria. Entrance lobbies, a private garden pathway to the North and a public through-site link to the South combine to provide an enlivened and active through-site connection. The landscaped podium serves as a green oasis for residents that spill out to the public domain in a verdant green sequence of planting and water features. Ground floor retain spaces serve to activate and invigorate the public through-site link. Retail spaces, landscaped pathways and entry lobbies combine to create a dynamic fine grain at street level.” – Fox Johnston

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