Light Bureau has become a part of ÅF Lighting, the specialist business area of the ÅF Group.
Established by Paul Traynor in 1999, Light Bureau has gained an enviable reputation in the field of architectural lighting design. Almost two decades on, the practice is still keen to develop, so the opportunity to join a global leader felt like a natural progression.
ÅF’s motivation is to increase its international portfolio and in this respect, Light Bureau is ideally-placed with roughly half its work being non-domestic and half its work UK-based.
Light Bureau was receptive to joining ÅF Lighting, recognising how well aligned the cultures and objectives of both companies are. Light Bureau’s credo is ‘Light as Craft’, which translates into highly individual and meticulously realised projects based on clear strategies. ÅF Lighting define what they do as ‘New Nordic Lighting’, embracing natural simplicity, authenticity and practicality, a mature style which the world recognises as distinctly Scandinavian.
“Light Bureau already has a foot in the Scandinavian market with our Oslo office set up in 2014 with Arve Olsen, so culturally this is very easy to envision,” said Paul Traynor.
“Being part of ÅF Lighting, I foresee access to a richer project base and reinforcement of key skills across infrastructure, daylight and even product design, also a collective understanding and a strategy for training and development. I’m really looking forward to this union and I couldn’t imagine a better fit culturally and professionally.”
“ÅF Lighting and Light Bureau already share a common vision, both rating innovation and professional experience highly. The combination of our teams will provide a solid international platform, from where we will offer lighting design solutions across all sectors. This step further strengthens our brand as a leading lighting design and engineering consultancy,” added Allan Ruberg, Head of ÅF Lighting.
With this move, Light Bureau becomes part of a network of 100 lighting designers in Europe. Paul Traynor will continue as Principal Director for Light Bureau alongside his existing team in London and Oslo.