ORGANZA: A collaboration between Lightly Technologies and Shane Holland Design Workshops

Lightly Technologies recently teamed up with lighting designers, Shane Holland Design Workshops, to create ORGANZA - an ultra-thin luminaire with the performance, manufacturing and commercial advantages of LED.


The collaboration was initiated back in 2018 when Shane Holland, MD of Shane Holland Design Workshops, met Matt Hanbury, founder of Lightly Technologies, at Frankfurt’s Light and Building exhibition. It was here that Holland discovered Hikari SQ by Lightly Technologies – an ultra-thin LED light source inspired by advanced smartphone displays. Holland was so impressed by the quality of light produced by such a slim module that he and Hanbury agreed to look for an opportunity to work together in the future.


That opportunity arose earlier this year when Holland shared a series of luminaire design sketches with Hanbury. One sketch in particular captured everyone’s imagination. Bearing the form of an inverted, period ballgown, one with layer upon layer of fabric, the luminaire was named Organza. It consists of three concentric rings with tabs that fold up at 55 degrees. Each tab holds one of 23 Hikari SQ ultra-thin light sources facing outwards. The result is 360 degrees of dimmable light from an elegantly-geometric design that, although minimal in style, can comfortably illuminate much larger spaces than its form would suggest. Click here to view photos from the workshop and the final design.

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Organza will be previewed at [d]arc room 2019, part of the London Design Fair, followed by LED Professional Symposium in Austria.

Shane Holland Design Workshops

Shane Holland Design Workshops are designers and makers of lighting, furniture, awards and sculptural works since 1991. Their workshop and studio is based in Duleek, County Meath in the historic Boyne Valley region.

The products are inspired by nature as are the materials themselves and the ultimate aim is to create timeless pieces that are aesthetically pleasing and functional. With twenty-eight years experience in metalworking, composites, woods, and plastics and having built up an international reputation, Holland’s unique collections of lighting and furniture have been exhibited in London, Paris, Milan, Frankfurt, and Beijing.

Shane and his team welcome collaborations with architects, designers, businesses, organizations, and homeowners.

The Shane Holland Design Workshops is one of only a few design practices in Ireland that has the capability to design, prototype and produce products from start to finish, all from their studio in Duleek. This allows greater control of a project during implementation.

Recently we have received the following awards for our products or collaborations.

  • UK Home and Garden Award, "Best Bespoke Fittings ROI 2019"

  • Commended Architects Choice Awards 2018,"Best Lighting for Tube Light"

  • Winners Architects Choice Awards 2017, "Best Lighting Product" and Highly Commended, "Best Renewable product 2017" for Cruise light.

  • RIAI Architecture Ireland, "Best Place Award" for Marconi with Denis Byrne Architects.

Guest Blog: Aaron Smedley, Photographer

Whilst in London, being based in Camden allows me to jump on the tube and go across the city, from location to location with relative ease. Of course, to be able to do this, I can’t afford to be weighed down by equipment so the need to pare kit down where I can is key, from both a portability and weight perspective. When I shoot internationally this is even more true.

I met the guys at Lightly Technologies at an exhibition I was shooting and was intrigued by how thin and, therefore, potentially portable their lighting modules were.

A single Hikari SQ light-source

A single Hikari SQ light-source

Aaron’s homemade lighting rig

Aaron’s homemade lighting rig

“The first thing that struck me was how light and portable this rig is. It can fit into a vinyl album sleeve, or the laptop compartment of my camera bag alongside my Mac Pro.”

So, armed with some double-sided tape and some connectors, I rigged up 9 modules (4000K) on a simple square of 3mm-thick hardboard to see how their tech would cope with the rigours of life with a photographer on the road.

The first thing that struck me was how light and portable this rig is. It can fit into a vinyl album sleeve, or the laptop compartment of my camera bag alongside my Mac Pro. The quality, intensity and spread of the light is exceptional, diffuse, very consistent and with good, flicker-free output even at the slowest shutter speeds. Consistency is critical to commercial performance, when I’m shooting I need to focus on my connection to my subject, not thinking about my gear. Jury rigged though this panel was, the performance was flawless.

“The quality, intensity and spread of the light is exceptional, diffuse, very consistent and with good, flicker-free output even at the slowest shutter speeds.”

It’s powered by a driver, which fits into the camera bag and is plugged into 2 connectors on the back of the rig. In the few months I’ve been using it, it’s been used as a flood, background, portrait, ambient light and as a replacement for the sun. My makeup artist also repeatedly used it as a work light over the standard studio makeup lighting because of the quality of output and the ease of use. She did note that some radiant heat built after a while, this is likely because on my ‘prototype’ the modules were mounted on hardboard with no thermal path for heat to dissipate.

All of the following shots were lit with the panel:

Continuing with the vinyl records analogy, with each module weighing only 35g it would be very easy to fit a sufficient amount of 3 x 3-module rigs to far exceed the requirements for even most medium sized film productions into a record case. For context this normally requires a medium sized truck or two.

The dimensions of each individual module (100 x 100 x 3.2mm) gives them the potential to be used as easily-scalable build blocks for an on-site, custom-made solution. For example, 3 lines of 3 can become either a square or a line, or an ‘L’ shape. 4 lines of 4 increases the overall effect and ultimately scales to replace any main light currently on the market for photography or film, with the exception of spotlights.

This amount of flexibility doesn’t exist in the market right now and there's a huge variety of applications this enables from major film and TV lighting, set design, product photography etc with the simple addition of barn doors, grids, gels and modifiers when required. The volume of light was great (particularly for the size), although more is always good, but more important is the ability to control the volume of light.

In order to set this technology apart from the rest I would list the following as must-haves:

• Dimmable [yes]

• Colour temperature control [on roadmap]

• Adjustable beam [can be achieved with lightweight films rather than barn doors further saving weight and space]

• Battery option (still needs to be mains powered as well) [possible now]

• Modularity / plug & play [totally unavailable on the commercial market]

For a home-made lighting rig it has been great to use, works wonderfully and is so versatile that for the last couple of shoots it’s been the only light source I’ve taken with me. The team are welcome to share their conversations with me trying to avoid giving it back!

Aaron Smedley

Aaron Smedley

Aaron Smedley is an internationally-published editorial and set photographer working globally between London, NY, LA and Vancouver. He shoots film and digital exclusively with Leica cameras regularly featuring on their brand channels. You can view more of his work by clicking here.