New York City-based designer Ben Light has a passion for creating art that tells a story, particularly sculptural wooden objects lathed by hand. Since childhood, Light has been a maker of toys and various inventions—pursuits that led him to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University and a Master of Science degree from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. However, he never considered his works design until he made his first wooden lamp a decade ago. “Something about the lathe just clicked with me and I haven’t been able to stop,” he says. With the name Light, it’s no surprise that his favorite items to create are turned wooden lamps crafted of reclaimed materials with a previous life or an interesting story to tell. However, his work extends beyond his signature lamps to include everything from wooden furniture to electro/mechanical kinetic sculpture.
As the founder of B.Light Design, Light lives and works in Manhattan and Brooklyn where he finds constant inspiration from the pace and energy of the city, but he escapes to the Pennsylvania Poconos to slow down and fully explore his ideas. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Cameron Art Museum and the American Design Club.