Resident Turns 5!


It has been a meteoric rise for Resident in the Australian market, with bold and innovative lighting products leading the way. The geometric family of products containing Hex, Cross and Tri has been especially well received, due to their innovative use of LED light sources, simple and well-proportioned dimensions and a very high quality of hand finishing.

The New Zealand made lights have found their way into a number of restaurants, bars, hotels and private residences. Resident’s essence revolves around an authentic combination of world leading design, bold materiality and exceptional fabrication.

A diverse range of materials and processes have exemplified Residents first six collections. They are currently producing lights out of steel, aluminium, brass, glass, carbon fibre and ceramic.

At New York Design Week Resident recently released its first technical spotlight, with the unveiling of the Echo series of Track, Surface Mount and Pendant lamps. Echo utilises the Soraa Light engine, a uniquely adaptable ultra-high quality light source, which allows the user to snap on and off magnetic lenses which change colour temperature and beam angle.

Says Scott Bridgens,

“New Zealand is a fantastic place to be designing and manufacturing high quality lighting. We have a very diverse network of factories here who are passionate about what they do, and genuinely want to help Resident to achieve its goals. Kiwis are very resourceful people and this makes a big difference in the wide world.”

Resident’s furniture collection has also gone from strength to strength, with a focus on strong, robust, dependable products that can span both commercial and domestic interiors. Resident co-founder Simon James has been a significant contributor to the furniture range, with items encompassing the Tangerine Family, Felix Chair and Pick-Up Sticks Chair.

The latest addition to the furniture range is the iconic Odin Chair, by Jamie McLellan. A formal dining chair, Odin is simultaneously humble and striking, with a subtle blend of Nordic and Japanese cultures. There is structural harmony in how its four die cast aluminium legs cradle a laminated ash seat base and backrest. 

If the first five years are anything to go by, Resident has a lot more to offer, and we look forward to bringing you this unfolding design story.