Nestled in New York City’s Tribeca district in Lower Manhattan, the award-winning Flea Theater draws audiences far and wide with its gripping Off-Off-Broadway productions. Built on the premise of “raising a joyful hell in a small space,” The Flea Theater originally called 41 White Street—a rented building with cramped dressing rooms and inadequate storage space—its humble home. After years of successful productions, The Flea Theater outgrew its abode and moved into a larger location four blocks away at 20 Thomas Street.
Michael Dernaj is on a mission to reinvent light fixtures as we know them. Since establishing Artefact Industries with cofounder Kate Steele in 2014, the Melbourne, Australia-based entrepreneur has illuminated the world with his bespoke creations.
Artefact Industries’ premise is simple: to design high-end, high-performing light fixtures interior and lighting designers can easily customize for any space. In other words, Dernaj’s fixtures are the finely tailored Savile Row suits of the lighting world.
An omnipresent force, light holds the power to beautify, heal, energize and inspire. Sunlight enriches crops around the world to feed billions of people, for instance, while electric light enhances human productivity.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) hosts the first-ever International Day of Light on May 16, 2018, to recognize light’s impact on science, culture, art, education and sustainable development. Through a range of events, UNESCO gives people a chance to appreciate light and the role it plays in actualizing UNESCO’s mission of universal education, equality and peace.