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Founded in 2008, lightexture is a design collaborative between an architect and a lighting designer creating unique designer lamps. We have been collaborating to create a robust collection of fixtures that are both playful and sensual. Each bringing a different set of skills and sensibilities to the stage, which makes the lights a conversation through work.

lightexture Store -

2 Third Street, Troy, NY 12180


Mon- Wed 9-5

Friday 10-5

Saturday By Appointment

Ceramics By:

Ross Kunze - Website
Amanda Messineo

Avner Ben Natan

Avner Ben Natan has been working with light as material since the early 90's in his work as a lighting designer in films and television. After he moved to New York, he began to extend the work with light into the design of light fixtures and environments for art and dance installations, residential and commercial projects. A versatile artist, Ben Natan has also been writing poetry and prose. After completing a collection of short stories, he started to compose and sing his own poetry and has developed one of his short stories into a screenplay. Received a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University.

Hebrew poetry and prose stories can be read in:

Songs, mostly written and sung by Avner can be found at his band's 'Stardust Explosion' SoundCloud page. More music can be heard at Avner's Soundcloud page.

Yael Erel

Yael Erel is an architect, educator and light artist. She interweaves light optics research with academic teaching and practice. Erel is a registered architect in New York and Israel. Graduated with honors from The Cooper Union where she received the Irma Giustino Weiss Prize for creative achievement. As light became the focus of Erel’s work, she pursued her graduate studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to gain deep knowledge of light as material. Her current research studies systems of light sources and reflectors that construct spatial and temporal light-drawings. Her work has been published and exhibited at the miSci Museum, Albany Airport, Cornell University, MIT, RPI, The Krakow Biennial, Queens Theater in the Park, The Public Theater SPF, Pratt Institute and other NYC Galleries. For over a decade Erel has been deeply immersed in architectural education, teaching architecture at the Harvard GSD,The Cooper Union, Columbia University and Pratt Institute. She is currently at Rensselaer School of Architecture, teaching architecture as well as a seminar studying light and projection.

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