In conversation with ILANEL

In conversation with ILANEL

ILANEL is a Melbourne based creative studio, whose design objects combine artistic values, aesthetics and quality.

Established in 2010, ILANEL’s creations can now be seen around the world. From bespoke lighting in high-end residential projects to large scale commercial and hospitality installations.

We answer the challenges presented by our clients and fellow designers alike. 

What was the spark for Ilan El Lighting? Where did the story begin? 

The short answer – Luminaire design chose me.

I was practicing as an architect before embarking on a life-changing journey and moving across the world to Australia. When I arrived here in Melbourne 15 years ago, I undertook the Masters program at RMIT’s Design School where I specialised in experiential illumination. 

Post studying, I worked for a local design firm while establishing the foundations for ILANEL Design Studio. I officially launched ILANEL in 2010 and never looked back. 

What inspires you creatively?

Important influences on my work are natural sciences (physics, chemistry, geology, biology). Although the road from a designer’s mind to the reality is rarely straightforward, for me it is all about amalgamation of aesthetics, human needs, inventiveness through creativity.

How would you describe your style when it comes to your products? 

Artistic, emotive and timeless.

Most memorable place you've travelled?

I have travelled the world many times and had such memorable experiences in so many places. 

But I love where I live! Melbourne the air is fresh, the people are easy going and the coffee is superb. I was lured here by the cultural vibe and can’t wait for Melbourne to open up once again. 

On a typical weekend we'll find you?

At the moment, at home [stage 4 lockdown] normally, I love the Melbourne cafés, being out for dinner with friends, I thrive on visiting art galleries and immersing myself in design or architectural events, there is always something going on in Melbourne. Oh, and I do get out on the bike, yes, I’m a MAMIL 

What's your best piece of advice when buying items for your home?

Ignore trends and always purchase something of quality that you absolutely love, it should make your heart sing.

A favourite quote?

There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

By Leonard Cohen

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