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The Archilume Luminaire system can be customized to fit the unique needs of a space. The LED light travels through a fiber-optic tube to create a minimalist spotlight effect.

saleem khattak LEDs lead the way in lighting innovation.

Innovation in lighting technology—its materials, its energy, and its colors and versatility—seems to move at the speed of, well, light. Talk to Vancouver designer Saleem Khattak for an insider’s view of these advances, in which he’s played a role, and you’ll get the feeling that it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a household name. His flagship lighting line, Archilume, utilizes both fiber optics and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a design that is “about an expression of light and its qualities rather than about its form,” as he explains. “The end result is a warm, intimate quality without the glare of a visible light source

because of the total internal reflection optics of the Archilume lens.” What’s next for the genteel and contemplative Khattak? He plans to grow Archilume’s offerings into modular chandeliers, an exciting departure from the one-size-fits-all approach of most contemporary chandelier and pendant designs. “The great thing about this line is that it can be subtle in appearance, with one or just a few units, or [it can] create a grand statement when clustered in multiples,” he says. We expect to see him at the forefront of thoughtful architectural lighting for years to come. h