Working closely together with some of the last finishers in Denmark, the Danish design company Anour turn copper, brass, steel, aluminium, wood and marble into custom lighting for customers who want a unique lamp for life.
For lighting manufacturer Anour, it is important to work with materials that allow the buyer to enjoy their product for a lifetime. It is a fight back against the ever-hungry consumer society that buys, consumes and then discards in an ever-repeating cycle. Setting themselves apart from the rest, Anour embraces the ageing process of materials as something of value rather than a negative.
“I think the world has enough products with little or no apparent value. Our need for material possessions is steadily consuming all our natural resources, yet these possessions often only serve as a quick fix. Manufacturers contribute too to this trend by making products that are none serviceable and that have a short life span, so the consumer is forced to buy another to upgrade or replace once the product eventually malfunctions and reaches its end of life,” says Arash Nourinejad, owner of Anour.
“In opposition to this consumer trend, we value craftsmanship, quality and products worth repairing, with a clear purpose. We select our materials and manufacturing processes to withstand the coming of age and so that our products beautifully patinate over time and become one with the user, not least our lamps, which can be serviced to last a life time rather than being dumped in a landfill after a few years use,” he says.
Don’t Follow the Trend
Design trends are often temporary, and they usually come at a high price in terms of our planet’s material resources. This is why Anour works with the evergreens in their material library, consciously working with materials that will last a life time, if carefully taken care of.
“It’s true these precious materials don’t come cheap, and some of our lamps may seem expensive – but our uncompromising approach is based on our high standards: we exist to create lamps that are so simple in design that they become timeless icons. All our lamps are carefully manufactured and constantly improved to get better and smarter,” says Arash.
On top of their material direction and manufacturing ethics, Anour produces to order, which means that no material is wasted on stocking up a product that might never sell and instead allowing each product to have a clear purpose and to be made to client requirements. This can occasionally be problematic in a market that typically demands instant delivery, but Anour has made it their mantra: slow living – good things are worth the wait.
The Last Finishers
Anour currently employ a staff of 7 skilled and dedicated team members. Apart from their in-house assembly and design, they work closely with their locally based suppliers, including material finishers, which involves an artisan set of skills that very few master.
There aren’t any official numbers, but according to a Danish media outlet, only a handful of official Danish material finishers are left in existence. The finishers are the heart of Anour – they are the ones that shape the materials to obtain the perfect patina, one suiting the lamps and light, to give the best look to blend with a specific room. And it’s all done by hand.
You can read more about Anour in their company profile