Based in the design hub of Tallinn, Estonia, lighting brand Saarepera & Mae was originally launched as a labor of love for local creatives Mari Saarepera and Tauri Mae. Since its inception in 2012, the company has garnered international acclaim for its modernist fixtures, and as Saarepera and Mae evolve creatively and professionally, they have turned their focus toward high-end, limited-edition “light sculptures” and commissions.
To the partnership, Saarepera brings a background in multidisciplinary art, and Mae is trained as an engineer. Together, they have worked to innovate new, conceptual lighting, including the Ambiguo series, which explores the tension between symmetry and asymmetry, and North, a fixture that combines neon lighting with a modern chandelier silhouette.
Text: Brittany Cost, Incollect