So, how does he find working with computers compared with manual work?
“I would say it’s more brain,” Vargas replies. “I have to troubleshoot the
code, and make a precise part down to the tenth of a thousandth of an inch.
Say there are 100 lights. I have to have all 100 exactly the same so that I can
get a part and put it with any other lamp and it will fit precisely.”
While precision is the goal for some fixtures, a less high-tech process
produces the organic effect desired by designer Culotti. The Rockstar lamp
she chose, handmade in the Philippines factory, comes with the tagline “no
two stones are identical.”
On the other hand, Poon needed a combination of precision and cus-
tomization for her metal artwork Mikko project. “We’ve used Littman’s
off-the-shelf products on many, many projects,” says Poon, “but I’d never
experienced getting something custom done as quickly as this.” Mikko
met its Boutique Design New York (BDNY) 2015 deadline in less than two
For Littman, the future lies in this mix of factory locations and processes:
handmade and high tech, custom and mass production, and all tracked for
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