Cindy-Lee studied Industrial Design in Perth before moving to Melbourne and RMIT University, where she graduated in Furniture Design and Lighting Engineering.
After designing sets and working as a lighting consultant, she launched Lightly in 2005 with a homewares range based on designs inspired by her grandmother’s lace doilies. Using laser cutting to reproduce the beauty and delicacy of the patterns, she gained instant recognition with her new decorative style, dubbed ‘nana technology’. Drawing on nostalgic references, she combines discarded and recycled objects with new materials and technologies.
The ever-expanding Lightly portfolio includes tableware, lighting, ornaments, rugs, ceramics, accessories, mirrors and recycled Eco-ware, all imbued with a sense of invention, playfulness and charm.
Cindy-Lee’s idiosyncratic designs have attracted global attention, being selected for exhibitions in Milan, Paris, London, Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. Commissions have included products for the renowned Royal Academy of London pop-up restaurant and MoMA Restaurant in New York, and her products are selling in stores across Australia and internationally.