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11 Questions for Scott Yu

Posted by Vode Marketing on May 1, 2018 1:57:25 PM

11 Questions for Scott Yu Chief Creative Officer.
Because we like to turn it up to 11!

May 2, 2018

Q. People refer to the new ZipThree® Suspended as a sexy fixture. Was that your intent?

SY: I wanted to design a surprisingly thin light fixture. I think sexy is  in the eye of the beholder.

Q: What's the most childish thing you still do?

SY: Now that I have a grandchild, I get to do all kinds of silly things and never have to explain
 them.

Q: What was your style in the 80’s?

SY: Lots of color. It gives me the chills when I think about it.

Q: What is your favorite product that you’ve ever worked on?

SY: The eco2000 which was presented at the 1985 Paris auto show. It was an experimental vehicle that achieved 85 mpg over 30 years ago.

Q: You’re an avid reader. What books are on your nightstand?

SY: I don’t have time to read, I listen to audible: "Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman, “Nudge” by Richard Thaler, “Super Forecasting” by Philip Fetlock and Dan Gardner.

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Topics: Vode Community, Vode Lighting

Tim Brophy - Soccer Dad, Special Projects Superstar

Posted by Vode Marketing on Apr 5, 2018 10:21:00 AM

April 5, 2018

How does having 6 kids make you awesome at your job as Senior Special Projects Manager at Vode?

As co-manager of “Team Brophy”, chaos is my middle name. At home I’m either unclogging toilets, negotiating with my teenage daughter about why she doesn’t need a new pair of jeans, or running to the store for the 5th time in one day. It’s all problem solving and keeping the team moving forward in one direction. And my kids like to remind me all the time that I’m a “senior”.


What our customers love about Vode is that we listen to their ideas and take action on their requests and suggestions for lighting solutions. They want to be heard. We listen and learn from these unique projects and we use this knowledge to make Vode standard products even better. Team Brophy runs on a similar principle. There are lots of voices, requests and wild ideas being thrown out, and you need to determine which ones are valid, doable, and of maximum benefit, without making mom and dad want to run off to Mexico and change their identity.


So, what’s so “Special” about Special Projects?

At Vode I manage custom projects and shepherd the development of new products that have never been tackled before. It’s a bit like leading a pep-rally for my colleagues… “Come on team you can do it!” and then come the timelines, and projections, followed by donuts, chips (usually for me but I do share) and a great deal of optimism. When you get the opportunity to work on a project like Hyatt Headquarters or Google and they want something that’s one-of-a-kind, you don’t say no. It’s kinda like Christmas at my house. As much as you want to skip the whole presents, decorations and debt thing because you just don’t know how on Earth you’re going pull it off, you persevere and get really creative because you just can’t let your people down.


What’s it like being a soccer dad?

The team at Vode always wonders how I can eat so many donuts and not weigh 300 lbs. Six kids and coaching three games of soccer and baseball each weekend burns a ton of calories. Also, coaching multiple teams for multiple kids makes you hyper-organized. You need to remember which game you’re going to and which kid to take. You need to remember all of their names, their strengths and weaknesses and what motivates them. Also, you can’t leave one behind when you take off. This is just like managing special projects at Vode, except I don’t get orange wedges or juice boxes stuffed into the seats in my car.  


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Bright Lights, Big City

Posted by Tom Warton on Jan 31, 2018 8:37:03 PM


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Vode’s New York Sales Manager, Ian Coll(standing in blue), with the International Lights sales team

 Bright Lights, Big City

Vode Lighting Partners with International Lights NYC

 

February 1, 2018

Sonoma, CA  

Vode Lighting, LLC, an innovation leader in lighting product design and manufacturing, recently announced a partnership with International Lights. The move supports Vode’s ambitious growth plans and solidifies its position in the major design market of New York. International Lights in a leading lighting manufacturer’s representative based in New York City.

“International Lights is excited to represent this amazing company in New York,” said Jim Panichella, Co-President of International Lights. “Vode’s innovative approach to design, efficiency, performance and environmental responsibility is second to none in our industry. Vode is well known for its minimal design. They consistently delivers highly functional and clever tools for lighting designers, that all but disappear into architecture.

Scott Yu, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Vode Lighting, said, “There is a very strong concentration of design and architectural firms headquartered in New York City. As a major hub for lighting consultants supporting architectural projects worldwide, we look forward to doing great things with International Lights”.

“We are entering a new era for our business and are thrilled to partner with International Lights. All good business is based on relationship and International Lights in unsurpassed in their support of the designers, distributors and contractors we aim to serve in the great city of New York,” Tom Warton, President and CEO of Vode Lighting.

With the advent of LED and digital control, the lighting industry has entered a radical phase of innovation, beyond energy efficiency and dimming to utilizing technology for quality of function & performance. High color rendering, dynamic dimming, circadian rhythms, mesh networks, Li-Fi, color tuning are now all considerations of the possible when designing for healthcare, higher education, commercial office, retail, and residential projects.

About International Lights: Covering the New York metro area and Long Island, International Lights represents the most innovative manufacturers in the lighting industry. In the 26 years since their founding, International Lights has successfully managed over 10,000 lighting projects. Driven by one of the strongest and most experienced specification sales teams in the country, International Lights offers the best of class service, throughout the entire project life-cycle - from inception through final occupancy.

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Vode Lighting Appoints Ian Coll as NYC Sales Manager

Posted by Antenna on Aug 24, 2017 2:34:24 PM

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SONOMA, CA – August 23, 2017 – Vode Lighting, a linear lighting design and manufacturing company, today announced the appointment of Ian Coll as New York City sales manager. As sales manager of the greater New York City region, Coll draws on his 20-plus years of experience in the architectural lighting industry to support the Vode leadership team as the company expands its presence in one of the world’s top design markets.

“Vode leads the industry with unrivaled minimalist and architecturally conscious linear lighting systems that subtly enhance the environment in which they are installed. I’m thrilled to join the Vode family and be a part of this pioneering company,” said Ian Coll, NYC sales manager at Vode. “With an ever-growing portfolio of projects in the greater New York City region, it’s a no-brainer that the forerunner in lighting design should have a dedicated representative in one of the world’s design capitals.”

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Topics: Lighting Industry News, Vode Community, Vode Lighting

LED Magazine reports from LFI

Posted by Vode Marketing on Jun 28, 2017 2:49:06 PM

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Topics: Lighting Industry News, Vode Community, LFI, LIGHTFAIR International, ZipThree, Vode Lighting

Vode’s ZipThree wins “Most Innovative Product of the Year”

Posted by Antenna on May 18, 2017 10:58:43 AM


PHILADELPHIA – May 10, 2017 - Vode won the “Most Innovative Product of the Year” LIGHTFAIR Innovation Award at the LIGHTFAIR International 2017 conference for its latest product, ZipThree™| Wall Mount | 707 a bi-directional ceiling wash and wall graze lighting fixture for corporate, hospitality and civic applications. The award, judged by an independent panel of renowned lighting professionals, honors industry innovation in lighting-related products and design introduced in the past 12 months. Vode was chosen out of 258 entrants in the Commercial Interior Category.

The Vode team works very hard at challenging assumptions and sometimes we come up with the unexpected. The ZipThree is a great example of what is possible when we start asking the right questions,” said Tom Warton, chief executive officer and co-founder of Vode Lighting. “We're inspired to be working in this moment of incredible change and innovation. With so much opportunity around us – to paraphrase Mr. Wayne Gretzky – we aren't trying to go where the light is, we're trying to go where the light is going to be."

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Topics: Lighting Industry News, Vode Community, LFI, LIGHTFAIR International, ZipThree, Vode Lighting

Sabra White has joined the Vode team

Posted by Tom Warton on Nov 10, 2016 9:38:01 AM

 

Sabra White

Customer Service Manager

Sabra White comes to Vode with the perfect mix of architectural knowledge and expertise in the field of LEDs. She began her illustrious career at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. and then worked as Curator of the Architectural Drawings Collection at the Chicago Historical Society where she honed her keen sense of design aesthetics.

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Farewell to Lightfair 2015

Posted by George Mieling on May 27, 2015 10:10:00 AM

As always, Lightfair was fun. Seeing familiar faces, making new connections, mingling with award-winners (congratulations!), and talking shop until blue in the face. A few things stuck with us.

It’s all about friends

Each year, we connect with more amazing market partners and friends. Rick and I sat down with Richard Meek, Principal at Archibald & Meek, and a few of his spec sales and marketing colleagues (they recently added Vode to their line card). They were thoroughly impressed with our magic act: pulling three Zip fixtures from a 2”-diameter packing tube. [[Insert “packing light” pun here.]] We caught up with new friends at SLS Vancouver and the Southeast crew from Sesco Lighting, in addition to friends we’ve known and loved for years. You guys are the best.

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Topics: LED Lighting, Lighting Design, Lighting Industry News, Events, Vode Community