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Littman Brands Contract Announces the Brighten the World Campaign to Benefit the Wilson Foundation
The Wilson Foundation

November, 2015

Littman Brands Contract, offering a comprehensive lighting resource which includes Troy Lighting, Hudson Valley Lighting and Corbett Lighting, will showcase their latest designs for the contract and hospitality marketplace in booths 1054 and 955 at Boutique Design New York. Littman Brands Contract’s booth has expanded in size and will feature a lounge which will be anchored by MIKKO, an architectural, hanging LED light sculpture co-designed by May Poon, design director at global design and architectural firm, Wilson Associates. MIKKO will launch the Littman Brands Contract Brighten the World Campaign for The Wilson Foundation. Based in Dallas, Texas, the Wilson Foundation addresses the needs of disadvantaged and underserved children in South Africa. MIKKO is inspired by the art of Origami and was co-designed by and manufactured at Littman Brands Contract’s 200,000 square foot factory in City of Industry, California through Troy Lighting’s custom division. 


The Littman Brands Contract Brighten the World MIKKO Campaign for The Wilson Foundation details will be unveiled as part of a special presentation and cocktail reception with May Poon of Wilson Associates and Littman Brands Contract. The cocktail reception will take place at 4pm on Sunday and 2pm on Monday in the Littman Brands Contract booth. 


As part of the fundraising program – MIKKO will be available to hotel and commercial management groups for purchase by online auction beginning on November 8th through BDwest 2016 in Los Angeles, with the auction ending in April 2016. The estimated value of the MIKKO light sculpture is $25,000, and all profits of the sale will be donated to The Wilson Foundation. In addition to the online auction of the MIKKO hanging light sculpture, Littman Brands Contract will also manufacture mini-MIKKO pendant designs which will be available for purchase through with proceeds to benefit the foundation. 

“We are proud to offer this unique way to contribute to The Wilson Foundation’s cause and initiatives and have the opportunity to share and discuss our design process with Wilson Associates and this exciting campaign," said Meghan Hanley, director of sales and marketing for Troy and Corbett Lighting under Littman Brands Contract. “MIKKO is a dynamic architectural design and serves as the perfect representation of how our team can take a design concept and run with it. We were able to design, create and produce this complicated, sculptural form in our West Coast factory in less than 60 days.” 

“I am exceedingly pleased with Littman Brands Contract’s execution of my design concept,” said May Poon, design director, Wilson Associates. “To the untrained eye, a square of paper is but a scrap, but to the origami artist, it’s full of possibility. In this case, Littman Brands Contract has turned a sheet of metal into a sculpture of LIGHT and FORM.” 

“We are humbled by Littman Brands Contract’s generosity with this ongoing and generous fundraising campaign,” said John Canterbury, executive director of The Wilson Foundation. “We are also so happy to be given the opportunity to raise awareness of The Wilson Foundation’s mission to address the needs of disadvantaged and undeserved children in South Africa who suffer extreme poverty and are affected by illness including the current HIV/AIDS pandemic.” 

Inspired by modular origami folds, the MIKKO architectural hanging light sculpture is a dynamic work of art and movement in contrasting forms. Each flexible aluminum body is comprised of 228 individual folds that house a one-watt warm LED with its own LED engine. The folds are woven together with aircraft cable to create an infinity of shapes, with each form in constant fluid motion. Adding dimension and depth, one form is finished in brushed aluminum, while the other is finished in gloss black with black matte accents. The hanging light sculpture’s final design is determined by strategic placement (including length, tension and location) of the aircraft cable suspension points for each structure. 

In addition to unveiling the MIKKO structure, Troy Lighting’s custom division will also showcase additional designs and Troy Lighting’s newest standard collections including sculptural creations in hand-worked wrought iron, aluminum and pressed, frosted and smoked blown glass. Many of Troy Lighting’s newest fixtures incorporate the industrial chic trend with a retro vibe and fit perfectly in residential, retail, office and hospitality specifications. 

About Troy Lighting – custom contract capabilities Troy Lighting’s custom contract division designs, manufactures and produces specialty and made-to-specification fixtures in their 200,000 square foot factory in the City of Industry, California. Working with both international and domestic contract and hospitality clients, they believe it’s important to be hands-on and be in total control of the process, with every step of the manufacturing cycle. The completed results exemplify high quality products with efficient turnaround. Inside Littman Brands’ facility, talented craftsman and machinist maximize precision and efficiency by utilizing the latest in leading-edge tooling, equipment and finishing capabilities which employs the use of computerized precision laser cutting equipment, large capacity paint spray booths, chemical finishing tanks, TIG Master Welding and iron-forging facilities, handmade shade making and fully integrated production and assembly lines. State-of-the-art powder coating facilities include a new six-stage, automated system with phosphate spray, two inline powder booths, and an 80 foot curing oven, capable of processing 10,000 fixtures per day. 

Troy Lighting’s contract hospitality division have created designs for some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, resorts, restaurants and multi-family housing communities, including: The Embassy Suites in Anaheim, CA; The Westin Crystal City in Arlington, VA; The San Diego Marriott in La Jolla, CA; The Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort in Oxnard, CA; St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort in Puerto Rico; the Commerce Club in Atlanta, GA; P.F. Chang’s restaurants and Sagewood Continuing Care Retirement Community in Phoenix, AZ. For more information on Troy Lighting, visit 

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About Littman Brands Contract Littman Brands Contract, the global contract and hospitality division of Littman Brands, promotes the design strengths of subsidiary companies Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting and Hudson Valley Lighting® – each of which brings its own aesthetic and custom manufacturing capabilities to the hospitality space. It is a single source for designers, specifiers and interior architects working on commercial, hotel and resort projects – providing access to the talents and unlimited resources of all three brands. Under Littman Brands Contract, clients can be assured that qualified project managers, engineering staff and CAD department oversee every detail of the design-build and modification process to ensure the proper design intent is achieved. Littman Brand’s 200,000-square-foot manufacturing building in Southern California, 100,000-square-foot facility in Upstate New York and manufacturing sites in Asia are equipped to execute any project. 



About The Wilson Foundation The Wilson Foundation, a 501©(3) organization addresses the needs of disadvantaged and underserved children by offering hope for a better future. The foundation is currently focused on efforts in Limpopo Province, South Africa, an area devastated by extreme poverty, unemployment, substandard education, and an HIV/AIDS pandemic that has left a staggering number of orphans and other vulnerable children in its wake. The Wilson Foundation makes grants to the NGO’s (nongovernmental organizations) that serve the needs of the people in this region. Program support focus includes improving education, offering access to health services, and providing children with a safe, nurturing environment. The mission of The Wilson Foundation is to change lives, one child at a time. For more information on The Wilson Foundation’s past, present and future plans for South Africa, visit 


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