Designers to Watch

Conserving resources without sacrificing beauty is the philosophy behind Eleek, a Portland-based design and manufacturing firm of light fixtures, counter and floor tiles, sinks, and hardware.

Husband-and-wife team Eric Kaster and Sattie Clark strive to make their products as sustainable as possible by using recycled materials and green-sourced electricity. “Making useful, beautful objects is innately satisfying,” Clark says, “but doing it in a way that corresponds with our personal values satisfies us on an even deeper level.”

Kaster is a third-generation patternmaker, which means he designs the wooden models that end up cast in recycled aluminum, bronze, and other metals. Practically all of Eleek’s light fixtures can incorporate pin-based fluorescent bulbs; styles range from almost Byzantine archaeological forms to Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired creations.

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