In October, we were so concerned that we had heard nothing from her and Jakob that we wrote a post asking if anyone knew what had happened to them. So we were delighted to be able to catch up with Sofie herself.
As we'd suspected, it was a situation that we have seen before and which we advise young designers to beware of. Doing everything -- designing, arranging production, marketing, sales, all the the day-to-day minute-by-minute trivial issues -- is too much for just one or two people to do. At the simplest level, it is just that -- more than a day's work has to be fitted in to every day. But it also means that part of what one is doing is not what one wants to do. Some people want to design, others want to be bookkeepers, very few people have the will or the energy to do both.
So they have very wisely decided to end Refer + Staer. This is right for both of them. What is right for the rest of us is that their designs will soon be available again -- through &Tradition (who already have Sofie's Bulb in their collection). Now, Sofie can design and &Tradition will take care of marketing and sales, production and fulfilment, which is what they are staffed to do.
For we all need Sofie's Ice chandelier:
In fact, so much do we all need it that I wrote a post last March that inquired into the phenomenon, called Why is Sofie Refer's Ice chandelier so good?
We understand that not only will the Ice chandelier be available from &Tradition, but so will Jakob's Black Fibre pendant:
We will let you know when these lights become available through &Tradition. They cannot be delivered immediately but, given the lead time on most projects, you can certainly start planning to use them again.
For now, Refer + Staer will remain as a separate manufacturer in the Light Finder on our web site, so that their lights show up when you search. As soon as they have been incorporated in the &Tradition collection, we'll take Refer + Staer down.