The year 2020 will forever be remembered as the year of change. From social isolation, to social reform, this is a year that has demanded a global change in behavior and perspective. This is a year to witness completely new challenges, and a time to realize that vital changes have yet to be made and understood. A year of great loss, and a year of new directions.
I was born in Akron, Ohio. I have graduated from the University of Akron. I am part of this landscape, this culture. It has shaped me, and I have helped to shape it as well. In 2015, I picked myself up and out of a regular 9a-5p job of 12 years and began utilizing my talents, my skills, and my determination to build something of my own and for myself. And, in 2018, I officially formed Krunchworks Design+Build, designing and building custom furnishings, lighting, signage, and public space site furniture.
In December 2019 through January 2020, I wanted to scale back. I wanted to develop a product that I could repeat and perfect. A product that could be developed into a business and embodied what I have learned about myself and the building of furnishings.
I had previously made a series of complex wooden wall lamps where I used a glow-in-the-dark material. The lamps were so rewarding to use that I considered them a rare balance of science and art. In December of 2019, I decided it was time to reimagine the original complexities and design something utilizing the same balance of art and science into a product that could scale to reach a larger audience. This is when GloLyte, LLC was formed.
As February of 2020 began coming to a close, COVID-19 and social isolation began to take hold of our planet. Perhaps a personal blessing in disguise, this allowed for a concentrated effort in GloLyte product development. It was a time of isolation and focus on developing a handmade commercial product...