Sol Luminaire co-founder Joseph Ho originally had ambitions to become a chef—he had never really thought about joining the family trade in furnishings and fittings. The bread and butter of the business then dealt with outfitting retail stores for international sports brands.
When his father started discussing his retirement plans, Ho then took up the mantle and established Sol Luminaire in 2008, continuing the family tradition while starting a new chapter for the firm by specialising in architectural lighting. The local lighting purveyor started retailing products it manufactures and designs for Aeon, its in-house brand. His brother Zhi Kai, who had originally worked for a luxury retail brand, also joined the firm to lead its marketing department.
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Five years since and two showrooms later, the homegrown firm has recently opened Galerie 5, a new boutique on Craig Road, which retails a selection of custom lighting pieces handmade by artisans around the world. “Galerie 5 serves a place where brilliant minds, space, and lighting come together,” says Joseph Ho, founder of Sol Luminaire. “Visitors get to experience light as a medium of various art movements and styles as the five featured brands and artisans bring about new ideas that combine interdisciplinary approaches, material exploration, and circadian rhythm to engage all five senses.”
Brands represented exclusively by Galerie 5 in Singapore include multidisciplinary French artist Frederic Saulou, Pittsburgh-based American firm The Soucy Shop, Belgian studio IIII, and Ukrainian firm Makhno Studio.