Novy, part of the Middleby Group, has acquired Jansen & de Bont, a Netherlands-based designer lighting manufacturer. Established in 2014, the company was set up by industrial designers, Matthis Jansen and Jorg de Bont, to specialise in innovative solutions for the home by the introduction of energy efficient and intuitive touch-free gesture controlled LED lighting. From June 2022, Jansen & de Bont’s portfolio of patented lighting products will be sold under the Novy brand name as Novy Lighting PRO and production will be transitioned to the Novy headquarters in Kuurne, Belgium this Autumn.
Just by using swiping gestures within 10cm of the integrated smart sensor in each standard model, lighting can be activated, while luminosity can be adjusted. The colour of the light can also be changed using a special mood mode. The beam can also be dragged left and right and also minimised to focus on a specific position beneath it, ideal for reading recipes. There are three touch-free lighting models that all feature a contemporary minimalist aesthetic: WALL: a wall-mounted version, SHELF: an integrated lighting solution and PENDANT: designed to sit above a kitchen island, peninsula or dining table. Lightweight and recyclable, each comes in a range of sizes from 90cm to 180cm versions.
Novy says that lighting is integral to the design of all of its cooker hoods, and that up until now the company has always manufactured its own lighting components, focussing on adjustable mood settings with task or ambient options that can be controled in a number of ways. Jansen & de Bont’s patented lighting innovations are said to be highly complementary to Novy’s current product offer and this acquisition brings opportunities for further product development in the future.