In 2010, Andrew Neyer began developing products for his home in Cincinnati, OH. Two of Neyer’s first products were a 5ft tall wrist watch (Watch Clock) and a 6ft cantilevering sconce (Crane Light). After quitting his day job to work full-time as a commercial artist, he started scratching the itch to design more products. Since his background was rooted in Art, he lacked formal training in product design. The absence of ‘proper design procedure’ proved to be an advantage in his practice by keeping his primary focus on painting a concept.
While studying Printmaking at Maryland Institute College of Art, Neyer became obsessed with innovating new ways of experiencing art on a universal level. Andrew’s early work laid a foundation for his peculiar spin on ordinary mediums; from handmade artist books packaged as the prize inside cereal (Space Junk 2, 2008) to an interactive mural in which the viewers could pick the pockets of characters, and peruse their unique belongings (Pick-a-Pocket, 2008). Neyer went on to develop one of his most successful exhibitions, Color Me (2011-Present), with Andy J. Miller. The collaborative project enlists the spectators of the mural to become participants by unyieldingly coloring the black and white mural, drawn by Neyer & Miller, with 5ft tall custom markers.
As the itch to design products kept growing Neyer woke one morning to find that his one-off products had been featured on several design blogs resulting in an influx of orders. Excited by the positive response and overwhelmed by the need to produce multiples, he made his first production run out of his studio. As the orders continued to grow so did the production batches. After exceeding the limits of in-house production capabilities Neyer partnered with local fabrication shops to keep up with the demand.
Following the success of the Crane Light, Andrew Neyer developed a full lighting collection based on his same minimal principles. The new lineup became, Mobile Collection, a series of pendants and chandeliers that can to be combined in groupings for use in both commercial and residential spaces. Soon after, architects and designers began realizing the collection to transform lobbies, cafés, dining halls and open spaces of renowned restaurants, design offices, luxury hotels and boutiques around the World.