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James Russ lighting blurs the line between design and fine art.

A master of materiality, every piece James creates is unique and handcrafted with the highest quality materials.

He draws on a wealth of industrial design knowledge to effortlessly transition between use of glass, ceramics, timber, brass and aluminium in his creations.

James descends from a long lineage of pioneers who instilled in him a passion for the natural environment. Design inspiration often stems from native New Zealand flora and fauna, photographed or filmed by James to capture details.

James Russ pieces embody a flawless balance between use of natural materials and lighting technology.

Designed to last a lifetime, James’ lights create feelings of warmth, intimacy and whimsy in both commercial and domestic settings.

Pendants painstakingly handcrafted from paper thin timber and elegant cast glass pieces create a statement in any space.

No idea is out of reach for James– he will devise an artistic and functional solution for any brief.

James Russ pieces are held in private collections in New Zealand and across the globe. Epsilon is the manufacturing backbone behind the James Russ brand.




James’ technical abilities were developed through studies in industrial design and years of work as a prototype developer.
With commissioned work distributed across the globe, he has worked alongside some of the world’s leading architecture firms. James’ light sculptures reflect his passion for the natural world. From camping in the dunes of the Kapiti Coast to diving in the South Pacific Ocean, his eye for natural detail is reflected in his designs.


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Anna is James Russ’ Lead Creative with expertise in fabric and materials. She joined James in 2011 following her work alongside top New Zealand designer, Trelise Cooper. Anna manages lighting production and client communication. Her meticulous attention to detail ensures lighting finishes are faultless.




Kuk is highly skilled in modern industrial design techniques. His areas of speciality include idea generation, 3D modelling and printing. Kuk is James Russ’ cast glass expert, having spent a year creating a method that results in beautiful pieces.



Helene is the owner of Art as Light, the exclusive Australian distributor for James Russ lighting. On a trip to New Zealand, Helene was impressed by James’ designs. Australians are now able to view James Russ collections from her Sydney showroom.




Nicole is a recent Bachelor of Communication Studies graduate with expertise in writing and public relations. She was a key member of the Tantalus Estate team in 2016 creating lighting from grape vines. Nicole currently oversees written content for the James Russ brand

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