Founded by Justin Kumpf in 2011, LIGHTFAST design+build offers custom fabrication, contract metal finishing, consultations, and training to architecture & design firms, classrooms and fellow fabricators. Custom metal furniture and jewelry are available.
Kumpf trained as an industrial designer and honed his craft in production environments. Through Lightfast, Kumpf offers artisanal work with an eye on construction schedules, branding and cost considerations, delivering innovation, repeatability and sustainability.
Lightfast uses collected rainwater from their facility’s 7200 sq ft roof both to manage storm water run off and to eliminate the need to draw from city taps. They are on their way to becoming a zero landfill facility, developing a range of metal finishing techniques that take advantage of others’ waste, including using a variety of organic agricultural wastes to produce patina chemicals.