Fiberoptic Studio Corp., the creators of the innovative iSky fiber optic star ceiling system has ceased business operations after “falling victim to the declining market,” according to company founder Jeff Graham in a letter sent to dealers on November 1.
Fiberoptic Studio founder Jeff Graham during better days, during CEDIA EXPO 2010 in Atlanta.
“Regrettably, and with great sadness, despite a valiant effort on so many peoples part, Fiberoptic Studio Corp. is having to close its doors effective immediately,” Graham stated.
In a letter to Residential Systems editor Jeremy Glowacki, Graham also wrote that the “decision to close the business had been looming for quite some time,” despite recent renewed public relations efforts by Peter Hoagland “and others,” and, according to Hoagland, a great response from dealers at CEDIA EXPO this past September.
In his letter to iSky dealers, Graham reflected on his 25 years in the fiber optic lighting industry, and his pride in realizing that one of his career goals had been met with the advent of the iSky star ceiling system.
“It took a group of really smart people, a ton of brainstorming, and hard work to come out with the iSky product line, and I am very proud of the people involved, their dedication and the product itself,” Graham stated.
Graham recalled that “over the years,” he had experienced how difficult many applications of fiber optic lighting were, especially when installing a star ceiling. “So, a small group of us went on a mission to develop a product that took advantage of all the benefits fiber optic and LED lighting had to offer, and develop a star ceiling system that was easy to specify, quote, order, and most importantly install. Where all of the work would be done in a factory (with the exception of the installation) and where cool lighting effects could be easily added to enhance the star ceiling experience. I believe we achieved this and more,” he recalled.
Graham said that before reaching the decision to shutter his business, he “made every effort” to fulfill all orders in house, “so that no one would be inconvenienced.”
Although he said that he can make no promises, Graham left the door open a least a tiny bit for the future of iSky and his recent patent on the company’s technology. “I hope that there may be new happenings with iSky in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled,” he concluded his letter to dealers.