lighting design

A Frozen Explosion


Fascinated by what he calls the "magical and mystical" qualities of light, lighting designer Ingo Maurer plays with conventional notions of brightness, shadow, and color. Trained as a typographer and graphic artist, Maurer worked in the United States before returning to Europe in 1963, where he was active as a graphic designer.
lamp, Ingo Maurer, light, lighting design, Porcelain, stainless steel, halogen bulb

A Digitally-printed Lamp


The MyLight.MGX, a hanging lamp by designer Lars Spuybroek for Belgian-based manufacturer Materialise NV, illustrates the possibilities of computerized production methods. Made in 2007, it was digitally printed (also known as 3D printing) using the process of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). With SLS, a computer controls an infrared laser that solidifies miniscule layers of powdered material—in this case, polyamide, or nylon. The object is then additively built, layer upon layer. There are no molds, there is no assemblage of multiple parts. The object is printed in its entirety.
Materialise, Lars Spuybroek, lighting design, 3D printing, digital printing, SLS, polyamide, nylon

ToFU and Honey


Tokujin Yoshioka’s ToFU lamp is magical. The spare form—a square cut delicately from clear methacrylate resin—conducts light only around its edges, stemming from a single halogen bulb. It is as though light itself is harnessed in the design, caught within and released by the material in a minimal, sensual gesture.
Tokujin Yoshioka, lighting design, material, PMMA, seating

A CFL bulb you want to show off


The Plumen 001, released to the market in 2010, is a rethinking of what the CFL can be.
Plumen, Hulger, Samuel Wilkinson, lightbulb, lighting design, CFL, Energy efficiency

Hidden Treasure


So, realistically, what were the chances that an important decorative art drawing, executed by perhaps the most important artist of the Italian Renaissance, would be discovered in the collection of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum?  Well, as it turned out, pretty likely. It was no accident that in the spring of 2002, Sir Timothy Clifford, then Director of the National Museum of Scotland, began a two month project to survey the substantial collection of Italian drawings here at the museum.
Michelangelo, drawing, lighting design, lighting, Italian Renaissance

A Metal "Lace" Chandelier: Tord Boontje's Modern Twist on Centuries-Ago Style


The chandelier reinvented. The lightbulb redecorated. Stainless steel brought to life. Moving patterns stopped in motion.
tord boontje, chandelier, lighting design, contemporary design

Piranesi as Designer


This exhibition examines the artist's role in the reform of architecture and design from the 18th century to the present. This is the first museum exhibition to show Piranesi's full range and influence as a designer of architecture, elaborate interiors and exquisite furnishings.
Piranesi as Designer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, exhibitions, Architecture, furniture design, chiimneypieces, lighting design, etchings, drawings, prints, ch:exhibition=35350899

Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer


This retrospective of the celebrated lighting designer Ingo Maurer will offer a comprehensive overview of his nearly four decades of work.
Provoking Magic, Ingo Maurer, lighting design, exhibitions, prototypes, Installations
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Video: Provoking Magic


Ingo Maurer’s most lively exhibit in the historic Andrew Carnegie mansion was his installation of the Carnegies’ portraits above the grand staircase.
Ingo Maurer, lighting design, light, Provoking Magic, Exhibition, video, Andrew Carnegie, Louise Carnegie, Mansion, installation, portraits, staircase

"It was time for a change, Louise..."


Ingo Maurer and his extraordinary team of designers and technicians have managed to dramatically transform the second floor of the Carnegie Mansion into a fiesta of lights and objects.
Ingo Maurer, lighting design, light, Provoking Magic, Exhibition, LED, wallpaper, coffee table, portraits, Andrew Carnegie, Louise Carnegie, staircase, Carnegie mansion, intimate, domestic