Ingo Maurer started to design exceptional lamps, lighting systems and objects beginning in the middle of the 1960s, which his company produces and distributes worldwide.
For over four working decades, Ingo Maurer and Team – as he refers to the co-workers – has constantly grown. We are now a group of more than sixty people. The address in Munich, Schwabing has remained the same since 1970. However, in 2005 we outgrew our production facilities in the courtyard at Kaiserstrasse 47 and a new location for production and shipping was established on the outskirts of Munich. In the former production hall, Ingo Maurer and his team created a spacious showroom, the second after New York, and the only one in Europe.
Our project department has steadily evolved from the design of exhibitions at trade fairs, festivities and special installations of the lighting system YaYaHo. Ingo Maurer takes on commissions for lighting as well as interior light-planning. In addition to the sale of our regular products, the projects are now an important part of our activities. The challenges they pose have often been invigorating and inspiring, both through the people involved and the spaces that are to be designed.The projects permit Ingo Maurer to realize his ideas for artistic installation or lighting objects, providing at the same time intriguing and pleasant spaces for those who will live or work in them.
Jaime Derringer is Founder and Executive Editor of modern design blog Design Milk, which quickly became the “go-to” site for unique modern interiors, home furnishings, art & architecture and is now one of the most popular design blogs reaching millions of readers across the globe through various channels. Design Milk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Time Out New York, San Francisco Chronicle, Singapore Home & Decor magazine, and Real Simple magazine, and was one of the Google Engineers' Staff Picks and is a Twitter influencer in Art & Design and a Google+ Partner. Inspired by her love for dogs, in 2010 Jaime launched modern design blog Dog Milk to expose dog lovers to pet design that fits their uniquely modern sense of style. Her most recent venture, Adorn Milk, is an online shop devoted to architectural and statement jewelry.
In addition, Jaime has been noted as an expert on design trends, speaks on design, blogging and social media, and offers consulting. She dreams of designing textiles, running more than 8 miles, and having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—reading, drawing and making music. She lives in Southern California with her husband, daughter and their dog.
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Alex Josephson cofounded PARTISANS in 2012 after studying architecture at the University of Waterloo, the University of Rome, and the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA). The recipient of numerous awards, including the OAA’s Best Emerging Practice and Design Excellence awards (2015), PARTISANS is comprised of architects, designers, thinkers, and cultural enthusiasts whose work across all scales is devoted to a cause: high-performance design that strives to make the improbable possible. The only Canadian to have ever received the New York Prize Fellowship at the Van Alen Institute, Alex was named 2016 Best Emerging Designer by Canada’s Design Exchange. He currently lectures at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture.
Tim Rundle is a London based Industrial Designer with experience across furniture, lighting, consumer products and transport. Prior to forming is own studio in 2015, he led the product design teams at Tom Dixon and Conran & Partners.
The work of Tim Rundle Studio is driven by context, with a focus on the design of products and systems that exist at the intersection between architecture and its inhabitants, as well as research driven consultancy projects in materials and manufacturing. A preoccupation with simplicity, improvement and the pragmatic application of creativity; combined with a rigorous and knowledgable approach to the technical aspects of industrial production leads to results that are, at the same time, useful, engaging and relevant.
Alongside his studio, Tim runs Platform 23 - Design for Manufacture, on the prestigious DesignProducts Masters program at the Royal College of Art.
With over 11 years of interior and lighting design experience, Robyn York is Inform Contract’s lighting certified specialist. Robyn’s comprehensive understanding of lighting codes and bylaws along with her foresight for the right aesthetic in a space is key to sourcing the right products for her clients’ projects. Robyn is Lighting Certified through the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), is a past member of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC), and sits on the board of Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
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Rich Brilliant Willing designs and manufactures LED fixtures for hospitality, workplace, and residential projects. Driven by technology, simplicity & creativity, the studio merges the industrial and the elegant, engineering warm, dimmable lighting solutions that are as beautiful as they are innovative. The results are intelligent and iconic, simple yet expressive. The inventory ranges from low-key staple pieces—minimalist wall-mounted sconces and ceiling fixtures—to arresting statement pieces that are as sculptural as they are functional. All RBW fixtures are UL listed, and ship from New York within 10 business days.
Michael Anastassiades launched his studio in 1994 to explore contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design. Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. He creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect. Anastassiades’ work is featured in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Craft Council in London, the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France, and the MAK in Vienna. His solo exhibitions include Time and Again at the Geymüllerschlössel/MAK in Vienna, To Be Perfectly Frank at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm, Norfolk House Music room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Cyprus Presidency at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. One of the most recent exhibitions explores what Anastassiades calls the “contemporary anxieties of modern Cyprus” entitled Reload the Current Page at the Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia, Cyprus, and the collection General Illuminations, as part of the exhibition Doings on Time and Light at Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul.
He has designed products with various leading manufacturers including FLOS, Lobmeyr and Svenskt Tenn. In 2007 he set up the company Michael Anastassiades Ltd to produce his signature pieces; a collection of lighting, furniture, jewellery, and tabletop objects.
The studio’s philosophy is a continuous search for eclecticism, individuality, and timeless qualities in design. Michael Anastassiades trained as a civil engineer at London’s Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine before taking a masters degree in industrial design at the Royal College of Art. He lives and works in London.
photo: Stelios Kallinikou
Bec Brittain is a New York based lighting and product designer driven by a love of luxurious materials, intuitive forms and forward-thinking technology.
After studying product design (Parsons), philosophy (NYU), and architecture (The Architectural Association), Brittain began her career designing and producing bespoke door hardware. Handcrafting hardware allowed her to unify her diverse interests and discover a love of metalworking. She continued to hone her craft while acting as Design Director for the renowned Lindsey Adelman Studio from 2008 through 2011. In 2011, Brittain opened her own studio in Brooklyn, where she developed her signature product, the critically acclaimed SHY Light.
Today, with the help of a small and dedicated team, Brittain continues to explore and experiment with new techniques and materials, pushing the boundaries of American-made, centerpiece lighting design. Bec Brittain products are all designed and engineered by Bec; each is then produced in New York, using a broad variety of techniques and a trusted network of local fabricators and artisans. Every piece is hand assembled by our studio team and personally inspected by the designer.
Bec has been featured in numerous publications such as The New York Times, Elle DÉCOR, Case Da Abitare, and Wallpaper magazine. Her clients are among the top designers and architects of today and her work can be seen in commercial and residential projects across the globe.