Light Lounge

Light Lounge

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By Thomas Mnich
Welcome to the Light Lounge, the first podcast for high-end and super aware lighting designers that put the experience of place in the center of their attention. Love!
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16 - MY TOP 5 BOOKS EVERY LIGHTING DESIGNER SHOULD HAVE
Ladies and gentlemen! Here are my top 5 books every lighting designer should have. What are yours? Please see the video experience talking about the books on my youtube channel: Thomas Mnich Book links below the video on youtube: 01 - DAN FLAVIN - Corners, Barriers and Corridors  02 - GIOVANNI TRAVERSO - Modelling Daylight  03 - JUNICHIRO TANIZAKI - In Praise of Shadow  04 - RICHARD KELLY - The Structure of Light  05 - JAMES TURRELL - A retrospective  Also let me know whats your top 5 on instagram: thomas_mnich  Working as professional lighting designer the last 9 years, Thomas expanded his knowledge working with the most creative architects in the world - including BIG, Heatherwick Studio, Steven Holl Architects, Gehry Partners and many more.  As one of the prestigious Jules Horton International Student Achievement Award winners, scholarship recipient of the prestigious German National Merit Found and the New Schools' Dean Merit Found, Thomas graduated with  academic honors from Parsons The New School for Design with a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design and engaged since the beginning of his career in teaching and mentoring activities to strengthen and grow the lighting design community.  Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Lighting Design from the HAWK Hildesheim - University of Applied Science and Arts.
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January 31, 2019
15 with Amp T. Associate Interior Design Architect, Rockwell Group NYC
Amp T. studied Interior Design Architecture in Thailand and Design Technology in New York. After graduation she worked for iCrave https://www.icrave.com/ and is now an Associate Interior Design Architect at Rockwell Group https://www.rockwellgroup.com/. Working and having work for companies focussing strongly on the experience of users, makes Amp a true specialist and expert of design spaces. Her qualities further lay in the combination of technology and design. We speak about how technology in form of renderings, VR and processing can enhance the design process and what is really important you need to know, she is able to share in this episode.  For high-end rendering work, Amp offers her service and experience through her company rampviz (http://www.rampviz.com/). As she mentioned, she is super responsive and easy to reach also on instagram: @rampmesh. - Award-winning Lighting Designer and Art Director Thomas Mnich is founder and creative director of the first lighting design podcast Light Lounge - speaking with leading designers from SanFrancisco to Hong Kong, he created the first lighting design podcast engaging with the high-end lighting design community around the world. Working as professional lighting designer the last 9 years, Thomas expanded his knowledge working with the most creative architects in the world - including BIG, Heatherwick Architects, Steven Holl Architects, Gehry Partners and many more. Please say hi on instagram: @thomas_mnich or on LinkedIn: Thomas Mnich
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January 22, 2019
14 with Clemens Seipelt Senior Associate Licht Vision, Hong Kong
Almost 5 years ago, Clemens Seipelt moved from Berlin to Hong Kong to pursue his passion and work in the Lighting Design field. Clemens and I met in Hildesheim at the HAWK in our undergrad Lighting studies and since then he became a Senior Associate at Licht Vision Hong Kong http://www.lichtvision.com. For New Years he visited me in New York and we talked about the difference between the European and Asian Lighting Design Market, how exercising can improve creativity, focus and output in a high performance and fast pace environment like in Hong Kong. Say hi to Clemens and or any questions regarding the Light Lounge. Instagram @thomas_mnich Enjoy every Monday a new Light Lounge episode on iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcast. Thomas Mnich 
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January 7, 2019
13 with Francesca Bastianini and Alex Pappas-Kalber Principles of Sighte Studio
Francesca and Alex are the principles of sighte studio located in Brooklyn, NYC https://www.sightestudio.com/bios/ . We met between Christmas and New Years on crips cold sunny day and talked about their business, education, their involvement in the DLFNY https://www.dlfny.org/ and their approach to education and their recent love of a research study they conduct in Gowanus Brooklyn. Both principles are the center of the lighting design community in New York, supporting, challenging and pushing the state of the art understanding of lighting design.  They still have some volunteer spots open regarding their recent study for the city planning of Gowanus, feel free to contact them and join their team to make an actual impact as lighting designer. info@sightestudio.com Please say hi and ask any question on Instagram: @thomas_mnich
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December 31, 2018
12 with Isabel Sanchez Sevillano - Award winning Lighting Designer and Architect
Isabel knows how to bring a project to life. In New York City she worked with Dot Dash Lighting Design on the Award winning project Manus X Machina for the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art and collaborated with OMA - http://oma.eu/projects/manus-x-machina-fashion-in-an-age-of-technology. Also BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group was a client she worked close together with. Isa recently moved back to Spain and is again working with very interesting clients to create visionary projects and perform on excellence in Lighting Design and Architecture. Her latest project is about to open she collaborated with Bang & Olufsen. I am very excited to speak with her about her journey! Also check out http://a-pdi.org/ if you are in Spain looking for a place to connect with the local Lighting Design industry. Please find out or get in touch with Isa at http://www.mibanqueta.com/ Regarding the senior lighting designer positions available and connection help, please get in touch on instagram: thomas_mnich The Light Lounge is produced by Thomas Mnich www.thomasmnich.com
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December 17, 2018
11 with Nathalie Rozot - Lighting Design Educator, Designer, Thinker and business owner
Nathalie Rozot is a leading educator, designer and thinker within the Lighting Design profession. This summer she won the very first and special Lumen Award - Citation Award for Humanitarian Actionfor a humanitarian project ever. What this project is about and how the future of social lighting design engagement will look like, we discuss in this episode. Please reach out to Nathalie and her team through PhoScope. Any support and any helping hand is appreciated. PhoScope is a think tank on light committed to establishing a new platform to facilitate change in the practice, education and critical study of lighting. https://www.phoscope.org/ Join the support along with IES NYC Lumen Award https://iesnyc.org/index.php and the DLFNY https://www.dlfny.org/ The Light Lounge Podcast is produced by Thomas Mnich Please get in touch on Instagram @thomas_mnich for any questions or inquiries.
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December 10, 2018
10 Special Episode - 7 PRINCIPLES OF LIGHTING DESIGN
Episode 10 is a special episode! This episode explains the 7 Principles of Lighting Design and how these are a great guideline for young as well as experienced lighting designer can be! 01 - DEFINE THE STORY – Perception is king, Intention is everything. 02 - PROGRAM – Follow the human need, design for the visual task. 03 – FIND DIRECTION – Uplight, Downlight and into the face! 04 – FEATURE ELEMENTS – Build special moments, create a smile. 05 – WHITE VS COLOR – Be wise about the use of white vs color. 06 – TOUCH THE SPACE – Adjust, focus, filter and aim the fixture. 07 – FEEL THE MAGIC – Bring the space to life, scene setting + dimming. Any questions regarding specific project related questions and how the principles apply to your project, DM on Instagram: thomas_mnich
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December 4, 2018
09 with Devika Bilimoria - Artist and Photographer based in Melbourne/Australia
Devika Bilimoria and I speak about the moment in time, capturing beauty and constant change in light, lighting design, space and being. Also how much trust and well being is needed in order to be our true selfs and feel as best as we can. You can see her amazing work at www.devikabilimoria.com and meet her at the mapping Melbourne festival: http://multiculturalarts.com.au/event/home/ http://multiculturalarts.com.au/event/murti/ Please say hi and ask a question on Instagram: thomas_mnich Devika Bilimoria (b.1985, Ba Fiji) is an interdisciplinary artist who dissects migrated rituals, dance and gesture to conjure contemporary experiences of hybridity. She utilises material such as paint, digital data, and her body to engage interconnectivity, intention and intra-action. Through site-responsive movement, repetition and digital technology Devika explores the ontological conundrum of inside/outside, which queer ecology examines. Her education spans from both a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and Fine Arts (Photography) at RMIT, to Bharata Natyam and Odissi training at the Chandrabhanu Bharatalaya Academy of Indian Dance in Melbourne since 1995. Devika has been a finalist for the Bowness Photography Prize 2015 and 2018, the Nillumbik Prize for her video pieces in 2016 and 2018, and the Macquarie Digital Portrait Award, screening her video piece An Arctic Time Signatureat the National Portrait Gallery in ACT, 2015.
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November 26, 2018
08 with Sara McElroy - Founder and Lighting Designer of SilverShoeDesign
In this episode I speak with Sara McElroy about her work she did for the Glossier experience in New York City, her work in education at Parsons and Pratt and the future of lighting design professionals to stay and be relevant. Sara McElroy is a lighting designer living and working in Brooklyn, New York. With experience on projects of varied sizes and shapes, Sara offers tailored responses to specific lighting needs at multiple scales. Sara has worked at Horton Lee Brogden, Lumen Architecture, Ketra, and Tillotson Design Associates. Sara teaches design at Parsons, The New School, NY, NY and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. Find her work and more at www.silvershoedesign.com or on instagram: silvershoedesign The Light Lounge launches new episodes every Monday. Say hi to me, tell me what you think and what interests you at instagram: thomas_mnich Much love!
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November 19, 2018
07 with Lindsey Dieter - Lighting Designer, Dancer and Creative at HLB Lighting Design NYC
Lindsey Dieter is a lighting and interior designer living and working in New York City. She was trained as a contemporary-ballet dancer, has a bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Calgary and Master of Fine Arts in Interior and Lighting Design from Parsons The New School for Design. A fascination with physical movement and an unwavering desire to elevate the human experience drive her creative endeavors. Lindsey is a lighting designer at HLB Lighting Design (www.hlblighting.com) and Part-Time Faculty in The School of Constructed Environments at Parsons. Her personal practice explores the intersections between physical movement and design through workshops, research, performance and exhibition. She was awarded the Double Major Thesis Prize for her Graduate Thesis Project: "SOMASPACE: The Kinesthetic Void in Contemporary Architecture" and has exhibited work in the Aronson Gallery in New York City. Outside of the studio, you can find her on the run path, biking among the taxi cabs or with her hands in a bucket of plaster. Please find her on Instagram: lindseydieter The podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes, Anchor, Google Podcast, etc. Please say hi with any questions or comments on Instagram: thomas_mnich or on LinkedIn: Thomas Mnich
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November 13, 2018
06 with Jan Wichert - Team Leader and Lighting Designer at Kardorff Engineers Lighting Design Berlin
I spoke with Jan Wichert, Lighting Designer and Team Leader at Kardorff Engineers Lighting Design Berlin www.kardorff.de/en, about the challenges in car lighting, changing conditions in airplane lighting and the quality of interior hospitality lighting. Jan has extensive experience on a variety of lighting design projects around the world and he reminded me again how important context is, materials matter and attention to reflection is. Enjoy the episode. Say Hi and follow me on instagram: thomas_mnich Much Love!
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November 5, 2018
05 with Jenya Uzhegova - Lighting Designer, Interior Designer and Founder of Living Now Studio
Jenya Uzhegova is not only a Lighting Designer, Interior Designer and Architect, she is an experience designer. She is working basically always and travels between St. Petersburg, Moscow and New York City. Her approach of straight forward design process from absolute realistic looking renderings to the finished design is remarkable. Please check out and get lost in her hand drawings and her amazing storytelling! Check her personal Insta: jenyauzhegova and her company Insta: living_now_studio. If you want to say hi and leave comments or questions, text Insta: thomas_mnich.
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October 29, 2018
04 with Yuliya Savelyeva, lighting designer at Arup and her dog Rosco
Yuliya and I went to Burning Man in 2018 and speak about the event, lighting design, architecture and the importance of sustainability. The recommendation of hers is the book "Loving this planet" by Helen Caldicott. Please check out her Instagram: YuliyaSavelyeva or email with any questions: yuliya.savelyeva@arup.com - enjoy listening the conversation in the light lounge. Yuliya Savelyeva is a lighting designer currently working for Arup in San Francisco. Yuliya has a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Lighting Design and Master of Architecture from Parsons The New School for design and worked with Steven Holl Architects at her time in New York City.
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October 22, 2018
03 Conversation with Nick Tafel - designer, creator, maker at Knotel
Nick Tafel is a design and project architect at Knotel. We talk about his journey from being a baker, leather designer, architect, photographer and being involved at Nike's store design, up to the future of architecture, lighting and a new consciousness of designers. You can reach him at www.nicktafel.com - www.nonameleathers.com - and his instagram: nicktafel.
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October 15, 2018
02 Conversation with Kama Wybieralska
In this episode I meet lighting designer, artist and product designer Kama Wybieralska. Kama was born in Poland and our ways crossed in New York. She impressed me from the beginning with her extremely fine sense for aesthetics and design, what is truly unique and very special more people must see! Please check out her website http://www.kamawybieralska.com/ and/ or say hi on instagram at kamawybiera.
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October 15, 2018
01 Awareness exercise for light
This episode is a little teaser and exercise for the upcoming interviews of lighting designers, artists and lighting enthusiasts. Check your surrounding, feel the space you are in right now and become aware how light can alter your emotions and your relationship to the space.
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October 15, 2018
00 Light Lounge Introduction
Welcome to the light lounge with Thomas Mnich and stories from artists, designers and architects!
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October 5, 2018
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