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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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/
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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/
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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.
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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:
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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.
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
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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
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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!
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.
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: email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.