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Light Lounge

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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17 with Ulrike Brandi - Founder of Ulrike Brandi Licht and the BI Brandi Institute for Light and Design

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LIVE TEASER from IALD 50 - with Howard Brandston
Live from the IALD Enlighten 2019 Conference in Albuquerque. Please say hi if you are here! Looking forwrad to see you very soon! Best Thomas
October 04, 2019
30 with Jordana Maisie - Founder of JMDS
Jordana Maisie Design Studio recognizes the phenomenal in the everyday. JMDS creates architecture, installation, furniture and lighting design projects with a dedication to concept, craft, detail, durability, play and an overarching commitment to a heightened user experience. The studio founder, Maisie, began her career as an installation-based Artist, she holds a BFA in Photography and a Masters in Video Production and Sound Engineering.  Maisie’s work has been shown in galleries, museums and festivals throughout Australia, Asia and Europe, for which she won the ANZ Private Bank and Art & Australia Contemporary Art award.  About her practice, Art & Australia Magazine wrote, "Maisie consciously allows her audience and inventions to influence the form, she heralds a fresh relationship between interface and viewer - one that is intuitive, unlimited and, above all, equal.” Maisie earned a Master of Architecture and MFA in Lighting Design from the Parsons School of Design during which time she combined her expertise as an installation-based artist with the tools of architecture. Out of this synthesis JMDS was born. After graduation Maisie brought her unique approach to the office of world-renowned architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro. JMDS has gone on to design and execute critically acclaimed residential and commercial builds such as the Feit retail spaces at Prince Street Nolita, Greenwich Ave West Village and Jackson St, San Francisco locations, for the Contra Restaurant Group on Orchard Street LES, and Wardrobe.NYC’s inaugural SoHo retail location. JMDS is currently completing a number of residential projects on both the East and West Coasts, and together with Jo Garst Design and their collaborative practice, Social Studios, a multi-family social housing project in Nevada City CA. You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram  @thomas_mnich More info: h
October 04, 2019
29 with Enrique Peiniger - Chief Innovator and Co-Founder OVI - Office for Visual Interaction
Enrique Peiniger was formally trained in the fields of architecture and social sciences, his manifold way of thinking defines all his work. As a humanist and engineer, Enrique articulates a project’s historical and cultural context while devising state-of-the-art technology developed to achieve economy of work. Enrique designs with sensitivity, clarity, and logic, integrating originally-engineered lighting into his aesthetically sophisticated solutions. Enrique’s contribution to OVI’s practice has produced work that is timeless. His cutting-edge lighting technology befits historical, contemporary, and avant-garde projects seamlessly activating space and materials for the benefit of the user. Utilizing his former experience in the lighting industry, Enrique is known to spearhead collaborations with manufacturers to develop custom luminaires for one-of-a-kind projects that incorporate specialized finishes, advanced fabrication techniques, and emerging light sources. Two of OVI’s recent projects, the winning solution for the new ‘modular’ LED Streetlight for New York City and the Canadian Parliament’s highly specialized optical design, showcase Enrique’s scientific dexterity. A discerning innovator devoted to advancing culture through catalyzing conversations and collaborations across design fields, Enrique Peiniger is dynamically shaping the lighting design field.
September 18, 2019
28 with Thomas Mnich - Why Lighting Design?
This is a brief episode sharing why Lighting Design matters to me personally!  Find the full video on YouTube: What is your why in Lighting Design? Please let me know and say hi on Insta: thomas_mnich
September 18, 2019
27 with Mark Major - Co-Founder and Principal Speirs+Major
Mark Major trained and practised as an architect prior to focusing on the unique relationship between light and architecture. He has worked on a wide range of award-winning lighting projects including the Millennium Dome, 30 St. Mary Axe, Beijing International Airport, the refurbishment of Royal Festival Hall and the re-lighting of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral. He is a specialist in the field of urban lighting and was named as a key city advisor by Monocle in 2013. Mark acted as the Lighting Design Advisor to the Olympic Delivery Authority for London 2012 and was appointed to the Mayor of London’s Special Assistance team for the Outer London Fund in the same year. With an active interest in architectural and lighting education Mark has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, U.S. and Australia. He was the co-creator of an educational project ‘Made of Light – the Art of Light and Architecture’. Mark is a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the International Association of Lighting Designers and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. He was created a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012. Mark and I speak about challenges in the lighting profession, education and the art of communicating with clinets and building strong teams. I am very excited to have Mark Major on the show. Please enjoy this weeks episode! - You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich More info: h
September 03, 2019
26 with Claudia Kappl Joy - Principal - CLL Concept Lighting Lab
Claudia Kappl Joy is Co-Founder, Creative and Managing Director of CLL - Concept Lighting Lab founded in 2013. The Tucson based lighting design studio consists of a team of energetic and motivated Lighting Designers and Architects with more than fifteen years of experience. - Our fascination with the ephemeral quality of light and its essential role when creating atmospheric space is at the base of our approach. We search for high quality lighting solutions with the goal to achieve an all encompassing experience - from emphasizing the designers vision, revealing the intended character and (co-)creating the mood; all creating a cohesive atmosphere and atmospheric space - a space that moves us psychologically and emotionally. We value the close collaboration with our partners and clients, who like we, are passionate about lighting. - You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info: h
July 08, 2019
25 with Charles Stone - President of Fisher Marantz Stone
Mr. Stone’s parents sent him to the Harrisburg Community Theatre, hoping to keep him out of trouble while Charles was trying to become a singer and trombonist in a rock band. And there, at the stage door, he was transfixed by the Magic of Light: Lekos and Fresnels, colored gel and dimmers –  emotion and passion. From that day, whether on, off, or backstage, at science fairs, or writing term papers in school, it was always about the power of light to change the human experience. His parents continued to worry for another 25 years that he might never have a career. Mr. Stone received an AB in English and a special Certificate for Lighting Design from Princeton University in 1976. He is Lighting Certified by the NCQLP, a LEED AP BD+C, a Fellow and Past President of the International Association of Lighting Designers, a member of the IESNA, serves on the IESNA Lighting for Outdoor Public Spaces Committee, and serves on the Project Candle advisory group at Penn State University. Mr. Stone’s Traveling Light speaking tour visits universities and professional conferences around the world, and has landed in 20 countries since its founding in 2005. In addition to lectures, Charles regularly serves as a leader for educational and public outreach workshops including Ålingsås, Sweden, and cities worldwide with The Lighting Detectives. Mr. Stone joined FMS in 1983, became President in 2003, and has led design teams on hundreds of successful and award-winning projects with loyal and satisfied clients on five continents. In this weeks Light Lounge Charles and I speak about the challenges in the lighting design industry, how to set up a culture for success and what is important in life to be successful. - You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info: h
July 01, 2019
24 with Women in Lighting - by Light Collective - Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton
Light Collective consists of Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton who have both been involved in the lighting industry for over 20 years. Based in the UK and essentially architectural lighting designers, their portfolio of work has diversified in many different directions – light activism being one of them. Women in Lighting is an inspirational digital platform that profiles women working in the field of lighting design. It aims to promote their passion and achievements, narrate their career path and goals, celebrate their work and therefore help elevate their profile in the lighting community. There is a need to increase the profile of successful women working in lighting to help encourage, support and inspire the next generation. There is no doubt that women currently have a lower professional profile despite making up approximately 50% of the lighting design profession. Let’s change this. I was fortunate to sit down with Sharon and Martin on a rooftop in New York and get their insights about their work and women in lighting. More information under and - You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info: h
June 24, 2019
23 with Paul Gregory - Focus Lighting - Founder and president
Paul Gregory is the founder and president of Focus Lighting, an architectural lighting design firm based in Harlem, New York ( He was trained in theatrical lighting at the Goodman Theatre School of the Art Institute of Chicago.   Paul has been awarded numerous honors in recognition of his design work, including over twenty Lumen Awards, IALD Waterbury and ASID Awards, Lighting Dimensions International's "Lighting Designer of the Year" Award, and induction into Architectural Lighting Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In just over 30 years, Focus Lighting has designed lighting for hundreds of projects across the globe, approaching each with the primary goal of ensuring that when a patron enters a restaurant, hotel, or retail shop, or when a passerby first looks at a lit façade at night, the initial impact is as stunning and memorable as the moment the curtain rises on a Broadway stage. You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info: h
June 14, 2019
22 with Sean O'Connor - Founder and CEO of Sean O'Connor Lighting
Sean O’Connor recognized the power of light and shadow as a student of architecture. Since establishing his firm in 1997, Mr. O’Connor has developed an award-winning body of work by defining spaces and their character, identity and beauty through the use of light. Mr. O’Connor works in close collaboration with architects, interior designers and owners to implement integrated lighting systems that strengthen a project’s vision. Unique within the lighting design community, Mr. O’Connor is an avid collector of 20th century and contemporary art, furniture and decorative arts. He is also an active member of the art and design communities, having served on committees at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Sean also contributed to the curation and design of the “ICONS” exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. These passions and experiences inform every project, creating a like-minded vision and common vocabulary amongst design teams.   You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast etc. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, love and leave a good rating on Apple Podcast and say hi on Instagram: thomas_mnich  More info:
May 20, 2019
21 with Charles Marshall - Creative Director - Parc Office
Charles Marshall is the Design Director and a principal of Parc Office. Marshall utilizes his background in industrial design to create interactive environments and develop innovative ways of integrating digital information in physical spaces. Prior to Parc Office, Marshall ran the Lab at Rockwell Group, designing experiences and innovation labs for Coca Cola, Google, YouTube and Tata Industries. Marshall is a graduate of Falmouth College of Arts, an alumnus of The British European Design Group and a mentor at NEW INC, the New Museum’s art and tech incubator. "Our practice is driven by a desire to seamlessly integrate digital technology within physical environments. At the heart of each project is a belief that design can, and should, foster significant, meaningful interactions and experiences." Charles and I met 2016 at Parsons in New York. He was teaching a class for interaction design in space. In this episode, we speak about his way to design, becoming a design business owner and challenges along the way.  You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info: h
May 13, 2019
20 with Koert Vermeulen - Founder and Principle Designer of ACT Lighting Design
ACTLD about us: We create exceptional experiences at the intersection of design, art and innovation. For 25 years, our international team of architects, engineers, scenographers and content-curators have worked with forward-thinking clients, using technology, multimedia and (visual) narration to design, develop and deliver dynamic experiences worldwide.  With roots in both entertainment and architectural lighting (design), we have stayed ahead of the experiential-design curve by uniting our diverse areas of expertise, multifaceted approach and keen technical know-how.  Our true calling is to gather, engage and amaze audiences, while creating value for our clients. - Koert Vermeulen, BIO: With over 25 years of experience in the fields of architecture, entertainment and art installations, Koert Vermeulen, is today a worldwide renowned visual & lighting designer, with major successes. With a perpetual goal to find new ways to enrapture audiences, he conducted several prestigious large-scale projects. He was the lighting and multimedia designer of projects as: first Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010, “Le Rêve” show in Las Vegas, the Belgian presidency of the European Union, the inauguration show of King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, “Inferno” spectacle for the Bicentenary of the “Battle of Waterloo”, “Mother of the Nation festival” in Abu Dhabi, UAE, The Fang Fu Forever Show in Beijing and the ILIGHT Bicentennial “Bridges of Time” water spectacle in Singapore. He also carried out the lighting design of several sound & light spectacles as “Plaisirs d’hiver” at Grand Place in Belgium, Naked Truth for Bright Brussels” & 3 multimedia spectacles at Cathédrale de Strasbourg in France. He was commissioned as lighting designer and director of mise-en-scene of an iconic “Tree of Life” (Albero della Vita) at World Expo Milano 2015. Other Theme Parcs he works with is Puy Du Fou, where he has been working with since 2012 on more then 6 shows like La CinéScénie & Le Dernier Panache in France and Kynren in UK. As lighting artist he has won several international competitions for the projects as “OVO”, a multi-sensory art object, “Tree rings” festive illuminations of the Champs-Elysées Avenue in Paris (2011 –2014) and “Timeless Elegance” (2015-2017) installation at Regent Street in London. Always developing new visual design techniques, Koert recently created the drone “Neopter” in partnership with Puy du Fou International during his work on the Cinéscénie spectacle in Puy du Fou theme park in France. Koert constantly expands his expertise and searches new domains of application to create immersive environments and poetic narrative through play of light and mixed-media for truly surprising experience for the public. - In this weeks light lounge we speak about the integration of light and technology, subjectivity of design and the future of experiences in space using AR. For potential applications please find more info about ACTLD here:  Please also check out the ACTLD youtube channel to get a better idea about the amazing work ACTLD is doing: - You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info: h
May 06, 2019
19 with Suzan Tillotson - Founder and CEO of Tillotson Design Associates
Suzan founded Tillotson Design Associates with twenty-three years of lighting design experience. She has won over one hundred lighting design awards for her work, including a 2018 International Dark Sky Association Lighting Design and Technology Award and the 2017 Lighting Designer of the Year at the Lighting Design Awards.  Suzan Tillotson is one of the finest lighting designers in the world right now and I am honored to have met her already 9 years ago. Now I am fortunate to get to know and share the story behind her success, challenges, highlights and trends she observes in the lighting design industry that are needed or are about to happen. Please check out her amazing projects and references here: Suzan has also been featured in numerous national and international publications. She is a former member of the IALD Board of Directors, a former IALD NY area Regional Coordinator, and was president of the IES Southwest Louisiana Section. She has also served as an awards judge for the New York IES Lumens and the IALD. Suzan has taught the New York IES Introductory Lighting Course, and numerous lighting design and rendering workshops. She has guest lectured on lighting design at Louisiana State University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of Arkansas, Cornell University, McGill University, and Dalhousie University. She also taught lighting to graduate-level architecture students at Princeton University. Suzan was the keynote speaker for the 2018 United States Lighting Magazine 40 Under 40 Awards and a presenter at the 2017 Dark Sky Association Annual Meeting and the 2017 Lightspace Conference in LA. Suzan graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design; from the Louisiana State University School of Architecture where, in 2012, she gave the commencement speech and was the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award. Suzan has directed all phases of design for a wide variety of award-winning domestic and overseas interior and exterior lighting projects including the new Bloomberg European Headquarters and London Mithraeum in London, UK; the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas, TX; the R/GA Offices; Lincoln Center North Plaza and South Campus; and One Vanderbilt Tower, the Perelman Center at WTC, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art; in New York, NY. You can also find the Light Lounge Podcast on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info: h
April 29, 2019
18 with Kai Piippo - Head of Design - ÅF Lighting
Kai Piippo is a Stockholm based award winning lighting designer and Head of Design of ÅF Lighting. ( renowned throughout Scandinavia and the world, he receives frequent speaking engagements about Nordic light and lighting. One of the latest concepts we talked about is called Liquid Light, which explores the abilities of advanced lighting control: Kai is also a member of the IALD: One of the amazing projects we talked about: Kai Piippo has extensive experience in lighting design in the field and his sense of lighting design is invaluable in projects that require a large adjustment to the surrounding urban areas and unconventional solutions. He also has a very good ability to create strong lighting design concepts, communicate visions and ideas and thereby gather and enthuse many different stakeholders so that a common vision can become reality. Kai has won the Swedish Lighting Award 2008, 2012 and 2013 for the lighting design of the K: five, The footsteps of the giants and Royal Library Annex. Kai Piippo is founder of internationally recognized lighting design company Ljusarkitektur which merged with ÅF Lighting in 2013. With more than 30 years of experience, ÅF Lighting is in the forefront of the professional lighting consultancy field. Their multidisciplinary team of experts possess a wide range of competences in all facets of professional lighting, from initial concepts and ideas through to finished solutions. Their consultancy services are based on a combination of highly specialized engineering services and a Scandinavian design approach. Please find the Light Lounge Podcast also on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info:
April 22, 2019
17 with Ulrike Brandi - Founder of Ulrike Brandi Licht and the BI Brandi Institute for Light and Design
Ulrike Brandi is one of the most experienced lighting designer in our times. She was the responsible lighting designer for Herzog de Meurons Elbphilharmonie, UN Studios Mercedes Benz Museum and the masterplan for the World Expo in 2000 or the City Masterplan of Rotterdam In order to help education and the lighting design industry, she founded the Brandi Institute for Light and Design. As a student of Dieter Rams, she follows the principle less is more and always tries to create more experiences using light. We met by coincidence in New York City and spoke in one of her clients offices, at Architect Daniel Libeskind, after a meeting.  Please find the Light Lounge Podcast also on Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcast. In order to promote professional lighting design, please help spread the word, leave a great rating on Apple Podcast or say hi on Instagram thomas_mnich  More info:  
April 08, 2019
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.
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 and is now an Associate Interior Design Architect at Rockwell Group 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 ( 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
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 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 
January 07, 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 . We met between Christmas and New Years on crips cold sunny day and talked about their business, education, their involvement in the DLFNY 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. Please say hi and ask any question on Instagram: @thomas_mnich
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 - 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 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 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
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. Join the support along with IES NYC Lumen Award and the DLFNY The Light Lounge Podcast is produced by Thomas Mnich Please get in touch on Instagram @thomas_mnich for any questions or inquiries.
December 10, 2018
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
December 04, 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 and meet her at the mapping Melbourne festival: 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.
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 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!
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 ( 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
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, 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!
November 05, 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.
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: - 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.
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 - - and his instagram: nicktafel.
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 and/ or say hi on instagram at kamawybiera.
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.
October 15, 2018
00 Light Lounge Introduction
Welcome to the light lounge with Thomas Mnich and stories from artists, designers and architects!
October 05, 2018