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The Landscape of Lighting: Preview, Part 1/6

Friday, May 16th, 2014

By Amanda Koellner
Images courtesy of Norbet Miguletz

Light lives at the heart of design— most everything found on the pages of Design Bureau needs it to exist and thrive. Arguably, innovation has been on an accelerated path since Thomas Edison invented the commercially viable incandescent light in 1879. As the late comedian George Carlin said,“When Thomas Edison worked late into the night on the electric light, he had to do it by gas lamp or candle. I’m sure it made the work seem that much more urgent.”

To survey the current landscape of the lighting industry, we spoke to a plethora of professionals who always treat their lighting work as urgent. From Moritz Waldemeyer, an internationally renowned designer who has crafted LED clothing for the likes of Rihanna and U2, to Schuler Shook, a Chicago-based architectural-lighting firm responsible for illuminating the Windy City’s Millennium Park, to Sarah Turner, who used recycled plastic bottles to make a stunning chandelier for Coca-Cola at the London Olympics—we spanned the gamut of the world of light. The result left us with five trends that are shaping the luminosity of tomorrow and causing more of those symbolic light bulbs to turn on over heads all around the globe.

Read Part 2: Maximizing Daylight

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