Lumenique is my art and design studio. I began my professional life in 1977 as a Graphic Artist and Photographer in the USAF. In 1981 I entered architectural lighting design as a staff designer, then in 1985 opened my first Lighting Design Consulting firm. Lumenique was formed in 1986, and later established as a design studio in 1996, to create artistic works for lighting customers and art gallery exhibition. My first works were for ighting design customers desirous of products that were not available.
From 1990 to 2006, I pursued lighting product development through design leadership roles for luminaire manufacturers. In this time, I produced designs for hundreds of new products and and was awarded 14 patents for leading lighting product manufacturers. In 2006, I returned to Lumenique to provide freelance design and product development - focused on emerging solid-state technologies.
As a consultant, I had an opportunity to assist several forward thinking organizations, start-ups, and technology providers - affording me greater range of experience than I could have realized within any one organization.
In 2010, I created 53 unique functioning SSL products in 52 weeks as an exercise in the creative use of technology. Driven by a passion for both art and light, I returned Lumenique on its origins, focused exclusively on lighted artwork in 2019. I have a strong affinity for both architectural design and machine elements, which can be seen in my past work. Being a small studio is where I am most comfortable, it provides me the flexibility to explore new ideas and inspirations. Through Lumenique, I design and create sculptural portable lighting to deliver a unique experience of art and light.
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All of my work has included representations of architectural and design elements incorporating lighting in functional art forms. I draw inspiration from observation of existing objects, as well as original thought inspired by man made and natural surroundings, as well as pure imagination. I include light sources as an expressed feature to illuminate the work itself, or to add ambient illumination to its surroundings, tying the work to its place in both apparent shape as well as its effect on surroundings. By incorporating light, my work is intended to move from purely display space, to side tables, desks, reception stations and nightstands - to become part of the experienced environment, beyond an accessory displayed.
I employ modern methods of material and physical form creation, such as 3D printing and machining, to enable me to produce unique objects effectively, with a high degree of detail quality. The light sources I utilize are selected to fit the desired end result, without dominating the forms themselves. All user controls are kept to a minimum, with simple mechanical actuation, to provide an intuitive and comfortable interface to focus on the form of the work, over its technical interaction.