"I still have a mystical attraction to light. To this day I'm amazed that I can push a button and a light comes on. I know how it works, but I don't think about the technique. I'm just fascinated by it." – Ingo Maurer
It’s that perpetual state of wonderment that has led Ingo Maurer to be recognized as one of the true visionaries in the world of lighting. Trained as a typographer and graphic designer, there was that one night in 1965 that changed everything -- Maurer looked up and fell in love with a light bulb. A year later he created -- and manufactured -- his first lamp, Bulb. Four years later that fixture was in the permanent collection of MoMA. A star was born. As was a business.
To this day, the entire start-to-finish process is still being carried out in Munich. Each design is made in small batch quantities, many made-to-order only after purchase, an design-forward mix of skilled handcraft and advanced technology.
Why We Love Ingo Maurer Lighting
Maurer is fascinated by light and all the different ways it can be created, captured and otherwise manipulated. He doesn’t concern himself with trends or fashions. He doesn’t need to. From the employment of Campari bottles to goose feathers to all manners of paper products (including tissue), it’s his ceaseless imagination that informs his design aesthetic. The artistic and technical range of Ingo Maurer lighting was conceived to "stimulate the imagination and excite the emotions." That it does, most definitely.
A Fun Fact About Ingo Maurer
Speaking of stimulating the imagination, Maurer is also known for his lavish light installations. Whether it be a commercial commission or a project for charity (that giant UNICEF Snowflake that hangs in mid-Manhattan every holiday season? Designed by Maurer), his large scale works are captivating. His most recent project, scheduled to open in Brazil in 2014, is “Broken Egg,” an 82-foot long, 50-foot high inhabitable light-infused egg. Really.
Noteworthy Lighting from Ingo Maurer
With their winged incandescent bulbs (Maurer's mascot), the various pieces of the Birds collection are the ideal examples of Maurer's creativity and sharp wit. Meanwhile, the graceful paper Mamo Nouchies truly express his love of art and materials.