60 Years of Modernist Lighting

Robert Sonneman began pioneering modern lighting in the 1960’s. The self-taught designer quickly gained a reputation for strict design and quality standards throughout all his work. For six decades, purity of line and excellence in design have been hallmarks of the SONNEMAN brand.

Introducing new aesthetics to the world of lighting and revolutionizing the industry by challenging old dictums, Sonneman worked with new textures and materials while combining form and function in new and innovative ways. With his dramatic modern designs and visionary outlook, SONNEMAN—A Way of Light became—and remains today—a leading brand in the lighting industry. Today, SONNEMAN’s design team in New York continues to innovate lighting solutions for the way we live.

60 Years of SONNEMAN—A Way of Light

For 60 years, Sonneman has held his post at the forefront of modern lighting. When he opened his lighting company in 1967, the self-taught designer quickly gained a reputation for strict design and quality standards throughout all his work. For 6 decades, purity of line and excellence in design have been a hallmark of the SONNEMAN brand.


Introducing new aesthetics to the world of lighting and revolutionizing the industry by challenging old dictums, Sonneman worked with new textures and materials while combining form and function in new and innovative ways. With his dramatic modern designs and visionary outlook, SONNEMAN—A Way of Light became—and remains today—a leading brand in the lighting industry.

Lighting the Way:
Q+A with Robert Sonneman

“I have always been captured by the notion that there is an inherent beauty in achieving a functional purpose from superbly executed, minimal structural forms. There is an attraction to the compelling logic of a structure of clarity and simplicity. More than an activity or aesthetic, the ideals of modernism define a direct way of thinking about and approaching life. To achieve recognition within the community of modern art, architecture and design represents an acceptance that validates my work in the context of the modern movement.”

SONNEMAN Suspenders

Suspenders is a delicately scaled, modular system of interconnected elements and suspended LED luminaires that can be configured and customized as individual lighting sculptures or as a tiered web of infinite scope and variety.

Suspenders earned the IIDA/HD Product Design Winner in the category for lighting groups, series, systems or collections.