Lighting icon Ingo Maurer to celebrate 50th anniversary during London Design Festival

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, German lighting design and manufacturing company Ingo Maurer has partnered with furniture and lighting retailer Forza to present a retrospective installation comprised of some the company’s most iconic lighting fixtures.

The display will showcase the work of its founder, Ingo Maurer, highlighting his innovative design approach and illustrating how his revolutionary manufacturing methodologies have progressed with the introduction of new technologies and materials over the past 50 years.

Founded in 1966, Maurer is well known for his playful and often poetic lighting fixtures, designs with strong emotional and social resonances that fuse functionality with an artistic approach.

The anniversary celebrates the designer’s technical and forward-thinking approach towards emerging technologies, including ‘YaYaHo‘ of 1984, the first low-voltage system consisting of tense wires and many different luminous sculptural spotlights that are movable on a tightrope, as well as ‘EL.E.DEE‘(2001), displaying Maurer’s early adoption of LED design.

Over the years, Maurer also uniquely pioneered the use of various materials in lighting design. While the seventies saw most designers working in plastic, Maurer rethought the flexible qualities of paper, using it for his now signature lampshades “Knitterling” (1978) and “The MaMo Nouchies” (1998), while his wall lamp “Zero One” (1990), was created with white Corian. Since 2006, Maurer has been experimenting extensively with organic light-emitting diode (OLEDs) and successfully launched the world’s first OLED table lamp, a limited-edition light, known as “Early Future” (2008).

Fascinated by LED technology and its possibilities for artistic expression, Maurer also experimented extensively with incorporating LED circuit-boards in his lighting designs, resulting in products such as ‘Licht.Enstein’ (2001), which will be included in the anniversary installation.

Additionally, Maurer started applying 3D printing technologies in manufacturing lights from a very early stage. Products such as ‘Knot’, ‘Flatterby’ and ‘Spyre’ – a limited edition lamp designed by Ron Arad – all utilise this innovative methodology.

Besides working on the design of individual fixtures, Maurer is often involved in fine art installations, architectural designs and “urban scenography” projects, such as the illumination of Torre Velasca in Milan for Audi Italia and Interni during Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2016. Through the years, Maurer has received numerous awards for his avant-garde work with light, most importantly winning the Oscar of the design world the Compasso d’Oro – in 2011.

Ingo Maurer’s anniversary installation will be on display at the Forza showroom on Great Portland Street during the London Design Festival, which will run from 17th to 25th September 2016.

An evening reception will be held at the Forza showroom on September 19th, 6.30pm (RSVP to by 12th September).

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