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The sad news reached us and the whole design world yesterday evening: German Lighting Designer and artist Ingo Maurer passed away on Monday. He died in his hometown Munich, with 87 years.
The lights and light objects of Ingo are considered groundbreaking in their design until today. His most popular objects include his debut work "Bulb" (1966), the low-voltage halogen system "YaYaHo" (1984, Ingo Maurer and team), the winged light bulb "Lucellino" (1992), the pendant light "Zettel'z" (1997), "One From The Heart" (1989) and "Porca Miseria!" (1994). His designs can be found in the collections of the most important museums in the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An exhibition is currently being prepared in the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, which provides insights into his work from November this year. Maurer has received numerous prestigious awards, among them iF DESIGN AWARDS for the Ingo Maurer GmbH.
Ingo was always a pioneer in the development and use of the latest lighting innovations: as a great devotee of the light bulb, which he described as the "ideal symbiosis of poetry and technology," he used low-voltage halogen systems in the 1980s. He produced the first LED desk lamp as early as 2001, he used OLEDs from 2006. Up to the present day, the potential offered by LED technology has repeatedly been demanded by Ingo, versatile and creative in the sense of the best possible lighting effect.
Ingo wrote more than 50 years of light history. We bid farewell to a special person who inspired, challenged and repeatedly surprised people.
Our thoughts are with his family and all his friends who just like us
are left shocked and deeply saddened by this news.