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Lighting for Seoul Sky Garden is completed

Yesterday the Mayor of Seoul opened the Skygarden. This is a botanical garden that is elevated above the city. We did the lighting design. Ah… I hear you thinking “much like the High Line in New York City”. Well, not at all. This 1 kilometer long walk transforms a formerly abandoned highway into a living catalog […]

The International Year of Light 2015

The International Year of Light 2015

You can’t posibly have missed it: this year it is the International Year of Light. We celebrate light as something so important even though most of the time we take it for granted… And in many countries there are events and activities organized to bring light to the attention of many and to get you […]

Why #thedress is not what you see

I’m a professional lighting designer; I have worked with light and the perception of color for over over 25 years. Here is – explained in a clear way – why #thedress sometimes seems to be white and gold even though it is black and blue. This does not happen when we take the photo. It […]

Welcome to the Rijksmuseum!

A magnificent film… it’s just 1:30 minute but it tells it all. Bravo!

Rogier joins Zumtobel Group

Rogier joins Zumtobel Group

Dornbirn, Austria – Today, Zumtobel Group AG, the Austrian lighting company, announces that Rogier van der Heide has been appointed as Chief Design & Marketing Officer for the Zumtobel Group and its three brands Thorn, Tridonic and Zumtobel. Rogier will begin his new position on December 1, 2014. By creating this new strategic role in the […]

Richard MacCormac died

Richard MacCormac died

Richard’s funeral was earlier this month… So very sad. He died shortly after his wife Jocasta; both fought the cancer but could not win. Richard was 75. I can’t express how thankful I am to Richard. When we met for the first time, I ran a small lighting design practice in Amsterdam. It was 1997, […]

Luminous Couture

Luminous Couture

For a special event at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Rogier van der Heide designed new Luminous Couture: a glowing collar, inspired by the 17th century costumes of the wealthy bourgeois in the Amsterdam Canal Belt. Rogier’s 21st Century interpretation contains LED technology, drivers and battery packs and remains comfortable and ready-to-wear. Image gallery here

Philips Slimstyle shifts the bulb paradigm

Philips Slimstyle shifts the bulb paradigm

For over 100 years, the light bulb didn’t evolve much. Thomas Edison designed the bulb shape in 1879 and it never really changed. Now, a bulb will never be the same anymore. From my design studio at Philips, we launch the SlimStyle. See here what Mashable thinks about the Slimstyle. Thanks to my product designers […]

Black Eyed Peas

Since so many have asked for it, here is again the beautiful short documentary film by Ruud Pelgrum about my work with the Black Eyed Peas. Enjoy! With B. Akerlund, Nancy Tilbury, Ian Wallace, and Benjamin Males.

Meeting of the Minds, 2013

Invite a couple hundred thought leaders and decision makers from all over the world to an old brick factory in Toronto, and wonderful things may happen. And actually, they did: the Meeting of the Mind was a gathering with an atmosphere of optimism, new opportunities, and a strong belief that technology can be human; it […]