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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 […]

Zumtobel opens Lichtforum in Amsterdam

As the new year begins, we at Zumtobel Group create a strong presence in one of the leading European centres of architecture and technology: before January is out, the company, which is based in Austria, is to open a new “Lichtforum” in the heart of Amsterdam. The new studio will act as an open house, […]

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 […]

Thank you, Philips!

Thank you, Philips!

After 4,5 years as the design leader of Philips Lighting it’s time for a change so I have resigned. Philips Lighting is a wonderful company where I learned a great deal, but I now believe the future of light is in a different direction… It’s been a fantastic time, with big improvement in Philips Lighting’s […]

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 […]

Amsterdam Light Festival: a time lapse

Can’t go to the Amsterdam Light Festival? See all art works along the Water Colors Route in three minutes!

Exclusive Press Tour in the Rijksmuseum

Exclusive Press Tour in the Rijksmuseum

Are you a journalist and you want to know more about the new Rijksmuseum, its design and its LED lighting? 12 June 2013 you have the opportunity to take part in a unique behind-the-scenes tour at one of the world’s most important museums. If you are interested, send me a message.

SPARC is in Sydney again!

SPARC is in Sydney again!

Australia’s biggest and most fun lighting event is back in Sydney with speakers such as Motoko Ishii and Emmanuel Clair… The big names of the industry I’d say! I speak on Thursday 6 June, and my talk is called “This is not a Lamp”. Is that an eyewink to Magritte? Surrealism? Does it reflect my […]