Architectural Lighting recently did a delightful interview with designer Gerd Pfarré, founder and managing designer of Pfarré Lighting Design. Among the highlights are Pfarré’s advice for young lighting designers, “Burn your fingers while focusing a damned hot fixture. Learn to scribble an idea on paper while talking to someone” and his description of “[t]hat magic moment when the lights are turned on for the first time.”

Gerd Pfarré

Pfarré anticipates more responsive lighting solutions, noting the importance of “visual comfort.” While new advancements in lighting, such as Commercial LED Lighting, have expanded the field of lighting design, technology cannot replace the creativity and artistry of the designer himself.

You can find the entire interview—brief, poetic—here.

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