The Light Fantastic #WearableWednesday


The Light Fantastic.


It is easy to think of Moritz Waldemeyer as just a lighting designer. He’s well-known for his various illuminating projects; including the undulating Lolita Swarovski crystal chandelier created with Ron Arad in 2000 and the ethereal 100 Candles, which he designed with Ingo Maurer in Milan late last year.

In fact, it’s the science and shifting technologies rather than just form that draws Waldemeyer to design, and lighting is just one of the manifestations of his passion for interaction and experimentation. There is also a strong theatrical aspect to much of his work; if you cast your mind back to the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games and the digitally enhanced costumes of the Brazilian performers, which were more of his flamboyant creations.

Looking at his more spectacular projects, it is hard to place Waldemeyer in the sedate residential area of Fulham in West London. But amid Victorian terraced villas, his studio is there, where he works with two architectural students who are completing internships. Add an electronics engineer working remotely in Canterbury and an Italian publicity agent in Milan and that’s the whole set up — the modesty of which reflects Waldemeyer’s own unassuming nature; untouched as he is by the stardom he could so easily claim for himself.

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