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Vol.051 – Into the Water

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Theme: Into the Water Interviewer:Yusuke Hattori Hattori:Your first diving experience was five years ago near Malaysia`s Tioman Island, is that right. Was it really your first time? Mende:Yes really. I wanted to go diving and so I went. I g…

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Vol.052 – From Your Bed to Your Desk

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From Your Bed to Your Desk Brien Ng Mende: Today we’re sharing our daily routine. Brien, how long does it take from your bed to your desk? Brien: It takes almost 90 minutes. Mende: That’s quite long. What is the first thing you see in…

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Vol.050 – Environmentally Friendliness

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Environmentally Friendliness Interviewer: Sherri Goh Mende: So are we talking about environmentally friendly lighting design or environmental friendliness in lighting design…? Sherri: I’m not sure if I explained the topic clearly to you as …

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Vol.026 – When Conducting a Lighting Survey

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When Conducting a Lighting Survey Interviewer: Emiko Nagata Nagata: For today`s talk I proposed that we talk about what to do during a lighting survey, but this is a topic I really want to avoid. (ha, ha, ha…) Mende: What?! Nagata:Actually,…

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Vol.022 – Teaching about light

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Teaching about light Interviewer: Sachiko Segawa It is important to be sensitive to and sense light in one`s immediate presence. A class experience on the three primary colors of light. Segawa:Today I would like to talk about “Teaching abou…

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No.79 – At La boqueria Market

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This column was written on June 3, 2017 and recently found while I cleaned my PC. Barcelona`s La Rambla basks in the spring sunshine. It has been awhile, but I am just wondering today with limited cash, a credit card, and iPhone in my pocke…

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Vol.049 – Education between student and staff

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Education between student and staff Interviewer:Zooey Li Mende:Hello Zooey, Education between student and staff is today’s topic, It’s quite interesting. Zooey:Yes, Mr. Mende, I thought you were a very good lighting design professor in a fa…

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Vol.048 – Childhood memories which influences you as a lighting designer

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Childhood memories which influences you as a lighting designer Interviewer: Quratuaini Bte Jamil Aini:Hi, Mr Mende. I would like to discuss about childhood activities or memories which influences you as a lighting designer. Mende:Sure but y…

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Vol.047 – Playback!

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Theme:Playback! Interviewer: Bryan Yan This “coffee break” column is a bit different from all the previous ones. The change of style in this column is also corresponding to our interview topic – “Playback”! Since I have read the PAST issues…

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Vol.046 – What is the definition in between of ‘Lighting designer’ and ‘Lighting planner’

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Lighting designer’ VS ‘Lighting planner’ Interviewer: Karen Huang Karen: Mende san, today I would like to talk about the definition in between ‘Lighting designer’ and ‘Lighting planner’ since I thought about how we could define the directio…

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Vol.045 – Work Style Revolution

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Work Style Revolution Interviewer: Tomohiro Mukaihira Mukaihira:Today I`d like to talk with you about design and work balance, not as a lighting designer, but as Mr. Mende, the entrepreneur. Recently, the workforce is decreasing with severa…

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Vol.044 – Design Starting with Imitating

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Design Starting with Imitating Interviewer: Kentaro Tanaka Tanaka: Today, I thought we could talk about lighting design and how to protect copyrights, but I think I`ll tone it down a bit. Shall we discuss the act of imitating instead? So to…

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Vol.043 – Hairstyles

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Hairstyles Interviewer: Chika Makabe Makabe:Today I`d like to talk about your hairstyle. Also, I thought it might be fun to take a peek at your private life, a different side of the lighting designer, Mr. Mende. But let`s just see where the…

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Vol.042 – Lighting Design Awards

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Theme:Lighting Design Awards Interviewer: Li Jinmu Jinmu:Mende San, today let us discuss about design awards. When I was in the college, I actively joined many student design competitions. During my final year in the University, I particula…

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Vol.041 – Value of Time for Designers

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Theme: Value of Time for Designers Interviewer: Catherine Wong Catherine:So today our topic is TIME. Mende san, you always travel around to have meetings, lectures, forums and interviews through these years. You must be asked about thousand…

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Vol.040 – Favorable Lighting for having Drinks

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Favorable Lighting for having Drinks Interviewer: Shosaku Takahashi Takahashi: Today`s theme is “Favorable Lighting for having Drinks” so instead of coffee I thought we could relax and talk with an alcoholic beverage today. Mende: It`s not …

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Vol.039 – Light art and Lighting design

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Theme: Light art and Lighting design Interviewer: Blanche Lam Blanche:LPA is a lighting design firm. The works mainly focuses on design rather than art. What do you think about design and art? Mende: Good question! But I’d like to ask you b…

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No.78 – Twilight and an Oil Lamp

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The cherry blossoms have fallen and scattered and the riverside before my eyes grows over in a mixture of shades of green. The smells of new green leaves and the scent of spring coming to an end rides on the breeze. It is a rare Sunday with…

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Vol.038 – Scope of Lighting Design

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Theme: Scope of Lighting Design Interviewer: Sunyoung Hwang Sunyoung:Would like to have a talk with Mr. Mende regarding scope of our work, architectural lighting design. Sometimes it is hard to tell how much we should take care of the ‘othe…

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Vol.037 – The Fashion of a Lighting Designer

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The Fashion of a Lighting Designer Interviewer: Koki Iwanaga Iwanaga:Mr. Mende do you have any preferences towards fashion. I really like the fitted jacket that I see you wear quite often. Mende:Yes, that jacket is so comfortable and easy t…

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