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Vol.033 – Life Plan:To be active as a professional after coming back from maternity leave

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To be active as a professional after coming back from maternity leave Interviewer: Mami Kono the origin that Graduation production of the university that became the starting point for the world of light Imagine 5-years ahead and set a goal …

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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.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.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.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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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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Vol.036 – Individuality in Lighting Design

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Theme”Individuality in Lighting Design” Interviewer: Ye Yu An example of too much individuality in Chinese lighting design. An example of individualistic lighting blending with the natural surroundings. Ye:Today I would like to …

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Vol.035 – The Department of Lighting Design?

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Theme:The Department of Lighting Design?』 Interviewer: Yuri Araki Araki:I`d like to talk today from a student`s point of view about lighting design. When I was at the university I studied architecture. One of the first things we did was stu…

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Vol.034 – Home Lighting

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Theme:Home Lighting Interviewer: Angkana Kongchatri Tan:Today we will have a light topic talking about home lighting, I chose this topic because last month (May 2016) I and Singapore staffs had a chance to visit Mr Mende’s new house i…

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Vol.029-What’s inside Mr. Mende bag?

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What’s inside Mr. Mende bag? Phraporn:I have seen Mr. Mende always carries the same backpack everywhere and curious what is it inside. If Mr. Mende does not mind, could you show what is it inside? Mende: It is ok, but Phraporn, you sh…

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Vol.024-Coffee Break with Mr. Mende

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Wearing many hats -writing, singing, tea ceremony, diving, skiing, golf etc all besides being a busy lighting designer Interviewer:Gaurav Jain Gaurav:How do you do it? Do you know of other designers who have similar diverse interests? What …

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Vol.023 – The Benefits of Traveling

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Theme: The Benefits of Traveling Interviewer: Xu Xiao XU: Today I would like to talk about the benefits of traveling with Mr Mende. Traveling could open our minds to new things, experience new culture, meet new people and make new friends, …

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Vol.005 – Disaster Area Lighting

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Theme: Disaster Area Lighting Interviewer: Yukiko Saito Saito I was born in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture, an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. I would like to talk today about “Disaster Area Lighting.” Mende Have y…

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Vol.002 – My expectation for children workshop.

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Interviewer: Noriko Higashi Issued on November 30, 2011 Noriko :Before I started working at LPA, I taught English to children at elementary schools and at my home. I have always really liked working with children. Mr. Mende, how did you com…

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Vol.001 – Media Walls and Façade Lighting

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Theme: Media Walls and facade Lighting Interviewer: Kyoko Takubo Issued on October 31, 2011 Kyoko:Mr. Mende, today I have a problem and, if you don`t mind, I would like to ask for your advice. On a recent project, the client has requested a…

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