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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.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.032 – Drawing shadows on white paper. Drawing lighting on blue paper.

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Drawing shadows on white paper. Drawing lighting on blue paper. Interviewer: Masahiro Iwata Iwata:Today I`d like to talk about the differences between painting and lighting design. From an early age I started painting with water colors. Now…

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Vol.031 – Words are Tricky, but Important

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Words are Tricky, but Important Interviewer: Haruka Sakoda 2. It`s important to flip through a dictionary from time to time 3. City Walk. Brainstorming for keywords to describe images. Sakoda:At work I feel it is better to make a phone call…

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Vol.030 – Lighting for Vechicle

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Lighting for Vechicle Interviewer: Hikaru Kimura Kimura:Today I`d like to talk about interior lighting for transportation. I really like all forms of transportation, but I especially love to drive cars. Mr. Mende: Are you the type that take…

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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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Vol.000 – Coffee Break with Mende and Me

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Over a 13 year period I have written 76 Mende Notes. I tried, very diligently, to write one every month, but some things just don`t go as planned. So, now I donate this supposed “Note” writing time to a monthly hour and a half l…

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No.71 – Kasanji Hot Spring Fireworks Show

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There is a famous hot spring called Kasanji in Hamamatsu, Shizoka. By fate, I was invited to the Hotel Kokonoe, run by the Entetsu Group, to view the annual firework show the last weekend in July. The scene from the hotel is picturesque wit…

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No.70 – Official Visit to Meiji Shrine

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What God do I put my hands together for and pray to? Of course I’ve been to many shrines and temples, but also frequent many Christian churches and Muslim mosques while in foreign countries. I watch the worshipers there and pray as they pra…

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No.69 – Tama Art University Library

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Ever since the new library was finished I have wanted to go and see it, so 15 members of the Lighting Detectives gathered around dusk for the Tama Art U. campus version of a city walking tour. It is well known that the architect is Toyo Ito…

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No.68 – Meeting Important Friends by the Wayside

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Once every two years「Light & Building」, the world’s largest lighting trade fair, opens in Frankfurt and I always make a point of attending. This year was no different, as my fourth time to attend, along with five colligates from LPA; w…

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No.67 – AA School of Architecture Students

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It seems that there are quite a few people who are ruffled by the frequency, or rather infrequency, of the Lighting Detective Note. Since the start of the Lighting Detectives many of those that work close to me have pleaded and tried to per…

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No.66 – Ingo Maurer

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The first time I met Ingo Maurer was 20, maybe 25 years ago, I`m not quite certain, but I do remember that it was he who contacted me for a meeting. At that time I had ran a very successful essay, “ Poetic Sentiment and High Tech” in the ma…

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No.65 – Iwamuro Hot Spring Town Redevelopment Project

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Already it has been seven years since I started to teach in the Department of Scenography, Display, and Fashion Design at Musashino Art University. Of course, I am not only teaching my students about lighting design, but the third-year stud…

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No.64 – Zaha

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“Zaha”such a commanding name. You may have heard of this famous name belonging to one famous lady. My own name “Kaoru” has a more feminine ring to it and may be more fitting for a lady of such great accomplishment. M…

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