Monologue of a Lighting Detective

第009号 – Days with the Light: My 21-Day “Retreat ” from the COVID Regulations

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Reiko KasaiLighting Design ProducerSingapore I am now cramped in a packed economy class flight from Bangkok back to Singapore with my laptop open. I am amazed at the number of people passing through the airport. The reason this scene feels …

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Vol. 071-The Future of Lighting in China

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Interviewer: Raina Jiang Raina: Mr. Mende. Now our company projects in China are mostly in big cities or metropolis. I think we will have more projects in smaller cities or even countryside in the future. People in small cities may want to …

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Vol.069-Food and Cuisine

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Interviewer: Raba’a Bte Tainy Tainy: What is your preferred meal of the day?  Mine is ・・・ Breakfast: Bread, cereal, and hot tea. Lunch: I need to have rice (small portion), not too heavy with 2 or 3 small dishes. Dinner: As I age, I p…

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Vol.067-Involuntary Habits

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Interviewer: Hikaru Kawata Kawata:Today’s topic is automatic mannerisms and involuntary habits.  I would especially like to talk about the habits we have that we like and those we want to change. One habit I have that I am really fond…

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Vol.008 – The Meaning of Words -Beyond Light and Darkness-

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Paulina VillalobosLighting DesignerSantiago Being part of the lighting detectives family, first as a student in Belgrade, Serbia (2008) and later as core member in Mexico 2015, has become an amazing cultural adventure of night and day light…

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Vol.068-Home and Lighting

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Interviewer: Chia Xing Chia Xing: Mr. Mende, how did you feel when you got your first house? Mende: My first house after getting married 48 years ago, is a reasonably small condominium and that was also when I just started as a li…

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Vol.007 – Long Pause

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UNO LAILighting DesignerTaipei I imagine, when we look back twenty years from now, this period of time will appear as one long pause. Over the past 48 months, I have been in quarantine 10 times for 14 days each, adding up to 140 days — near…

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Vol.066- Marriage or Single Life

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Interviewer: Jing Liu Mende: So, what is today’s topic of discussion? Liu: Marriage or single life? Mende: How come you chose this topic today?! Liu: This is a hot topic of discussion in China right now.   Personally, my parents have …

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Vol.065- Novel and Design

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Interviewer: Lin Tsan Lin: Today I`d like to talk about novel and design.  I have been writing fiction since I was in Jr. high.  I didn’t plan on becoming a designer, but here I am at LPA.  Since then, I’ve noticed that creating…

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Vol.006 – My Life under Pandemic

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Aleksandra StratimirovicArtistBelgrade … well, it has been both very different and almost the same. Being an artist, I am used to work alone in my studio. Just the same as under this pandemic period when you were not recommended to meet wit…

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Vol.084 – The Labyrinth of Light/Milano Salone 2021

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A mysterious installation of light called the Labyrinth of Light was announced by the Milano Salone 2021. https://www.nitto.com/jp/en/products/raycrea/ In collaboration with Nitto Electric Industry, LPA incorporated Raycrea, Nitto Electric …

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Vol.005 – Stand in the Light

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Written by Charles StoneLighting DesignerNew York・Seattle・Tucson My favorite memories as a Lighting Detective are those hours spent around a table or in a circle of chairs with the other Core Detectives talking about light. We come from 12 …

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Vol.004 – My Life during the Pandemic

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Written by Ulrike BrandiLighting DesignerHamburg In March 2020 I sent out our annual spring card and wrote: Dear friends, As the beginning of spring and our spring card coincide with the spread of the Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, I cannot send o…

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Vol.064-Something that I currently get into

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Interviewer:笹本 明美 Sasamoto:I`d like to talk about something that I currently get into and why. Mende:I have several hobbies, but what I am into now is cooking.   Since the pandemic began last year, my wife and I have spent many long hours a…

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Vol.003 – Behind the Bangkok Nightscape Scene towards Enlighten Asia 2021

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Written by Acharawan ChutaratLighting DesignerBangkok There is still the bright side in every dark situation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  At least, it has brought up opportunities for our friends of light to become closer…

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Vol.002 – Home office, “Half light” and Solstice

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Written by Lisbeth Skindbjerg Kristensen Lighting DesignerCopenhagen Since spring last year the pandemic has drastically changed our daily lives, and I, like many people, have had to work from a home office. My desk is by a window. Aft…

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Vol.083 – Green Office

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Because of the pandemic I have not set foot in another country since last February, 15 months ago. Up until then, I would freely go on two or three business trips a month. So, there is this dark feeling, a bit like imprisonment, creeping in…

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Vol.001 -Blessed by the Darkness

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Written by Ignacio ValeroLighting DesignerMadrid No doubt this is the best dynamic lighting event EVER…Tunable white plus dim to warm and RGBW sources, stunningly huge backlit panels providing a truly immersive experience, controlled by the…

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Vol.000 – New Project “Monologue of a Lighting Detective”

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Written by Kaoru Mende It has been 31 years since the start of the Lighting Detectives in August 1990.   We have also been connected to members around the world since the announcement of the Transnational Lighting Detectives 21 ye…

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Vol.63-Childhood Play

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Interviewer:  Yonglin Ke Mende:Are we talking about childhood play today? Ke:Yes.  I have a sister, two years younger than me, and we used to play together all the time when we were younger. Mende:Did you play house? Ke:Yes.  We also played…