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Vol. 57 – The World of “Design” from an Amateur perspective

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Interviewer: Jio Yeung Jio: I always wanted to become a video game designer, unfortunately I had to give up my dream.  I am just a beginner when it comes to design so I am looking forward to learning a lot from our talk today.  First, I wou…

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Vol.82 – Learning Lighting Design from Cinematography Part 2 “Tokyo Story”

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In the warm family picture painted by Yasujiro Ozu there are two types of natural light;  glaring, bright sunlight and the incandescent lamp, symbolic of a cozy family.  In the film, daytime scenes always seem very carefully calcu…

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Vol.81 – Learning Lighting Design from Cinematography Part 1 “Diva”

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I ran across a manuscript from a series published in Housing Magazine 25 years ago.  There was no magazine title or published date, but for the series titled “From Screen/ I want to copy this interior design!”  I used to analyze…

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Vol.058-Finding the Ideal Street Lighting

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Mende: Niken, do you like traveling? Niken: Yes, I do. I brought photos that I took from my trips, and we will talk about street lighting. I started to pay more attention to this since I did my thesis. During the time, I surveyed and compar…

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Vol.80 – Alone in the New Office

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I started writing this column about 22 years ago.  Detective Note number 000 was released on August 9th, 1998.   Since then there have been blank periods with no posts, but today I am writing number 80.   I have reread bits and pieces of th…

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Vol.012- Development in Technology and the Changing Role of Light in 2050

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Interviewer: Hiroyuki Miyake Theme:Development in Technology and the Changing Role of Light in 2050 Miyake Today I`d like to discuss the “Role of Light” in the future over a broad span of time.  In interviews conducted with 100 people for t…

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Vol.014 – Lighting for Lighting Design Office

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Interviewer: Shunichi Ikeda Theme:Lighting for Lighting Design Office Ikeda Today I`d like to discuss the lighting in a lighting design office.   I have always wondered about architects and interior designers who design their own offices ba…

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Vol.017 – Fashion and Light , or maybe Women and Light.

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Interviewer: Ai Sohara Theme:Fashion and Light , or maybe Women and Light Sohara: Today, I thought we could take a walk and visit Laforet Harajuku. Mende:Did you come shopping here when you were younger? Sohara:Oh ya!! I am a Tokyo native, …

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Vol.016- Why Chinese people love colors

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Interviewer: Simen Huang Theme:Why Chinese people love colors Simeng Today I`d like to discuss the reasons why Chinese people prefer bold or vibrant colors. In recent years, LPA has landed many projects in China. I`m sure the clients ask fo…

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Vol.015– An Encouragement of Morning

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Interviewer: Yumi Honda Theme: An Encouragement of Morning Honda  Mr. Mende, you are a morning person and come into the office early, but that lifestyle and working as a lighting designer seems to be contradictory. I am also a morning perso…

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Vol.021 – What is the meaning of working?

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Theme:What is the meaning of working? Interviewer: Yuhang Zhong Yuhang:Today I`d like to talk about “working.” I become a member of the workforce four years ago and I continue to struggle with the question “Why do we work?” One reason I wen…

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Vol.025– Working your way up

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Theme『Working your way up』 Interviewer: Masafumi Yamamoto Yamamoto Masa:Today I would like to talk about working your way up the professional ladder As a student one is still in a position of have one’s ideas and opinions heard, now a…

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Vol.054 – Understanding Millennials

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Theme: Understanding Millennials Interviewer: Clement Lee Mende: This is a very interesting topic for me, because communicating with younger generations is a little headache to me. I have been teaching Lighting Design for 10 years in univer…

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Vol.053 – Self-Promotion as a Designer

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Theme:Self-Promotion as a Designer Interviewer: Yuichi Anzai Anzai:Today I`d like to talk about something that is troubling me as a designer with not a lot of experience. I`d like to talk about self-promotion, something that I am lacking in…

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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.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.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 …