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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.028 – About Books

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About Books Interviewer: Leon Hitsu Hitsu:Today I`d like to talk about books. First, I`d like to introduce myself through a selection of books I have brought with me. Mende:I see. Let`s see what genera of books you like. Hitsu:I am original…

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Vol.027– Feeling Nature

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Feeling Nature Interviewer: Isao Nemoto Nemoto:I was raised in Tokyo, but I really like the outdoors. Tokyo is, of course, a man-made metropolis, but I am always thinking about ways to incorporate more nature into city life. Mende:Do you le…

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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.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.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.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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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.020 – Raising Creative Children

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Theme:Raising Creative Children Interviewer: Rachel Nakayama Rachel:Today I`d like to talk about children and design education. I think design education should be about developing free thought and the capacity to use free thought to solve p…

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Vol.019 – Conquering Personal Faults

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Theme:Conquering Personal Faults Interviewer: Hu Lin Lin:Today I`d like to ask your advice about my personality. Compared to other people, I feel like I live on an intense emotional rollercoaster. For example, in the morning I can be just f…

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Vol.018 – Architects of Light

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Theme: Architects of Light Interviewer: Mikine Yamamoto Yamamoto:Today is a nice day. Japan is lucky to have four seasons and to be able to experience the changes that natural sunlight displays. When I joined LPA 8 years ago I really wanted…

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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.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 …

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Vol.013 – The Enjoyment of Ikebana

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Interviewer: Takafumi Kubo Mende :  I heard that you practice Ikebana, or Japanese flower arrangement.  What style are you learning?  It’s amazing that you find time when work is so busy. Kubo : I am learning the Sogetsu style of Ikeb…

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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 …

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Vol.011 – How to Polish up your Womanly Spirit

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Interviewer: Misa Fujii A Love letter from Kaoru Mende: Dear Misa, I think you are a person with a lot of vitality and an amazing lighting designer.   When I say “Feel free to think freely,”  you always seem to come up with a killer idea, u…