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PROVOKING MAGIC: LIGHTING OF INGO MAURER

Ingo Maurer

German-born Ingo Maurer is one of the most prolific and respected artist/designers working today. Fascinated by what he calls the “magical and mystical” properties of light, Maurer constructs luminous atmospheres that play with traditional concepts of color, brightness, and shadow. Since 1966, Maurer has created more than 150 different lights and lighting systems, and designed lighting for diverse international venues, including fashion runways, public buildings and monuments, and private commissions. Maurer uses unexpected materials and found objects to create light, and he is among the first designers to experiment with halogen and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer presents a broad array of Maurer’s iconic works, remounted and reconceived specifically for this project, as well as never-before-seen works created specifically for this exhibition and book. An essay written by Maurer with his daughter and colleague Claude, an interview of Maurer by Paper magazine’s Editor Kim Hastreiter, an essay by critic Julie Iovine, and 150 photographs, sketches, and drawings–accompanied by comments, notes, and doodles hand-written by Maurer–provide an unprecedented look at this legendary creator’s career, methods, and inspiration.

The book will also be available in a limited-edition metal case inspired by Maurer's work.

  • Trade paperback and limited-edition case
  • Specifications: 8.5 x 11”, 144 pages, 150 integrated photographs and illustrations; anodized aluminum (case)
  • Retail price: $40.00 (pb); $200.00 (book with case)
  • ISBN: 0-910503-94-X (pb), 0-910503-93-1 (case)
  • Case available in November 2007