The lighting designer Ingo Maurer is dead. The confirmed employee of his company on SPIEGEL demand. The artist died Monday in Munich in the circle of his family. Last year a thigh-neck fracture had already bothered him.
Even his first luminaire made him famous: "Bulb", a design from 1966, was included in the Design Collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, "Little Black Nothing" and the low-voltage cable system "YaYaHo" followed for about twenty years later. Ingo Maurer has prescribed unusual lamps and light installations. Born in 1932 on the island of Reichenau in Lake Constance, Maurer initially trained as a typographer and studied graphic design in Munich from 1954 to 1958.
8 picturesIngo Maurer: The designs of the light artist
In 1960 he moved away from Germany, to the USA. There he worked as a designer in New York and San Francisco, rather after three years he translated back to Europe and a short time later founded his company "Design M" in Munich. Since then, Maurer has been responsible for special lighting concepts, light installations and systems. For the fashion designer Issey Miyake, for example, Maurer worked out an installation for a fashion show in Paris, planned the lighting concept for a metro station in Munich and designed lighting objects for the interiors of the Atomium in Brussels.
His work has been shown internationally, for example in Paris at the Center Georges Pompidou in 1985, at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1993, at the Museum of Modern Art in 1998, in Barcelona, Tokyo, Osaka, London and São Paulo. Maurer has received many awards for his work, including the Danish Georg Jensen Prize, the Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Compasso d'Oro, an important industrial design prize. In 2005, Maurer was named Royal Designer of Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in London.
Now Ingo Maurer has died. He was 87 years old.