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Robert Sonneman, “Lighting’s Modern Master,” pioneered modern lighting in the 1960s and ‘70s, making it an art form.


Sonneman has been at the forefront of modern design for five decades, and his award-winning designs have become classics of the Modern era.


Inspired by modern architecture, applying the functionalist discipline of Bauhaus, Sonneman introduced a modernist aesthetic to lighting in the mid 1960s. He challenged old dictums and revolutionized an industry. He combined form with function in innovative ways, and introduced new forms and function, creating dramatic contemporary designs that make…  SONNEMAN – A Way of Light.


Robert Sonneman’s works have been exhibited in museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry; the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; St. Louis Design Center; the Southwest Museum of Science and Technology; and the Saskatchewan Science Museum, Canada.



Sonneman has lectured at design schools and professional organizations internationally. As an active contributor to design education as a guest lecturer and critic, he has served on the Advisory Boards of the Pratt School of Architecture, Parsons School of Design, and the Art Center College of Design. In addition, Robert Sonneman has participated in the Stanford Forum on Design and served on the advisory board of the Nissan Motor Corp. Sonneman is the recipient of many honors for is innovative work including the Red Dot Design Award, Top Pick at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, and the Home Magazine American Furniture Award. 


“I am driven by what’s next. I am curious and challenged and excited to discover the odyssey that is design.”
– Robert Sonneman