Program Introduction

by Rogier van der Heide

Why Trends in Lighting?

Trends in Lighting is the first event that knows no industry boundaries and brings together creatives and innovators who work with light. Our attendees and our speakers and workshop tutors are all involved in LED innovation yet apply their knowledge in different industries such as architecture, automotive, healthcare, product design and art. We believe that all of us are facing similar challenges and want to utilize new technologies in meaningful ways to create experiences that are memorable and relevant. This is not exclusive to architects! Trends in Lighting brings together knowledge, likeminded professionals and curious minds, and is a fantastic opportunity to upskill yourself and get inspired
 
OLED is a main focus because we believe it is undervalued as a great and beautiful light source. It also has very broad application areas; we’ve seen cars with integrated OLED lighting as well as decorative home luminaires that glow beautifully. Trends in Lighting sports workshops, lectures and gatherings around OLED. But there is much more: the Internet of Things and connectivity will be addressed deeper and broader than anywhere else, with an emphasis on meaningful applications. There is too much talk about technology as such but we need designers to make things relevant!
 
Trends in Lighting is a much needed event in the world of lighting. It demonstrates that lighting knows no boundaries and has new and unexpected applications everywhere: in healthcare, entertainment, mobility and agriculture, to name just a few areas. But Trends in Lighting is also mission critical for the lighting industry in its quest to find new meanings and new relevance of light in the digital age. Now we have passed the stage of energy savings being most important, we have begun to explore new purposes of light and new applications that bring true value to people all over the world.
 
At Trends in Lighting you will meet architects, engineers, art directors, product designers, fashion technologists and artists and probably even more professionals. All will inspire each other and that is exactly one of the main objectives of the event. Trends in Lighting will not only be a great three days to get your knowledge up to date, but will also let you go home again inspired and enlightened.
 

About the Curator: Rogier van der Heide

Rogier is a recognized c-suite executive and specializes in enabling sustainable business growth by design. He has a 20 years proven track record in unlocking the value of design for Fortune Global 500 companies. Rogier’s agenda of key topics includes Open Innovation, The Internet of Things, Foresighting, Brand Values & Brand Design and Convergence of Disciplines such as Design, Marketing and Technology. While being strongly inspirational, Rogier is at the same time pragmatic, and extremely well connected at all levels. He developes strategic design for products, services and “ecosystems” that literally touch millions of people in a positive, life-enhancing way.

Rogier brings together corporate culture and design thinking, and is creditable for being instrumental in game changing innovations for brands we all know. Furthermore, Rogier is a sought after speaker on the international stage of thought leadership: TED, UN Innovation Summit, leading universities, nation wide television.

Recipient of over 50 international design awards such as Red Dot Best of the Best and the iF Gold Award in various design disciplines. Rogier focuses on innovation-led design as an enabler of bridging technology and the creation of meaningful, life-enhancing solutions. He has 20 years of experience in engaging, inspiring, three-dimensional design that fuses light, image projection, architecture and product design to create memorable, authentic experiences around the world.

Until 2010, Rogier van der Heide was Director with Arup and the Global Leader of Arup Lighting. In that role, Rogier has been responsible for innovative, creative and well-executed projects all over the world. If you are looking for more info on Arup Lighting, please see here. Until August 2014 Rogier was Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Philips Lighting. Until December 2016 he was Chief Design & Marketing Officer of Zumtobel Group in Austria.

Many architects work together with Rogier, who has completed projects in collaboration with Renzo Piano, Ben van Berkel, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Cesar Pelli, Rob Krier and many others.

Rogier delivers many lectures, presentations and seminars about design, light, business, and strategic design at many international conferences. His talk inspiring talk on TED.com about the beauty of darkness has attracted over 500,000 viewers. Rogier was also Professor at the Technical University of Graz, Austria.

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