Lumenique is the art and design studio of Kevin L Willmorth. He began his professional life in 1977 as a Graphic Artist and Photographer. In 1981 he entered architectural lighting design as a staff designer, then in 1985 opened his first Lighting Design Consulting firm. Lumenique was formed in 1986, and later estrablished as a design studio in 1996, to create artistic works for lighting customers and art gallery exhibition.
"It all started with lighting design customers wanting products that were not available. They preferred we kust take care of for them. I have always enjoyed making things, so this was a natural tranformation."
From 1990 to 2006, Kevin pursued lighting product development through design leadership roles for luminaire manufacturers. In this time, he produced designs for hundreds of new products and 14 patented products for leading lighting product manufacturers.
In 2006, Kevin returned to Lumenique to provide freelance design and product development - focused on emerging solid-state technologies.
"As a consultant, I had an opportunity to assist several forward thinking organizations, start-ups, and technology providers - affording me greater range of experience than I could have realized within any one organization."
He is published for his views on integrating technology with creative lighting and served as consulting editor for Architectrual SSL magazine from 2007 to 2019.
In 2010, Kevin created 53 unique functioning SSL products in 52 weeks asn exercise in the creative use of technology.
"Of 53 projects completed, a few were commissioned by customers, some purchased outright, others retained to light my own spaces, and several acquired by the manufacturers of the technology. All of this was done in addidition to regular business activity."
Driven by a passion for both art and light, Kevin has returned Lumenique on its origins, focused exclusively on lighted artwork.
"I have a strong effinity for both architectural design and machine elements, which can be seen in my past work. Being a small studio is where I am most comfortable, it provides me the flexibility to explore new ideas and inspirations."
Lumenique designs and creates sculptural portable lighting, with designs inspired by architecture and machinery, utilizing modern technolgy to deliver a unique experience of art and light.
For more insight into what I can do for you at Lumenique, and ongoing dialog on projects and topics related, see the following:
What I Can Do for You at Lumenique
The Lumenique Blog
For the past 40 years I have included representations of architectural and design elements incorporating lighting in functional art forms. I draw inspiration from observation of existing objects, as well as original thought inspired by elements in both man made and natural surroundings, as well as pur imagination. I include light sources as an expressed feature to illuminate the work itself, or to add ambient illumination to its surroundings, tying the work to its place in both apparent shape as well as its effect on surroundings. By incorporating light, my work is intended to move from purely display space, to side tables, desks, reception stations and nightstands - to become part of the experienced environment, beyond an accessory displayed.
My work is created in the context of living and working environments. The intent of each of my works is to elicit an emotional response. I express my thoughts and impressions simply, as this is how I feel design is best expressed.
In my current work, I employ modern methods of material and physical form creation, such as 3D printing and machining, that enable me to produce objects in a way that cannot be duplicated effectively with lesser methods. The light sources utilized are selected to fit the desired end result, without dominating the forms themselves. All user controls are kept to a minimum, with simple mechanical actuation, to provide an intuitive and comfortable interface to focus on the form of the work, over its technical interaction.
Art is a fundamental component of our environment that is too often overlooked. Too many spaces are devoid of any expression, essentially boxes surrounding mundane products, which appears fearful of creative expression, or the diversity of elements that produces a dynamic visual experience. My work is intended to bring art to individuals in a way that expresses the underlying original thought behind our built environment, adding insight where normal products serve only functional purposes. Through this contribution, I believe that through comfortable exposure and interaction with the emotional components of design, observers will choose to seek more, overcome their fear of expressive objects, and expand their interest in other design and artistic forms to elevate their engagement of emotional communication in ways that practical products and non-functional art objects cannot.
I am not afraid to try anything or work with others to see their own vision realized. The work of creating tangible objects of unique character is why I wake each morning.