The SONNEMAN - A Way of Light Story
Robert Sonneman pioneered modern lighting and made it an art form. World renowned and acclaimed for clean lines and alliance to form and function, his world-famous, award-winning designs have been at the forefront of the design world for over four decades.
SONNEMAN - A Way of Light, founded in 2003, is a tribute to contemporary lighting design. Working in New York, Milan, and Tokyo, Sonneman has sold designs worldwide since 1967. In 1974, Robert founded Sonneman Design Group, building an extensive client base spanning many diverse industries. His designs have been exhibited internationally - as well as in the United States - in major museums, exhibitions, galleries and shows for more than forty years. Robert founded SONNEMAN - A Way of Light. The current lighting collection includes over a thousand designs ranging from Warm Contemporary to Ornamental Modernism and Modernist styles. Currently featured in over two thousand lighting showrooms worldwide, with over thirty exclusive galleries, SONNEMAN’s product line continues to evolve with exciting new introductions. Robert lives and works in New York and continues to innovate lighting solutions for the way we live.
Why We Love SONNEMAN - A Way of Light
The SONNEMAN lighting sensibility is clean and contemporary, yet with a big nod to design traditions past. The sleek, functionalist designs that made Robert Sonneman famous in the 1960s and '70s remain just as relevant today and continue to influence his work. As such, SONNEMAN combines classic elements--vintage bulbs, mid-century modern angles--with cutting-edge forms and technologies in his current line of contemporary lighting. SONNEMAN's sensibilities and prolific design vocabulary extend through the modern architectural and decorative genres of the 20th century and forward to the contemporary diversity of the 21st.
A Fun Fact About SONNEMAN - A Way of Light
Inspired by a variety of art forms and materials, Robert Sonneman brought the Atelier Chandelier to life through his interest and adoration of a single vintage T8 bulb. The actual structure of the fixture, involving long iron bars that revolve around a single iron stem, was thought of after visiting the great iron industrial buildings in downtown New York, which had huge windows and black fire escapes against white limestone facades.
Noteworthy Lighting From SONNEMAN - A Way of Light
The Stix LED Pendant is a modern minimalist dream, comprised of multiple linear forms with integrated dimmable LEDs that can be individually adjusted for either ambient or task lighting. Similarly, the Suspenders collection features a system of adjustable bars, hangers, and LED luminaires, allowing you to literally build an elaborate, interconnected lighting environment.