The brand aesthetic speaks to Robert Sonneman's belief that design must be rooted in achieving functionality as successful working products to bear the SONNEMAN – A Way of Light moniker. Sonneman's sensibilities and prolific design vocabulary has grown to include a unique perspective of modernism that extends through the decorative arts and architectural genres of the 20th & 21st centuries, which spans several modern movements of industrial and architectural design.
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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.
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. Along with his partners, David Littman, an accomplished owner of several lighting companies and Sonny Park, President of SONNEMAN. 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.