and it's lighting divison Lumolar were founded in 2005 and are based
in Toronto. We are a young international multidiciplinary firm that
designs buildings, furniture and industrial products. The firm is
a partnership of Catherine Hsueh Mei Lin and Mark Tholen. We have
a strong philosophy in designing and making products in traditional
ways with innovative and environmentally conscious materials to
create products that are well built and of simple timeless design.
We believe in products at any scale that have an esthetic appeal
to be appreciated by generations to come and not to be discarded
after a single use.
professional experience in the field of design spans from Asia and
Europe to North America.
Catherine Lin (Taiwan) B. Arch, MRAIC, OAA and Mark Tholen (Germany)
BEDS, M. Arch, AK NW, MRAIC, BCIN have practiced in the field of
architecture, architectural teaching and industrial design; and
prior to setting up our own offce have worked on and designed significant
large and small scale award winning projects with Behnisch und Partner,
Richard Meier, Gottfried Bohm, Moriyama & Teshima and Diamond
& Schmitt. Catherine
Lin has recently passed the examination to be a licensed Architect
with the Ontario Association of Architects. Mark Tholen was the
design architect for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, where the
free democratic ideas of space creation in the Behnisch and Scharoun
tradition were combined with the solidity of WW1 / WW2 cast in place
"bunker" concrete. Inspriation for the solid parts and
the lighting concepts of the museum were derived from the appropriate
brutalism period in architecture. Neviges Church by Gottfried Bohm
and Konzentrationslager Dachau Memorial by Helmut Striffler, 1967.
would like to thank for contributing to our work: Jacob JeBailey,
Eric Bury, Laura Carwardine, Mia Chung, Christie Liu, Greg Miller,
John Nunn, Sarah Prodor, Richard Tseng.
get our inspiration from anything. May it be a subtle revolutionary
building, sophisticated machines, the chapel designed for a farmer
without charging a commission, nature or good art. There is good
art and bad art but there is no such thing as good ideas and bad
ideas - it is what you make out of it. Ultimately design inspiration
can be occur anywhere, for example while salvaging a dashboard out
of a car in a junkyard at the end of Truman Road in Kansas City.