Ingo Maurer is one of the most prolific contemporary designers today. He trained as a typographer in Germany and Switzerland and studied in graphic design. After collaborating in the USA with important companies including Kayser Aluminum and IBM Ingo Maurer returned to his native Germany in 1966 to set up his own firm. Ingo is a pioneer of using unusual materials and new technologies to create exceptional lighting and lighting systems, which his company produces and distributes worldwide. He develops lighting concepts and spectacular one-offs for private and public buildings with his team. Bulb (1966), the low-voltage halogen system YaYaHo (1984) and Lucellino (1992), a winged light bulb, are among his best-known designs. Maurer’s work is included in countless permanent museum collections including The MoMA, New York, which has several pieces. In July 2011 Maurer was awarded the Compasso d‘Oro for lifetime achievement.