Born 1932 on the Island of Reichenau, Germany 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 from 1954 to 1958. In 1960 he emigrated to the USA and collaborated with important companies including Kayser Aluminum and IBM. After his return to his native Germany, he founded his own firm, Design M, which specialises in producing lighting and developing lighting projects. Ingo Maurer is a pioneer of using unusual materials and new technologies to create light installations. Maurer’s work is included in countless permanent museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art in New York which has several pieces. Most recently, in July 2011 Maurer was awarded the Compasso d‘Oro for lifetime achievement.