how Lumen Center Italia was born

Founded in 1976 in La Fare les Oliviers under the artistic direction of Gilles Derain, LUMEN CENTER has a rich and fascinating history in the world of design and lighting. Derain, a prominent exponent of contemporary French design and expert of the UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes), inherited his stylistic and design approach from the teachings of Jacques Adnet and the study of international modernism.

french designer Gilles Derain

The MCP lamp, created from Derain in 1979 and an example of his in-depth research, became a significant commercial success, so much so that it is included in the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts.

Collaborazione con Designer francesi


In 1992, the company was acquired by a Milanese entrepreneur, initiating a phase of consolidation of its position in the Italian and international illumination market. Collaboration with renowned French designers, including Jean Michel Wilmotte, and the high quality of the products offered further contributed to the company’s success. In the nineties LUMEN CENTER started an important interior design and illumination project for the Royal Pines Hotel in Urawa, Japan, which was entitled “Life River” and was realized in cooperation with VillaTosca Design, the European Centre for Design of Panasonic. This project represents the company’s high level of technical and production expertise, highlighting its flexibility in realising customised projects.

The company has continued to distinguish itself internationally with initiatives such as experiments on synaesthesia between light, colour and sound, the use of alternative light sources such as OLEDs and studies on the interaction between light and human metabolism. Over the years LUMEN CENTER has been the sponsor of the lighting of the food court of the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2015 and to date contributes to the lighting of important works of art at the Veneranda Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan, demonstrating its commitment to supporting important cultural and artistic projects

Lighting design: SEAFLOWER 09
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