After taking a BA in Graphic Design and Illustration from de Montfort University at Lincoln, England in 1999, Dennis Parren started his own Graphic Design studio. Some 5 years later Dennis felt it was time for a change of course and a radical, perhaps even dramatic change in his life. He decided to go back to school and enrolled as a student at Design Academy Eindhoven(Netherlands).
His studies there culminated in the CMYK Sculpture lamp displayed at the Design Academy’s 2011 Graduation Show. Dennis Parren’s graduation project caused quite a stir in the design world. The CMYK lamp applies LED-light technology to cast 3D shadows on ceiling and walls. It is all about the mystery of colour and light – without light there wouldn’t be any colour, or to put it in Dennis’ own words:”It is light that colours the world”.
Working on the CMYK lamp produced a host of new ideas. One of these ideas has led to the design and creation of the RGB Galaxy, a pendant lamp casting a constellation of red, green and blue stars on the ceiling. The colourful galaxy-like effect is created with the help of LED light technology with the LEDs emitting their light through tiny holes in the lamp shade..
Another of Parren’s ideas has led to the CMYK Corner lamp following on from the initial CMYK design. The CMYK Corner has been minimised in size but delivers the same fascinating light effect. Earlier this year, CMYK Corner was presented by Parren alongside his RGB Galaxy lamp at the Galleria Rosanna Orlandi during the Milan Design Week in February. Many people not only liked what they saw, but also wanted to hav what they saw. The demand for the lamps was such that Dennis decided to put the lamps into production independently.
The CMYK lamp has been nominated for a Dutch Design Award in the Autonomous Design Category. The awarding ceremony is due to take place on October 21st 2012 marking the start of the Dutch Design Week.