Throughout Sonneman’s years of being in the industry, he managed to turn lighting design into an art form, while creating a strong alliance between form and function. This advertisement from the early 1970s shows the range of artistic forms he brought to production in the early years of his business.  Photo 2 of 10 in The Lighting Designer Who Has Melded Form with Function for Decades
At the forefront of this 1970s advertisement is Sonneman’s Mushroom table lamp in a distinct mustard hue. It was constructed of spun aluminum and was topped off with a chrome tipped bulb. Though this piece is no longer in production, some of his original designs from the era are still around today.  Photo 4 of 10 in The Lighting Designer Who Has Melded Form with Function for Decades
After absorbing a range of modern design influences and building his own point of view, he became known for developing a type of American style that was minimal and cosmopolitan. Shown here is a vintage Bloomingdale’s advertisement that places his work in a modern living setting.  Photo 3 of 10 in The Lighting Designer Who Has Melded Form with Function for Decades
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