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New Lighting Design firm StudioK1 Launched

18 September 2009 15.30 BST

(USA) - Three award-winning lighting designers - Ray Swartz, President of Konsortum 1; Peter Maradudin, former Founding Principal of firstcircle; and Eileen Thomas, former Associate Principal of Visual Terrain, Inc. - have joined forces to launch a new lighting design studio: StudioK1.

The firm, based in Santa Ana, California, is a division of the highly regarded electrical engineering firm Konsortum 1, and is an outgrowth of Konsortum 1’s unique lighting design capability. With a dedicated design studio, Konsortum 1 now provides an increased level of lighting design expertise, and provides services to the complete range of architectural projects, including hospitality, mixed-use, retail, institutional and educational, civic and municipal, residential and landscape.
Ray Swartz, who founded Konsortum 1 in 1996, has won awards for his lighting designs with the Irvine Company, the Bowers Museum, and the LEED Platinum Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach, California.

Peter Maradudin, as principal designer at firstcircle, designed the lighting for the Spa at Wynn’s Encore, the expansion of John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Wolfgang Puck’s Cut Las Vegas, the exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and the monumental Nomadic Museum for Ashes and Snow, in Mexico City.

Eileen Thomas has been recognized for her work on the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California, and for GameWorks across the country. Current projects include the lighting design for the new corporate headquarters for Taco Bell in Irvine, California, the renovation and expansion of Beverly Hills High School, the re-imagining of Fashion Island in Newport Beach, California, and a 70,000 square foot private residence in Seoul, Korea.


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