A Legacy of Innovative Design and Technological Excellence.




Established in 1976 in La Fare les Oliviers under the visionary leadership of Gilles Derain, LUMEN CENTER has a rich and storied history in the realms of design and lighting. As a prominent figure in contemporary French design and a member of the UAM (Union des Artistes Modernes), Derain’s aesthetic and design approach was shaped by the teachings of Jacques Adnet and his study of international modernism.

One of Derain’s most notable creations, the MCP lamp, debuted in 1979 and quickly became a commercial success, earning a place in the permanent collection of the Montreal Museum of Decorative Arts. In 1992, the company was acquired by a Milanese entrepreneur, marking a new era of growth and consolidation in the Italian and international lighting market. Collaborations with renowned French designers, such as Jean Michel Wilmotte, further solidified the company’s reputation for excellence.

In the 1990s, LUMEN CENTER embarked on a groundbreaking interior design and illumination project for the Royal Pines Hotel in Urawa, Japan, titled “Life River.” This ambitious project, realized in partnership with VillaTosca Design and the European Centre for Design of Panasonic, showcased the company’s mastery of technical and production expertise, as well as its ability to adapt to unique and customized projects.

Throughout its history, LUMEN CENTER has continued to push boundaries and innovate, exploring synaesthesia between light, color, and sound, utilizing alternative light sources like OLEDs, and studying the interaction between light and human metabolism. The company has also demonstrated its commitment to cultural and artistic endeavors by sponsoring the lighting of the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2015 and contributing to the illumination of significant works of art at the Veneranda Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan.

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For nearly five decades, LUMEN CENTER has been a leading laboratory of excellence, driven by a passion for innovation. From its inception, the company has drawn inspiration from international collaborations and experiences, but it is in its Made in Italy production, primarily taking place in its factory in Santo Stefano Ticino, that this expertise truly shines. Characterized by high-quality materials, meticulous attention to detail, and artistic flair, LUMEN CENTER’s products are distinguished by their exceptional craftsmanship. Complementing traditional expertise with cutting-edge technology, the company continues to push boundaries, crafting products that seamlessly blend design and functionality.

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