"LED it be"
The Moooi Team is truly sorry to hear of the loss of Raimond Puts. Raimond will always be remembered by Moooi as 'The man who brought the starry sky into our homes'.
If there is some sort of thread that travelled through the life of Raimond Puts (1937 - 2012) then it must be that of technical engineering and prime numbers. Born on a prime number, 3-7-1937, Raimond was schooled as a mechanical engineer and accidently became a self-taught designer. He developed his talent for machinery at a very early age when he played around with his Meccano toy box. Science and particularly its roots in nature has fascinated him ever since. Nature and physics, simplicity in complexity, not as opposites, but two halves of a whole. In the end all can be derived from nature, Raimond's biggest inspiration.
Inspired by nature and the Geodesic Dome by Buckminster Fuller, Raimond started building models from cheap materials like strip–iron, mosquito nets & paper. He became attracted to the challenges of making geometric shapes & models. Over the years he has experimented with all sorts of shapes & materials. He searched for solutions to the practical problems he encounters with an angel-like patience & determination. Over the years his constructions became more refined and by making use of the LED-technique, Raimond found an extremely productive combination. In his work he searched for the ideal integration of beauty & functionality. In his designs he always searched for the essence & created with minimal means, achieving maximum results.
He was not only interested in the exterior results. His objects stand as models for a world in which everything is connected to everything else. Everything fits perfectly. This conceptual simplicity inspired him to continue searching for newer constructions. In them, he found peace & continuous surprises.
In 2010 Raimond Puts won the best Woonproduct of 2010 Award (Sanoma Woon Awards) with the Raimond light.