David D'Imperio is an award-winning artist who designs and builds sculptural lighting. He is an innovator in linear suspension lighting as an art form.
For over two decades, D'Imperio has exhibited at many of the industry's most exclusive shows of American craft and design, including the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the American Craft Museum in New York City as well as The Smithsonian show in Washington, D.C.
David D'Imperio's lighting brings a sculptural dimension to the spaces they occupy. His work lies in a place where the organic world meets the mechanical, where geometry and mathematical order meet the abstract. D'Imperio's pieces are noted for their inventive design, simplified without the clutter of interconnecting wires. His lights seem to defy gravity as they hang from thin cables.
The Ozone, Beeline and Liquid suspension lights are his newest releases being offered in limited production. With the introduction of his newest series of linear LED lights, he has been able to push the boundaries of what can be created in this medium, both with respect to complexity of design and the structural limits of lighting systems.
D'Imperio's work fuses new efficient technology with old-school handcraft and design methods. He approaches the initial design phase at a drafting table where his work is a study in imagination, precision and mathematical equations. To test the functionality and aesthetic, each piece is made into a 3-D maquette. The finished drawings are then digitized in order to facilitate an accurate fit for each component.
The handcraft methods used to design and build each piece lie in stark contrast to the modern materials D'Imperio uses, such as ultra-light metals and color-balanced LED technology which provide a flood of light. For example, a six foot linear light illuminates a space with an output of over 2,800 lumens.
D'Imperio's workshop houses no built inventory. Often working with architects and interior designers, every piece is made to order. Production is thereby, very limited.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, D'Imperio spent his early career in Miami, Florida where he quickly moved up the ranks to become Art Director at a renowned advertising agency. Despite his success as a graphic designer, D'Imperio shifted his focus and pursued his interest in three-dimensional design. Early on, he designed a modular aquarium which was awarded a U.S. invention patent. His first design efforts in lighting and furniture attracted international attention. He was invited to be a commissioned designer for a number of high profile companies, including Bergdorf Goodman and received a number of important awards.
After establishing his design career in Miami, D'Imperio and his partner Caren Dissinger returned to Pennsylvania and began the task of renovating their home and studio. Housed in an historic post office in rural Pennsylvania, the space itself is a testament to great design and his mastery of craftsmanship.
Selected Awards & Distinctions
Excellence in Product Design, Accent on Design, NYIGF
Excellence in Booth Design, Accent on Design, NYIGF
Award of Excellence, American Craft Council
Honorable Mention, Society of N. American Goldsmiths and Metalsmiths
Excellence in Lighting, Philadelphia Furniture Show
Excellence in Furniture, Washington Craft Show
Award of Excellence, American Craft Exposition
Commissioned by MTV Studios
Commissioned by Columbia Pictures
Commissioned by Bergdorf Goodman