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In those days I was


using a 486 computer, which was my first computer, in my


bedroom to design our lighting products.


FABIANO BESIO CO-FOUNDER OF LDR


What lighting experience did you have before co-founding LDR back in 1997? I grew up in a small town in Italy called Lonato del Garda, in the north of Italy on the south west shore of Lake Garda. After graduation I joined Coemar, that was during the late ‘80s. After working at Coemar for a couple of years, I left to perform my military service in a tank division and after completing my service, I returned to work at Coemar for a couple of years before joining another lighting company called Teatro.


You’ll be marking 15 years of LDR in 2012, how has the company changed from when it first started out? Through the years we’ve moved from a small plant with less than 400 sq metres to a more modern production space of 3,000 sq metres. We started with only two customers and now we have sales representatives in more than 50 countries around the world. The range is constantly expanding - from the original two - it now exceeds 40 fixtures, incorporating LED, TH and discharge sources.


Theatrical applications seem to dominate LDR’s remit, but are there any applications, which you think people would be surprised to find your products used for? Over the years the company has invested in the development of architectural lighting fixtures and probably some people will be surprised to know that we have installed more than 200 fixtures at the Guggenheim Museum and more recently at the Volvo Factory Museum.


When did you begin to manufacture LED products, and how important do you think it is to offer LED technology within your product range? The usage of new technologies is fascinating and to answer to a specific market need we started to design - in partnership with our distributor Macostar from Hong Kong - a complete range of LED products. Nevertheless, as with any lamp source, LED offers some limitations when compared with standard TH lamps and for this reason I see the introduction of LED as an addition to the existing LDR range and not a substitution.


LDR celebrated the sale of its 1,000th Canto followspot in the US market recently. What does that kind of milestone signify for the company? We introduced the Canto followspot to the US market, through Ballantyne Strong, in 2006. This milestone constitutes a great importance because it’s recognition given by the market. With all the positive feedback we’ve received from the US market, we have been inspired to continue with further improvements to the existing models, and to study new ideas to provide our valuable customers with new solutions for their future lighting challenges.


How would you sum up the lighting world today? I feel that the industry needs the lighting manufacturers to be guided in the right direction. There is a right source for every lighting job, we should not misuse lights. We are all part of the lighting industry and we have the responsibility


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of using lights correctly. I wish to one day see an association that gathers together all the major lighting manufacturers, who will draw up some guidelines to protect and preserve the lighting world for the future.


What is your LDR career highlight? In 1997, when I co-founded LDR with my partners Marco and Rossano Baietta, and Lisa Papi. In those days I was using a 486 computer - my first computer - in my bedroom to design our lighting products. Nowadays, I juggle many responsibilities and aside from being the designer for all LDR products, I play a major role in the company’s sales and marketing efforts, establishing and maintaining strong business relationships with LDR’s distributors around the world who have contributed significantly to LDR’s success.


If you were stranded on a desert island, what would three items would you take with you? As it is right now, I would bring all the people dearest to me, water and fire.


Do you have a philosophy for life? Legalise happiness, do good things and good things will happen. As Robert Frost said: “I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life in three words, it goes on.”


I also would like to take the opportunity to remember a good friend that recently passed away. My thoughts go to the family of Enrico Caironi and to all his colleagues and friends. The industry will miss you. Ciao Enrico.


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