Marc Pascal

Professional in Lighting Design.

About Marc Pascal

In his working processes, Pascal constantly experiments with techniques and materials, seeking not only an envisioned aesthetic effect, but also determining the practicality and durability of the objects. They are, after all, primarily intended for use. The first insight into the process and the evolution of the objects can be seen in the conceptual sketches. They have boldness and freedom, and are obviously used as ways of thinking. The drawing becomes exact when moved to the computer, used as a precision design and drawing tool. Delight is the key word in describing anything to do with Pascal’s practice. There is the delight he experiences in his own creativity and the realisation of his ideas. This is not unmixed with the usual frustrations of creation and manufacture, but such concerns fade when he starts to speak of his work. His speaking is never merely in words, but overflows into sound effect and gesture and an irresistible urge to touch the objects. It is from this delight and openness that his ability to experiment with form, materials, and techniques springs. And it is in this delight, infusing his work and communicating to the viewer, that the distillation of all the aspects of his originality lies. For Marc Pascal’s useful, practical domestic objects perform that most difficult of artistic statements: they depict and engender happiness in a way that is complex and profound.

  • 2-Time Winner of Lighting Design Award.
  • Specialized in Lighting Design.
  • 2 Featured Original Designs.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Lighting
Leefy See Dragon Pendant Light

Leefy See Dragon Pendant Light

Lighting Design

Orchid  Light

Orchid Light

Lighting Design


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Interview with Marc Pascal

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Hello! I have always been attracted to drawing, painting, colour and light. I am a day dreamer. I studied fine art painting and printmaking, and later Industrial design. I love making things with my hands- forming shapes, making them energetic. I found industrial design was a perfect avenue to explore different materials and the many ways of manipulating those materials. The challenge of a designer maker is to work with limited finances to produce objects that inspire and empower the environments that they inhabit.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
My design studio is my making studio. As many processes that can be done in house are done here. Dyeing the poly carbonate, casting a variety of materials in moulds, assembling the made to order products, and experimenting with new forms and processes, all the CAD and communication to the world are done here. I have been running my practice for 20 years.
What is "design" for you?
Design is the germinating of an idea into a refined object that is beautiful and practical
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I love designing objects that enhance and energize a space that one would work or live in, from furniture, objects and lighting.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
My favourite designs are ones that somehow take my breath away-because of surprising use of form, colour and intuitive function. So many clever designs
What was the first thing you designed for a company?
The first design I did for Schiavello was a metal halide up light with its multiple configurations.
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
I strive to create energetic form that is sensual and seductive and resolved in terms of function and fabrication.
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
A multitude of emotions from a very basic need to be true to the end ideal I have visualized
What kind of emotions do you feel when your designs are realized?
Deep excitement in my belly that bubbles up and reaches out to my fingertips
What makes a design successful?
A successful design is one that communicates to the end user, a design that people want.
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Designs should be helpful to the living: humans, animals and plants. Materials used should be environment aware where possible- some materials that come from petro based materials do not have a green alternative yet…
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
Design style is organic and sensual – I like to create energized surfaces – I feel one must be very intuitive and true to ones inner sense of what works…I design in the computer but only when it is physical and I can touch and feel it that I can truly judge it. It always needs changes. Touch and feel is very important for my work.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
Ceramic bowl by Jane Sawyer, Vovo vase by me, pepper grinder by Karl Millard, knife and forks –designer unknown, Bang and Olufsen speakers.
Can you describe a day in your life?
Drop kids off at school, go to studio, go home, commune with my beautiful family.
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Love it when people love my work. Hate it when the bank account looks fickle.
Designing can sometimes be a really time consuming task, how do you manage your time?
Occasionally I love to go and work deep into the night with no interruptions – I love to work on multiple tasks and rotate.
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
Decorative functional – it serves a purpose and should be delightful.
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Working on a new vase, long will require 1 – 2 bunches of flowers, and will compliment the leafy sea dragon light.

Extended Interview with Marc Pascal

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
Hello! I have always been attracted to drawing, painting, colour and light. I am a day dreamer. I studied fine art painting and printmaking, and later Industrial design. I love making things with my hands- forming shapes, making them energetic. I found industrial design was a perfect avenue to explore different materials and the many ways of manipulating those materials. The challenge of a designer maker is to work with limited finances to produce objects that inspire and empower the environments that they inhabit.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
My design studio is my making studio. As many processes that can be done in house are done here. Dyeing the poly carbonate, casting a variety of materials in moulds, assembling the made to order products, and experimenting with new forms and processes, all the CAD and communication to the world are done here. I have been running my practice for 20 years.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Design is the germinating of an idea into a refined object that is beautiful and practical
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I love designing objects that enhance and energize a space that one would work or live in, from furniture, objects and lighting.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
My favourite designs are ones that somehow take my breath away-because of surprising use of form, colour and intuitive function. So many clever designs
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
The first design I did for Schiavello was a metal halide up light with its multiple configurations.
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I strive to create energetic form that is sensual and seductive and resolved in terms of function and fabrication.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
A multitude of emotions from a very basic need to be true to the end ideal I have visualized
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
Deep excitement in my belly that bubbles up and reaches out to my fingertips
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
A successful design is one that communicates to the end user, a design that people want.
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
Designs should be helpful to the living: humans, animals and plants. Materials used should be environment aware where possible- some materials that come from petro based materials do not have a green alternative yet…
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Many places - always nature and nature beyond - DMT a place of pure creation…
Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
Design style is organic and sensual – I like to create energized surfaces – I feel one must be very intuitive and true to ones inner sense of what works…I design in the computer but only when it is physical and I can touch and feel it that I can truly judge it. It always needs changes. Touch and feel is very important for my work.
What helped you to become a great designer?
I live in Melbourne Australia. Cultural heritage comes from everywhere. Design language is global.
What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
Ceramic bowl by Jane Sawyer, Vovo vase by me, pepper grinder by Karl Millard, knife and forks –designer unknown, Bang and Olufsen speakers.
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
Drop kids off at school, go to studio, go home, commune with my beautiful family.
What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
Love it when people love my work. Hate it when the bank account looks fickle.
Where do you think the design field is headed next?
Rhino, & lately Fusion360, 3d printing, contemporary design publications, pencil and paper.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
Occasionally I love to go and work deep into the night with no interruptions – I love to work on multiple tasks and rotate.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
Decorative functional – it serves a purpose and should be delightful.
When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
Working on a new vase, long will require 1 – 2 bunches of flowers, and will compliment the leafy sea dragon light.

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