Career Achievement – de Young Museum

Posted August 10th, 2010 in Career by neil

It’s likely that my father worked on hundreds, if not thousands, of lighting projects over the course of his career. I remember him working at his drafting table at home, probably putting in extra time to get the work done. Every once in a while I would ask about what he was doing, and he’d stop to show me the drawings and take the time to explain to me how it all worked. Of all of these designs, there is one that stands well above all of the others in terms of being a career achievement: Lighting at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. The original museum was damaged beyond repair in the 1989 earthquake. It was then was redesigned, rebuilt, and reopened in 2005. Continue Reading »

Designer & Inventor

Posted July 22nd, 2010 in Career by neil

Track Light Patent 1997

As I’ve mentioned before, Horst studied Industrial Design in college and made his career doing just that in the lighting industry. Also mentioned before was that he was very humble. Personally, I had not known about the handful of U.S. Patents that had his name on them. Throughout his career with Lightolier, and subsequently Genlyte, he had worked on several unique designs that company patented. These were for the company to benefit from, but they have his name on them. My mother tells me that with every patent that he developed, the company gave him shares of stock in return.

It wasn’t until recent years that I’d found these patents… oddly enough, by googling his name out of curiosity. In fact, the track light you see in the thumbnail image here… I have five of those installed on a Lightolier track in my own living room and I didn’t even know his name was on their patent.

Knowing that his name is forever attached to design patents makes me proud, and now I think of him every time I turn my living room lights on.

Here is a link that shows you all of the patents that have his name on them.“Horst+Bernhart”)&fq=data_source:USPTO&sort=doc_date%20desc