Rick Hess at 2014 ASID Design Expo, San Diego, CA

Rick Hess at 2014 ASID Design Expo, San Diego, CA

illume design

illume design breaks through the boundaries of formal design by creating furniture that engages the senses while reconnecting us to the space around us. During the day the acrylic and glass maintain an elegant aesthetic while in the evening the light sets the atmosphere, transforming the experience with over 100 color and light settings. The designs' visual impact uses color psychology to calm or stimulate an individual's mood.  The "Table of Light" not only uses color phenomenology as part of its concept, but also provides a built in power station with the capability of charging all modern devices (such as an iPhone or laptop).  Each piece floats with a weightless quality and is handmade locally in San Diego, Ca with absolute precision.

Rick Hess (creator and designer of all illume furniture) has been actively designing architecture, interiors, and furniture for over 16 years.  After earning Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Architecture degrees at Auburn University, Rick continued in graduate school to complete his Master of Architecture degree at NewSchool of Architecture and Design, graduating in the top of his class.  Rick now gives back to the community by teaching architecture, furniture and interior design full-time and has been an inspirational instructor for 7 years.  




Table of Light, San Diego, CA (Featured on the KUSI San Diego Morning Show, 2012) 

The Learning Never Ends (Featured in Design Institute’s DI Details article)


Inspiring Others Towards a Path of Fulfillment (Featured in Design Institute’s DI Details article)


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