Every once in a while, we connect with someone that just glows with passion and perspective. That was my experience with Lisa. I couldn’t stop asking questions, and when we were done, I felt like I had a fresh perspective on the world of architecture and design. She has such vision and excitement about her work. Her fascination with light and ways to create an experience with illumination were fascinating. Her work speaks volumes about her talent, but one of her greatest assets is her business mind. I hope you enjoy learning about Lisa as much as I did. I couldn’t be more excited about HagenHinderdael and all they represent. I have interviewed both partners in the past, but this time was special. Different. Illuminating.
Lisa Hinderdael, Architect
Lisa is co-founder at HagenHinderdael, a London based collaborative practice creating decorative lights, products, and interactive installations. HH’s ethos is to design with the afterlife of our lights and installations in mind. Working closely with local craftsmen to combine skilled methodologies with sustainable materials and cutting-edge technology, we produce elements and experiences that bear the incentive of a continuous afterlife.
Hinderdael was trained in architecture and urban design and focuses on the creative vision of HagenHinderdael’s lighting range. With an eye for detail and delivery, she is responsible for turning the HagenHinderdael ideas into reality – resolving the technical design of products and providing the studio’s logistical management. She also oversees operations and finances.
Prior to launching HagenHinderdael, Lisa was Operations Partner at Design Haus Liberty where she was responsible for the running of both architecture and lighting business. This double outlet allowed her to foster her creative passion for light and installation design and led to her starting her own lighting business inspired by nature and its geometries. Lisa designed the award-winning teardrop light and has managed the design and delivery of several bespoke installations including Simorg at Cardiff Stadium 2018, Dewfall at the Venice Biennale 2016, and Mercury at South Bank Tower 2015. Her luxury lighting designs can be found across several high-end brands including Cartier, the Four Seasons, and the Waldorf Astoria. Lisa graduated with a Masters in Architecture in Urban Design from London’s Bartlett School of Architecture in 2012. She was a traveling scholar to the Veneto in 2010.
Where’s your favorite place in the world and why?
Laos. From the 4000 Islands to Konglor Cave and the 2-day slowboat down the Mekong– every step of visiting this amazing country was an adventure. I recommend that anyone who hasn’t been to get this one on your bucket list fast! The transport links may not always be the easiest, but if you allow yourself to unwind and slow down, you won’t regret it!
What’s the last thing you watched or read? How was it?
I have an odd obsession with crime series and earlier this year binged on Unsolved Mysteries. To lighten the spirits, more recently I watched a Netflix comedy detective series called Swedish Dicks. Just finished the last episode yesterday 😊 The last thing I read was No Need To Die, gifted to me by Steve Edge. It may be short and sweet, but I felt like I could relate to so many of the tips being given. If you ever need some lifehacks and are someone who doesn’t enjoy reading – this book is for you! The last thing I heard was Trump’s rhetoric and actions bring the US to a stage seven out of 10 on the genocide counter. It’s a terrifying graphic if you ever look at it!
What’s an interesting problem you wish you could solve?
How to survive natural disasters in a sustainable way – if I could design the world’s first floating city, that would be my dream job! I have always wanted to help those in the wake of storms and spent several years post-Katrina rebuilding homes in New Orleans and researching how small scale interventions in the public realm could revitalize a community hit by natural disaster.
What is the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
Our vision for The World’s Largest Tea Pot!
How do you best learn?
By doing. I really believe that if at first you don’t succeed, try try again – as there is nothing more satisfying than finding the solution to something you have worked hard at.
Tell us about starting a business during a global pandemic.
Tell me about a time you had difficulty working with a group. What were the dynamics that made it difficult and how did you solve the problem?
When I first started in my professional career, I struggled to speak up and voice my opinions as I often felt too young. But what I quickly learnt is that we are all working towards the same goal and so the more I voiced my opinions, the more I was respected and able to push things forward. I would say to anyone, if you ever feel too young – you are not! Sometimes the freshest minds have the best ideas, so listen to your peers, work as a team, and let your brain be a sponge to new generations of knowledge.
What makes you laugh the hardest?
Tell me how you prioritize your time and projects.
If you could go back and give yourself advice in college, what would it be?
What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? What did you learn?
What’s your favorite quote?
Interview conducted by Anna Sirmeyer.