Thomas Emde was born 1959 in hessian Korbach. After leaving school he completed an apprenticeship to become a color retoucher at the publishing house of the Frankfurter Rundschau. In 1993, he began his studies of Fine Arts at the Art University Kassel, continued them in 1985 at the Berlin University of Arts, where he completed his studies in 1990, being part of the master class program of Kuno Gonschior.
In 1990, he attained the yearly announced scholarship of the Jürgen-Ponto-Stiftung and the city of Frankfurt/Main, where Thomas Emde lives and works ever since.
After a successful international career as an artist he began working intensely with light as a medium and material for his projects. In 1999 he founded the company emdelight, realizing numerous large-scale architectural lighting projects. His extraordinary success in the Middle East led in 2011 to a second office in Doha, the capital of Qatar.
Thomas Emde and his team decided in 2013 to henceforth devote themselves to the development and marketing of interior lighting. It is their goal to create people-friendly “good light” and act against the increasing light pollution. In autumn of that same year, Thomas Emde founded the company emdedesign GmbH and the luminary brand OMLED for the above stated purpose.
|1959||born in Korbach|
|1977 – 1980||Apprenticeship as color retoucher at the publishing house of Frankfurter Rundschau, Frankfurt|
|1983 – 1985||Study of Fine Arts at the Art University Kassel (HbK Kassel)|
|1985||Study of Fine Arts at the Berlin University of the Arts (HdK Berlin)|
|1988||Study of Fine Arts at Canterbury College of Arts, GB/Canterbury|
|1990||Completion of the master class program in Berlin (HdK Berlin)|
|1999||Founding of emdelight GmbH|
|2011||Opening of a Doha / Qatar office (since 2005 already active in Doha)|
|2013||Founding of emdedesign GmbH and the luminaire-brand OMLED|
Thomas Emde lives and works in Frankfurt am Main