Since Luminaire’s founding in 1974 in Miami by Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, the belief that good design should be accessible to all has been central to the Luminaire story. Such a philosophy has allowed Luminaire to evolve beyond the walls of a showroom into a laboratory for contemporary design. Through curated exhibitions, open-forum lectures and educational programming, the brand has forged connections between design enthusiasts and designers, architects and scholars.
The Kassamalis have carefully cultivated long-lasting relationships with an international roster of leading designers, including Giulio Cappellini, Marcel Wanders, Naoto Fukasawa, Piero Lissoni, Ron Arad, Konstantin Grcic and Patricia Urquiola and manufacturers of contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories such as Capellini, Zanotta, Cassina, Living Divani and Moroso.
More than forty years after openings its doors, and after expanding to Chicago in 1989 and opening Luminaire Lab in Miami in 2002, Luminaire continues to hold true to its hallmark ideals of introducing the American market to the work of innovative international designers and using good design to change the way people conceive of, and interact with, their environment. What started with the Kassamalis’ humble desire to share their vision with the wider public has developed into the most influential and insightful voice in the design industry.
In 2017, Luminaire sold a majority stake of the company to Haworth, and in 2018 Luminaire continues its expansion with the opening of a 21,000 square foot showroom in Los Angeles.