Internationally acclaimed lighting designer Tino Kwan is widely accepted as one of the world’s most celebrated masters. His glazing work can be found across the globe from palaces in Iran to the most luxurious hotels in Tokyo. Professionals both within and outside the industry have heralded his design achievements. He was named as one of Hong Kong’s Ten Most Outstanding Designers in 2007 and was awarded the Outstanding Greater China Design Award for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. Tino also received awards from The China Illuminating Engineering Society in 2006 and 2008. The Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan in 2008 and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America in 2009.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, after graduating from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University with major in interior and industrial design, he took the opportunity and worked with the US Spatial Light Environments Limited in Hong Kong. Under the guidance of the world-renowned lighting designer John Marsteller, Kwan soon determined his lifetime career in lighting industry.
Kwan’s obvious passion and hard work was quickly acknowledged, and was sent to work in the new Athens office at the young age of 24. He soon became widely known in design circles when Dale Keller of Dale Keller & Associates (DKA) brought him to London to take on a job as director of lighting design.
Kwan started his own practice in 1979 in London, and on a vacation to Hong Kong in 1980, he met American designer Joe Durso, who invited him to collaborate on the lighting design at the private club, I-Club. Spotting the potential for opportunities in Asia, Kwan closed up his studio in London, sold his Wimbledon home and made the move to Hong Kong.
Kwan successfully created a market in lighting design in Hong Kong and eventually became the most well- known lighting design consultant in Asia, attracting clients from high-end fashion brands to international hotel chains; as well as providing lighting consultancy services for renowned architect and interior design firms around the world. Kwan, as a pioneer lighting designer, has brightened many Hong Kong and Asia’s interiors and landmark architectures throughout his 40 years of career, including various luxurious brand including Louis Vuitton and FENDI stores; as well as numerous hotel and hospitality establishments, with latest projects include St. Regis Hong Kong, Raffles Singapore as well as the Peninsula Tokyo.