The team at Out There Interiors loves the quirky lighting designs that 8 Seasons Designs are renowned for, and which are suitable for indoor, and outdoor, use. With Summer approaching rapidly and the chance to extend a glorious evening by installing beautiful outdoor lighting it seemed apt to talk to Achim Rehahn, Owner of 8 Seasons.
8 Seasons Designs ethos is to combine fun with practicality in your light design. What prompted you to start the company and what were your initial designs?
I saw an illuminated item made of polyethylene in Italy. I then thought why has no one so far designed Christmas items out of this great material? Following this thought I designed the Shining Star as our first, and still, most popular item. Unfortunately we first imported these products from Asia and the quality was very poor. We were very unhappy with the result and from that day on we decided to go a different way. Today all our products are made in Germany. High quality and competitive prices are our highest goals.
What is your most popular design? We are a German company. In our own country we sell Shining Stars the most. Abroad we sell much more shining globes and cubes. Furthermore our illuminated flowers and planters are very popular in countries like England where the garden culture is very strong.
Munich in the Summer means…? Actually for me Munich in the summer means beer garden. That has nothing to do with our lights but that's what Munich stands for in the summer for me. You should try them.
What are you most proud of?
We started this company in 2008 with nothing more than the idea of illuminated Christmas items. I maybe got 100 “no's” until the first customer said “yes we will buy this”. Today we are the leading company in this type of products in our country. That makes me happy but also keeps us pushing every day to enlarge this position.
What is your favourite design from your current outdoors collection? I love our shining rabbits. At Easter time this year they were the top sellers
What or who inspires you, on a day to day basis? I have 3 lovely children and a wonderful wife. They give me power and a reason to work for.
What is a normal working day like for you and your team?
Actually we have no normal working day. Every day brings its own advantages and tasks we have to manage. Every day we just try to be a little better than the day before. This is a quite easy goal every day which makes a big difference at the end of the year.
What would be the ultimate fantasy light that you’d love to design? For instance: A giant dinosaur? A Castle? A Birthday Cake? And why?
I don't know. If you have an idea just let me know. If we like it we will produce it and name you as the designer. :)
OTI Note : So tempting! The child in us would love to see a sandcastle light - for a piece of British Seaside Fun all year long!
What’s your favourite film?Rocky – Hope you did not expect something with more profoundness. :)
If you could have personally designed one item in history what would it have been and why?
The IPAD. The combination of a total new product in a perfectly designed case with its intuitive way of functioning set a new class. Far beyond everything people ever thought of before.
Can you give us a sneaky peak into what new designs you and your team are currently working on? What can we expect to see in 2015/2016?
We will introduce some new designs all year round lights in late 2015 and some new Christmas lights in early 2016.
What’s your favourite meal? A barbecue with family and friends. Surrounded by people I love all kinds of barbecue - it tastes good.
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