Dominic Harris is the founder and creative director of Cinimod Studio. He qualified as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, where he was awarded a Distinction for his work in interactive design in architecture.
His interest in integrating technology and interaction within architecture has been evident through much of his professional work, and now forms the basis of the design studio he formed several years ago. Dominic has a fascination with lighting and electronics, which is evident in the highly innovative lighting schemes that he brings to each of his projects.
Prior to Cinimod Studio, Dominic worked for several years at the Jason Bruges Studio, as part of a small team producing a diverse range of international work that includes interactive light sculptures, interactive environments, and permanent installations. His strong architectural experiences comes from years of being an architect for top design-led London firms Future Systems (Lords Media Centre, Selfridges & Co Birmingham, and New Look Flagship store on Oxford Street) and Softroom (Virgin Atlantic Upper Class lounge at Heathrow).
Under Cinimod Studio, Dominic was named “Breakthrough Talent of the Year” at the design industryâ€™s FX Design Awards in 2008. In 2009 he was awarded the FX Design Award “Best Bar or Restaurant Design” for his work on Snog and in 2010 won the Lighting Design Award for “Best Hotel or Restaurant Lighting Scheme”.
Most recently, Cinimod Studio scooped 2 top prizes at the 2012 Lighting Design Awards. The winning projects were Itsu T5 Butterfly In Flight in the “Small Retail” category, and DJ Light in the highly competitive “Special Projects” category.
The UK and international professional and main stream press have been equally fascinated by Harris’ project. In the UK, Lighting Magazine said “Snog’s second frozen yoghurt outlet in the UK again showcases striking lighting”.
Design Week has also written about Harris, saying “Putting everyday technology at the heart of bespoke lighting installations may be a simple idea, but it’s led to high-profile projects across the globe for designer Dominic Harris. […] He’s part of a coterie of London designers working at the cusp of interactive and lighting technologies.”
The exposure afforded by the press has greatly helped raise the profile of not only Cinimod Studio, but also of the lighting industry as a whole. This attention to the lighting industry is important to Harris, who already devotes a large amount of energy to “educating and exciting” others to the potential of what can be achieved in lighting. This includes making regular lectures to design students at universities, to fellow designers at professional events, CPD lectures on lighting design to architects, and writing articles for various media publications.