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  • Peter Wachter

    Industrial Designer

    Chicago, IL

New product creator with broad-ranging aesthetic, technical, and project management skills that bring quick and detailed focus to new product concepts, refinement, implementation and inspiring product launch. Designs products with immediate and lasting visual appeal aligned with the brand legacy, both as families and with an eye towards evolution. Maintains a finger on the pulse of architecture, interior design and technology trends tempered with a refined empathy for end users from DIY Weekend Warriors to Rocket Scientists. Confidently transforms a blend of hard data and group insights into actionable projects. A champion of new materials, processes, and technologies, also employs and infuses the latest in team innovation methodologies and rapid prototyping. Works, as needed, as a self-driven concept generator. Adept at rapidly building trust and mobilizing talent from multiple disciplines and cultures across the table or across the ocean.

Work Samples

  • Wishbone Track Fixture

  • CloseUp Tack Fixture

Work History

    • PETER WACHTER DESIGN
    • Northfield, IL

    Design of museum-grade interactive lighting science and technology exhibits * LED recessed, track, surface, and high bay lighting product design * Showroom and portable LED lighting product demonstrators.

  • Commisioner

    • Northfield Architectural Commission
    • 2013 - 2017 (4 years)

    Guides village in the approval of environmental graphics, architectural facades, and lighting schemes for local businesses.

  • Director of Product Design

    • Juno Lighting Group
    • Des Plaines, IL
    • 1994 - 2011 (17 years)

    Director of Product Design. Spearheaded the design and development of new track, linear fluorescent, under cabinet and outdoor LED lighting fixtures, low voltage track systems, and emergency lighting and exit products. Championed progressive aesthetic and mechanical design schemes that significantly enhanced the personality and reputation of the company as a design leader in the lighting industry. Numerous patented lighting products have become timeless staples for national accounts such as Crate&Barrel, Starbucks, Forever 21, The Container Store, Whole Foods and many others. Lead designer on three award-winning LED outdoor lighting products. Products sold through both electrical distribution and Home Depot and Lowe’s DIY channels. Designed and implemented numerous portable sample kits, showroom POP displays and sales meeting venues. Provided complex rigging, styling and troubleshooting at numerous photo shoots. Wrote and art directed the illustration of dozens of instruction sheets. Conducted patent process by identifying prior art, providing drawings, photographs and written outline to patent attorneys to reduce fees, improve accuracy, and speed time to application. Named in 26 design and utility patents.

  • Design Director - Eight years as business owner

    • INTERNATIONAL DESIGN CONSULTANT
    • Honolulu Tokyo Seoul, United States
    • 1983 - 1993 (10 years)

    * Design lead and client interface for comprehensive sign systems for international hotels, resorts, shopping centers, and high-end condominium developments. * Created tailored identification and way finding themes that complemented the unique architecture and interior designs of each property. * Promoted restaurants and bars with enticing custom signs and well-themed internally illuminated menu boards. * Proposed every sign, the precise location, messages, graphics, language selection, and all fabrication, mounting, electrification and lighting techniques. * Approved construction and bid documents and supervised installation. A partial list: Osaka Hilton International, Hilton International Guam, Tokyo Bay Hilton International, Westin Osaka, Dragon Valley All Seasons Resort Korea, National Museum of Korea, First Hawaiian Bank Tower Honolulu, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki, Whalers Village Shopping Center Kaanapali Maui

Education

  • Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology

    • BS Product Design
    • 1978 - 1982

    Recipient of IDSA Student Merit Award

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