Interior Designers You Should Know: Robert Sonneman

The local lighting guru shares what inspires him, his design philosophy, and some of his best tips.


Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, Sonneman — A Way of Light, Larchmont


Design Philosophy

A minimalist at my core, I am most inspired by the Bauhaus notion that art can result from utility or an industrial aesthetic as a basis for functional design. Less is more.

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Travel — great design is everywhere — and simplicity.


Hottest Trends

â–º Technology — LED dominates — if it advances the usefulness of the object

â–º Integration in architecture and environmental management systems

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â–º Electronic illumination and controls.


Top Tips

â–º Balance function with decoration while understanding that lighting is a universally essential element in
any space.

â–º Consider the guidance of a professional lighting designer to assure the proper balance, color, brightness, direction, and control of lighting in an environment.

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â–º The choice of sconces versus pendants is a choice between top versus side light. Use what you need functionally and then add to the primary lighting with the support of sconces to achieve ambient lighting.

â–º Don’t try to solve all lighting needs with one or two sources. It is not a question of making light brighter but rather [distributing it] throughout a space to create levels and zones of illumination for utility, comfort,and perception.



Go-To Home Design


Shelter Magazines (other than Westchester Home)

Architectural Digest
Architectural Record
WSJ Magazine


Websites and Blogs


Instagram Accounts




Tidying Up With Marie Kondo
Tiny Luxury
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes


Home Design Resources


Westchester Shops/Showrooms

Maisonette (Larchmont)
West Elm (Scarsdale)
Kent Decor (Bedford)
Motif Designs (Mamaroneck)
BoConcept (White Plains)
Current Home (Scarsdale)
Ethan Allen (Hartsdale)


NYC Shops/Showrooms

The Apartment by the Line
Modani Furniture
The Future Perfect


CT Shops/Showrooms

Bungalow (Westport)
Terrain (Westport)
Plain Goods (New Preston)
Restoration Hardware (Greenwich)



Ingo Maurer
Ralph Lauren
Mies van der Rohe



Favorite Products


Echo Vessel Pewter

Current Home, Scarsdale


“These accents offer a metallic interpretation of the timeless blown-glass art form.”


Calla Lily Condiment Spoons

Terrain, Westport, CT


Aegean Aluminum Stool

Restoration Hardware, Greenwich, CT


“Aluminum’s durability ensures that this outdoor seating will last as long as its timeless style.”


Cement-Topped Nesting Tables

Terrain, Westport, CT


Quattro Lamp

Sonneman — A Way of Light, Larchmont


“Flat-panel LED technology produces evently distributed and glare-free light paired with a three-step optical dimmer.”


Torus Outdoor LED Pendant

Sonneman — A Way of Light, Larchmont


“This lightweigh aluminum circular pendant appears to float in space and adds elegance to both indoor and outdoor environments.”


Exton Tray

Current Home, Scarsdale


“The brass of this tray brings me back to an era of the hand-forged, one-at-a-time, craft process.”


Steinway Piano

Faust Harrison Pianos, White Plains


“My grandfather was a member of the Damrosch Conservatory of Music. If I could have a drink with anyone in the world, it would be him.”


The Macallan Scotch Whiskey Candle

Custom Candle Company, Bedford Hills


“The soft glow of candelight brings calm, warmth, and introspection to the home.”


Bollards Lighting

Sonneman — A Way of Light, Larchmont


Osaka Sofa

BoConcept, White Plains


“I admire the classic, clean lines and slim proportions of this piece.”


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