I, Jesse van den Berg, have always had a passion for working with my hands. It also really appeals to me to breathe new life into old things. As a child I used to build driving cars and helicopters out of old CD players. I was very much in my element then. Around the age of 26 I rediscovered this creativity.
I regularly make things myself instead of buying them. One day my partner wanted a lamp in a nice bottle and I told her I could make it myself. My father is a pharmacist and still had some pharmacy bottles. I asked him for a mouth-blown one with an old cork and made my first lamp from it. Soon I received many positive reactions, including from the owner of a store in Amsterdam who had been looking for original lamps for some time. I built twelve lamps, showed them to her and she bought nine. A week later I registered at the Chamber of Commerce: Lichtbeurs was born.
What I love most about this work is the creative process that occurs when I customize hallway lamps and dining table lamps for a client. Each lamp will be different and that keeps the work exciting. I also really enjoy the personal contact with the customer.
Now, almost five years later, it has become a serious business with over 300 projects throughout the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and England.
Usually I work alone, but recently I've been getting help making various ceiling panels and frames for the custom-made work from Corstiaan, a furniture maker at Houtwaard and Justus, interior decorator at Artisans both in Laren. Furthermore, I sometimes work together with Harald, a fellow designer at Lumedesign in Soest.
Jesse van den Berg, founder of Lichtbeurs, lives in Bussum and works in Hilversum.