Last Tuesday died the luminare designer and lighting specialist Rico Baltensweiler in his home in Ebikon at the age of 66 years. Born in Zürich, Rico Baltensweiler designed and produced luminaires, which already are classics because of their functionality and aesthetics, for over thirty years in Ebikon, a suburb of Lucerne. The architect Werner Hunziker, a family friend, appreciates the work and personality of the deceased. 'Lucerne loses one of the most remarkable artistic personalities with Rico Baltensweiler's unexpected death. He was a luminaire designer, a lighting specialist, a thinker in lighting and thereby a natural scientist, always consequently looking for a holistic philosophy - that's how he still lives in people's memory. Also as an ascetic in life and design, shaped by simplicity and reluctance... Rico Baltensweiler was a bold questioner, always looking more into the inside than the outside, always trying to understand social processes.'
Excerpts from the eulogy:
Rico was a natural phenomenon, to capture his facettes is quite impossible.