Dennis Beard is the Director of Product Design for LBL Lighting, which is based in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, IL. Prior to joining LBL Lighting in 2010, Beard was artistic director at Philips Consumer Luminaires, and before that he was product designer at Lightolier/Forecast Lighting.
Known for delivering design-infused, glamorous lighting with an innovative twist, Beard’s daring fixtures are inspired by his background in the theater and fashion as well as his interest in art, jewelry, nature and architecture. He’s part of the team at LBL Lighting which has further expanded the brand’s leadership in the suspension, flush, wall, bath and outdoor categories during the last two years.
A 2012 ARTS Award product designer nominee, Beard holds a BA in Fine Arts from Indiana University, degrees in graphic design plus photography from the University of Louisville and a design degree from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC, where he graduated summa cum laude AAS and won the 1996 FIT Critic Award. He’s also the recipient of the 2003 Lightolier Presidents Award.
Beard lives in Chicago and enjoys the fine arts, opera and fashion design.