Bernd Kestler was born near Frankfurt, Germany in 1964. Bernd works predominantly in the medium of knitting, but includes other crafts and materials for his lace lights sculptures. Bernd studied 'Regional Science – Modern Japan' at the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf/ German. He has completed several classes in hand-knitting at the Nihon Vogue Knitting School in Yokohama. Since 1998 he lives and works in Japan. Bernd uses traditional lace knitting and patterns in an intersection between interior architecture, sculpture, and lighting design. His focus is to extend the tradition of lace knitting with new and contemporary applications. He likes to present the beauty of lace patterns to a wider audience, than a conventional application in clothing can. The process Bernd developed allows him to control pattern, structure, shape, size and transparency. Each lace light is individually designed, hand knitted and sculptured - with breathtaking results.