Between design and craft - to extract the essential from things. Perhaps that is the best way to summarize Christian Finke’s path. Growing up in northern Germany, his first work was in ceramics. An extended stay in Japan and the work at Young-Jae Lee, KWM, Essen, were formative. In the middle of the ‘90s in Berlin, Finke begins to focus on the intersection between design and art. He discovers light as a theme and designs and manufactures his first formally determined lights. The founding of the ﬁlumen design label follows in 1999: light becomes the central design element, making the material nature of objects visible. Since 2006, he has been running filumen in Potsdam as a manufacturer for better light.