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MINUIT UNE | UK PRODUCT DEMO The story of Minuit Une began in 2011 with three students, all of whom had a passion for the visual arts and stage design, deciding to develop a new concept of lighting, with a firm focus on their knowledge in physics and optics. Coming into the sector without any real experience was soon turned into an advantage, with Minuit Une offering a genuinely creative, fresh look with its technology, which was patented in 2013 once the team had graduated. From there, a prototype was created to test on multiple events, leading to the launch of its first product - the M-Pyramide, which was then closely followed by the M-Carré. Thanks to an engineering know-how and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Minuit Une has managed to move from a student project to a high growth potential start-up, backed up by solid partners from the Parisian entrepreneurial ecosystem 104 Paris incubator, Atrium incubator, BPI. After enjoying its initial success, Minuit Une decided to hold a UK demo in London from 9-10 May in a bid to meet lighting designers, rental companies and the media. “The British market is one of the most dynam-
ic in Europe and we are frequently receiving requests from there,” said Aurélien Linz, CEO of Minuit Une. “That is why we decided to cross the channel. For this event, we used a very charming old-fashioned concert hall - the Coronet Theatre - which was the perfect space to showcase the variety of possibilities our product has to offer.” On stage, the lighting design, which was conceived by Aurélien and Nicolas Lemaire, was created with 11 M-Carré and five M-Pyramide from Minuit Une, along with eight Martin by Harman MAC Vipers, eight Robe Pointes and six Clay Paky B-Eye K-20s. “Our goal was to demonstrate the very innovative and powerful effects of our technology, but also to show the way this new light can take place in a complete scenography, including different kinds of moving heads,” added Aurélien. During the two-day demo, more than 30 lighting designers from different sectors - events, clubs, live shows, television - discovered the Minuit Une products for the first time. “It was amazing for us because we had really, really good feedback from the people who came. www.mondodr.com
We can now say that some concrete projects are currently in discussion,” said Aurélien. It’s no surprise to see the products generate huge interest. After lamps and LED headlamps, Minuit Une have essentially created a third kind of stage lighting - IVL (immersive and versatile laser) lighting. For lighting designers, it’s a gateway to a wide range of various uses; from object illumination, immersive experiences and light stage set, through to geometrical screenings, spectacular beams and diffused light. The Minuit Une laser is much more safe than standard lasers - with a safety distance of three metres - and is fully controlled by DMX with tilts and gobos. With the 360° light source, the Minuit Une products are immersive, easy to use, economical and offer a wide range of colours. The use of IVL lighting is totally different to the traditional way of using lasers. Minuit Une’s M-Pyramide and M-Carré have intelligently transformed lasers into an immersive, versatile lighting fixture. The features and the way in which to use the fixtures mean that they are much closer to LEDs and lamps, rather than
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