Want to know more about the ins and outs of LEDs? This designer’s new book lights the way


“Lighting Beyond Edison” officially debuts in November, but author Charles Pavarini will be signing copies at High Point Market this month.

Interior designer and lighting expert Charles Pavarini III is lighting the way for fellow designers and homebuilders with a new book that embraces the LED revolution.

Lighting Beyond Edison: Brilliant Residential Lighting Techniques in the Age of LEDs, which Pavarini wrote with co-authors Mervyn Kaufman and J. Randall Tarasuk, will be released in November, and Pavarini is headed on a book tour later this month that includes a stop in High Point.

The goal of the book is to aid students, interior designers, architects, builders, contractors, homeowners, and all other consumers of home lighting products in understanding various types of available lighting products and techniques. Lighting Beyond Edison provides readers creative lighting instruction for the various rooms of the home including outdoor spaces.

“Lighting has always been a passion of mine, and it is an honor and privilege to have this opportunity to share my knowledge through our first book,” said Pavarini, founder and president of Pavarini Design. “We carefully organized the content of the book room by room for easy reference, suggesting techniques to enhance interior and landscape design utilizing LED technology while providing a basic understanding of LED functionality.”

Pavarini’s scheduled book signings include:

  • Wednesday, October 12 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – D&D Fall Market, Vaughan showroom
  • Sunday, October 23 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. – International Market Center, High Point, Sherwin-Williams Seminar Room (SAMS T-1022)
  • Tuesday, October 25 from 2 – 3 p.m. – International Market Center, High Point, Sherwin-Williams Seminar Room (SAMS T-1022)

Pavarini has a B.F.A. in Architectural Interior Design. He studied product design under Massimo Vignelli at Harvard and Palladian architecture throughout Italy. Among many other awards, he won a LUMEN Award for his lighting sculpture, ‘Falling Sticks,’ and has served The Designers Lighting Forum of New York for more than three decades.

In addition, Pavarini has taught for 10 years at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and created a CEU course, “The Fundamentals of LED Lighting for Designers,” which he instructs nationally. In 2021, he launched six lines of decorative lighting in partnership with Alora/Kuzco.

Editor-in-Chief Allison Zisko first joined HFN in 1998 and spent many years covering the tabletop category before widening her scope to all home furnishings. In her current role, she oversees all aspects of HFN, including its print and digital products, and represents the brand at home and abroad through presentations, panel discussions and HFN’s podcast, The Inside Scoop.


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