Sofie Refer is born in Denmark, 1974. In 2003 she graduated from The Danish Design School, Department of Product Design.
Sofie Refer is partner and Creative Director of Refer + Staer a danish design lighting company offering exclusive design lighting. The design is based on Scandinavian simplicity combined with an extravagant look.
Beside her work at Refer + Staer she works for other design companies such as the Danish: &Tradition, and Rikke Jakobsen aps.
Throughout her professional life she has focused on working with lighting design.
Sofie Refer is fascinated by light in all aspect, convinced that lighting is the most important and powerful aspect in all environments. She creates lighting design with the deepest respect and passion for light. In that process she constantly seeks for new ways to play with and express light, also by using new technology components and light sources.
Sofie Refer’s designs are based on Scandinavian simplicity balanced with elements of a more sensuous expression. It is important for Sofie Refer to remain true to Scandinavian simplicity just as much as it is a necessity for her to revolt against it. She finds that it is an ever interesting challenge to work and play with the contrasts.
Sofie Refer is specialising in customised lighting design, and work with leading international architects.
Her customised statement lighting design, are created to fulfil and realize the ultimate dream. She takes great pleasure in working closely with architects, so that each project becomes unique and is carried out in respect for the architecture and interior.
Sofie Refer has won several prestigious awards.
The Bulb pendant for Unique Copenhagen received the Good Design Award 2001, The Chicago Athenaeum. In 2002 The Bulb pendant was awarded Best Product, Homes and Gardens, UK.
The Ice Chandelier for Refer + Staer received Wallpaper Design Award 2006 for 'Best Light'.
In 2007the Ice Chandelier was chosen for Elle Decoration Collections, - The World's Best New Design. Refer + Staer received Bo Bedre - Best products awards in 2006.