Stuart Fingerhut was a Marketing major who saw the light after three years and changed schools to study design. Last year he graduated from Art Center, where he now works part-time as an assistant teacher when he's not thickening his portfolio (and man is it thick -- covering furniture, lighting, housewares, jewelry, environments, and more).
Yesterday I saw Fingerhut's light, specifically, his "Kinema Pendant Luminaire". It enables the user to regulate the light's "character" by means of beautifully curved louvers which intersect like space-age Venetian blinds; when it's not in use it can be closed up like an armadillo, though "crustaceans" is the inspiration Fingerhut lists on his site.
Check out Fingerhut's incredibly deep portfolio, loaded up with tons of shots and videos, here.