Based on the experience of over twenty yacht projects, mylk* is the leading competence for high quality personalised lighting solutions and design applications.


mylk* was founded in 2000 by Thorsten Hoven. After several research projects in the field of "smart living" and "calm technologies", mylk* start designing and manufacturing customised light solutions for yachts beginning with the new build M.Y. Pelorus in 2002/2003.


Since 2007, mylk* has extended its portfolio to include the services light integration, engineering and consultancy for new builds and refits.


In 2012, the former mylk* mediatektur GmbH became mylk* LIGHT & ENGINEERING (later LIGHT + WATER) focussing on lighting engineering, consultancy and bespoke product design along with the research for future system and design solutions.



Dipl. Des.  Dipl. AV  -  Founder and Director


After completing his diploma in Design '91 and New Media '95, he worked in the field of digital media and architecture. He was cofounder and creative director of "ag4 mediatecture company, Cologne" in '97, specialising in the creation and manufacturing of media based architectures and interactive media installations.


During this time, his company brought various innovative projects on contemporary media technologies into conception. The first entirely LED-illuminated and interactive media architecture was realised in '99 for Start Amadeus in Bad Homburg, Germany.


In 2000, Thorsten Hoven founded mylk* in Hamburg to work on the application of sustainable design and media concepts. He continued his architectural work and started working on yacht projects in 2003 where he focused on lighting engineering, product design and manufacturing.

In parallel he continued design research projects in the field of fusion of architecture and digital technologies - with actual projects of 'connected living' since 2016.