After receiving a Masters degree in industrial design from UCLA, Rezek spent his early career teaching at UCLA’s art and architecture departments, the Art Center College of Design, and Southern California Institute of Architecture. He also participated in design exhibitions where he translated his passion for simple design into modern light fixtures.
In 1978, encouraged by the response to several of his own lighting designs, he started Ron Rezek Lighting. His goal was simple: to modernize the decorative lighting industry. As a designer of modern lighting, Rezek was always disappointed by the way contemporary lighting was presented and sold. According to Rezek, “In showrooms, my products were inevitably displayed between crystal chandeliers and baroque lamps. I felt that a lighting showroom with only current lighting designs would serve both the retail and design communities. I envisioned a ‘gallery of lights’ featuring the best modern designs.” This dissatisfaction was the inspiration for Highlights, a group of lighting showrooms, the first of which opened in 1990.
In 1997, Rezek renewed his creativity with contemporary ceiling fan design and founded The Modern Fan Company. Motivated by his belief that the ubiquitous Victorian style of fan design left a great deal to be desired, he went on to design and produce twelve sleek, simple, and modern ceiling fans. Ron Rezek is still hard at work, and divides his time between Southern Oregon and Los Angeles.