Jan van lierde was born in 1954.
Graduated from architecture at the Municipal Higher Institute for Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent in 1978.
From 1978 to 1983 gained architectural experience and built some 25 dwellings and more than 100 buildings for various industries in Belgium.
Established Kreon as a manufacturer of lighting equipment in 1985.
The first Kreon range was the METIS range.
Second product offering was the UP,SIDE,DOWN range in 1987.
Edition of ON in collaboration with Keith Haring (USA) and Kita (Japan).
Side used in Paramount Hotel New York by Philpipe Starck 1990 .
Ups used in Tokyo Design Centre by Mario Bellini 1991.
FM concept of column lighting developed 1992.
Diapason lighting concept developed 1993 light directional focussing.