I recognized lighting design as a way of putting the right fixture in the right spot. And for me it was very interesting thing because it just felt like you have a freedom to choose the product you need (or you want) from that wide range "shopping" catalogue. But then nowadays I realize that lighting design does not begin (or end) with the selection of light fixtures. It is more about enhancing what is already "there" (interior, architecture, landscape, etc).
We can say that the desirable environment depends on the concept, purpose and message of the project. And it become one of the most interesting process when we have to discuss and deal with interior designer, architect or urban planner to bring the best out of their work according to those factors. Because there is one more extra valuable aspect : the experience.
Because lighting design is about to create the perfect environment with the right ambience you'll experience, the accuracy of what you will feel (after the design is built) is highly important. What I mean is then related to one of the toughest moment when you have to convince your client to build a mockup. From what I've heard in one of lighting seminar few weeks ago, Mr Charles G Stone (from Fisher Marantz Stone) explain that even the world-class client is sometimes still difficult to be convinced to build their project's mockup. But then it's the designer's responsibility to make the client understand and realize the need of something. So we have to keep convince them that the best result will be achieved only if we build the mockup first.
After all lighting design is about sharing the ideas about controlling what you see and what you don't. It's about how to bring the perfect aesthetic added value and bring out what emotion the architect, interior designer and urban planner really want to project. And when the "people focused" ** meets the right "partner in innovation" **, here comes the "meaningful solution" **. Because lighting means enhancing.
want to share your current experience or your favourite quotes related to lighting design world, anyone?
quote source : Light and Emotions book & http://lighttalk.via-verlag.com
** : three terms from Philips Jakarta International Lighting Seminar, December 2011