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GIVEN THE IMPACT YOUR FIRMS ARE HAVING ON THOSE PROJECTS AND OTHERS,
PLEASE DETAIL WHAT LIGHTING EXPERTS SUCH AS YOURSELVES BRING TO THE TABLE,
IN TERMS OF A VALUE-ADD TO THE DESIGN TEAM.
Different firms, different approaches-along with several commonalities.
WADHWA: We believe in first really understanding the context that the project is being
built in, and then contextualizing our lighting design response. With any new project, the
design process begins with a kick-off meeting to establish its general scope and main objectives. This leads to a client briefing, so our team can focus on their goals, in terms of function
and aesthetics. At this stage, we also discuss any branding or image concerns from the
clients, as well as a preliminary budget for the project.
With this information, AWA performs the necessary research to form a conceptual
lighting design for the project. Depending on the project, the foundations for custom fixture
design and system integration begin during the concept phase. From these carefully crafted
ideas, layouts and details are developed. We complete the process through construction
administration, to ensure that the specified products are purchased and correctly installed.
ANDERSEN: Focus's lighting design approach always begins with creativity and the development of a single, emotion-evoking concept. Each project offers an opportunity to create
something memorable and special for the owner. We ask ourselves what the best way is to
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2 At The Beaumont hotel in
used cove lighting-a signature
of the art deco era-with a
modern twist: LED fixtures.
NICK INGR AM ( THE BE AUMONT ); COURTESY OF ILLUMINATIONWORKS (R AINS)
RAINS: The Beaumont, London, is an adaptive-reuse project that involved converting a
1920s-era art deco car park into a contemporary luxury hotel. To accommodate the operator's request for no recessed downlights in the public spaces, illuminationworks specified
miniature surface-mounted adjustable spotlights to highlight art in the lobby, light tables in
the bar and restaurant, and provide illumination in key circulation areas in the spa. Cove
lighting, a characteristic of the art deco period, is used throughout the hotel as a unifying
design element, although we did utilize fixtures incorporating current LED technology.