Boutique Design - July/August 2017 - 32
5 Focus Lighting created a
brightly illuminated entry to
Beauty & Essex in Las Vegas.
Behind that attention-grabbing
first impression is a more
subtly lit luxury restaurant.
6 In the lobby of Sky, a high-end
residential tower in New York,
Focus eschewed general
downlighting in favor of
accenting sculptural furniture
and art with recessed LEDs.
A stunning chandelier anchors
boutiquedesign.com JULY + AUGUST 2017
WHAT TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGES ARE HAVING THE MOST IMPACT
ON YOUR WORK?
Though LEDs have been on the scene for some time now, the respondents
all say ongoing improvements in that energy-efficient illumination
source continue to make it the most noteworthy addition to their tool kit.
ANDERSEN: The warmth of incandescent light has always been
crucial in hospitality settings, and most especially restaurants-it impacts
the way light renders people's faces and food. Recent developments in
warm-dim technology for LEDs are creating more affordable opportunities to use that technology to produce a very similar quality of light.
WADHWA: LED technology is still evolving at a furious pace.
Improvements in LED chip efficacy and an increasing number of manufacturers in the market are driving down the prices of LED fixtures.
RAINS: I'm a big fan of tunable white LED technologies, which
mimic halogen/incandescent dimming. This is especially useful in
rooms with daylight, where "cooler" lighting temperatures look better in
daytime and can get gradually "warmer" as night falls. £
WARREN JAGGER (BE AUT Y & ESSE X ); RYAN FISCHER (SK Y, ANDERSEN)
ANDERSEN: The lighting designer should be brought in at the
beginning, while the team is still discussing the emotion someone
should feel inside of the space. Why? Because it's the lighting designer's responsibility to inform the owner, architect and interior designer
what they will see, and to address such issues as what light is going to
be reflected from which surfaces and back into the eyes of those in the
space. The lighting designer is the curator of the visual image.
WADHWA: To create the most integrated and seamless lighting
design into the fabric of the architectural intent and the hotel operators'
requirements, the lighting designer must be brought in during the
concept/schematic phase of the project. This is the time we can work
with the client and architect most effectively; it helps us define how the
project can be sculpted by light.