Sorry for the delay in Part 3 but things have been a little busy, so let’s move on quickly to lighting of interior spaces.
When you read the title you think what is this person on? The point I am making is we all invest a lot of time and resources into interior spaces whether for own use or others. So you need that space to deliver that something special, that intangible feeling that works whether you are playing, shopping, working or relaxing.
So how does an interior designer get this special quality right? In a lot of cases by giving the client so many variables that one of them will satisfy their needs. This scatter gun approach is wasteful and still doesn’t always provide the client control over their space or lighting to achieve this difficult and essential balance.
The right approach is to involve a lighting designer into the design team from the beginning of the project, even if it’s just for an initial consultation meeting when on low-budget. This investment will be well worth it, as the lighting designer after listening to the interior designer and client can point out potential pit falls and give ideas on how the lighting might be introduced in key areas. This would generally include advantages of adopting this methodology and how the various lighting might be controlled.
If the project is large enough then the lighting designer would be appointed to work these ideas up into first concept layouts then once approved, detailed layouts, controls and full specifications.
This method will not only provide quality lighting but the simple control that is required of our interior spaces which these days perform much more than one activity. It will also improve the overall visual effects of the interiors improving efficiency and our enjoyment of using these important spaces.
No more plastic cups for your wine, only fine crystal glass!