Cut and paste?

Singapore 16th January 2012

It is so easy to fall back on something you have done before… just copy and paste…but when you run a practice like ours where you are hired to come up with lighting design concepts, creative lighting solutions, time is very much of the essence. Clients want your design “yesterday” and as a result you find yourself looking for the easy way out to submit and issue your designs as swiftly as possible to have a quick turn-around. Time is money right? But more and more I find myself looking for that design edge, that something unique that will set the project apart. That can be a lighting feature by itself or an integrated solution worked out with architect, interior designer or even an artist.

Today again I got that itchy feeling we were moving too quickly along the proven paths, been there, done that, we know it works, client will be satisfied…I catch myself constantly trying to step back and see what we could do differently, how could we bring something special to the project. It is easier said than done as our lighting designs generally follow on from the lead consultant, being interior designer or architect who already have put in their fair amount of thoughts in the overall concept by the time we are called in. You can imagine that they are not always keen in us telling them to change details or layouts to fit some new crazy lighting idea we have.

To prove my point a short anecdote in regards to a lighting concept we have just completed for a hotel. We had presented the concept and generally all parties (client, operator, interior designer, etc) liked it and asked us to work it out in details. When we sent our details for comments last week, which needed the interior designer to modify some layout and detailing, the interior designer asked us to delete all lighting points that changed their original design…what? I suspect their main reasons being to avoid additional work (which they cannot really claim) and also avoid the extra cost for lighting which would undoubtedly affect the overall (tight) budget in general and leave less for interiors!

So what? Back to a “cut and paste design” without much identity?… We decided to ignore the ID request and stick to the concept with more visual impact that everybody approved of…if necessary the value engineering will be instructed by the client.

Light Watch 3-5: Some creative approaches in lighting relating to shape, form, texture, size, movement, senses, technology…


materials and texture

shapes and forms

dimensions and proportions

senses; blow to light

senses; rub to light (brighter)



16. January 2012 by Martin Klaasen
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