Shanghai-Singapore, 16th January 2014

I wrapped up my stay in Shanghai with some outstanding design work but I have to say with travel in the afternoon, albeit the later part of the day, it still cuts your day in half. It is an aspect of our business that many of our clients not necessarily comprehend. I am currently in a fit with another client about the timing of a meeting that is planned at 8.30am in the morning in Jakarta, the day after a long weekend. This means that to comply I have to travel the night before in my private time. While I have done that many times and it is common practice to put “work” as first priority in this part of the world, as I am getting older I value my personal time more and more to the extent that it has shifted to first in terms of priority. I have earned my stripes and don’t have to prove anything to anybody and certainly not bending over backwards to satisfy the whims of my clients. That is to say if the relationship is a one way traffic where clients only have “demands” without showing any form of professional respect or appreciation.

I have many great clients who show their true respect and appreciation for the service we provide and one thing is sure… I go out of my way for these clients because I know it is appreciated…

Light Watch 5-4: Designing is also a matter of making choices and decide what has a higher priority…I spent the morning working on a lighting concept that will have to harmonise with that of the lead architect. The choices I am faced with are in regards to the direction I want to take the design…there is a creative component that makes abundant use of natural lighting effects versus a more pragmatic approach that is more efficient and functional and with an expected friendlier budget. But it is not “spectacular” and does not have the “wow” factor. So I decided to make the wow my priority because I know that is what the client expects from me…I can always fall back on plan B…the client will respect me for that.

Below images of the concept as developed by the lead architect that heavily depends on natural light and shadow…





16. January 2014 by Martin Klaasen
Categories: Light and inspiration, light watch, lighting and culture, lighting design practice | Leave a comment

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