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What are the challenges and opportunities involved in working with white LEDs? Three designers, Guido Bianchi of Rossi Bianchi, Italy, Ta-Wei Lin from Taiwan and Ulrike Brandi from Germany, discuss the effects that changes in LED technology have had on their lighting design process.
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See and Touch
As online shopping becomes increasingly popular, there is increasingly more pressure on bricks and mortar stores to make shopping a more enjoyable experience for the customer. Fashion brand Esprit tackled this issue by introducing Esprit Lighthouse, a series of environmentally friendly stores, each designed by a different architect. Standard, an architecture firm from Los Angeles, used LED lighting to create a Californian ambiance in Esprit’s Antwerp store..
In June 2012, Philips launched the LivingSculpture 3D module system in London. Developed by Christopher Bauder of WHITE Void, it allows designers to produce three-dimensional arrays of OLEDs for walls and ceilings, without having to grapple with complex technology.
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Design for Designers
For an interior designer there is something special about designing a space that they will occupy themselves. While many creative businesses now opt for quirky designs, Pentagon Design, a Finnish agency, chose a different approach. Pentagon’s designers made their work space light and bright, with a cool and calm background. LED solutions were used throughout the office to complement the design in an energy-efficient and appropriate manner.
1.5-day Inspirational Visits allow designers to gain an authentic impression of the Philips innovation kitchen. The visits have now been accredited by RIBA, the world’s oldest architectural association. This allows visiting designers to submit the time to RIBA towards their continued professional development hours.
A programme of workshops provided architectural students from across Poland with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of light. The workshops combined theory and practice, allowing the architects to light actual buildings, matching different types of spaces with different types of illumination.
An event organized in New York in October by Philips Lighting University and Parsons The New School for Design focused on the relationship between light and human health. The keynote speaker was Dr George Brainard, a scientist whose research may help astronauts to work effectively and get enough sleep.
The iLight Festival, held in Singapore’s Marina Bay showcases exquisite works without taking much toll on the environment. In fact, its carbon offset programme makes iLight the only sustainable light art festival in Asia.