The important role of light when designing a space

This week we are going to give you some insight on why (and how) it is important to properly use light in your projects.

The Fortuny, by Pallucco

For any project you might have, there is a specific way to light it up. You already know it, right? But what should you actually consider when you come to think of light? In this paper, Dolores Dee Ginther, an associate professor of the Interior Design Program Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel explains that, in order to better understand lighting design, you have to consider that light fulfils at least three different functions: 
- The visual task, providing enough light to move around safely, let’s say. 
- General lighting, responsible for setting the mood of the room; it is bright enough to allow safe circulation.
- Visual interest, to highlight some specific spots in the room.

You may think of this organisation as layers that work together to create an environment that works both physically (you provide enough light to allow the activities and duties to be done in that place) and emotionally, by choosing in which way the light will be distributed, if the shadows will be more or less strong, or how the eye will move within the room.

In the paper, published by “InformeDesign. A Web site for design and human behaviour research”, the author goes on reporting the framework developed by Dr. John Flynn, member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, about how people respond to light: “pleasant” versus “unpleasant”, “public” versus “private”, “spacious” versus “confined”, “relaxed” versus “tense”, “visually clear” versus “hazy”. She goes even further, giving some serious tips on how to create a positive impression on the viewer.
To obtain a pleasant impression on how the ambient is illuminated, she suggests to “use wall lighting, instead of the majority of the lighting coming directly down from the ceiling”, and to have a non-uniform distribution of light.
For public spaces, she recommends to “rely on higher levels of illumination with a more uniform distribution of light from overhead lighting sources”.
To create a sense of spaciousness, “provide overall high levels of illumination with an even distribution of light on the walls and uniform lighting on all surfaces”.
If you desire to create a more relax-inducing room, use “non-uniform distribution, wall lighting, and lower light levels”.
Last but not least, in order to have a “visually clear” space she recommends to “provide higher luminance on the activity/task planes, with peripheral luminance”.


With all these new information in mind, we want to suggest you our best 3 pics for lights that you will want to use for general lighting, decorative lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting.

General lighting.

The first one is the Alexandra Pendant 3. We love how it is simple yet sophisticated.

The Alexandra Pendant 3

The second one is Aura, an incredible piece.

Aura, designed by Manuel Vivian

The third one is Galaxy , a masterfully crafted object. It evens comes in 24 carats Gold, because, you know, why not.

Galaxy, by Voltolina

Decorative lighting.

In this charming and lovely reign of beautiful things, there is plenty of room for decorative lighting.
Here are our best picks:
The first one is an amazing piece by VeniceM, composed of mouth-blown Murano glass trihedrons: the Crown Elliptical.

The second one is a Cerberina, a floor lamp with 5 lights. Funny but somewhow, elegant.

Last but not least the Calypso collection, in the Antigua, Guadaloupe and Martinique version, by Servomuto for Contardi: a connection with the tropical and Southern American World, where the European Deco style is twisted and revitalised, thanks to bright colours, patterns and twines.

Calypso, in the Antigua version, by Servomuto

Accent lighting.
When you want to highlight a corner or a spot, a paint or create a touch of mystery, you want one of these.
The AX20, designed by Manuel Vivian.

The AX20, by Manuel Vivian

The Cube, by Ailis, is a minimalistic object that will fit any context.

Cube, by Ailis, Designed by Alessandro Casagrande

And of course you will want the Bilancella, by Tooy and designed by Roberto Giacomucci.

Bilancella, by Tooy. Designed by Roberto Giacomucci

Task lighting.
And closing this small group, the task light, the one that you want to use when working or reading.
Flexiled FL, by Contardi, designed by King & Roselli.

Flexiled, by Contardi. Designed by King and Roselli

Hanoi T1, aTable lamp by Prandina.

The last one is Gru, by Porada. High quality and playful design, for a really great piece.

Gru, by Porada

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