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Climate-Conscious and Design-Focused: Tala's Lighting Revolution

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Sometimes in this business called design, you just need one smart idea to set you off. A light-bulb moment, if you will. A product that does something novel and timely, offering customers something they didn’t know they needed, but most definitely now want. This, however, is just the start of a journey. Once the noise dies down, how does your hit item evolve into a rounded, sustainable business with impact beyond its initial revolution?

Versatile Lighting Toolkit: Endless Possibilities for Interiors

Cortesia de Vibia
Cortesia de Vibia

Artificial lighting plays an essential role in spatial quality. Badly thought-out lights can disrupt an architecture project and even bring harmful effects to occupants' health; while a well-balanced luminotechnic project can highlight positive aspects of the surroundings and make it much more enjoyable. Generally, however, projects tend to be too rigid and not in-tune with the flexibility of contemporary spaces. In addition, a badly made lighting decision can be complex and expensive to rectify. For example, electrical points in slabs, linings or walls are not easily modified if the distribution of a space is changed. At most, when this is resolved with hanging or free-standing lamps, we end up having to deal with bothersome electrical wires throughout the space.

Emotional Decor: The Trend of Spaces Geared Towards Emotion

What would a project be like if user emotions were part of the program? Planning environments that can accommodate different sensations is, according to Pinterest Predicts 2022, one of the decoration trends for the coming years. More and more people have been looking for ways to set up rooms that provide the apotheosis of their feelings, no matter if the goal is to be more calm, express their anger, listen to music or a leisure activity, the focus of the so-called "emotional decor" is on make emotions flow freely and safely.

Children’s Library at Concourse House / Michael K. Chen Architecture. Foto: © Alan TanseyInstalação Botânico / STUDIO PIPPA. Foto: © Julia TotoliPadaria Breadway / Lera Brumina + Artem Trigubchak. Foto: © Mikhail LoskutovAnexo do Escritor / Matt Gibson Architecture + Design. Foto: © Shannon McGrath+ 14

Dynamic Lighting for a Better Working Environment

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In recent years, there has been an increased focus on indoor lighting, especially in the context of the growing numbers of open-plan offices. In large parts of the world—and especially in Nordic countries—people can spend up to 80-90% of their time indoors. The light we are surrounded by affects both our circadian rhythm and hormones, making our indoor environment and its light an important factor of our well-being. Opinions on the optimal indoor lighting solution—and if one exists at all—are numerous and divided. To gain some more insight into this, the Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen set out to test the effects of various artificial lighting conditions in their own head office in Copenhagen.

Dark matters: A Call for Less Light

Train station, Lisbon / Portugal . Image © Nina Papiorek Photography
Train station, Lisbon / Portugal . Image © Nina Papiorek Photography

With buildings glazed on all sides and very brightly as well as monotonously lit rooms, it's no surprise that we long for indoor and outdoor retreats that are less bright. Places with shade from glaring sun, dimmed rooms and exciting contrasts act on the eyes like a welcome oasis. High energy consumption and globally increasing light pollution show how acute the problem of too much light is and the alarming rate of contribution toward climate change. For a better future, it is imperative to explore ways in which we can design and focus on using darkness.

Former residence Tamesaburo Imoto, Nagoya / Japan.. Image © Henk KoscheLouvre, Paris / France. Image © Nina Papiorek PhotographyPalomba House, Lampa / Chile. Architecture: abarca+palma. Image © Pablo Casals AguirreRhön Dark Sky Reserve, Germany. Photography: Florian Trykowski. Image © Rhön GmbH+ 9

Luminaires: Models and Possibilities in Residential Projects

The elaboration of an architectural project is a complex process that involves different scales, from structure to small refinements, such as the choice of coatings, paint colors, baseboards, metals, ware and, of course, lighting.

In addition to the issues of power and shade of lamps, the design of the luminaires is also essential in the project process. It can contribute to the appreciation of spaces and the comfort of the inhabitants.

Casa Villa Lobos / Una Arquitetos. © Nelson KonApartamento Marechal / Casa100 Arquitetura. © Maira AcayabaApartamento Industrial Clerkenwell / InsideOut. © Jim StephensonResidência RN / Jacobsen Arquitetura. © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 20

Light as a Design Statement: Creative Ways to Use Artificial Lighting

Light serves an essential purpose in architecture: to help us see. Whether it be through natural or artificial methods, rooms must be illuminated accordingly so occupants can safely inhabit them and fulfill their daily functions. When the right system is selected, light can also contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability within the building as a whole. However, apart from its evident functional and environmental value, lighting design can vastly impact the visual comfort and aesthetic tone of interiors by drawing attention to textures, enhancing colors and defining volumes. Therefore, of the many pieces involved in interior design, lighting is certainly one that can enhance or destroy a space and even affect users’ well-being, which is why it should be considered a crucial design element by itself.

Media Scapes in China: How Culture and Politics is Shaping Connected Media Facades

Outside of China, media facades usually appear as proud individualists vying for attention at night. In China, however, you can find large groups of media facades with a common message in numerous metropolitan areas. These media facades visually merge multiple skyscrapers into a panoramic entity. But what are the reasons that this phenomenon is unique to China? And how did it start? The Media Architecture Biennale linked culture and politics to provide an answer to the emergence of media scapes in China.

Light show with connected media facades for the 40th anniversary of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in Futian Central Business District in Shenzhen, China. Lighting control by Osram / Traxon e:cue.. Image © Traxon e:cueLight show with connected media facades for the 40th anniversary of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in Futian Central Business District in Shenzhen, China. Lighting control by Osram / Traxon e:cue.. Image © Traxon e:cueDiagram of media facade choreography analyzing the storytelling with visual patterns, text, abstract and concrete elements, movements, topics, sound and colors with regard to a light show in Hangzhou, China, 2017. Image Jing River Light Show. Lighting: Media Facade, www.media-facade.net.. Image + 5

How to Improve Lighting in the Workplace

People spend hours at work every day. Offices still fail to recognise the difference lighting can make to their workspaces. Lighting is an important matter when talking about visual comfort and productivity. Optimized lighting can help to improve performance and there are determined practice guidelines on which lighting systems work best for your work environment.

© Luc Boegly© Yevhenii Avramenko© Jack Hobhouse© Matthijs van Roon+ 16

Basic Tips on How to Warm Up Homes with Layered Lighting

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With winter drawing in across the northern hemisphere, Hudson Valley Lighting Group share tips on how to warm up homes with layered lighting and worn-in finishes.

Sensory Design: Architecture for a Full Spectrum of Senses

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Center. Photo: © Iwan BaanHaven’t you always wanted …? / M@ STUDIO Architects. Photo: © Peter BennettsEgaligilo Pavilion / Broissin. Photo: © Alexandre D’ La RocheCO2 Pavilion Beijing / Superimpose Architecture. Photo: © Beijing Shardisland Technology Co., Ltd.+ 9

A space is much more than just its appearance. Textures, smells, and sounds can strongly affect the user's experience. Based on this, sensory architecture can transform the interaction between people and the built environment into something even deeper.

11 Architect-Designed Furniture and Lighting Pieces Displayed at the 2021 Salone del Mobile

After a year-long absence, Milan Design Week has wrapped up yet another year of creativity and innovation. From the 5th to the 10th of September, thousands of design companies displayed their creations to more than 200,000 visitors hailing from different countries, demographics, and industries. And while the design fair gravitated towards the world of interior design, many renowned architects such as Bjarke Ingels, Foster + Partners, and Herzon & de Meuron participated in the week-long exhibition and joined forces with interior and furniture design brands to create signature pieces.

Gu Chairs. Image Courtesy of MAD ArchitectsFlexia. Image Courtesy of ArtemideMedallion Chair . Image © Ken NganEl Poris. Image Courtesy of Artemide+ 12

Artificial Lighting in Interior Design

Natural or artificial, lighting is one of the most important elements in architecture, directly affecting our perception of spaces. It is capable of defining volumes, enhancing colors, textures, and therefore, contributing to the overall relationship between dimension, proportion, and contrasts. One of the many challenges of architecture is to shape spaces based on light and shade, and sometimes natural light is not enough, requiring additional light sources to be installed and controlled.

 Loft Solar / Talita Nogueira Arquitetura. Image © Eduardo MacariosFast Shop Lifestyle Ibirapuera Store / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © Nelson KonClínica MJanson Ortodontia / Caracho Arquitetos. Image © Daniel SantoDengo Chocolates Concept Store / Matheus Farah + Manoel Maia Arquitetura. Image © Fran Parente+ 26