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Paul James / Pete Brewis - Editorial Comment

April / May 2013

An introduction to the latest issue from the editor Paul James and deputy editor Pete Brewis ...

Paul James, editor, writes: 
Some partnerships are made in heaven. I’m thinking Morecambe and Wise rather than Cameron and Clegg. Which is why I was delighted to hear of the deal between The ARC Show / May Design Series and the SBID (Society of British Interior Design) that exclusively offers all exhibitors an opportunity to become a preferred supplier to property and infrastructure solution providers, Lend Lease. Whilst much of its work is commercial, as consultants to the communities sector Lend Lease has delivered in excess of one billion pounds worth of mixed-use developments with residential accommodation such as the redevelopment of the Olympic Village in East London.
A further collaboration at The ARC Show is with designer extraordinaire Karim Rashid who will be giving a keynote address on ‘Analog versus Digital’ technologies at the show (I’ll be interested to hear his opinion on LEDs) before turning his attention to DJ’ing, along with Musicity, on the showfloor during the late night opening on May 20th.
Rashid has worked with beautiful and contemporary brands across every sector including Artemide, Axo Light, BoConcept, Cappellini, Dupont, Herman Miller, Magis, Scavolini and Zanotta amongst others, and has also worked on restaurant, hotel and museum projects including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
It has long been my view that the lighting industry is far too inward looking and we need to spread the word of good lighting to the wider design community. It’s collaborations like these - and the opportunity for lighting professionals to get involved - that will help that cause.
I hope to see many of you at The ARC Show @ May Design Series, London ExCeL, May 19-21. Come by our stand (R52) to say hello and to discuss future collaborations.

Pete Brewis, deputy editor, writes: Within the constant tumble of activity between deadlines, there’ll occasionally arise some odd event that seems to randomly tie together all the various strands you’re working on at that time.  Such was the case with the recent Salford Quays performances by art collective NAV. For three nights at the end of March, they brought their Speed of Light project to Greater Manchester: teams of runners in LED suits, individually controlled from a central point, weaving their way around the ship canal in what turned out to be weirdly mesmerising patterns of choreographed movement.
This was only the latest in a series of similar events NVA have created for locations around the world, including Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh as part of the international festival and the docklands of Yokohama in Japan. Their decision to visit Salford Quays is symptomatic of the huge success this former industrial area has achieved in transforming itself into a forum for arts and culture in the North of England. This trend was begun a decade ago with the introduction of the Imperial War Museum North, designed by Daniel Libeskind, which last year celebrated its tenth anniversary with a new exterior lighting scheme (page 68), helping it to keep pace with its increasingly stylish neighbours.
Spectacular in its own right, each performance of Speed of Light is also delivered in the hope of encouraging further creativity, largely through the work’s portrayal in photography and on film. With our decorative lighting coverage flying the nest in the form of new sister title darc ( we’ll have greater scope to bring you expanded coverage of light art and design events - starting with this issue. Prepare to be (even more) inspired!



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