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Paul James / Pete Brewis - Editorial Comment

June / July 2013


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


Paul James, editor, writes: 
The month of May was defined by two major events in the design calendar for us at mondo*arc mansion. Of course, the success of the inaugural May Design Series featuring The ARC Show was a huge statement of intent for the future of commercial design, and by extension lighting design, trade events in London. With over 10,000 visitors attracted to the event by all aspects of design on offer, it was great to see lighting companies rub shoulders with iconic design brands like Justin Van Breda, Ligne Roset, D*Haus and Poggenpohl. You can be sure that we will be developing the concept further for next year’s show in London on 20-22 May.
The other was a visit to Amsterdam to get a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum by Rogier van der Heide, Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Philips Lighting. With more than 9,500 square metres and 7,500 artworks illuminated, it is the largest gallery space ever lit by LED. It would be all too easy to gush about the energy saving credentials of the LED system installed at the museum but nothing could be further from the truth. As soon as the museum’s Head of Presentations, Tim Zeedijk, told the design team: “I just want the best light”, it became apparent that a high quality, museum grade LED system was the best solution due to the colour quality and consistency required throughout the huge gallery spaces. In fact, energy efficiency was somewhat sacrificed in order to get the “best light” possible.
It was gratifying to see that the whole design team - architect, interior designer, lighting designer, manufacturer - as well as the client, collaborated so closely to make this, in our experience, virtually the perfect project. The passion shown by Rogier and the rest of the design team from Philips, Arup, Beersnielsen, Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos and Wilmotte & Associés is testament to that.
It’s what we like to cover in this magazine and it’s what we like to promote with the events we get involved with. Lighting is a fundamental part of the architecture and design of a space or building and we should never stop talking about it.



Pete Brewis, deputy editor, writes: Before London’s May Design Series had swung into multi-coloured action, there was Milan Design Week and its sister act, Euroluce. Despite the absence of Light + Building’s all-dominating shadow, Euroluce hadn’t taken up the exhibition baton to quite the extent some had expected, which rather conveniently allowed plenty of time to get into the city itself, scoping out what the rest of the creative world had brought to Italy’s design powerhouse for show-and-tell.
In particular, it gave me the chance to meet up with Johannes Torpe, the subject of this month’s interview. Our initial plan had been to feature one of Johannes’ recent projects, or perhaps his bespoke fixture designs, but the mere mention of lighting seemed to spark such an impassioned stream of opinions, that we knew we’d found someone worth spending a little more time with. His route into the design world makes for an impressive tale – and his position as creator of complete branded spaces provides a fresh perspective that we thought worth sharing.
It’s a reminder - though we surely don’t need one - to keep the door open to other creative spheres outside the ‘lighting design’ bracket. This was in many ways the purpose of the May Design Series, a point underlined by a number of the speakers at the show’s Conversation Series of talks. The likes of Michael Grubb, for example, had advice for achieving smoother collaborations between lighting design and interior design practitioners, and the keynote speaker Karim Rashid, world-renowned designer and leftfield thinker, shared some inspiring views on the importance of truly innovative design over a simple repackaging of the same old ideas. His message: don’t just accept the existing template; challenge it, change it, create better.
 

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