2023 Talks Programme

[d]arc thoughts @ LiGHT 23

Curated and moderated by the [d]arc media editorial team, [d]arc thoughts is a two-day talks programme held as part of LiGHT.

In collaboration with lighting control specialist Lutron, the programme features lively panel discussions from high profile designers working with architectural and decorative lighting design.

Watch highlights from the 2023 talks programme below.

Tuesday, 21 November

10:15 – 11:15  | Designing for a Global Brand      

Moderator: Sarah Cullen

Speaker: Nick Hickson, THDP; Renee Joosten; Michael Curry, dpa lighting consultants; Lewis Taylor, David Collins Studio

This talk will unpick what it takes to work successfully with a global hospitality brand – giving the audience tips and tricks on how to ensure continuity , design style, working with demands and challenges.

11:30 – 12:30 | Illuminating Boundaries      

Moderator: Matt Waring

Headline Speaker: Grimanesa Amorós

Our keynote speaker will present the exploration and creation of art through light. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session with arc Editor, Matt Waring.

12:45 – 13:45 | Sustainability & Circularity in Design

Moderator: Jessica-Christin Hametner, Editor-in-Chief, ICON Magazine

Speakers: Rachael Flint, Michael Grubb Studio; Kevan Shaw, Kevan Shaw Lighting Design; Nigel Tresise, Align Design and Architecture

An ever-popular topic, our panel of experts will delve deeper into the world of circularity and sustainability within lighting and the wider design set-up.

14:00 – 15:00 | Designing for Healthy Office Spaces

Moderator: Samta Nadeem, Curatorial Director, STIRworld

Speakers: Beata Denton, Reflex; Simon Kincaid, Conran & Partners; Miguel Aguado, Lutron; Natalia Duffy, Cundall

With well-being at the forefront of everyone’s minds, a healthy office space is something that should be considered as standard, but the question is, how simple is it to implement?

15.15 – 15:30 | Driving Human Behaviour with Light

Speaker: Tapio Rosenius, Skandal / Lighting Design Collective

This talk introduces Ambient Communication, a novel method of conveying information and influencing human behavior in spaces using light. It encompasses a case study and presents a world premiere of a research study into the effects of dynamic and interactive lighting in the workplace.

15:35-15:50 | Shining a Light on the National Portrait Gallery

Speakers: Pippa Nissen, Nissen Richards Studio; Zerlina Hughes, Studio ZNA

Exhibition designer Pippa Nissen of Nissen Richards Studio and long-time collaborator, lighting designer Zerlina Hughes of studio ZNA, talk about the complex refurbishment of the National Portrait Gallery, which re-opened in June of this year.

With over 1,000 individual artworks forming the multi-gallery display – and questions of conservation, significance and a huge variety of typologies and display methods to consider – this was a project calling for the subtlest of calibrations.

15:55 – 16:10 | Inner Peace: an immersive cross-disciplinary project

Speaker: Nicola Agresta, Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has collaborated with artist Amelia Peng, an MA Textiles student at the Royal College of Art, along with musicians and composers from the Royal College of Music to create an installation for the London Design Biennale 2023. Inner Peace combines smart interactive textiles and musical performance to engage visitors in an immersive display, with their feelings and emotions directing the visual effects.

16:30 – 17:30 | Elevate Your Space: Restaurant & Bar Design

Moderator: Matt Waring

Speakers: Interior designer Matteo Bianchi; Krishna Mistry, Mistry Lighting; Tony Matters, Faber Design

With hospitality venues looking at new ways to stand out from the crowd, our design experts look at how design focused interiors can elevate restaurants and bars to that next level.

17:45 – 19:00 | Young Lighter Final from the SLL

Each year, the Young Lighter competition provides a high-profile opportunity to help younger lighting professionals in the early stages of their careers. This year, LiGHT 23 will host the final presentations, which include:

Anna Freiesleben | Michael Grubb Studio
Light Beyond Earth: Illuminating life on exoplanets

Irene Mazzei | Edinburgh Napier University / Stoane Lighting
Improving sustainability in the lighting industry

Teresa Aguilar Carrasco | Architect
CircaLight, a new circadian light assessment tool for Grasshopper environment

Tom Ruddle | EGG Lighting
Lighting Remanufacture

19:00 | Re-thinking the Value of Artificial Light

Speaker: Graeme Shaw, Zumtobel Group

Located in the new Zumtobel showroom at the Business Design Centre, visitors will be able to embark on a thought-provoking journey to explore the multifaceted world of artificial light, its quantification, and its future implications. This engaging discussion will shed light on how artificial illumination impacts our lives, environments, and well-being.

Wednesday, 22 November

10:15 – 10:45 | In Conversation | Eden, New Bailey

Moderator: Matt Waring

Speakers: John Williams, SpaceInvader; Paul Shoosmith, Lightforms

We take a closer look at SpaceInvader’s spectacular work with Lightforms on one of the UK’s most environmentally-friendly office buildings.

10:50 – 11:20 | In Conversation | Lights on Screen – Glass Onion 

Moderator: Sarah Cullen

Speakers: John McHugh, Set Designer & Arjens Van Gammeren, Quasar

Written and Directed by Rian Johnson, Glass Onion is the sequel to hit murder-mystery film, Knives Out.

As part of darc magazine’s ‘Lights on Screen’ feature in issue #51, the film was covered as a project focussing on Quasar’s Pollux chandelier. Join darc’s editor Sarah Cullen who sits down with Arjens Van Gammeren, Owner of Quasar, and Glass Onion’s Set Designer John McHugh for a live Q&A about the product specification process for a film set.

11:30 – 12:30 | Designing for Small and Large Spaces supported by the BIID    

Moderator: Susie Rumbold, Tessuto Interiors

Speakers: Stephen Dick; Residence Interior Design; Stephanie Dias, Sdias London; Debbie Power, KSS

Our expert panel brings a wealth of experience, from stadiums to five star hotels, from homes in the UK to homes overseas. Join them as they discuss lighting spaces big and small from the perspective of an interior designer.

13:30 – 14:30 | How to be Brilliant by the ILP – “Not About Light”

Speaker: Paul Traynor, Light Bureau

There is a place for spectacular lighting – where the effect is the whole project, but most of the time it’s about supporting some higher objective and creating a first class user-experience. Intelligent lighting design can reinforce, not overwhelm exemplary architecture.

By means of case studies, Paul Traynor will demonstrate how to achieve integration and positive user experience; subtlety of expressing forms by omitting light – not adding it; and place-making by interpreting complex geometry.

The aim of this presentation is to illustrate how lighting design done properly is subtle and all about the detail. The projects referenced are multi-award winning Maggie’s Centre in Leeds, Balenciaga’s new flagship store concept in London and the sculptural form of the Optic Cloak in Greenwich.

14:45 – 15:00 | Parents in Lighting presentation

Speakers: Ruth-Kelly Waskett, Hoare Lea & Chloe Salvi, Lighting Designer

Parents in Lighting is a new UK-based initiative aimed at creating a peer support network to provide assistance and resources for expectant and current parents in the lighting industry. A survey was launched this summer to find out what direction people would have wanted to see the initiative go. Ruth Kelly Waskett and Chloe Salvi will share these findings and talk about what lies ahead for Parents in Lighting.

15:05 – 15:20 | Pretty, Ugly

Speaker: Keith Bradshaw, Speirs Major

As a practice, Speirs Major remains committed to using light as a source of joy, enhancing an amplifying the experience of buildings and public space. The transformational qualities of light are at their most impactful when used on the forgotten spaces. This presentation will celebrate the magic of light when used creatively on functional and hard-working pieces of the city.

15:25 – 15:40 | The Animated Light

Speaker: Moritz Waldemeyer, Waldemeyer Studio

We invite you to contemplate the profound beauty that can be found in the interplay of light, motion, and human creativity. It challenges traditional notions of art and opens doors to new possibilities, reminding us that inspiration can be found in the most unexpected places. Ultimately, it is a celebration of the power of art to illuminate our world, both literally and metaphorically, leaving an indelible impression on all who have the privilege to witness its mesmerising glow.

15:45 – 16:00 | Evoking Luxury with Lighting

Speaker: Sandra Brookes, Lighting Design International

In order to evoke luxury in a space the appropriate lighting design is essential to enhance the overall experience. Making reference to the xx Hotel, Sandra Brookes will highlight how creating an exceptional atmosphere for guests is key to get them to stay and to entice them to come back again and again creating a continuous and successful business.

16:15 – 17:45 | Light and Darkness Exploration

Workshop Leaders: Katia Kolovea, Archifos; Gary Thornton, Nulty; James Poore, JPLD

Measure the light, explore its effect in the urban space, and raise awareness about the importance of the adequate use of light in a hands-on experience filled with both fun and knowledge. In collaboration with Helvar, join us for this FREE walkaround workshop in the area of Angel, London, as we decode luminance, annotate key insights, measure illuminance, and explore the impact of light together.

16.15 – 16.30 | Check-in and team assignment
16.30 – 16.45 | Brief and start the walk
16.45 – 17.30 | Engaging observation workshop
17.30 – 17.45 | Workshop recap and farewell

*Please note, there are limited spaces available for this workshop. Click here to register your interest.