Lighting is, of course, everywhere and I find myself, like a firefly, instinctively drawn to it. I have only to see a photograph of an interior and the first thing my eye falls upon is the lighting design.
Lighting is essential to the spaces we live in and is one of the most important elements when designing a space. Get it right and a room can come to life, create atmosphere, functionality and style.
One example of lighting I have been drawn to is by the successful British designer Tom Dixon. I adore his best-selling mirror ball lamps, which he has recently confessed as being a sort of fail in design. His intention was for the lamp to be inconspicuous because of its simple shape and that the mirrored surface would be invisible as it would reflect its surroundings. It had the opposite effect, of course, and it beams out at like a beautiful bright star as shown in these photos below.
I am fascinated by the array of designs out there and their diversity in form and, how they can have such an impact on a design scheme. I am attracted to the decorative element of lamp design and the impact it has on our spaces in conjunction with how light is received to the space. It can be so diverse. Great interiors can really shine, (pardon the pun), when choosing the correct lamp and the planning of lighting has been thought through thoroughly.
Lamp Spotting, as I like to call it, has become a bit of an addiction, and I am happy to say that I don’t mind being called a “Lamp Spotter”. I am sure there are others, such as myself, who engage themselves in the wonderful world of lighting design when they are out and about. They are, after all, much more interesting than trains don’t you think?
Inevitably, I am known to take a photo or two. As you will see from the photos below.
So when your next out and about, browsing through a magazine or the drinking in images of gorgeous interiors on the web, have a look for yourself and see how amazing lighting design can be. You never know, you may end up a “Lamp Spotter” like me ;)