Workplace Lighting trends

(Photo: Pepper Workplace. Lighting by Raffaele De Vita)

Like the peaceful waters of the Oceans, where creatures live, grow and develop, a workplace should be a place where employees can collaborate, feel comfortable and enjoy the surrounding environment.

These are key elements for improving Wellbeing and Productivity.

That’s why hospitality and retails design skills are always more often brought on board when designing an office that looks at the future like the sun on the horizon but provides the everyday nutrients like the rain helps grow the land.

Lighting provides a connection with the natural environment humans have evolved in for millennia.

No longer a static cold light colour temperature but something dynamic that changes following the path of the sun, of the day, of life.

Areas like receptions, waiting, quite rooms, informal meetings, and hot desks have enormous potential in improving the quality of the working day.

The warm feeling of a lounge, warmer colour temperature for areas that require isolation or are used for a shorter amount of time could make the employees blossom like flowers kissed by the sun on a warmer sunny day.

Lounge or bar areas for after works drinks or Friday’s end of week drinks are more often integrated within the design.

Exhibition area, galleries not only for Clients but also for employees: to be reminded of the history of the company they proudly work for and to aim for continuously for greater achievements.

Working from everywhere, not only from the desk: this is not the future but the present.

Workplaces need to be flexible and lighting is a key factor not only for improving wellbeing and productivity but also for allowing flexibility in colour rendering when changing furniture if required or for functions. From a cooler colour temperature at midday to a warm cocktail function or dining event in the same meeting room in the evening.

Finishes beautiful like to colour of a flower blessed by the daylight, showing different shades at different time of the day.


TV renovation shows: what's the tee?


“Who has murdered Design?”

This is what Miranda Priestly, the character beautifully interpreted by Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada, would likely scream after watching one of the renovation shows currently on TV.

She probably wouldn’t even been able to watch an entire episode.

The idea of bringing on TV every day people with no design background, designing interiors in undervalued areas and resell it for a ridiculous amount of money thanks to the TV is simply genius, from a marketing point of view.

Design wise… does it diminish the important expertise of real and qualified Designers? Controversial.

Should the TV judges provide feedback more often and at earlier stages? For sure.

Lighting wise the television renovation show format is a complete disaster. The principles of lighting have been messed up and sculled quickly like a Martini on a very hot day on boat party.

Colour temperature coordination: a warm light here, a cool light there, joinery not coordinated.

Different use of the space: the lighting design in the bathroom is different from the kitchen or the bedroom. Just adding downlights won’t do the job.

Control system: just saying “smart control system” doesn’t mean it works how it should. It is a learning opportunity lost for the audience.

Multifunctional layers of lighting lost like the tan after summer: lighting not only from the ceiling but for creating different settings.

Energy savings and maintenance costs reduction: LEDs do not make miracles by themselves, especially if cheap quality.

Why it is so difficult to bring on board talented lighting designers to provide support in the dry valley of clichés and commercials every 5 minutes?

Lighting Design requires expertise in order to marry the Interior Design and the overall concept.