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Lighting can inspire and impress as a design feature, and experimenting with lighting in the home and at work has become a more common practice. But with energy efficiency an increasing consideration, what does the future hold for lighting? Simon Shuck, Managing Director at Inspired By Design, gives his opinion.


1) How long have you been in the lighting industry? Having worked prior to this in office furniture and interiors, I was drawn to lighting because it plays such an integral part within the whole scheme design. I wanted to be able to produce wow pieces that give enjoyment to the clients, and l enjoy working closely with A+D in the development of ideas from initial sketchs to final fitting. 2) Where does your inspiration come from? I am inspired by those lights that give you the wow impression on first sight. You get a very emotional response which then develops into a memorable piece. If the correct impression is created by lighting, which is usually noticed as soon as you walk into the room, then with clever design the whole project fits seamlessly together. We are also looking at a new range of indoor/outdoor lights which we have worked on with USA designer. This will enable you to use this table light both indoor and outdoor with the latter being a chargeable light that can be used on its lowest setting for 5 days outside.


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“I am inspired by those lights that give you the wow impression on first sight. You get a very emotional response which then develops into a memorable piece.”


3) There has been a lot more emphasis on lighting in the home/workplace in recent times. What do you think the future holds now? I think, going forward, the requirement for individually designed pieces using newer materials, wood for example, will encourage the launch of new ranges. Also, the integration of light and technology is rising in importance, and we hope to launch wi fi enabled lighting, at ARC show. 4) Lighting can make visual improvements and even help with fatigue but can it still be exciting in its design? Yes, if the design team work from that premise. Some of our architectural ranges are now design driven rather than being too functional or industrial driven. Its this synthesis that will enable designers to


provide quality lighting whilst remaining design driven. 5) Energy efficiency is very important, but does it integrate well in design? This is the most difficult aspect of our job. More of the companies we are working with are starting to develop designer energy efficient fittings. Hopefully, over time this will become more comprehensive, but it requires a whole new concept in designer lighting.


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LONDON: 0207 127 0053 MANCHESTER: 0161 278 2094 www.inspired-by-design.co.uk


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