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iilluminati: Brian Wiley, Schuler Shook

iilluminati: Brian Wiley, Schuler Shook

Brian Wiley is as dynamic as the Chicago skyline he helps illuminate. As a lighting designer at Schuler Shook, Wiley is breathing new life into historic Chicago landmarks, high-end hospitality spaces, and public environments with a bold and innovative approach to lighting design.

Currently, Wiley and other designers from Schuler Shook are illuminating the exterior of the Tribune Tower Redevelopment, a multi-year project transforming the former home of the Chicago Tribune into luxury condominiums. When he’s not at work, Wiley lends his design expertise to illuminate nonprofit events benefitting his local community.

We were thrilled to speak with Wiley and learn more about his work. Read our interview with the talented lighting designer to learn about his upcoming projects, favorite lighting techniques, advice to aspiring designers, and predictions for the industry’s future.


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Briilliant Minds: Ryan Raica-Scallan

Briilliant Minds: Ryan Raica-Scallan

When working with Ryan Raica-Scallan, Luminii’s clients enjoy the best of both worlds: the brilliance and creativity of a lighting design firm, and the agile, problem-solving nature of a lighting manufacturer.

Before taking on his current role as Luminii’s Director of Sales covering the Northeast and Midwest, Raica-Scallan was a lighting designer. He applied his education in theatrical lighting to add drama and flair to spaces across a variety of markets, including hotels, casinos, restaurants, concerts, and even theme parks.

Now, Ryan works on the manufacturing and sales side of the lighting design field tapping into his experience as a lighting designer to help Luminii’s specifiers bring complex ideas to life, in addition to solving challenges they face on a regular basis.

We sat down with Ryan to learn more about his career and a collaborative approach to working with lighting designers, specifiers, and architects. Continue reading to learn how he helps Luminii’s clients tell their unique stories with light.


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United Polaris Lounges: Taking Air Travel to Luxurious New Heights

United Polaris Lounges: Taking Air Travel to Luxurious New Heights

Air travel can be hectic and tiresome. When you step into a United Polaris Lounge, however, you’re transported from a conventional airport to an ultra-chic lounge, five-star restaurant, and luxury hotel. Stylish and highly functional spaces allow United Airlines’ premier international travelers to take care of last-minute business, savor chef-prepared meals, and enjoy quality rest before their next adventure.

In addition to satisfying a passenger’s every need, each United Polaris Lounge boasts sleek  and sophisticated architectural and design elements. Since United Airlines launched the Polaris brand in 2016, Luminii has been a part of the journey every step of the way.


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Brilliant Minds: Gwen Grossman

Brilliant Minds: Gwen Grossman

Gwen Grossman breaks barriers—and sets new standards—on a daily basis. While running her firm, Gwen Grossman Lighting Design, she empowers women and strengthens their voices in the male-dominated lighting design and architecture sectors. She also illuminates spaces with utmost precision and care to enhance every moment of the customer experience.

With her background in theatrical lighting, Grossman is uniquely positioned to help her clients achieve the exact mood and ambience they desire for their spaces. She sees every project as a stage, and she taps the power of light to guide audiences on where to look and how to feel—whether they’re dining in a restaurant or relaxing at a luxurious airport lounge.

We caught up with Grossman to learn more about her firm and refreshing approach to lighting design. As Grossman says, “I’m not here to just provide light at your desk. That’s not the way I think of things. It’s the totality of the experience.”


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