How do you determine the best lighting solution for your client projects?
To date, our work has been highly site-specific, working on tight turnaround times for temporary interventions. We need to move fast with minimal permanent impact on the sites we transform. For this reason, we work with the most effective, versatile, and quality products that also work with the challenging budgets associated with community-oriented projects.
What’s your secret to making spaces and objects look their best with light?
We tell stories with light. We respond to the potential of underutilized spaces in the city by creating site-specific treatments of color and lumen play.
What are some technical factors lighting designers should keep in mind when illuminating spaces?
Don’t forget the existing light infrastructure of a site. It can be easy to design without exploring the canvas of borrowed light from surrounding sites or programs. In the context of the city, there are numerous unexpected opportunities to respond to the light of place. New York City is a reservoir of light layers ready to be drawn on!
Can you tell us about people or applications that have inspired you along your journey?
From Jane Jacobs to Agnes Denes, we have been inspired by so many pioneering spirits who thought courageously about the quality of street life and the unique experiences we create and share in New York City.
Though in the case of this project specifically, we have been inspired by every generous soul who got behind this project for the benefit of the community. We are so grateful to the network of people who made this project possible, including lighting manufacturers such as Luminii who donated products, the Designers Lighting Forum New York who supported us financially, and the businesses, community organizations, and creative production teams that donated their time, resources, and positive morale.
The journey of creating and producing the work in the midst of a global pandemic in New York City has been one that will continue to lift us as we move forward into 2021. We hope this work will similarly inspire other artists and designers to give energy to projects that contribute to the life of our neighborhoods as we navigate the ever-evolving conditions of the street and shared public spaces.