The importance of light, II: in a project
In our previous post, The importance of light, I: in life, we introduced artificial light as a substitute when natural light disappears.
In any kind of project, the architect, the interior designer, the set designer, all know that natural light is important for the users, but also that, sooner or later, it will have to be replaced by artificial light. Thus, if they want the space to work right, they will have to design it in both senses. They know people use an interior space day and night, they know that their project will be whole and fully enjoyed only if it works both day and night, and, thus, they will have to be very aware of light and the way they light up the room.
How many times have we walked into a store and felt it was somber, sad and depressing?
How many times did we look at the mirror and saw too many shadows? Or we saw a gray and faint reflection of ourselves?
How many times have we been shopping for clothes and we had to get out in the street to check the real color of the garment?
How many times have we been dinning at a restaurant and felt that the table next to us was almost on top of us, when, in fact, it was at a pretty decent distance?
How many times have we heard people complaining that they suffer headaches at work?
How many times have we visited a friend’s place and found we didn’t enjoy their home?
How many times have we seen a beautiful façade by day, with pretty colors, and at night we found it ugly, with a totally different color, and we thought it would have been better if they hadn’t light it up?
All this is because of light, of the way things are lighted up. The luminaries we choose, the place where we install them, the technical features they have, the light sources we choose, have no other goal that to properly light up the space. But this will be our next blog post.