Nikki Hunt of Singapore-based firm Design Intervention discusses the importance of lighting design and how it can influence our mood
A living room by Design Intervention that features custom-made furnishings such as a desk, coffee table and planters that incorporate built-in lighting
I often say that lighting is like fairy dust—sprinkle it right and you can create magic. The aim is not to have someone walk into a home and think that the lighting is great. In fact, if this is the case, then we haven’t done our job well at all; it’s all about subtlety and the design of the space as a whole.
Lighting that works with our bodies’ sleep cycles can influence how we feel and behave. Understanding how and when you will use a space is therefore the first step to good lighting design.
Flos Haeru table and lamp collection by Nendo
Lema LT40 storage system by David Lopez Quincoces
1/4 Consider multi-functional pieces
The light sources are set at different angles so that in addition to light from above, we have light at eye level as well as below eye level.
This living room features bespoke furniture by Design Intervention, a Serip chandelier, and a Mahatma Gandhi artwork
2/4Size it up
For instance, when we place a chandelier in a corner, we draw the eye to the back of the room, thereby increasing the sense of space.
A bathroom crafted by Design Intervention
3/4Play hide and seek—keep architectural lighting elements discreet
Molteni&C Grid system by Vincent Van Duysen, from P5
Bocci 38.11V lamps by Omer Arbel, from Space Furniture
4/4Try it before you buy it when shopping for ambient lighting pieces
I always recommend that lighting should be incorporated at the onset of any project so that wiring can allow for multiple circuits, and switches incorporated for maximum flexibility.