Lighting : Lighting October 2014 - Vol 34 Issue 5
26 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | October/November 2014 October/November 2014 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 27 FEATURE Creative people get inspiration from a number of sources, the natural world, the colours/lines in a piece of art. Where do you get the inspiration for your designs? This is a question that is asked often of people in our field and the responses are, of course personal, and often varied. Inspiration, when I consider how to light a space, most certainly includes how I perceive light in nature, colour of day, light and shadow. I have been very fortunate to live and work on the Gold Coast, where the air is clean and clear, the colours of sun rise and sun set are something that does, has, and will always fascinate me. This, combined with the seasonal colours of the sea, the greens in the mountains behind the Coast imbue something that is deep in my consciousness. I have always considered the architecture which obviously has a direct relationship to the Architect, the authors of space...... I have always admired and have gained a great deal of pleasure and inspiration working with fine architects, in particular Gold Coast based Barry Lee (DBI) Design Director. Their work in recent years on the Gold Coast has resulted in some world class buildings that have opened eyes and reduced the background chatter about our city. We all have weird and wonderful ideas, however in the fast pace world we practice, to realise an initial concept and therefore realise the insight, we need a clear collaborative process that has a focus on the key outcome and then the strength of mind to see it through to completion. All too often, in this profession, inspiration can be zapped by people, other than ourselves (lighting designers) who think they know better, keep alert. There are always new products coming to market how do you keep up with what fits best with your design philosophy? Wow, what a question this is, and this (new products) applies to everything in general, just look at the redundant mobile phones in ‘that drawer’ at home. In the 21st century things are being constantly reinvented, recycled to the point of confusion. When you have been around a while in the design/ construction world, we all realize it is like fashion, what’s in, what’s not, what’s coming, what’s hot, groovy. What is enduring and what will last a season or two and puff! Gone. How we keep up with what’s new is, of course, through the different forms of information channels, print, social media, and the very energetic lighting representatives that visit our office. These people are important, and their skills in delivering clear knowledgeable information on product are a key part of our profession. Over the years I have experienced the best and worst of them. Tony Dowthwaite Lighting Designer – TDLD DesignerQ&A A generation of Dowthwaites – Tony (in pink shorts) with his three sons including Ash (in orange shorts) who has worked with Tony for 15 years and the next lot of Dowthwaites ... grandsons, King Rupert and Ignatius the 1st!
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