Lighting : Lighting June 2014 - Vol 34 Issue 3
June/July 2014 | LIGHTING MAGAZINE 19 18 LIGHTING MAGAZINE | June/July 2014 Red Rock Canyon Visitors Center, Las Vegas. Museums and edutainment experiences make heavy use of theatrical technologies and techniques for dramatic lighting. Drawing attention through selective brightness has been a core method of theatrical lighting designers for a century. Now, architectural designers use darkness and brightness together to achieve focus and variety. Lighting design by David K. Warfel. Photo courtesy of David K. Warfel. “When I go to the theatre, which I enjoy, I’m always typically impressed with the way lighting is used – the way that it draws into the atmosphere of the theatre, the way it spotlights on the main actors or the main messages – and that’s not really any different to retail. Retail lighting used well is about slowing down traffic, focusing the eye and the attention, focusing on what we call the hero products. “I look for areas of inspiration outside retail to advise clients and the general market, and for me, great stage and set lighting is an excellent metaphor for great retail lighting.” As more and more sectors realise the potential that theatre lighting holds in terms of contributing to the user experience, the crossover between theatre and architectural lighting design will become more and more common. Lighting companies themselves have taken note; according to Warfel, a number of major US architectural lighting firms are built, at least partially, on theatrical lighting expertise. “In many of these large companies, you’ll find one of the founding principles was a theatrical lighting designer,” he says. What comes next remains to be seen; however, Warfel believes that convergence design is still in its infancy, and that a wealth of opportunities exists for both theatrical and architectural designers at the convergence point. “I’m still seeing a fair amount of theatrically- trained designers go into the architecture market, and so I think there’s still quite an exchange of ideas.” Cathouse, Las Vegas. The schematic plan view of this celebrity restaurant/ultralounge in the Luxor Casino clearly shows the use of theatrical techniques and technologies in architecture. Colour-changing ceiling sculptures, LED-coloured chandeliers, and automated moving lighting combine for a dramatic and dynamic space. Photoshop schematic plan by David K. Warfel.
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