We are launching a new blog series to document and share our ongoing journey of discovery where we hone in on the concept of ‘quality of light’. We will question what this term means to us as lighting designers, light artists and people. We will deconstruct exemplar projects, philosophies, academic research and human experiences for insights and consider how quality of light ‘works’ now and how can work in the future.
For decades Ramus Creative Director, Bruce Ramus has been studying the intangible and the esoteric, or how light affects us. Like most artists and designers Bruce is constantly researching, experimenting, practicing and philosophising in an attempt to better understand the ways in which light affects us internally and influences the way we experience space and each other. Whether creating stadium lighting experiences for tens of thousands of U2 fans, or delicately designing his home in the Canadian woods, the ultimate goal is to command light in such a way that fosters a sense of being and belonging. At Ramus we are calling this the ‘quality of light’.
Quality of light reflects human centred lighting, whether at a grand scale or in the most intimate and comforting ways, we believe lighting should compliment and improve the human experience in any space and at any scale. But how do you achieve this? And what does it look like when done well or done badly?
These posts will be written and released sporadically as we delve into the intimate and the spectacular, the tangible and the intangible and everything in between in search of a more meaningful understanding of the ‘quality of light’ so that we might better appreciate it and apply it.
Expect variations on the theme, from analysis of precedent projects to reflections on industry, practice and research and sometimes thoughtful musings on what it all means.
We hope to open up new conversations and provoke thought on the human experience of light, the responsibilities of the designer and what kind of light we want to see and experience in the future.
The first installment will look at the colours of light, how they affect us and what that might mean for lighting design. We will look at human-centric lighting and design as well as historical and contemporary examples to get a clearer picture of the impact particular colours have on people and their environments.
We hope you enjoy the series and feel the urge to get involved in the process, suggest topics, ask questions and challenge ideas.