Light is an element of life and beauty and its correct arrangement within an environment is fundamental in interior design. In recent years, lighting technology, that is the science that deals with the study of natural and artificial lighting, has become a crucial pivot in the design of an environment, whether it is a professional, domestic or public space. This is because an accurate design of the light sources leads to considerable advantages in three different areas: health and physical well-being, aesthetics, energy saving.
How important is light when it comes to Furniture Design?
First of all, in fact, correct lighting:
- allows for proper performance of visual tasks, reducing eye fatigue,
- motivates and stimulates learning and study,
- promotes productivity and safety,
- increases visual perception,
- has a positive impact on mood, improving the quality of social life.
In addition to these extremely important elements, there is also the aesthetic aspect. Light is itself a compositional element of the built space, with the ability to give a greater perception of comfort and a better living quality. It has the power to modify, enhance or mortify an environment; allows you to bring out a piece of furniture, a decoration, create atmosphere, shrink or enlarge a space. Last but not least, the energy aspect, in a society that is increasingly attentive to this issue, cannot but underline with an accurate study of this element and the use of LED technology can lead to savings in energy, resources and costs. , respecting the environment in which we live and in line with the legal directives of the European Union.
The duration over time of this type of lamps is much greater, and their consumption is minimal compared to traditional ones. The combination of the use of new technologies and new control systems produce economic savings of at least 40%.
Light is therefore indispensable both in nature and in architecture and design.
“Architectura sine luce nulla architectura est”: no architecture is possible without light.”
This axiom allows us to express what we can clearly see by observing the great buildings of the past, from the Pantheon with the oculus that allows it to be illuminated, to the interior spaces of Carlo Scarpa wisely illuminated by the gashes, every environment needs light and is itself to make architecture, to give magic, character.
We need to learn from this and work with careful and skilful planning, exploiting natural light, where possible, and skilfully using artificial light as an alternative.
“Chasing, capturing the light” must be the main objective of every good designer, and if he pursues it he will have the ability to make an environment, a space, whatever its nature, more pleasant to those who use it or lives, but also to those who look at it.