(UK) – Following his departure from Speirs+Major, internationally acclaimed lighting designer Kerem Asfuroglu sets up Dark Source, an independent lighting design & visual arts studio based in London.
Driven by a social & environmental conscience, Dark Source aims to add value to public domain, architecture and design projects of various scales. Originally started in 2013 as a unique arts project in arc magazine, the design studio has been founded to offer its distinct approach in lighting design, to enhance the visual and spatial experience through the medium of light and darkness.
Asfuroglu commented: “It is exciting to be entering the design scene, especially at such curious times when bold moves are necessary to remain relevant. Passionately driven by its core values and creative vision, Dark Source is compelled to respond to this paradigm shift. We are not here to repeat what’s been done. We are here to shape a culture through the medium of light and dark.”
Following his graduation from Wismar University – Architectural Lighting Design MA in 2010, Asfuroglu worked at Speirs + Major, London Studio since 2011. Throughout his career, he worked on projects of varying scales from Covent Garden’s site-wide lighting improvement project to Shakespeare’s New Place in Stratford upon Avon. He won several awards including Red Dot Design Concept 2011, PLDA Vox Juventa 2012 and PLDC 2015 Best Newcomer.
He was awarded the title of Dark Sky Defender by IDA in 2017 for his works advocating the importance of darkness.