[d]arc thoughts to return at Clerkenwell Design Week

5th May 2023

(UK) – During Clerkenwell Design Week, the [d]arc media editorial team will take to the stage to host a series of light-focussed [d]arc thoughts talks and discussions. The talks will take place from 23-25 May at Clerkenwell Design Week’s exhibition, Light.

Held within the subterranean House of Detention, the former Victorian prison will showcase an array of leading international lighting brands and spectacular standalone installations.

Over the course of three days, [d]arc media will host nine talks covering various aspects of the lighting industry, from discussions on wider themes such as sustainable specification, equitable design and residential lighting, to deeper insights into projects such as Harrods, London, Yotel Vega, Glasgow, and arc’s latest cover story, Battesea Power Station.

The full line-up is as follows:

Tuesday 23 May

11:00 | Working with Residential Lighting

Speakers: Marcus Steffen, MSLD; Susie Rumbold, Tessuto Interiors; Lizzie Webster, Fraher and Findley; Raminder Virdi, Lutron

The panel of experts will look at what exceptional lighting looks like within the home; how residential projects differ to working on commercial projects and what designers should be aiming for when it comes to the ‘right light’ within a residential environment.

13:30 | Quiz Time – Spot the difference: Illuminated thinking or kept in the dark

Speakers: Gary Thornton, Nulty; Inessa Lomas, Arup; James Poore, JPLD; Kael Gillam, Hoare Lea

The educational international platform The Lighting Police invites everyone to participate in an interactive fun session focusing on designed and not designed light, highlighting important elements that we take for granted in our daily life and not noticing how they are affecting our health and wellbeing. The session will be moderated by four members of the advisory board of the project and at the end of the session, we are certain that everyone will leave empowered to start observing more and aiming for better lighting conditions in their lives!

15:00 | Project Focus – Yotel Vega Hotel, Glasgow

Speaker: Luke Artingstall, Artin Light

Lighting designer and founder of Artin Light, Luke Artingstall sits down with [d]arc media to discuss the intricacies of his lighting design for the Yotel Vega Hotel project in Glasgow; from brief, to concept, to challenges and the end result – we uncover it all.

Wednesday 24 May

11:00 | Sustainable Specification – 5 Questions to ask when Specifying

Speakers: Lisa Hinderdael, HagenHinderdael; Mike Cascarino, Michael Grubb Studio; Sophie O’Rourke, AECOM / Green Light Alliance

We are all trying to be “more sustainable” in both our personal lives and in business, but when it comes to commercial projects what does this look like?

Through this session, our experts will leave audiences with key pointers, or ‘questions’ to consider when working on a project for it to be as green as is realistic.

13:00 | Women in Lighting panel – Are public spaces in the UK designed for equity?

Speakers: Kimberly Bartlett, Introba; Alison Gallagher, Arup

As part of [d]arc media’s commitment to supporting the Women in Lighting initiative, we hand the floor over to an expert panel to discuss whether UK cities are truly designed for equity, highlighting good and bad examples of urban planning and lighting.

15:00 | Project Focus – Harrods, London

Speakers: Simon Rawlings, David Collins Studio; Graham Rollins, Lighting Design International

Leading design studios David Collins Studios and Lighting Design International regularly work together on projects. In this Q&A the two designers will discuss their work together on various Harrods projects. We’ll get to grips with how the interior design schemes work together with the intricacies and technicalities of the lighting design.

Thursday 25 May

11:00 | Project Focus – Battersea Power Station, London

Speakers: Clementine Fletcher-Smith & Philip Rose, Speirs Major

After opening to great fanfare in late 2022, [d]arc media steps inside the newly renovated Battersea Power Station and speaks to Speirs Major about the landmark’s monumental new lighting design.

13:30 | In Conversation – The Wave Collection

Speaker: Speaker: Esther Patterson, Curiousa Studio

Having been awarded ‘Best Decorative Lighting Product’ at this year’s [d]arc awards for the Wave Collection, [d]arc media sits down with designer and founder Esther Patterson to delve deeper into the collection’s design process, her inspiration, and how an ethical approach to production and manufacturing is key to her ethos.

15:00 | How to be Brilliant from the Institute of Lighting Professionals and BEGA The Animal Kingdom

Speakers: Farhad Rahim and Carolina Florian from Buro Happold

Does it bug you that lighting affects different species in so many conflicting ways? Considering the impact of lighting on animals could drive you batty, but help is at hand. Carolina Florian and Farhad Rahim have squirrelled away many surprising facts and are literally becoming experts in the field. They have guided clients with motivations ranging from genuine ecological care to developers wanting to ‘get through planning’, and now they will share these experiences with you.

The talks are free to attend, visitors just need to register for Clerkenwell Design Week here.


Image: James Gifford-Mead