Issue 131

Dec/Jan 2022/23

Issue 131

Well, that was a bit special, wasn’t it??

At the time of writing, we’re two weeks removed from LiGHT 22, and the [d]arc media team is still riding high on the wave of positivity that has followed. Organising a trade show is no easy feat, let alone lauching a brand new one, but we’re over the moon with how successful it was, and are unbelievably grateful for the many positive comments that we’ve had in the show’s aftermath.

At [d]arc media, we like to think that our portfolio of events, in one way or another, brings people together; and that was very evident during LiGHT, as we caught up with friends new and old, and really felt the sense of community that is so strong in the lighting world.

On a personal level, I was also completely bowled over, and immensely humbled by the response to our [d]arc thoughts programme of panel discussions, and particularly to the Masters of Light session with Mark Major, Sally Storey and Nick Hoggett. It was amazing (and fairly terrifying!) to look out and see so many people in the audience, so a huge, heartfelt thank you to everyone that came along to that special discussion. It was a moment that will live long in the memory.

A massive thank you also to everyone that visited the show across the two days, to all of our exhibitors, to Lutron for supporting the talks programme, to Streeem for capturing it all (videos of the talks are now online on the [d]arc media Vimeo channel), and to all of the staff at the Business Design Centre who helped make the first edition a success. We’re already wondering how we’ll top it for LiGHT 23!

After all that, it’s not hard to forget that in the months since the last issue went to press, we’ve also been over to Frankfurt for Light + Building (check out Kevin Grant’s CoolKitList from the show later in the issue), and also back to Mykonos for the third edition of [d]arc sessions – another incredibly fun, successful event. It’s a wonder that we find the time to put a magazine together as well, but put a magazine together we have, and in between our travels we’ve created another issue packed full of insightful comment and inspiring projects. I had the pleasure of speaking to Silhouette Awards winner Iris Molendijk about her rapid ascent in the lighting world, while our Transport Lighting focus sees us journey through planes, trains and, erm, superyachts. Who says we don’t travel in style?!

Enjoy the issue!

Matt Waring