The last time I wrote an editorial leader on the eve of Light + Building was back in February 2020. I don’t need to remind everyone what happened next, but it does make me a little cautious about mentioning it again, some two and a half years later. That being said, it would appear that we are, finally, going to make it to Frankfurt in a few short weeks for the show’s long-awaited return. The world has obviously changed so much since we were originally supposed to go, so I’m fascinated to see how the event will pan out this time around. With a lot of the big names absent from the exhibitor list, I for one am hopeful that this will give more of an opportunity for some of the smaller brands to make a name for themselves and get some extra recognition. The arc team will, of course, be in Frankfurt for the event, and you’ll be able to pick up copies of this very magazine from the Trade Press Stand outside Hall 4.1. If you see any of us around the show (or in the Irish bar, if that’s still a thing??), please come up and say hello! A brief preview of what you can expect to see at Light + Building can be found later in this issue. On the subject of trade shows, inside this issue, you can also find a bumper preview of our very own LiGHT22 exhibition, which will take place in London this November. We’re incredibly excited to bring a proper lighting specification show back to UK soil, and we’ve got a great lineup of exhibitors already booked in, as well as a phenomenal [d]arc thoughts programme too (a full schedule can be seen in the preview).
Elsewhere, we’ve packed this issue out with plenty of inspiring articles (to read on your way to one of the many events taking place in the coming months, maybe!). I had an in-depth chat with Marci Song and Momena Saleem about their lighting design journeys, and their newfound relationship via the Silhouette Awards. We also held a fascinating round-table discussion with OVI’s team of Project Managers as the studio celebrates its 25th anniversary. The team reminsiced on their time with the studio, before offering their predictions for the future.
Our main workspace lighting focus features some beautful projects from the likes of Into, Reform and ATI, as well as our glorious cover stars Nipek. All of which have now got us wanting to renovate arc HQ. Watch this space!
Enjoy the issue, and see you around!