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arc Oct/Nov 2021 – Issue 124

Back in the real world…
The last couple of months has seen us return to the world of real life events…

As I sit writing this, I’m still basking in the glow of our return to the world of live, face to face events. As you may recall, at the time of our last issue we were just about to head down to London for [d]arc room pop-up @ Design London – our first in-person event in nearly two years. I’m delighted to say that the show, and its accompanying [d]arc thoughts programme of panel discussions was a huge success; while it was a little strange actually being out and about at a trade show again (with the awkward hug/handshake/fist bump greetings), it was amazing to see everyone in real life again. A huge, heartfelt thank you to everybody that attended, exhibited, and took part in the [d]arc thoughts programme – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Speaking of events, we’ve also not long returned from the beautiful Greek island of Mykonos for the debut edition of our brand-new networking and specifying event, [d]arc sessions. This exciting event is built around connecting people involved in lighting specification projects around the world in an intimate, exclusive setting. And so it was that a highly curated guestlist of specifiers and suppliers gathered at the stunning Royal Myconian Hotel for two days of networking, socialising and face to face meetings – a very welcome change of pace after spending so long working remotely, meeting behind laptop screens. We couldn’t have imagined how well this event would have been received (again, a huge thank you to all who came and made it the success that it was), and we’re already putting plans in place for the next one – watch this space!

With all of this going on, it’s been a challenge finding the time to put a magazine together as well! (However did we manage in years gone by??) That said, I’m incredibly proud of the content that we have lined up for you. We speak to WIL ambassador for the UK Carmela Dagnello about her eye-opening research into Gender Equality in the lighting industry (absolutely essential reading), while I also spoke with design extraordinaire Yorgo Lykouria. We also have some beautiful workspace projects from the likes of Speirs Major, Schuler Shook, Sirius Lighting Office, and our cover stars 18 Degrees.

Enjoy the issue!

Matt Waring
Editor
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