Arc shines a spotlight on Rigby & Rigby/Light.iQ collaboration
Arc magazine, the leading international magazine in architectural lighting design, has published a prominent feature showcasing the marriage of bold interior architecture and innovative lighting designs that have become the signature style of the collaboration between Rigby and Rigby and lighting specialists Light.iQ.
Since its inception in 1999, arc magazine has become well-read within the lighting design profession; highly respected for its independence it offers insightful editorial on architectural, retail and commercial lighting.
The feature focuses on a recent Knightsbridge Mews development where the two firms were given a brief to create a cool, contemporary scheme, and describes how the inclusion of panoramic glass and dramatic lighting transformed a car stacking garage into a “breathless” piece of art, with the client able to view their luxury vehicles from the comfort of their basement gym and entertainment area.
“Light is so often misunderstood and taken for granted, it is only when it is reduced to nothing more than a shadow or evaporates completely that we realise its power and hold over us.” Says Light.iQ founder and Creative Director, Rebecca Weir, in the article – going on to explain that there has been a noticeable shift in the level of interest and investment by high net worth individuals in lighting design in recent years.
Weir goes on to describe how the close collaboration with Rigby and Rigby ensured that lighting has become part of the concept design rather than an after-thought. In the case of the Knightsbridge Mews development, this approach enabled them to not only showcase the striking interior architecture designed by Rigby and Rigby and highlight fine details such as the interior joinery fretwork, but also enabled them to conceal the evidence of lighting within the design of the property – so that all that the client experiences is its impact.
Concludes Rebecca: “Great lighting design will rarely be discussed because it becomes part of the personality of the client, the house, or the time of day and is thus invisible; only there to reinforce the character of the space. Hopefully we have achieved that.”