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TM Lighting were commissioned to work on a recent refurbishment project at beautiful Dorfold Hall, a grade I listed Jacobean mansion in Cheshire, to illuminate the collection including an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary art, balanced by harmonious interiors including historic paints by Edward Bulmer, original ceilings, and modern furnishings. The contemporary painting (shown in picture 1.) is by German artist, Ralph Fleck (b.1951-) Mull Berg 9/III (2008) Oil on Canvas, lit with TM Lighting’s Slim Light Pro, offering high performance with 96+CRI LED, housed in a minimalist and stylish design.
Image courtesy Dorfold Hall. For more information about Dorfold Hall visit www.dorfoldhall.com
TM Lighting were commissioned by Lighting Design International to provide specialist LED art lighting for the beautiful Fera Restaurant at Claridges, designed by Interior Designers, Guy Oliver, Oliver Laws Ltd.
This was an exciting project for TM Lighting working with the Lighting Designers and Interior Designers to introduce the latest techniques in lighting within the Art Deco setting, including effective lighting of the wall mural with concealed LEDs.
Guy Oliver designed the art deco inspired interior, every element of which is bespoke including a stunning series of architectural details, the magnificent lay lights and light fittings. Working closely with Guy Oliver, LDI have helped produce the original character of this wonderful new space. LED lighting is layered throughout to make a harmonious balance which changes throughout the day creating a warm and intimate atmosphere in the evening. This restaurant lighting scheme won the prestigious 2015 National Lighting Design Award in the hotel and restaurant category and is shortlisted for the 2015 World Interior News lighting project category.
Photo courtesy LDI, by Derry Moore
Akari Udon, London, by Rosendale Design. With a deep rooted respect for architecture – an appreciation of edifices both historic and contemporary, Rosendale were aided by a team of professional consultants, specialist manufacturers, craftsmen and artists, to focus on successfully finishing the project, while considering the smallest details. The design brief was to create the exact opposite of a ‘new, clean and polished’ look to the restaurant – for the space to look worn in, well established and approachable.
The concept brief involved stripping the walls back to concrete, softened with silhouettes of blossom trees – giving the effect that the uncovered walls have revealed ancient murals of beautiful artwork. Lighting was one of the key parts of the interior in the main dining rooms, with a honeycomb mood throughout – the concept was more focused on how the space is lit as appose to feature light fittings – provided by TM Lighting and Chantelle Lighting.
Photograph c. Rosendale Design, by John Carey
Lighting up ‘Transmission’ by Ross Lovegrove at the V&A
Architectural lighting specialists, SEAM Design, has partnered with lighting experts, TM Lighting to light Ross Lovegrove’s installation ‘Transmission’, presented by Alcantara at the V&A as part of London Design Festival, 16 – 24th September 2017.
Transmission is a collaboration between Alcantara and British designer, Ross Lovegrove, on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Tapestries Room for London Design Festival. Inspired by the 15th century Devonshire Hunting Tapestries at the V&A, Lovegrove created a spectacular 21-metre-long fluid and free-standing three-dimensional tapestry, which is made entirely from Alcantara®, the renowned Italian material. A tactile and pliable material, the soft undulating folds of the installation reflect and highlight both colours and forms of the medieval tapestries. The versatility of the material is highlighted in the different methods of treatment, including colouring and embellishment.
Championing innovation and excellence in lighting design, SEAM Design has created the lighting for a number of landmark installations at the museum since 2011. Following three previously successful world-class lighting designs at the V&A with TM Lighting, they embarked on a new collaboration for Lovegrove’s visionary installation to provide LED accent spots to illuminate the installation. Choosing TM Lighting is a result of their continued research and investment into a range of products that matches and often surpasses museum-grade lighting in terms of light quality and light distribution.
“We’re excited to be invited once again by London Design Festival to provide specialist art lighting at The V&A in collaboration with Seam Design. This year, to illuminate Ross Lovegrove’s ‘Transmission’, we’ve utilised our new TM Zero 150 gallery LED spotlight which provides a focused beam ideal for museum ceiling heights to beautifully highlight the undulating folds and loops in Alcantara’s® unique textural material, framing scenes within the V&A’s historic tapestries, whilst also considering conservation light levels to preserve the delicate fabrics.”
Harry Triggs, Founder and Director, TM Lighting
The design concept was to provide specialist lighting that would bring out the rich colours within the unique fabric, which has been specially dyed to colour-match tones within the surrounding tapestries, and delicately light the top edges in the loops of Alcantara® where viewers can intuitively consider the tapestry through the evocative folds of the material. The design of the artwork frames particular themes and scenes within the tapestries to view through the folds, creating an interactive experience for visitors, which merges design, creativity and art. It was therefore important for the lighting to be carefully positioned, working within tight angles to highlight the textures and faces of the frames only, and not the sides of the folds. Through a simple system, the lighting provides multi-layered experiences of the ‘Transmission’ as the centrepiece by illuminating the continuous ribbon of fabric as well as the surrounding historical tapestries in the room. It’s shaped to create a continuous curtain of light that falls on the edges of the folds on both sides of the sculpture, where visitors can appreciate and experience the piece in its finer details.
“The aim of the design was to not detract from the tapestries themselves, whilst focusing the attention on ‘Transmission’. The challenge was to feature the installation as a centrepiece and connect it to the tapestries, to create an artistic ambiance. Whist ‘Transmission’ is the singular sculptural object in the room, it also invites visitors to experience the tapestries in a different way by framing elements of their compositions through the loops. The balance of the light projecting onto the centrepiece and tapestries helps to tie these pieces together to create an immersive art experience.”
Marci Song, Director, SEAM Design
The lighting makes the colours rich and vibrant, highlighting the gold thread detail that creates a beautiful undulating highlight of continual light along the top of the folds where a 2700k warm light level was implemented to work with the dimly lit, serenity and stillness of the Tapestry room. Providing a bespoke lighting solution that brings art to light, the installation sees the launch of the new, innovative Gallery 150 accent spotlight, which features snap in lenses that allow for changing the beam width with ease and simplicity. Local dimming allows for ultimate control to set exact Lux levels, especially important in light sensitive spaces. Available with 9, 25, 36, 60 and linear spreader lenses, the ultra-narrow beam of 9 degrees allows more precise control for tall ceiling spaces, typical in museums and galleries. As with TM Lightings full range of LED luminaires the Gallery 150 ensures no forward heat throw or UV rays which can be potentially damaging to works of art.
The design is entirely focussed on the installation and not the delicate tapestries where careful monitoring the ambient light levels is in place to ensure levels do not reach beyond 50 lux. The 15th century tapestries are priceless pieces of art, which are therefore sensitive to UV light. This design consideration was accommodated by using the best choice of spotlights and UV levels. Warming filters were also utilised to draw out the depth and richness of the colours and textures of the fabric to create a ‘light curtain’ across the folds of the sculpture. This accentuates the continuous ribbon that occupies the length of the Tapestry Room. The result is a balance between the lighting of the tapestries and lighting for the sculpture that creates an interaction between ‘Transmission’ and the tapestries, where the tapestries can be viewed in a new dimension. Sometimes their beauty and detail is overlooked, but the lighting design has brought a new way of viewing the pieces, showcasing the beautiful colours, textures and detail that invites the viewer to appreciate these aspects in a way that has gone unnoticed.
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Transmission: Ross Lovegrove
Tapestries, Room 94
16 September to 8 October 2017
Image credits: Ross Lovegrove, Transmission by Ed Sumner
Transmission installation L25m x H1.8m x W1m.
Tapestry Room is 7.3m high, 5.3m from the top of the piece.
Estimated 26-28 Zero150 required to light the piece.
About SEAM Design
SEAM Design is also lighting the Reflection Room by Flynn Talbot, an immersive coloured light experience that will be the first London Design Festival installation to be housed in the Prince Consort Gallery.
About TM Lighting
TM Lighting provided lighting for previous editions of London Design Festival at V&A including FOIL, by Benjamin Hubert, Layer, in 2016, and the Ogham Wall installations for Grafton Architects in 2015.
TM Lighting provided specialist art lighting for Art Circle, an innovative art platform which organises museum-quality pop-up exhibitions worldwide with the aim of promoting Modern and Contemporary Art.
The exhibition was set up at 48 Albermarle Street, a pared-back, raw brick Georgian townhouse building located in London’s Mayfair.
TM Lighting utilised the Zero Sixty range of accent lights to highlight the works of art with high 95+ CRI LEDs, carefully focussed to create drama and highlight the works within the low-lit setting.
The Focusing Room was a pop-up exhibition of Zero, Kinetic Art and Op Art movements, featured works by artists, Adolf Luther, Alberto Biasi, Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Nicolas Schöffer, Peter Sedgley, Nanda Vigo set in a pared-back space in Mayfair, across June and July by @artcirclego and curated by Bettina Ruhrberg, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Goslar (Germany).
Image: Installation courtesy Art Circle, artwork shown, Adolph Luther, Untitled, 1970, Mirror, wood, aluminium, 155 x 155 cm
TM Lighting were commissioned by Rosendale Design, interior designers of the newly opened Michel Roux Junior restaurant, Roux at Parliament Square to provide specialist art lighting for artworks within the refurbished spaces. To work with the sophisticated redesign, TM Lighting provided superior LED Slim Light picture lights to illuminate new artworks throughout the restaurant. The sleek minimalist design of the slim lights, finished in antique bronze, worked with the interiors providing vibrant even light distribution across the paintings, creating warm pockets of light within the space, whilst also highlighting rich gold and green tones in the painted wall panels.
Rosendale Design was appointed to work on the Roux at Parliament Square project following a number of other successful projects completed by the company.The refurbishment has enhanced the restaurants elegant 1920s feel and has introduced more modern influences to give the space a contemporary lift.
Dale Atkinson of Rosendale Design comments: “Roux at Parliament Square is located in an old Georgian house and when people were being taken to the back room, The Drawing Room, to dine they felt like they were being taken away from the main area and all of the hustle and bustle so our biggest challenge was to create a space that overcame that. With the design, both rooms are pretty much designed exactly the same and when you go from one to another, you don’t feel like you are going to a lesser space. It was always called The Drawing Room but there were no drawings or references as to why it was called The Drawing Room so we have found some old architectural drawings, from RIBA, of the square itself and they will be framed and hung up in that space.”
Following the re-design, Roux at Parliament Square now perfectly mirrors Steve Groves’ style of cooking – classic, with a modern approach. Panelling lines the walls of the restaurant to enhance its historic feel, whist up-to-date grey and teal finishing’s modernise the space. The focal point is now an impressive wine display covering the back wall. Lighting is also a main feature throughout the restaurant with layered lighting used to create a warm and homely atmosphere.
Dale added: “One of the big challenges on the project was introducing new lighting detail. Before it was just a few chandeliers and wall lights, and flat walls with a few picture lights but none of them were installed properly, so we needed to create these visual focal points using light to draw people in.”
Head Chef Steve Groves said: “I love nothing more than putting my spin on a classic dish, and the fact that the restaurant’s look and feel now reflects this is a real honour.”
Michel Roux Jr added: “The re-design had to respect the building’s Georgian history, but it was calling out for some modern touches too. The restaurant now blends the best of the past with current trends, which perfectly complements what Steve is doing in the kitchen.”
Burghley House is renowned for the Bow Room, with floor to ceiling murals painted by Louis Laguerre in 1697, is one of the reasons Burghley is one of the most unique houses in England. The walls depict scenes from Roman history: the battle of Cannae, Mark Anthony’s death before Cleopatra and Scipio releasing the betrothed of his defeated enemy. The ceiling shows figures of Roman mythology.
The Bow Room sits on the north side of the house, and on a dull day it is almost impossible to see any of the detail in the room. Lighting the room has always been a challenge as there is no where to attach lighting to the ceiling and only one place to attach lighting to the walls at one end of the room. The TM team were challenged to create more drama for a greater viewing experience. When lighting murals of this scale, with so many details, the question is should it all be lit, or just key scenes were depicted? TM Lighting chose to light the space as if it were a piece of architecture using custom adapted LED spotlights positioned so that the columns in the painting were uplit, and the allegorical scenes were enhanced.
Tests were conducted with House Directors Orlando and Miranda Rock, and the decision was made to light the space as if it were a piece of architecture. The columns in the space were up lit and and the allegorical scenes were enhanced. To achieve this we custom adapted the zerosixty Spotlight to be floor mounted, we made a custom mounting plate for 4 spotlights to be affixed to – this plate was then attached to the wall using the existing holes in the wall. 3 zero sixty spotlights were then mounted to each of the candelabra.
“We knew the changes would be an improvement but we could never have imagined how much of a difference the new lighting would make. We can now really see the depth of colour and detail in the paintings but most importantly, they are not over-lit and the atmosphere of the house has not been compromised”.
Miranda Rock, Guardian of Burghley House
Photo by Dave Thrower, Redshift Photography.
TM Lighting was commissioned by Hoare Lea Lighting to bring their specialist expertise in lighting artwork to create drama in the Main Dining Hall at Trinity Hall Cambridge. With stained glass crests, gold-leaf coated friezes, pillars and historical portraits depicting past Masters, Deans and distinguished members of the College, the Dining Hall required careful
consideration of both its present day function as well as architectural heritage.
TM Lighting created independent light sources that were tailored to the dimensions of each artwork. LED technology specifically developed by TM Lighting was used to illuminate each of the artworks.