Expert Advice: Lighting Murals with LightsOnline.com

Murals and large scale artwork can be unfamiliar territory when it comes to appropriate lighting solutions. Just how does one go about lighting these pieces of art while ensuring that they receive the attention they deserve?

To find out, we asked the experts at LightsOnline.com for their expert opinion.  What we found out was nothing short of enlightening.


DCM: When it comes to lighting a large scale piece of art like a mural, what are the basics?

LO: When lighting a mural, you need to think about what kind of lighting effect you wish to create.  There are two main looks: wall washing and wall grazing.  Wall washing spreads light evenly over a vertical surface, minimizing any surface texture and creating a very smooth look.  Wall grazing is more acute, emphasizing the surface texture and creating highlights and shadows.

DCM: Many designers are familiar with wall washing.  What kinds of fixtures produce a wallwashed effect?

LO: One way to wash the wall is to use recessed accent lights, which are available in three general types.
1. Eyelid Type: has an opening that is halfway concealed by a cover so the light bounces off the wall. Space eyelid wall washers evenly and put them two to three feet apart.
2. Open Type: no cover but uses a special reflector to direct the light.  It actually creates wallwashing as well as general downlighting.
3. Lensed Type: provides the smoothest wall washing look by using a combination of an internal reflector and a spread lens. (edit: a spread lens is a lens placed in front of a luminaire to evenly spread light in all directions)

DCM: Tell us about Wall Grazing.

LO: Wall grazing creates a more focused, obvious spotlight, emphasizing the texture of a surface.  It also creates dramatic highlights and shadows.  You often see wall grazing on stone or brick feature walls and you can graze a wall with lighting at ceiling or floor level for dramatic looks at both levels.

For wall grazing, try a recessed downlight that will create a narrow and more focused beam of light.  A PAR bulb, which has a built in lens and reflector, is also a great choice for creating the sharp edged and focused beam that wall grazing demands.

DCM: What about track lighting?  How can it be used to light murals and large scale art?

LO: You can use track lighting to create either wall washing or grazing effects.  Track lighting is available in a huge variety of styles and lengths to suit your design preferences and artwork.  Unlike fixed recessed lights, you can freely re-adjust the focus of track lighting after installing the fixture.  For optimum effect, space the lights of track fixtures 2-3 feet apart for washing effects and no more than 1 food apart for grazing.

DCM: And finally, where energy conservation is a concern, what are your recommendations?

LO: Wall washing and grazing fixtures that use LED are also available, including fixtures with colorful LEDs for a super dramatic look.  This would be a great way to light a mural while conserving energy and heat since LEDs emit much less heat in the course of operation than their incandescent counterparts.

Many thanks to the team at LightsOnline for their help!


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New #Luxury Product Spotlight: Week of Sept. 22nd

Weekly my inbox fills with notice of great new products being introduced to the market.  And as much as I'd like to devote space in our quarterly magazine theTwentySIX, there just isn't enough space.  The result?  Every week check this spot for the newest product introductions.  And if you'd like to see your product here... make sure to email me the press release and necessary photos.


Maserati by Zanotta Capsule - Maestrale Writing Desk, Corina Chair, Grandtour Footrest

Grandtour Footstool, image courtesy Zanotta

Grandtour Footstool, image courtesy Zanotta

Maestrale Writing Desk & Corina Chair, image courtesy Zanotta

Maestrale Writing Desk & Corina Chair, image courtesy Zanotta

Maestrale Writing Desk & Corina Chair, image courtesy Zanotta

Maestrale Writing Desk & Corina Chair, image courtesy Zanotta

Luxury automaker Maserati entered the home furnishings marketplace in 2013 with the launch of its Grandtour Lounge Chair.  The Maserati by Zanotta Capsule Collection, designed by Lodovica+Roberto Palomba, capitalizes on the success of the streamlined chair with the addition of a complementary footstool, side chair and writing desk, all featuring the same simple shapes and Harry Bertoia inspired structure.  "...inspired by the semantic universe of Harry Bertoia: exquisite technical skill is accompanied by a great passion for formal experimentation" explains the designers.  The footstool, available with either a chrome plated or glossy black nickel-plated base and three shades of leather upholstery, is also available in an edition with the cooperation of Ermengildo Zegna (who also worked with Maserati on the special edition Quattroporte).  The Corina chair, with styling typical of a British racing car, is also available in the same range of finishes.  Rounding out the collection, the Maestrale Writing Desk features Canaletto walnut and cowhide with a chrome plated or glossy black nickel plated  base.
www.zanotta.it


Saddle Chair by Angell, Wyller & Aarseth

image courtesy Angell, Wyller & Aarseth

image courtesy Angell, Wyller & Aarseth

image courtesy Angell, Wyller & Aarseth

image courtesy Angell, Wyller & Aarseth

Leave it to a team of Norwegian designers to solve a pet peeve of mine - the magazine and newspaper strewn waiting room table.  Designers Angell, Wyller & Aarseth are set to debut at the London Design Festival their Saddle Chair, a structure of ash or oak with cushions in wool or leather that drape over both sides creating flaps which resemble horse-riding gear, giving the chair its namesake.  The designers added an extra layer of material to the flaps creating pockets suitable for slim items.  Manufactured by Slåke on the west coast of Norway, the chairs feature traditional construction techniques and a no frills approach to design with subtle curves and simple profiles.
www.awaa.no


Pollack Collection from Barn Light Electric

Pollack Collection No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3; image courtesy Barn Light Electric

Pollack Collection No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3; image courtesy Barn Light Electric

Pollack Collection No. 2; image courtesy Barn Light Electric

Pollack Collection No. 2; image courtesy Barn Light Electric

Pollack Collection No. 3; image courtesy Barn Light Electric

Pollack Collection No. 3; image courtesy Barn Light Electric

With the recent trend to design spaces which have the appearance of the unkempt artist's studio (whether or not one is actually an artist) it should come as no surprise that lighting would eventually catch up to the trend.  Certainly we have industrial pendants and a fair share of anything with an Edison styled carbon lamp.  Now, thanks to the enamel artisans at Barn Light Electric, the luxurious Boho, splattered paint effect is coming to you.  Inspired by American painter and abstract expressionist Jackson Pollack, the Pollack Collection emulates his unique drip style in shades of red, cobalt, yellow, jadiete, dephite and white creating fixtures with are artistically laid back and one of a kind. Starting at $270.00.
www.barnlightelectric.com


Spin Ceramics for the United States Market

Expanded Pillar Vase Set, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Expanded Pillar Vase Set, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Eggplant Jars for Spices, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Eggplant Jars for Spices, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Archaeologist's Chopstick Set, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Archaeologist's Chopstick Set, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Lotus Bowls Set, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Lotus Bowls Set, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Free Loop Noodle Bowl, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Free Loop Noodle Bowl, image courtesy Spin Ceramics

Spin Ceramics, a widely coveted ceramics workshop specializing in objects using tried and true production methods dating back to the Yuan Dynasty, has announced that it is bringing its ceramics line to the United States with the launch of a store in New York's SoHo District.  Conceived by a team of 8 designers in their Shanghai studio before being perfected by master artisans, Spin Ceramics' Collection of functional objects represents a true mastery of form and function.
www.spinceramics.com


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Cheers! #DesignLUX Perfects the Home Bar

Did you know that in 2007 Congress introduced important legislation that made the month of September National Bourbon Heritage Month.  That's right kiddies, the quintessential Kentucky liquor that becomes the base for all of our Old Fashions, Mint Juleps, and Manhattans has its own month.  How's that for a reason to celebrate?

Here in the house of DCoopMedia bourbon is the drink of choice for the Mister and, as such, we couldn't let such an important month slip by without so much as a party.  To celebrate #DesignLUX will be working the home bar - provide inspiration, tips, and solid advice for creating the perfect home bar. From furniture to decanters to bar ware to must have liquors.  

Join us on Twitter, Thursday September 25th at 1pmPT/4pmET.  And don't forget to bring your favorite drink!  And a little request.... between now and Thursday, post a selfie with your favorite cocktail (or mocktail for that matter) to Instagram or Twitter and tag #DesignLUX.  We'll be posting our fun favorites right here on D'Scoop!

Thursday September 25th at 1pm PT/ 4pm ET.

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Architectural Trivia: The Aedicule

I have found that one of the great things about the design industry is that there is always something new to be learned.  Being that architecture is a second passion of mine, I always manage to run across new terminology.  Today, that particular term was Aedicule.

The aedicule at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

The aedicule at Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana

A Spanish influenced aedicule at San Diego's Balboa Park

A Spanish influenced aedicule at San Diego's Balboa Park

Published in one of the hoity toity architectural journals (I don't remember which one) I actually found myself stopping mid-sentence to figure out just what an aedicule was. As it would turn out, an aedicule is simply a building opening, be it a door or window, that is framed by columns and topped with a pediment.

The more you know....


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Bunnies: The Work of Hunt Slonem

Since the artists first put paintbrush to canvas, animals have been a constant source of inspiration.  From bulls depicted in the first cave paintings at Lascaux, the doves ever present in the artworks of Renaissance masters, to the peacocks which took center stage in Arts & Crafts wallcoverings and massive stone horse at South Dakota's Crazy Horse Memorial - animals have not only brought a sense of life to the arts in which they're depicted but they've also come to provide symbolic emphasis as well.

With "Bunnies", Hunt Slonem, an American artist whose fanciful depictions of romantic wildlife have earned him the following of prominent collections the world over, brings to canvas and to San Diego's Madison Galleries a colony of whimsical and offbeat rabbits featuring his signature graphic qualities and playful yet commanding brushstrokes.  The collection, although centered on the hare, also features butterflies, parrots (the artist currently has over 60 parrots at home), and almost surreal depictions of the human head.

Although the works featuring not-so-cottontail themes give a glimpse as to just why Slonem is so loved - deep textures, spirited strokes, and vibrant colors are almost always present in his works - it is the bunny collection in which he truly excels in bringing out the essence of the rabbit. Symbolically, the rabbit has come to be known in a number of cultures as fertility, growth, speed, rebirth, and abundance.  Slonem's simple depictions made sometimes with singular brushstrokes dashing off their recognizable shapes.  More so, for the artist the smaller pieces are actually morning warm-ups, part of his daily process to prepare for the larger works he works on during the day.

Slomen's cute and cuddly (though some say sinister and sultry) Bunnies will be hanging at Madison Gallery until September 23rd. 

Hunt Slonem | www.huntslonem.com

Madison Gallery | www.madisongalleries.com
Hunt Slonem's "Bunnies" continues until September 23rd.  The entire collection may be viewed online. Hunt Slonem's newest book "Bunnies" is available through Amazon.com HERE and will also be available in the upcoming D'Scoop Book Store, coming in October.


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