In yacht interior applications, downlights are usually positioned following a rigid scheme: panels on the ceiling define a layout where lighting fixtures find their collocation regardless of what’s below them.
In this fashion, volume and ceiling height are the leading parameters associated to lighting design. Only in rare cases what’s below is as important as what’s above: the presence of a specific furniture element, a piece of art, a table, a relax zone.
This approach is no longer valid: the right quantity, and quality, of light becomes a function of the space, the furniture, the presence of specific elements to be highlighted, the hierarchy between zones and the functional division of areas. Light is distributed with criteria that reflects this list of ingredients, with importance and priority changing case by case.
Old rules give way to new ones, with traditional fixtures positioning handing off to an unexpected freedom of design. Products differing in sizes and lighting specifications, but with coherent design, contribute to generate the necessary light.
Parameters like size, power, luminous flux, beam angle are all degrees of freedom together with the number of lighting fixtures: it’s no longer a matter of how many panels are on the ceiling but how much, and what kind of light, is required below. Accent, general and uniform lighting characteristics are combined to absolve their function depending on space, objects and even moods.
TOP and STEEL Series have been conceived with this criteria in mind, what we called Mix&Match. Even if it is possible, we hardly imagine an entire saloon with a single product type. We much better think of combining products with different characteristics to be sure that the number of fixtures and the light they generate is exactly what is required by a space and people using it. Full potential is achieved through the skilled combination of heterogenous features. It is freedom of design powered by efficient use of resources.
The images below reflect a traditional approach: all equal products are distributed on the ceiling following a schematic approach. The number of products never exactly matches the requirements of lighting design, instead it adapts to panels layout and size. Common practice is to generate more light than required and then dim downlights to adjust it, most of the time resulting in a light overflow.
In the following images, product type, number and position are determined by the original design scope and space layout, keeping furniture elements and functional areas into account. Products are different in size and specifications, but the same design offers a sense of coherency and continuity. Light is no more and no less than what is required, and at the same time it is possible to create multiple scenarios with different emotional effects.
It’s light skilfully crafted for the space and the people inhabiting it.
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