Flos Studios | Paul Traynor
“Now with LEDs, we are able to specify tiny light sources and use a very subtle illumination. I think that this has been one of the best things about LED lighting in the outdoor environment.”
Lighting Designer Paul Traynor
Place Light + Building 2018, Frankfurt
Creative Director Enrico Magistro
Professional lighting design is becoming more and more design-oriented, can you confirm this new trend? How do you make sure that more people have access to great lighting?
I think that people are becoming more aware of design generally, and people are certainly becoming more aware of what lighting design can do to transform the space, so we see more people who are private individuals, people who wouldn’t normally approach a lighting designer before, because of the fees involved, who are now talking to us about their projects, and people are increasingly saying that lighting is the most important element of their project.
Designing office lighting is one of your specializations. How do you envision the workplace of the future?
I think it’s true that people do spend a lot of time at work and possibly more time at work than they do during the evening at home, the effect that this is going to have on the kind of product that we are specifying I think is that everything will be controllable, everything will be linked to presence detection and daylight detection and people will be doing more intelligent things with the controls throughout the day to ensure that people aren’t just sitting in a sort of static stagnant kind of working environment.
What is your approach to outdoor lighting design? What sort of balance do you give to the emotional side and functionality of lighting?
With respect to LED products that are available now, the whole landscape of garden lighting has been transformed. Ten years ago, fifteen years ago, the kind of products that we were using outside with design for large landscape environments, so they would be necessarily like discharged sources, or too powerful for the more delicate new ones, garden settings. And now with LEDs, we are able to specify tiny light sources and use a very subtle illumination. I think that this has been one of the best things about LED lighting in the outdoor environment.
Has Flos proved to be a good partner when designing such a diversity of environments?
I think, traditionally we have used Flos a lot for interior projects, and we are seeing the products being developed and transformed in the last few years, and it has been really positive. That becomes important when you are designing a hotel or a house, and you want to be using the same sort of palette of lighting, internally and externally. Seeing what Flos is bringing to garden designers is going to make a big difference to a residential and hotels specifications.
What’s your favourite Flos product?
My favourite fixture of all time, from the perspective of wall light, is the Tobia Scarpa Foglio which I think it was designed in 1966. I still show it to clients, they still love it and we are still using it on projects. I think it echoes my philosophy in terms of something should be simple, not complex but it should be beautifully executed.