We Love Light!
That pretty much sums up everything we do...
We love photons and things that emit them. We love surfaces that light reflects off. We love your eyes.
Newillusions is dedicated to combining classical design theories with cutting edge technologies to create environments never before experienced. As a focussed and selective lighting design team, we're in a unique position to offer specialist and bespoke solutions to the most challenging situations.
Lighting has always been about technology of one form or another. From the time we first oriented amphitheatres to catch the right light on important days each year to the first instalation of electric lighting in people's homes.
We believe in creating New Illusions. If you need to add some art and/or technology into the lighting of your project, you're in the right place.
"It's the music we make for your eyes."
Light is fundamental to how we experience the world around us. Light plays a part in everything we see, from interior design to paintings and photographs. In the same way as a painter approaches a canvass, we treat each project as a work of art. Just as each song needs the appropriate instruments to create its unique sound, lighting designs require carefully selected fixtures, beam angles and control systems to provide the best results.
Pablo Picasso said "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life" and we couldn't agree more. Art helps punctuate our life with moments of beauty and wonderment. Life without art is grey and monotonous. And really, who wants that?
We believe in bringing art into our everyday lives, weather that's spectacular media facades and concerts or perfectly balanced lights in a café or bar there are always opportunities to make things look more beautiful.
It's only 10 years since the first iPhones were released, and now we can hardly exist without them... Lighting is in a similar situation now with much of the control and programming that's been used for years in entertainment fields beginning to creep into more traditional installations. Lighting design doesn't necessarily have to change significantly to accommodate these new technologies, however additional control and interactivity can have huge benefits on lighting systems. From Smart lighting through to Human Centric Lighting the benefits range from reduced usage and running costs to supporting physical conditions and improving sleep patterns. The science is fast and deeply involved and that's our forte!
We exist in the spaces where light, art and technology overlap and fuse into new and exciting creations. Where the three concepts come together is our home address. Our reason for doing what we do is to push boundaries and reimagine existing concepts. Lighting design is evolving into a new creature that no longer survives with basic circuits and switching. Be they reactive, interactive or simply dimmed to the point of perfection, our designs and systems have a life of their own.
Specialist Lighting Systems
In our quest to undertand everything possible about light and lighting, we have picked up a few extra skills and fields of expertise along the way. We're happy to be able to offer an extended range of services based on our wide scope of interest in lighting systems. We are continually expanding our fields of study, so this list is bound to grow over time. Be sure to check back every now and then to see where our latest offerings are!
We are also more than happy to provide these services as specialist consultants to other design firms at any time.
Lighting shouldn't be stale and static. The world around us isn't, so why should our everyday environments be?
Really, it's all about control. With just a few tweaks to a system or design, it's possible for interior spaces to emulate what is happening in their local environment. This provides a greater connection to our world, an improved sense of wellbeing and some studies suggest other measurable health benefits.
From simple concepts like subtly changing colour during the course of the day though to more complex ideas where we emulate sunlight through leaves on a tree with real time wind sensors, the possiblities are almost endless.
This is one of the most exciting developments in modern lighting systems and is rapidly being incorporated into projects around the world. Similar systems are also being implimented in schools and hospitals around the world with impressive results. Human Centric Lighting falls under this category as well, with more of a focus on people and their natual circadian rhythm [sleep/wake cycles] and how this relates to the qualities and intensities of light at different times of the day. These concepts are also at the core of progressive building practises such as the WELL standard.
Working in 3D as much as possible is critical for getting the best design and communicating that most effectively. We regularly use and have specialists in Photoshop, 3D Max, Cinema 4D, SketchUp, Wysiwyg, Martin Show Designer, d3 and more. We also work with various VR and AR technologies as well.
Calculation and Verification
Using industry standard software like DaiLux and AGi32 we are able to verify that the selected fixtures will perform as expected.Of course, nothing compares to real life mockups on site so we will typically try to do as many of these as possible to ensure everyone involved is satisfied with the end results.
We stay current with the latest versions of commonly used construction software including AutoCad and Revit. In addition we endeavour to use live online communication and documentation processes to ensure everyone concerned is kept up to date.
Things We Really Like
We spend a lot of time staying up to date with lighting activities around the world. It's one of our favourite things! Ontop of that, it helps to keep us aware of what's happening so we can provide you with the most up to date concepts for your project. And, we're happy to celebrate and acknowledge the work of our contemporaries.
[This will get updated regularly, so be sure to check back often or check out our Pinterest page] Here's a sample of things that we like at the moment:
Our thoughts on the Past, Present and Future of Lighting