We sat down with Nicolas del Corral and Jarrod Fox to dive into Acoustic Architects’ approach to lighting technology and design strategies. Read our enlightening interview with the smart home experts who are elevating every aspect of connected home design.
What is the first thing you look at from a design perspective when you enter a client’s space?
After studying the existing layout, we reimagine the space according to how the interior designer or architect plans on renovating it. With new construction, it is more about studying design plans and concept boards to get an idea of the desired outcome. Then we think about how lighting is going to be incorporated into the plan and educate the design team because lighting is so integral to the overall aesthetic. You can have the most beautiful layout and furnishings, but the wrong lighting can negatively impact all the hard work.
What is the most important consideration when it comes to creating a connected smart space?
From a design perspective, it is really about going in and trying to achieve the expectations of the client. For Acoustic Architects, the client is often the interior designer, architect, general contractor, or homeowner—so we strive to meet the expectations of all parties who have similar but different ways of looking at things.
How does your approach vary between helping the interior designer/architect versus the homeowner to convey their expected outcome?
Many times, a homeowner doesn’t know exactly how to describe what they want but they have a perfect postcard image or experience they want to emulate. We take that expectation and create a tangible outcome by partnering with the interior designers and architects for the optimum creative strategy.
Our understanding of interior design allows us to approach a project from a design perspective. Clients need a number of functional aspects so we look at how our contribution complements the design beyond functional elements. Smart homes require smart contributors who share the same vision as the entire design team, therefore creating the impactful experience the homeowner was expecting.
How is the Acoustic Architects model of technology consulting changing the landscape of smart home interior design?
Technology today makes it possible to customize a space of any regard with energy and innovation, in keeping with the specific desires of the owner. We take a living art space and make it a livable art space.
How has COVID-19 changed what your clients desire in their living space?
They are staying home—and inside—more, so the design has to be adjusted to how people want to live today but also be fluid enough to shift to a post-pandemic new normal. Not too long ago the request was for smaller interior square footage and more outdoor space. Now the interior space is the focus, but the infrastructure has to allow for the changes that will come.
Tell us about the symmetry between the interior designer and the lighting professional?
Lighting and interior design cohesively create a habitable art space, while enhancing daily living and working experiences. The lighting consultant’s job illuminates the interior designer’s masterpiece. One can’t work without the other—together they make the finished product.
What are the technologies that architects and interior designers are excited about right now?
Color tuning, warm dim, and full-spectrum lighting combined with great lighting control. These technologies actually allow interior designers to paint the room depending on the desired mood and what they want to achieve in the space. They can create artwork with light.
Describe the advantage of partnering with Acoustic Architects.
We leave nothing to chance, engineering absolutely everything with a seamless infrastructure to deliver a perfectly designed, aesthetically pleasing, tightly engineered system tailored to the client’s needs and desires. We have an extensive team of experts which allows us to be the one-stop solution providers. Where you would typically need two or three teams, Acoustic Architects offers one point of contact for a comprehensive, streamlined process, and a more robust design evolution of the project.
Responsive Living, the term coined by Acoustic Architects founders, Aaron Flint and Spencer Hauldren, is the concept of seamlessly enhancing the client’s unique lifestyle using smart home technology. Responsive Living allows you to interact with your space via touch input, voice command, and predictive automation, placing you in full control of your home.
If you would like to learn more about innovative design strategies for your project, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.
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