While the classic light switch may serve a purpose, at Acoustic Architects, there’s far more to lighting than on and off. With lighting design an essential element of so many projects, we sat down with Rina Meir, Head of Specification Lighting, to find out how she creates unique lighting concepts for distinct spaces.
Describe your role at AA?
I deal with the architectural aspects of lighting. My work is very specified, and I work closely with architects, interior designers, and contractors to generate tailored, bespoke lighting experiences for clients. My background really helps with this—I graduated from Parsons School of Design and began my career drafting for residential architects. I also consult directly with homeowners or their representatives regarding budget, general use, and aesthetics.
The needs of each client are so unique and specific, so I make sure communication with all parties stays open at each stage of a project. I want to be sure we’re delivering that custom lighting experience.
What are clients excited about and looking for in smart home design?
Clients are really excited about how small and discreet fixtures have become (practically microscopic). Architecture is really taking center stage, and lighting creates that stage–it’s like the magic of theater! Clients are interested in dynamic controls, color change elements, and dim to warm functions.
Technology is constantly evolving, and it’s been wonderful to see how accessible so many solutions have become in terms of price, functionality, and usability. This offers greater creativity and freedom, making designs that much richer.
How does lighting design influence the interior of a space?
Lighting should be discreet. You don’t want to see the lights; you just want to see the final effect—the drama! Set the stage, set the scene—we’re really setting up a theater with depth, dimension, and visual comfort.
Since people are spending more time at home, entertainment spaces are key. Lighting needs to reflect that. Basically, our homes need to catch up with other entertainment venues. Poor lighting doesn’t take into account texture, space constraints, or the paint color on the walls. Lighting is a tool to showcase your space correctly, accurately, and beautifully.
What is on the horizon for emerging lighting technology?
I see fixtures becoming smarter and smarter, with controls that are more accessible. Technology offers us greater flexibility, and lighting needs to keep up. Right now I have a lot of enthusiasm—reading specs and briefs about evolving lighting design makes me so excited to see where things are headed.
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 integrating new systems into your smart home system, feel free to connect with us. We will be happy to schedule a demo with you.