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Chris Lowe/UK & Philip Rafael/PT/DE

Chris Lowe/UK, BDP & Philip Rafael/PT/DE, The Flaming Beacon

Chris Lowe is a lighting designer from the UK, working at BDP Lighting since 2006. In 2012 he co-founded Subluminal, a design collective based in the UK, comprising light and sound designers.

Philip Rafael is a lighting designer with experience in lighting design, daylighting and lighting master planning. After starting his career as a lighting designer in 2003, he moved to the UK to join BDP Lighting. Philip was based in Shanghai, China as associate director for the lighting design consultancy firm Studio Illumine. Today, he lives in Berlin and works for The Flaming Beacon.

In 2011, Chris and Philip founded The Dark Art movement which explores the relationship between darkness and light within the context of architectonic design. This has grown and evolved into a profession-wide debate and a range of international speaking opportunities at seminars in Milan, Madrid, London and Copenhagen.
Their contribution to the profession was recognised in 2011 with a shortlisting for Best Newcomer at PLD-R Awards – PLDC Madrid.


Chris and Philip at PLDC 2013 in Copenhagen/DK during The Dark Art: interactive session on the benefits of darkness.

These speakers will be presented by

Visual information and the choreographed experience

Presentation date: 27. October
Presentation time: 16:55

What is it that makes a design visually captivating? What are we looking at when we like a design?
This paper will seek to understand how lighting cues create design hierarchy and how focal accents can provide visually and mentally stimulating designs. Chris Lowe and Philip Rafael will explore the opportunities and potential influence that a choreographed experience has on a conscious and subconscious level and present supportive case studies to promote further discussion.   

The core objective of the presentation is to create a greater awareness of the positive use of darkness and shadow in lighting design. Within the context of this particular abstract, the audience will have an opportunity to understand how the relative contrast between dim and bright provides designers with an opportunity to communicate design intent. Lighting contrast and hierarchy is thus understood as a medium for communicating information.

The audience will witness the methodical breakdown of these propositions following the communication model. Practical guidance on how to implement these concepts will be discussed and supported by project examples and inspirational images.