Headline Speakers Announced for LiGHT 22 Talks Program

LiGHT 22, the UK’s only dedicated high-end lighting specification event, is delighted to announce Michael Anastassiades, Sally Storey, Mark Major, and Nick Hoggett as headline speakers.

In collaboration with lighting control specialist Lutron, [d]arc thoughts returns for two-days of insightful comment and discussion on all the latest topics covering lighting design. Taking place as part of LiGHT 22 at London’s Business Design Centre on 22 & 23 November 2022, the event is free to attend and will see leading designers take to the stage.

Michael Anastassiades will sit down with [d]arc media‘s managing editor, Helen Ankers for a Q&A session titled ‘The Detail Behind the Design’ to discuss how decorative lighting has changed over the past decade, while taking a closer look at his approach to design and revisiting some of his most important collections.

Visitors to the show will be able to see his talk on the ground floor at 3.30pm on Tuesday 22 November.

Directly following this talk, lighting legends Sally Storey, founder of Lighting Design International; Mark Major, a founding partner of SpeirsMajor; and Nick Hoggett, founder of dpa lighting consultants, will share their thoughts and insight on the lighting design profession with arc editor, Matt Waring. Considered by many as founders of the lighting design community in the UK, the designers will look at how the industry has grown, predictions for the future and reflect on past projects and trends. 

Visitors to the show will be able to see this talk on the ground floor at 4.45pm just before the late-night drinks event.

With more than 30 speakers taking part in the two-day talks programme, the content doesn’t stop there. Covering everything from diversity in design to sustainability and circular economy, dark skies, and materials, [d]arc thoughts @ LiGHT 22 is the must-attend talks programme for the lighting design community this winter.

[d]arc media’s managing editor, Helen Ankers commented: “I couldn’t be more thrilled with our line-up of speakers for the inauguralLiGHT 22 event. Ever since we launched the [d]arc thoughts talks programme we have made it our mission to bring the very best in speakers and topics to the stage and this next instalment is no different.”

“By providing a completely free talks programme, we’re ensuring the entire design community is able to benefit from the knowledge and experience of the speakers involved. I’m looking forward to some lively discussion over the two-days!”

Talk highlights from Day One include: 

The Future of Materials, which opens the show at 10:30am. Product designers from both architectural and decorative lighting will look to address questions such as: Should manufacturers and product designers be looking at new and environmentally friendly resources? How does technology play a role in the materials available? How does the current economic climate affect the availability of materials?

For students and those recently graduated, there is plenty of interesting content at LiGHT 22. Two particular highlights include Starting out in the Industry at 1pm on the opening day, which sees Emma Cogswell of Skills Army moderate a panel that discusses what it takes to become established in the world of design. And then at 6pm, the ILP’s much-loved ‘How to be Brilliant’ series, which sees successful senior lighting designers share their time and expertise with students, juniors and new entrants to the profession.

For all of the talks happening on Day One of LiGHT 22, click here

Talk highlights from Day Two include: 

On Day Two, the show opens with a bang; bringing together designer Jason Bruges; light artist Frankie Boyle; and Helen Marriage of Artichoke, organisers of the award-winning light art festival Lumiere, UK, for a discussion on the Distinction between ‘Light Art’ and ‘Art that uses Light’; what makes an installation a work of light art and how the medium is changing. The panel will also look to address diversity within the light art world.

Other thought-provoking topics for day two, include The Weaponisation of Light at 1.30pm. This panel sees designers Edward Bartholomew, Ruth Kelly Waskett and Satu Streatfield have an open and honest discussion around the hierarchy of lighting design, particularly how lighting in underprivileged areas can contribute to social inequalities.

The day will close with an insightful discussion on the importance of Dark Skies, a hot topic in the lighting design community. Panelists include: Nathalie Quadrio of Nature in Light; Raluca Dascalita of Delta Lighting Design; Inessa Demidova of Arup; Dan Oakley – Dark Skies Specialist.

For all the talks happening on Day Two of LiGHT 22, click here

Taking place on the ground floor of the Business Design Centre, all the [d]arc thoughts talks are free to attend, for visitors registered for LiGHT 22. 

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