Quiet time is over

So quiet time is finally over for us. This has been a busy but honest winter. Busy because of things that we had to do. Honest because there were many things that changed and many that need to be changed. Any change starts with being honest…about the question and about the answer to that question.

Without further bombarding you with cryptic nonsense…we are Back (!) with many plans for spring!

First off- home renovations starting with the kids rooms, then the living space and finally the office. That should be taking up most of the time the next few months.

Kids start school- awesome and sad at the same time.

New projects- a new flyer design, some memorabilia and some consults which we are excited about.

Reporting on the Architectural Digest home show pickings this year (yes..I found time to go)

And a new start- up idea that has been in the works for a while. More about that in the next few weeks. In the meantime, enjoy springtime and the awesome sunshine.


LightSpace: Welcome to our new project

Light makes a huge difference to a space. You knew that though…

So we are going to get right to the point then. The purpose of the “LightSpace” project is to find and highlight natural and man-made plays of light and shadow in the world around us. Please note that unlike other “design” blogs, our purpose is NOT to highlight a good lighting design versus a bad one. It is only to OBSERVE Light as it manifests in space.

Let us explain:

Light is what makes up our world. It separates day from night. It is much like Space, in that it fills up the volume that exists between solid objects. That is why “Light” and “Space” can act as the same thing in the design world.

A sparsely populated space (a room with less/no furniture) is also called a “light” and “bright” space. A well-lit room, or a space designed to highlight white furniture, paint and accents is also described using similar terminology. That is a semantic example.

A physical/design example is bright beams of light that are projected upwards to mark the Twin Towers near Sep 11, every year in New York. Those beams of light are a fascinating embodiment of the Twin Towers that used to be there. Need we say more?

Image ©2011 Songquan Deng. (Check out his Flickr-stream here. More information on him here.)

Through this series we hope to highlight examples of how light defines a volume or a designed surface, acts as a sculpture or just is. Like KidSpace, this is an ongoing project so if you have any comments or a valuable contribution to make, feel free to email us. We always respond:)