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How light and colour provide new ways for creative design


What do we need to experience light and colour? Our perception needs three key elements: A material or surface, light and someone who perceives this. If any element is missing, there is no colour experience. The interaction between the three creates our individual colour experience. Architects, artists and designers integrate this knowledge into their work. The Dutch Interactive Lighting Designer Philipp Ross researches intensively on this topic. For him, design starts with the impact that the lighting has on space and people. Changing the light means changing the space and it also might change what people do in the space. 

Natural light versus artificial light
In using this insight, designers are faced with a challenge: They can fully control the impact of artificial light, but not the natural light. Natural light is always dynamic. The scale of light changes during the day and during the year. It even changes on a small scale, e.g. if a cloud drifts over the sun, subtly changing the light. So, instead of heading to control the natural light, which is virtually impossible, the idea should be to integrate the effects of natural light and also strategically integrate aspects of artificial light. Combining the two, designers, artists and architects can profit from new ways of designing spaces that interact with the environment and the people that work and live in those spaces.

Tiles that absorb and reflect colours
Mosa has now succeeded in creating a product which specifically supports this process: the Mosa µ tiles. The ceramic pigments and the way they blend result in tiles that absorb certain colours and reflect others. They cleverly respond to a setting’s changing light, subtly shifting shades during the course of the day. For architects and designers, this opens up completely new ways in designing spaces. They have the chance to create vibrant interiors and fully express their creativity.

If you want to learn more about our perception of light and colour and what is behind this, please read our Whitepaper on colour theory. And if you are curious to know more about µ, please have a look here: www.mosa.com/mu

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Philip Ross