Light and the power of change
“Light is such a strong, powerful element of our environment. It even has social implications.” For Philip Ross, it’s all about light. He is a designer of interactive lighting. His professional focus is on the interaction of light and people.
Light, a surface with its light reflective and absorbing qualities, and the perceiver determine how we perceive colour. If one of those elements is missing, there is no colour experience. This means that changing the way a space is lit changes people’s experience of that space. And this in turn influences the way people behave in that environment. This impact that lighting ultimately has on people is the starting point of Philip Ross’ designs. Maybe this is what brought Philip to cooperate with Mosa on the new µ [mu] series. He supported the inhouse design team to elaborate on the influence of light on the visual experience of the tiles. In the Lightlab of Eindhoven University of Technology, the team created different light situations – based on the changes in daylight from sunrise to sunset – to see the effect of light on the µ tiles. The changes in the light during the day create the vividness of the floor. For the people in the room this means that the tiles become part of this light play, which happens during the day. Light is life and life is change.
The impact of light on architecture
Integrating these ideas into architecture opens up completely new ways for architects and designers. It invites to re-think the impact of light in architectural concepts. It stimulates to use the freedom of design and play with light.
Maybe it is time to reflect more about why light is so important for us, how it supports us in being creative and feeling comfortable. So, have a look at the sky when you are outside and possibly take a bit of time to look at the small changes that are so natural to us. For the theoretical background of the effect of light, please read our Whitepaper.