Layering light with Adele Locke at Super Design

Layering light with Adele Locke at Super Design

Members who’ve joined Adele Locke at our live or digital events will know that this ‘lady of light’ is extremely generous with her luminaire knowledge. If you’ve missed our recent videoconferences, you can view the recordings at any time in your exclusive KBDi Member Portal. But if you’d like another chance to see the lady live, check out the special session scheduled for this year’s Super Design Festival.

The digital session features a conversation between Adele and About Space St. Kilda Showroom Manager, Jodie Meier. The two will talk all things lighting design and discuss how architects and interior designers can avoid flooding a space with light by using a layered approach. If you’re keen, secure your place here.

KBDi are proud to partner with Indesign for this year’s festival, and we encourage you to check out their full line up of events here.

For the love of light

For the love of light

When we recently surveyed our membership about lighting design and specification, we discovered that more than half of our members offer a full service when it comes to lighting. This service includes both designing a lighting plan and specifying all luminaires, and can make an enormous impact on the overall kitchen or bathroom design. In this feature, we’re sharing five of our favourites from the 2020 KBDi Designer Awards. They’re all excellent examples of how thoughtful light planning and selection can take your design to the next level.

KBDi Queensland Kitchen Designer of the Year (and winner of the First Time Entrant Award), Alexandra Trigger (AST Design), layered lighting to great effect in this stunning kitchen. Alex intentionally and successfully applied a combination of task lighting (see the pendant bar over the sink), downlighting (look for the surface mounted matt black downlights) and uplighting (Häfele LOOX plug and play lights to kicks).

Victoria’s Penny del Castillo (In Design International) sought out local talent when procuring these fabulous lights. The ‘Missing Link’ dark bronzed brass wall lights were a perfect match for this theatrical space, and were designed by Melbourne firm, Volker Haug.

We love the delicate nature of these ribbed shades in a stunning kitchen designed by Melbourne’s Olivia Cirocco (GIA Bathrooms & Kitchens). The fittings offer a gentle nod to the era of the home, and with their careful placement, highlight and define the seated area at the end of the island bench.

New South Wales designer, Gavin Hepper CKD Au, used thoughtful lighting selections to add both intimacy and drama to this beautiful bathroom space.

Daniel Barns (Sensational Kitchens) of New South Wales specially sourced these spectacular fittings to match the existing luminaires within this Georgian mansion.

If you’d like to learn more about lighting, you won’t want to miss our upcoming professional development session with our own ‘lady of light’, Adele Locke. Learn more and register here.

PD Thursday | The Language of Lighting

PD Thursday | The Language of Lighting

Thursday | 29 October 2020 | 4pm ADST

*Note: Australian Daylight Saving Time (ADST) applies to NSW, Victoria, Tasmania and ACT only. In Queensland, this session will commence at 3pm (AEST), and WA should clock in at 1pm (AWST). SA guests should note a 3.30pm (ACDT) start.

Our favourite ‘Lady of Light’ is returning to KBDi to deliver a must-see session on the language of lighting. Adele Locke (MINT Lighting Design) will share her wisdom about how to best communicate with home owners and electricians when it comes to selecting and specifying luminaires. You’ll discover the difference between watts and lumens (and when it matters), learn how to have a Kelvin conversation and get all amped up about voltage. Adele will also outline the role of a lighting designer, and discuss when you should consider handing over the reins to a lighting pro.

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About the Presenter

Adele Locke is a self-confessed lighting geek with a passion for well-considered, effective and inspiration lighting. Her background spans all facets of lighting, from luminaire manufacturing and bespoke lighting design to large scale commercial projects, management and architectural lighting design.

Adele is the Immediate Past President (2017) of the Illuminating Engineers Society of Australia and New Zealand, a Corporate Member of the BDAV Building Designers Association of Victoria and an Affiliate Member of KBDi.

She enjoys educating and training anyone interested in light – from architects to designers to electricians and homeowners. Adele is also often invited to be the keynote speaker for TAFE students, industry groups and associations and special interest groups, and is a regular teacher at Laneway Learning in Melbourne.

KBDi Video Conference | Illuminating your WFH space for quality video conferencing

KBDi Video Conference | Illuminating your WFH space for quality video conferencing

Thursday | 23 April 2020 | 4pm AEST

As Zoom and Skype conference calls become part of our every-day client communications, it’s essential to consider how you’re presenting on screen.

In this session, our favourite lady of light, Adele Locke (MINT Lighting Design) will share her top tips for lighting up your work-from-home space with style. Adele will cover warm and cool lighting, directional light, colour rendering and more.

About the Presenter

Adele Locke is a self-confessed lighting geek with a passion for well-considered, effective and inspiration lighting. Her background spans all facets of lighting, from luminaire manufacturing and bespoke lighting design to large scale commercial projects, management and architectural lighting design.

Adele is the Immediate Past President (2017) of the Illuminating Engineers Society of Australia and New Zealand, a Corporate Member of the BDAV Building Designers Association of Victoria and an Affiliate Member of KBDi.

She enjoys educating and training anyone interested in light – from architects to designers to electricians and homeowners. Adele is also often invited to be the keynote speaker for TAFE students, industry groups and associations and special interest groups, and is a regular teacher at Laneway Learning in Melbourne.

How to light up your interiors

How to light up your interiors

Decorating and redesigning your client’s home interior is not only about placing the right furniture or giving the walls and floors an elegant finish. You may spend loads of your client’s money on these things, but the finished interior could be a little lacklustre without well thought out lighting elements.

Good lighting, when matched strategically with furniture, upholstery, and finishes, can significantly enhance the beauty of your interiors. While in the past selecting lighting may have been an expensive ‘trial and error’ exercise, today it’s a simple case of combining the following tips with your 3D rendering tools.

Four ways to light up a room

Enhance Finishes

Wall colours can be enhanced with carefully selected lighting. A yellow (warm) light will make red, orange and yellow hues more vivid, but will subdue or mute blues and greens. Cool lights, on the other hand, will enrich colours on the cooler end of the spectrum.

Layered lighting can allow a variety of moods within one space. For instance, for a warm and cozy glow, play with positioning lampshades with a yellow (warm) tinted bulb at the corners of a room. To brighten up and enliven the same space, locate a vibrant fluorescent bulb in the centre of the room – on separate switching, of course – and see how the area is affected.

Illuminate with Style

The primary purpose of interior lighting is to illuminate the room. You can, however, add some decorative style with a variety of luminaires.

Take, for example, a chandelier in the foyer of your client’s home. It will offer bright and practical lighting for the entrance, while at the same time oozing elegance and class. A plain LED bulb would illuminate the space, but could be a missed opportunity for making a statement.

Highlight Elements in the Room

If you’ve spent time, effort, and a chunk of your client’s budget to design an eye-catching gallery, but haven’t carefully considered the lighting in this space, you could be doomed for a fail.

When preparing your CAD renders, experiment with various angles of light, and demonstrate to your client how their gallery walls will be highlighted in precisely the right spots.

Create the Illusion of Space

In condominium units or tiny flats, lighting is particularly important. Natural lighting in multi-residential developments can often be lacking, making an already small space look even more confined. With artfully rendered interior images, you can demonstrate to your clients how an enlarged window, new opening and thoughtful lighting plan can combine to create the illusion of an expanded space.

There are many ways to make lighting work to great effect in your clients’ homes. With a little understanding and creativity, and the powerful tool (literally) at your fingertips, you’ll be lighting up each and every project.

Contact Cabinets by Computer to find out how you can implement lightning effects using our 3D kitchen design software, KD – Max.