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Speaker | Joint IES/ASID – MKE November Section Meeting

  • La Fuente Restaurant 9155 West Bluemound Road Milwaukee, WI, 53226 United States (map)

For Better or Worse: the Marriage of Interior Design and Lighting


Jane Klein, ASID and Steven Klein, IALD

Whether residential or commercial, healthcare or religious, projects achieve excellence only when they are aesthetically beautiful and serve the functional needs of the client.  The field of interior design is enormous.  Designers are faced with multiple considerations, applications, and selections to be made in order to complete successful projects.  There is a LOT to know.  The lighting design of a project is also very important for aesthetics and function.  The final result of lighting choices on an interior design can be the most difficult feature to predict, and to convey to a client.

The marriage of Interior design and Lighting design is intricate.  It couples tried and true techniques with new materials, new trends, client tastes, and ever-changing technologies.  A good marriage can make a project feel wonderful, serving and satisfying clients and end users.  A bad marriage can be full of uncomfortable glare, weird color, and unhappy people.  Let’s talk about how we can all work toward “successful marriages” of Interiors and Lighting in our designs.

Learning Objectives

Attendees will:

  • Learn what works now! 2017 = LEDs.  Learn how combining useful metrics with artful techniques can achieve desired results.  Discuss how the “forced editing” caused by lower energy allowances can be a strong driver in clarity of design.
  • Develop new questions for analyzing successful projects.  Discover what inspires good design decisions, how Interior and Lighting designers develop specific points of view, and how these are realized in the interior environment.
  • Add neurological science to your palette.  An understanding of lighting’s “invisible” effects adds value to your work.
  • Discuss common problems faced by the Age of Aquarius generation and how those affect the visual system.