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Pharos Architectural Controls makes a splash at Ocean

Ocean, Surfers Paradise, Australia

March, 2023

Surfers Paradise is a beautiful hotspot set on Australia’s Gold Coast. Loved by residents and tourists alike, the suburb offers stunning scenery, water sports, family fun and a thriving nightlife.

The area boasts many exclusive residential dwellings with the latest addition to the beachfront recently being completed. Ocean is a striking 76-storey apartment and leisure complex with uninterrupted views of the Pacific, standing proud as the second tallest building on the skyline.

The luxurious development is home to a large number of private residential apartments, as well as a five-star hotel, a retail precinct, and on-site café. A residents-only area that is accessible 24 hours a day is located on level 33 and features a gym, sauna, and community space.

A dynamic façade lighting scheme is a key element of Ocean’s stunning appearance after dark. Integrated solutions provider bluebottle was appointed to the project by electrical and communications contracting specialists Blue Star, to supply and commission this lighting design.

bluebottle allocated a skilled team to the project; Associate and State Manager Nick Gilbert, Associate Manager and Technical Sales; Flinn Ryan; and Associate and Technical Sales Claire Enoka. Together, they delivered the lighting façade using Color Kinetics and Pharos Architectural Controls solutions.

The scheme encompasses a ring of Color Kinetics compact Graze fixtures on both the Level 33 amenities floor, and a crown of light on Level 76 of the Ocean building. All of these are controlled by a Pharos Designer LPC 2 (Lighting Playback Controller 2) from dynamic lighting control specialists Pharos. As Pharos partners, bluebottle had faith in the unrivalled quality and capability of the Pharos Designer range to fulfil the challenges of the Ocean project.

The award-winning Pharos Designer LPC provides complete flexibility for controlling DMX and eDMX protocol fixtures, including KiNet for this project. With renowned reliability, it delivers powerful lighting and show control solutions in a robust and compact enclosure. Programming with Designer 2 software provides integrators such as bluebottle with a versatile, comprehensive feature set they can trust will support them to realise even the most demanding lighting installations.

Nick Gilbert, Associate State Manager at bluebottle said: “Ocean is a stunning addition to the beachfront at Surfers Paradise, and offers an incredible place to live and visit. Pharos is our go-to partner for projects like this, because we know they can meet the scale of the project and work with us to navigate any challenges we may face.”

Tony Symms, Regional Sales Manager for Asia Pacific at Pharos Architectural Controls added: We’re always thrilled to have bluebottle choose Pharos for their projects as they are true collaborators. The illuminated façade of the Ocean development looks incredibly striking as darkness falls over Surfers Paradise, and our Designer LPC 2 offers full control, including the ability to adapt colours and timelines, to any dynamic scene.”

Project Credits:

Lighting control provider – bluebottle 

Lighting control solution – Pharos Architectural Controls

Light fixtures – Color Kinetics

Electrical contractors – Blue Star

Client – Meriton

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New York’s new urban oasis: custom-designed ERCO outdoor luminaires for optimum plant growth and high visual comfort at ‘550 Madison Avenue Garden’

A green wonder thrives in one of New York’s most densely built-up corners. In Midtown Manhattan, the Norwegian-American architectural firm Snohetta transformed an open space of 2,000m2 into an artfully designed paradise. A partially covered landscape garden has been created on Madison Avenue between 55th and 56th streets consisting of over 300 shrubs, 15,000 flowers and  40 trees. ERCO Kona outdoor projectors in the green oasis, installed on the steel beams of the glass roof, provide sufficient light and brightness for visitors and plants.

Upgrading the exterior space of a skyscraper icon

Inaugurated in 2022, “550 Madison Avenue Garden” is part of the revitalisation of the legendary AT&T Building, a New York high-rise icon that is listed as an imposing post-modernist monument. In 1984, US star architect Philip Johnson designed the 37-storey skyscraper as the headquarters of the AT&T telephone company. In the course of the building being taken over by the Olayan Group extensive renovation was carried out – with the “550 Madison Avenue Garden” as its centrepiece, designed as a public recreational space.

Sophisticated natural experience with efficient lighting

The lighting design was realised by Arup engineering offices. “We quickly realised that high, energy-efficient luminous output was essential to generate enough brightness for the nature experience,” says Matt Franks from Arup. This is because relatively little daylight manages to penetrate between Manhattan’s striking high-rise buildings. 80 custom-made Kona outdoor projectors with 96W LED were installed. The lighting technology developed by ERCO is based on the principle of projection. Lenses direct the light precisely onto the target surface, even over long distances, and without relevant losses from spill light. The energy consumed is thus used as effectively as possible. With the light point height of around 20m planned in the project, this results in an outstanding ratio of illuminance to connected load of 1,6 lx/W.

One luminaire, two light colours: different colour temperatures for plant growth and quality of stay

In each of the custom-made Kona projectors the proportion of LEDs is split with regard to light colour: 25 percent have a colour temperature of 3000K (warm white light), functioning as general lighting for the new urban garden. 75 percent of the LEDs have 4000K (neutral white), which is ideal for supporting the daylight and enabling the plants to grow healthily. In the evening hours the 4000K LEDs are almost completely dimmed down, thus providing the necessary night rest for the plants. The LEDs with 3000K ensure a pleasant quality of stay in the during the dark hours. All Kona projectors provide continuous light – this was also important to the lighting designers for aesthetic reasons. The two light colours of the Kona projectors make it possible to generate an effect similar to tunable white. The lighting can be precisely adapted to create uniformly harmonising lighting conditions – with illumination of the lobby of the “550 Madison Avenue” tower and with the street lighting on 55th and 56th Street.

Recreation space for all, in the middle of nature

The new garden is a hybrid between indoors and outdoors, and designed with a flowing transition between inside and out. Despite that though, it feels like you’re in the middle of nature, says landscape architect Jake Levine from Snohetta. The five thematically planted areas connected by small paths have been designated “rooms” by Levine. Each of these “rooms” has its own atmospheric character and conveys its own mood. Jake Levine says Philip Johnson was also an inspiration here: for example, his sculpture garden designed for MoMA in 1939, just a few blocks away from 550 Madison. Or Johnson’s world-famous, iconic “Glass House” in Connecticut, where architecture and nature seem to merge.

550 Madison Avenue Garden is a successful example of how contemporary green regeneration and urban design can be. The old New York tradition of so-called pocket parks is also continued. The result is a garden in private ownership that enriches urban life and is accessible to everyone: for enjoying lunch on a bench under the trees, for getting together with friends and colleagues, for relaxing by a rushing waterfall or simply for catching your breath.

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Taking remanufacturing to a new level

There are many factors driving an increasing number of building owners, operators and facilities managers, to look at improving existing lighting solutions, as opposed to outright replacements. Rising utility costs have undoubtedly contributed to a surge in projects where energy-intensive lighting is being replaced with LED equivalents that are proven to reduce energy consumption and associated costs.

Sustainability is another key factor, including a reduction in carbon emissions, which is a vital part of achieving net-zero.

The World Green Building Council has made clear that the optimum way to reduce embodied carbon in order to improve the sustainability of a building is to maximise the use of existing assets. This approach is being championed by many leading companies from across the lighting sector, including Tridonic and Eco Fix Energy Solutions, a partner of The Regen Initiative.

Other influences that have led to a surge of regenerative projects include legislative changes such as the removal of fluorescent lights from sale in the UK and Europe. This is due to the use of mercury in these luminaires, which is a toxin that is detrimental to both public health and the environment.

This is a prime example of where existing assets can be remanufactured, with the gear tray being switched to LED, whilst reusing the fitting. Undertaking this approach ensures limited materials need to be disposed of in landfill, and no increase in demand for raw materials as new luminaires will not be required to be manufactured.

While this may be a simple solution with an attractive proposition once the initial savings in energy consumption and utility costs have been realised, the benefits of this solution then come to a stop.

However, what if there was a way to achieve this, while also opening up ongoing opportunities for true circularity, where energy and cost savings will continue to be delivered?

This is where partnerships such as the one recently developed between Tridonic and Eco Fix Energy Solutions are making a significant difference.

As part of its collaborative work with The Regen Initiative, Eco Fix Energy Solutions focuses on delivering outcomes for clients that do not increase overall costs. The benefits of remanufacturing lighting products, rather than starting with a whole new luminaire, have been proven time and time again. The Regen Initiative is leveraging this to not only improve existing buildings and assets, but consistently strive towards the goal of net-zero carbon.

And, when combined with technologies and systems such as those that fall under Tridonic’s Building Asset360 market strategy, the process of remanufacturing becomes an elevated opportunity. As a value proposition, Building Asset360 encompasses all of Tridonic’s solutions including wireless lighting and wireless emergency lighting. It also embraces the interoperability between other systems such as BMS for a market that is requiring retrofit solutions.

Looking specifically at the luminaire element of the system, Tridonic has developed lumDATA. This is luminaire data – a data bank within Tridonic’s premium DALI drivers that provide meaningful data in 3 main areas. These are asset data, energy data, and fault and diagnostic data.

This reporting mechanism allows constant monitoring of the system and will enable clear oversight of insights into the longevity of fittings, and required maintenance. As Building Asset360 focuses on wireless controls, no fixed cabling is required, which means it can easily be implemented alongside a remanufacturing project.

This simplicity of installation makes it an easy decision to move from purely remanufacturing existing fittings, to upgrading the luminaires and introducing the wireless mesh that falls underneath the heading of Building Asset360. For building owners and facilities managers, a whole life view of the fitting can be achieved, which is a true circularity story.

The labour and fuel saving alone through not having individuals driving to site to manually test emergency lighting is significant. When compiled with reduced energy and the associated cost savings, as well as increased ease of compliance, it certainly makes it an attractive option.

Together, the two goals of Eco Fix Energy Solutions, as part of The Regen Initiative, and Tridonic work in perfect harmony. While Eco Fix replaces outdated technology and maximises what is already in place through upgrade work, Tridonic adds value for the future by gathering and extracting insightful data that can be used to keep the fitting in service for as long as possible.

By taking the decision to go one step further at the point of remanufacturing, the rewards that can be reaped are huge.

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Lighting Design by Victoria Jerram puts F1® Arcade in pole position

The world’s first premium F1 experiential racing venue has now opened its doors to driving enthusiasts who can take advantage of this revolutionary social gaming experience. Expertly designed to make you feel like a champion, award-winning NDBA architects, and interior design firm, Anamo Design Studio, have created a unique racing environment that cleverly combines the glamorous Formula 1 lifestyle with the high-tech energy that comes with racing.

Located in London at One New Change – St Paul’s, F1® Arcade offers 60 bespoke full-motion racing simulators, delicious food served from its restaurant, and bespoke champagne cocktails from an impressive feature bar. Creating the perfect atmosphere for this alternative social gaming experience, the venue is spread across three levels with a spectacular mezzanine area which will be utilised for private functions with views over the main gaming area and bar below.

Directly opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, F1® Arcade occupies two units at One New Change, and the venue’s extensive glazing offers ‘trackside’ views of the iconic London landmark. Stepping into the driving seat, Victoria Jerram was appointed to design the lighting scheme for this immersive experience. Lighting was instrumental in the design of the arcade and needed to be carefully controlled to take advantage of panoramic views while limiting reflections in the glazing.

Throughout the project it was integral that the lighting for the F1® Arcade created drama and atmosphere for the driving enthusiasts. As such, the carefully curated installation of a track and spot arrangement, suspended below the exposed services with narrow beam spotlights, produced focused pools of light to highlight tabletops and the beautiful floral displays. With futureproofing in mind, the track and spotlights deliver a flexible and simple solution for any future adjustments. Demonstrated by the sheer volume of integrated lighting within the joinery, Victoria Jerram’s attention to detail is showcased through the exceptional design achieved by working with a number of joinery companies to ensure the integrated lighting was just right.

In keeping with the dynamic nature of F1 racing, bespoke feature lighting by The Light Lab, in the form of six large pendants inspired by F1 circuits, were lit with a digital colour changing LED which can be controlled by specialist pixel mapping software. Additionally, the ‘starting light’ feature walls were programmed to mimic the F1 starting sequence and a digital colour changing LED was integrated into the feature bar with its own display sequences within the software. Achieving the fine balance between elegance and exhilaration, scene-setting of the mode lighting control system was also essential to balance the huge palette of direct, indirect and colour changing light sources to define a hierarchy of light within the space.

Architectural lighting design consultant, Victoria Jerram commented: “As is the case with any innovative concept, there is always going to be inevitable challenges along the way. From the outset the brief was clear, and despite a challenging seven months from the initial appointment to doors opening, I am immensely proud of the finished product which is a testament to the contemporary vision of F1® Arcade and the imagination of the wider design team to deliver the ultimate racing experience for driving enthusiasts and gamers alike.”

Project credits:

Client: @f1arcade
Construction Management: @archetypely
Interior Design: Anamo Design Studio
Architect: NDBA Architects

Photography: Courtesy of F1® Arcade

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Ethereal lighting charms guests at Gordon Ramsay’s Restaurant 1890

[London: March 2023] Offering guests and diners exclusive, contemporary fine dining, Gordon Ramsay’s exquisite new restaurant at The Savoy delivers an unforgettable dining experience like no other.

In keeping with The Savoy’s spectacular setting in the heart of London, Restaurant 1890 has been impeccably designed by the highly acclaimed interior design company, Russell Sage Studio. Having built a reputation for creating unique interiors for five-star hotels, exclusive members’ clubs, premium restaurants, luxury bars and private residences around the world, Russell Sage Studio has transformed the former private dining room of The Savoy Grill into a contemporary yet timeless and charming restaurant within this iconic hotel.

Complementing Restaurant 1890’s unique and elevated dining experience, professional lighting design consultant Victoria Jerram was appointed to illuminate this exclusive venue, which seats just 26 guests across ten tables for supper only. The ambitious brief requested that the restaurant emulated the notion of dining within a jewellery box, and thus the lighting design was curated to encase the room in a sparking glow.

Victoria Jerram worked closely with the makers of the bespoke feature ceiling and wall lights to achieve the desired lighting quality with the right colour temperatures while, at the same time, ensuring there were no visible light sources. Attention to detail was paramount and all 17 rechargeable table lamps were gelled to ensure the colour temperature complemented the rest of the space.

Throughout the project there were several integrated lighting details that required careful consideration including the illuminated wall panels, a custom cheese display which featured back-lit gold eglomise panels, as well as the luxurious walk-through wine displays.

As with any lighting design project, there were challenges along the way. In the initial design concept, it was vital to consider the bright lights of the Savoy Theatre opposite and how this would impact the lighting at Restaurant 1890.  With this in mind, various lighting films were explored and blinds were incorporated into the restaurant’s interior design to ensure the bright lighting from the theatre did not impede on the restaurant’s own lighting.

Founder, Victoria Jerram explained: “This was a fascinating brief and an opportunity that I relished! Working alongside Russell Sage Studio on this iconic project, and seeing Restaurant 1890s continued success, has been truly rewarding. The bespoke lighting design was intended to contribute to the overall guest experience and this intimate space which embraces rich, golden hues, undoubtedly adds to the unforgettable experience for those enjoying this culinary masterpiece.”

Project credits:

Interior Designer: Russell Sage Studio

Client: Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

Photography: Courtesy of Gordon Ramsay Restaurants

About Victoria Jerram Limited:

Victoria Jerram Limited is an architectural lighting design consultancy founded a decade ago by Victoria Jerram. Creating lighting designs for multiple sectors from residential and hospitality, through to commercial and landscape, Victoria Jerram Limited has a keen interest in the challenge of complex interior spaces and artworks and works across a range of architecture from new builds to the refurbishment of listed buildings.

Victoria Jerram Limited boasts extensive product knowledge, an impressive understanding of cutting-edge lighting technology, and close relationships with some of the world’s best manufacturers and fabricators. The consultancy works with a talented team of architects, interior designers and landscape architects to deliver excellence that has been rewarded by a remarkably high percentage of repeat business.

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Luceco Lighting sponsors SPARKS Learner of the Year 2023 as finalists announced

The seven regional finalists have been announced in the SPARKS 2023 Learner of the Year competition. The SPARKS Learner of the Year aims to seek the best up-and-coming talent in the electrical industry, in association with Luceco Lighting, the lighting sponsor of the competition.

The regional heats were carried out across England and Wales throughout January and February, seeing twelve Level 2 and 3 electrical students from colleges in each region, compete in a live practical test.

The seven winning finalists will be going through to the grand final in Coventry, on 26th and 27th April 2023, for a chance to win this coveted award.

The seven regional finalists are:

  • South West – Matthew Cripps, Focus Training – Exeter Centre
  • Wales – Duncan Kinnaird, Cardiff and Vale College
  • North East – Max Gardner, Darlington College
  • North West – Connor Stickland, Bury College
  • Midlands – Nathan Pawsey, Cambridge Regional
    Midlands – Liam Davis, JTL Training
  • South East – Sam Mackenzie, Farnborough College

Many of the past SPARKS Learner of the Year competitors have gone on to accomplish further achievements, confirming this competition provides a significant stepping-stone for those looking to carve a name for themselves in the industry.

Luceco Lighting, who design and manufacture leading lighting solutions are supporting the competition, ensuring they have the backing they need to reward and champion the rising stars of electrical contractors, which is integral for the future of our industry.

Dedicated to supporting the next generation of electricians and to be the lighting sponsor for this year’s competition, their popular products, the Castra floodlight and the Mosi Bulkhead, have been  used as part of the assessment in the heats and will be used in the final stage of the competition.

Simon Shenton, Head of LED at Luceco Lighting, is attending the final of the competition as a judge. He will be assessing the final seven candidates and their performance, to offer his insight into who should be crowned the SPARKS Learner of the Year 2023.

Commenting on the upcoming final, Simon said: “Congratulations to the seven finalists on their wins in the regional heats. It is an incredible achievement and we have been blown away by the level of talent we have seen so far.

We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the competition this year as lighting sponsor, and I am thrilled to be part of the judging process to recognise emerging stars. This competition is an excellent way to promote the careers of electrical contractors as early as possible and to showcase their skills and talent.”

Zoe Tanner, Managing Director at SPARKS, said: “Congratulations to all seven finalists and to everyone who competed this year across the six regional heats. It is an incredible achievement to be representing your colleges. We’re thrilled to see SPARKS Learner of the Year grow year on year, and it’s encouraging to see the competition being supported by so many big names from the industry. It’s a fantastic way for young electricians to build their confidence and take pride in their hard work.

Now more than ever is the time to support the next generation of the industry. We are thrilled that SPARKS Learner of the Year is being supported by so many big names in the industry and we are thankful that Luceco Lighting  are our lighting sponsor this year.”

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ERCO: “All-rounder” for perfect exhibition lighting – the new Uniscan spotlight range

Multi-talents with a clear focus on galleries and museums:

the new Uniscan spotlight range from ERCO

Lüdenscheid, March 2023. With its new Uniscan spotlights, ERCO focuses on maximum quality of light combined with a compact, reduced design. Uniscan thus particularly targets the demands of art galleries and museums. The consistently modular design of the spotlights enables both highly individual configurations and extremely flexible all-rounders, for example with Tunable White, zoom optics and wireless Casambi Bluetooth control.

Ranging from painting, photography and sculptures in all formats to space-filling installations and the use of electronic media: never were the manifestations of art so diverse as they are today. In terms of lighting, this poses special challenges for commercial art galleries as well as museums. These require lighting tools that optimally display works of art in a wide diversity of situations and create the desired atmosphere – whilst being as compact, flexible and easy to handle as possible. It is precisely for such requirements that ERCO has developed Uniscan, a new range of versatile and accessible track-mounted spotlights, floodlights and wallwashers.


Flexibility is the key

Spotlight track systems are the first choice as an infrastructure for illuminating galleries and exhibitions. Users can quickly and easily modify the position and alignment of the luminaires, and Uniscan also features further decisive flexibility – its modular design with interchangeable lenses allows for subsequent adjustment of the light distribution. A number of methods are available for dimming the luminaires individually or in groups, ranging from a rotary control on the luminaire to wireless control via Casambi Bluetooth. The colour temperature can also be adjusted using variable technologies such as tunable white or RGBW to infinitely adjust light colours to match exhibits or to create special atmospheric effects. Filters are also available as accessories for subtle colour temperature corrections.

The Uniscan range on the one hand thus enables precisely matching product solutions for individual requirements with three sizes consisting of XS (∅ 32mm) S (∅ 60mm) and M (∅ 92mm), six fixed light colours, lens units in twelve light distributions and various dimming options. On the other hand, it includes extremely variable all-rounders that make lighting up a new exhibition incomparably convenient and fast – for example with the combination of zoom optic and tunable white. The fine-tuning of brightness and light colours of the spotlights can be done conveniently in situ via an app on a tablet or smartphone thanks to Casambi Bluetooth.

Light and shadow – in maximum quality

Despite their flexibility, Uniscan spotlights do not compromise when it comes to quality of light. The clear Darklight lenses not only have a magical effect due to their minimal luminance levels at the light emission surface, but also offer particularly high visual comfort along with state of the art efficiency. With just one point of light, they also generate a defined, uniform beam of light and precise shadowing for museum-quality light. The luminous fluxes of 272 lumens (size XS) to 2673 lumens (size M) are perfectly matched to typical spatial conditions in galleries and exhibitions with ceiling heights of up to

5 metres. In the form of contour spotlights and lens wallwashers, the Uniscan range also includes specialised tools which are highly valued by lighting designers for effectively displaying works of art.

Three adapters, three application scenarios

The cylindrical design of Uniscan is reminiscent of classic spotlight models. It blends discreetly into highly diverse architectures and features precise, robust mechanics and balanced proportions. As with other current ERCO spotlight ranges, Uniscan comprises three product families distinguished by different track adapters: Uniscan InTrack has an extra-flat adapter that fits flush with the 3-circuit track. Multi Dim control gear enables control via DALI, Push Dim or phase. In addition, a manual rotary control (On-board Dim) and radio adapter for Zigbee or Casambi Bluetooth are available in the form of interchangeable add-on units on the luminaire housing. Uniscan 48V is suitable for Minirail track and thus exploits the full potential of miniaturisation. Control options include On-Board Dim, Zigbee as well as Casambi Bluetooth which can also be coupled to DALI via a gateway. Uniscan OnTrack is compatible with many existing dimmable lighting installations thanks to its transadapter for 3-circuit track, making it particularly suitable for retrofitting.

Uniscan offers perfect illumination geared to the specific requirements of commercial art galleries.

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Ansell Upgrades Popular Emergency Downlight

  • Falcon Pro features revised aesthetic, DALI technology and longer warranties

With a new aesthetic and improved functionality, the team at Ansell lighting has unveiled a new addition to the popular Falcon emergency downlight range.

Whilst sustaining its innovative, interchangeable, open area and escape route lenses, the new Falcon Pro has been launched to include DALI technology, providing an array of programming and monitoring benefits.

Available in both black and white finishes, the Falcon Pro has retained its ultra-low profile design but has been brought up to date with a flatter, more uniform shape and surface.  Other changes also include a longer, six-year Lithium Pro battery warranty, six year product warranty and 59,000 hour lifespan.

Self-test as standard, the Falcon Pro also features intelligent technology that conducts routine functional and duration testing in-line with the relevant standards. Eliminating the need for manual testing, automatic fault indicators improve the speed and accuracy of maintenance.

The Falcon Pro is powered by a Lithium Pro battery, which uses pulse rather than trickle charging so that less strain is inflicted on components. Built-in battery protection also provides constant monitoring against short circuit, over-charging and mechanical damage whilst the lithium battery has a lower parasitic load for reduced power consumption and lower operating costs. 

Mark Abbott, Managing Director at Ansell Lighting said: “The Falcon downlight has proved to be a very popular product for emergency lighting schemes. Economic to run, its high-performance optic design delivers a wide beam of light, requiring fewer luminaires to be installed, reducing installation and operating costs.

“The new upgrades are set to further increase the appeal and functionality of the Falcon Pro. The addition of DALI technology offers users improved control and take its energy saving properties one step further, whilst longer warranties will offer users added reassurance.”

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Mara Rypacek Miller, Industville managing director

Please tell us a little about your career background, and your current role and responsibilities.

I founded Industville nearly a decade ago, following a successful career in International Marketing & Business Development. In the decade since its inception, Industville has grown from a small home business to an international enterprise with a team of craftsmen and artisans dedicated to producing lights of unparalleled quality. I founded the company after building an extensive background in international marketing and business development. In particular, my tenure with the likes of Volvo and AXA and other international companies was invaluable.

The business grew exponentially ever since then and now serves a huge range of customers and businesses worldwide, flourishing to become what it is today, a design led company with strong values for quality and sustainability, all the way from our artisan manufacturing to our end product.

Image courtesy of Tissot

Taking on this challenge has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me; I have had the opportunity to design our own products and make crucial decisions, lead a team, and experiment with different tactics in order to provide the best customer support possible. This process of keeping up with customer demands has been a great source of satisfaction for me, as it has given me the chance to hone my problem-solving skills. It has also enabled me to come up with innovative solutions to improve customer satisfaction levels, whilst making sure that our service quality remains at its highest level. Additionally, I get the chance to work closely with my colleagues and motivate them towards achieving our common goals. Moreover, I am able to use resources efficiently in order to get results in a timely manner, which further contributes towards positive experiences for our customers. All these aspects combine together to form an incredibly fulfilling activity that I enjoy doing every single day.

What has been your ‘big break’ or pivotal career moment so far?

Running my own business was always an attractive prospect to me. Ever since I was a teenager, I had the desire to start something of my own and become an entrepreneur. This ambition led me to do something daring when I was 16 – opening a fast food ‘hole in the wall’ shop during my summer holidays. It was a great experience that helped me gain knowledge in all aspects of running a business – from basic operations to marketing. During this initial venture, I found that managing a business was incredibly rewarding and it gave me the drive to learn more about the subject.

This newfound love for business management led me to pursue a career in marketing and business operations management over several years, but my ultimate goal remained owning my own business. Things changed drastically when Industville started growing rapidly and taking off – finally allowing me to make this dream come true.

Who or what has most inspired you creatively?

When I started, it was difficult to get hold of desirable classic style industrial lighting, so I decided to make my own. I set up a little workshop and spent a couple of months restoring old lighting and furniture. For the designs, I took a lot of inspiration from my surroundings of the historic Royal Arsenal in London. Before too long, production became unsustainable as the demand was too high and my business grew rapidly. Initially my inspiration came from the past, nowadays my inspiration comes from trends and customer requests.

When I first set out to find something with a retro look for my home, I was quite disappointed. Everything I found was either too modern or too expensive. So I decided to take matters into my own hands and restore some vintage lighting and furniture pieces. I started by sourcing items from thrift stores, flea markets, and antique shops all over the city. I also looked online for interesting finds that had a unique charm about them. Once I had gathered enough materials, I set up a workshop. This is where the real fun began! Cleaning up old fixtures and restoring those that needed more care than others took time and patience but it was worth it in the end.

Image courtesy of Brick and Liquor

Although not every piece turned out exactly as planned, there were still several successes along the way. One of my favorite projects was an old lamp that had been damaged due to age and neglect, but after some sanding, polishing and painting it looked almost like new again! I managed to sell it with some substantial profit and that’s where the story began.

Drawing inspiration from the long-standing Royal Arsenal in London, I took full advantage of the area’s cultural heritage as a source of creativity for my designs.

This investment into making unique designs quickly paid off, as within a few months demand began to exceed expectations – leading to an eventual growth that made this ‘one woman’ production unsustainable and led to partnerships with skilled craftsmen around the world.

When creating my handcrafted lighting fixtures, I took great care in sourcing top-quality materials from across the globe. From pure brass to copper, I was able to find the perfect materials for designing elegant and authentic pieces, allowing me to design top quality and original bespoke items for my customers – resulting in attractive luminaires that have been highly sought after among those looking for modern updates on vintage styles. Additionally, knowing the importance of keeping up with market trends, I strive to create fixtures that combine both timelessness and current trends – blending together aesthetics from years past with modern features like minimalistic shapes and lighting solutions.

Image Courtesy of Next

Please share your favourite, most important, or most recent project.

It’s hard to pick one project out of the many that we are proud to have been involved with. We have worked with hundreds of companies and designers, each bringing something unique to the table. It’s always inspiring to see how our products are used in different spaces, from minimalistic modern designs to robust industrial styles. Each design style has its own unique beauty. We are privileged to have been part of so many different projects, each one special in its own way.

We have worked with a variety of distinguished retail, leisure and hospitality companies such as Liberty, Next, Lush, Ted Baker, Costa Coffee and Caffè Nero in addition to smaller scale interior projects and retail customers. We are also very proud to be involved in ongoing projects for clients such as Paul’s bakery, Superdry and Tissot where our products are installed around their worldwide network of stores. It’s a real testament to our high quality and timeless products.

Based on your experiences, what advice can you offer to someone just starting out on a career in design?

My advice is to remain adaptive while adhering to what makes you unique. Consider offering products and services that can be tailored to the individual customer, taking into account their needs, interests, and budget. Additionally, think about ways in which you can distinguish yourself from the competition by focusing on the quality of your offerings and providing exceptional customer service. This could be as simple as offering a personalised experience, or going the extra mile with product recommendations or additional services such as installation or maintenance. Offering discounts or loyalty programs are also great ways to further incentivise customers to keep coming back. Ultimately, by staying true to yourself and providing products and services that appeal to customers on an individual level, you will be able to stand out from the crowd. I am very proud that as a company we listen to our customers and react to market trends.

My company prides itself on being able to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to interior design trends. We have seen the industrial style change and evolve, and whilst it is still a popular look, the more traditional industrial designs are no longer as sought after. To ensure our products remain both relevant and attractive to customers, we have embraced a modern take on industrial design – ‘Modern Sleek Industrial Style’. This approach combines aspects of classic industrial design with a refreshingly contemporary feel.

We strive to achieve this modern balance between traditional and new. We maintain a connection with our roots, whilst at the same time reflecting current trends in interior design. This combination offers something fresh yet reassuringly familiar that can be appreciated across all styles. The post-modern age presents an exciting opportunity for interior designers to explore new ideas while embracing certain aspects of their heritage and authenticity. By taking on board both customer feedback and market trends, my company strives to provide an up-to-date selection of home decor items that stay true to traditional principles but with enough variation to make them truly special.

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WL Takes the Stage at City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds


Built in 1865, The City Varieties is a Grade II* Music Hall located in the heart of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Part of Leeds Heritage Theatres, it holds the Guinness World Record for Britain’s longest-running music hall, and has established an unrivalled reputation for presenting the very best in live music, variety and comedy, as well as hugely popular annual pantomimes which have entertained families for generations. The venue recently decided to upgrade its in-house lighting rig and approached White Light (WL) to supply the fixtures.  

Dave Greaves, Technical Manager, alongside Senior Technician Sean Webster, oversaw the lighting upgrade. Dave comments: “Previously, the set-up was quite outdated, consisting of older par cans, fresnels, Source Fours and a control desk. With technology evolving so quickly over the past few years, and with it the scale and ambition of the shows we host, we soon realised that our previous rig was not suitable; essentially only offering basic colour washes with a general cover on top. As a music hall, City Varieties must cater to a plethora of different shows, from live comedians to ballets to the annual pantomime; so we needed a lighting set-up that could satisfy the needs of each of these. 

He adds: “Similarly, we wanted to be more resourceful and have a set-up that would impress incoming designers, reducing the need for us to constantly hire in equipment. We also wanted to show our commitment to sustainability and have a range of fixtures that would save us energy and be more environmentally friendly”.   

Knowing what they wanted their rig to achieve, Dave and Sean reached out to WL’s Jonathan Haynes who performed a series of demonstrations and suggested which fixtures to invest in. Jonathan explains: “The actual stage at City Varieties is quite intimate, measuring 7m x 4m. There can be weeks where there’s a different show in every single night so this rig really needed to be as flexible and all-encompassing as possible – ensuring that each show is technically able to achieve its full potential”. 

Following the demonstrations and discussions, the venue decided to invest in 9 x Aryton Diablo S moving head profiles, 4 x Martin MAC Aura XB, 4 x High End Sola Pix 7, 8 x ETC Lustr Series 3 with 14 deg lenses, 12 x ETC ColorSource Spot Deep Blue, 14 x Martin ELP Par and 12 x Astera AX2 PixelBars, all controlled off an ETC Apex 5 console. Dave explains: “We invested in the Diablos as their size and attributes are perfect for the space, whilst the ELP Par offers us the levels of zoom and calibration required. The ColorSource fixtures work great for specials, cross light and gives designers just a few more options. The Aura XBs were drawn on to replace the par cans positioned front-of-house whereas the Lustrs will be predominately used for face light and definition. The SolaPix 7s will be used for a ‘party-effect’ backlight (replacing the previous back bar of par cans and fresnels) whereas the AX2 will be used for cloth lighting around the stage area”. 

The fixtures provided by WL were installed in the venue just in time for their 2022 pantomime season and have made an immediate impact. Sean explains: “The difference is genuinely incredible. With the old rig, we sometimes struggled to meet the needs of the performances but now we can achieve this and so much more! We’ve had some brilliant feedback from visiting parties and, given the potential of the kit, what we offer can only improve over time, as we develop our own skillset and use the fixtures to their full potential. The new equipment has also really helped with the training of our team and having such state-of-the-art technology means we can really help develop the careers of the staff!”. 

Overseeing the upgrade of the new lighting rig at Leeds City Varieties is another example of WL working with regional theatres, ensuring their buildings have the equipment to fulfil their artistic, budgetary and environmental needs. 

Jonathan concludes: “It was a delight to work with Dave and Sean and the whole team in Leeds. City Varieties is such an incredible, historic venue that is really brought to life with these new fixtures and we’re delighted to hear how brilliantly they’ve already been received by those visiting and working within the venue”.    

Photos courtesy of Ant Robling and Sean Webster.