As people increasingly focus on quality of life, the demands for lighting environment design have also risen. It’s no longer sufficient to satisfy the basic function of illumination; instead, there’s a pursuit for more comfortable and stylish light and shadow spaces. So, how can we understand the language of light and create a harmonious coexistence between light and space? How can we use light to shape the ideal living environment?

On May 25th, the “Temperature of Light” 2023 Design Carnival Shanghai station, specially initiated by Coohom, was held in Shanghai. For this event, Coohom, in collaboration with the Multi-dimensional Designers Club, connected with multiple lighting companies to closely focus on the theme of “Temperature of Light” from a fresh perspective. They shared stories of light under the trend of intelligence, as well as artistic thoughts and explorations about light.

Dong Jinze, General Manager of the Whole House Smart Business Division at Coohom

As the host of this intellectual salon, Dong Jinze, the General Manager of the Whole House Smart Business Division at Coohom, was the first to give a speech. He stated, “Light, as one of the essential elements, offers both shape and narrative to creative spatial design. The entry of light into a space, creating an array of light and shadow lines, introduces notions of warmth and coolness, along with the interplay of the tangible and the illusory. The intricate dance of light and shadow serves as a fountain of inspiration for designers, paving the way for the emergence of a space’s emotional depth and aesthetic essence.

Throughout the history of architectural design, designers have never ceased their exploration of the spatial artistic expression of light. For example, exploring another dimension of space through light at specific angles; or using light to create spatial layers, shape the space, or even dissolve the space. With the continuous development of modern technology, intelligence has endowed more possibilities and conveniences. With the aid of intelligent tools and products, a new experience and service can be created for designers’ creations. In this new context, the integration of light, design, and intelligence will bring about an unprecedented change in design expression. It is foreseeable that a new era of light and shadow is on the horizon.”

Sun Tianwen, Chief Designer at Shanghai Hip-pop Architectural Decoration Design

Tianwen Sun, during a sharing session on the theme “Perspectives and Light,” expressed that to enhance one’s ability in the field of lighting illumination, it is essential to learn to think from the “perspective of light.” However, this perspective has its narrowness and limitations. To avoid this constrained viewpoint, one must transcend the perspective of light and consider from another dimension; otherwise, one would fall into the “curse of knowledge.” When your perspective is singular, like a person with a hammer in hand, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

Finally, Tianwen Sun specifically emphasized: “Depth lies within the design itself, while height must be found beyond it. The boundaries of our knowledge define the limits of our thought. I advise everyone to expand their radius of thought and never restrict it.”

Liao Jiahuang, designer at DALITEK

Liao Jiahuang, a designer at DALITEK, shared insights on “Interpreting Spatial Aesthetics with the Language of Light,” discussing light from four perspectives: its interpretation, aesthetics, language, and spatial qualities. He posits that light transcends mere “vision” to encompass “feeling.” As a lighting designer, the goal should not be limited to crafting visible light scenes but should extend to creating an appropriate lighting ambiance.

Liao Jiahuang also pointed out that aesthetics is the integration of people’s cognition of beauty, derived through subjective feelings or experience summaries. Therefore, a good work is likely to have undergone a continuous refinement process. The final presentation of a work represents the designer’s current understanding of the aesthetics of light. Light has its language, including color (color theory, healthy light), dynamics (rhythm), light and shadow (layers), texture (remolding), and imagery (semiotics). Designers must learn to interpret spatial aesthetics using the language of light.

The Dialogue of Light Roundtable Forum

The “Dialogue of Light Roundtable Forum” segment was hosted by Han Xiaolan, founder and chief editor of DESIGNCOOL. It featured dialogues with brand representatives and designers, sharing insights on the understanding of light and discussing its crucial role in spatial environments. Yu Bo, the General Manager of the Pan-Home Retail Store Division of TCL Industrial China Marketing Department, highlighted that light’s role in spatial environments goes beyond mere illumination and visual sensation. It also significantly shapes the sense of space and distance, especially through targeted brightening of key areas.

Hu Youzong, the Deputy General Manager and Chief Designer of Lidaixin, shared that their brand’s mission is to “create a lamp that warms the hearts of the Chinese people.” The most important aspect is to convey their attitude towards living spaces, their views on good lighting, and their approach to enhancing the mood in everyday life.

Hu Yana, founder and design director of VANEX, pointed out that light is ubiquitous in life. Designers can give architectural spaces new life and bring visual beauty and enjoyment through the rational use and mastery of light.

Sun Zhengdong, the founder of Zhengshi Space and initiator of the Multidimensional Designers Club, mentioned that assessing the quality of lighting products involves not only the product itself but also the designer’s application, which is a critical factor. The feeling of a person in each space is different, and good lighting can create a comfortable atmosphere that helps people relax.

Coohom, a core cloud design software platform under Manycore Technology, leverages high-performance computing rendering engines, spatial cognition and artificial intelligence technologies, distributed 3D big data, and multimedia digital information processing clusters as its technological core. It provides designers with convenient and powerful cloud design tools. Coohom expressed that it would continue to support designers in creating more comfortable and suitable light and shadow spaces, exploring the infinite possibilities of light and space.

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