erco Lighting, the company which claims to sell 'the idea and application of light, not just the fittings' exploits the possibilities of natural and artificial light in its newly refurbished Dover Street headquarters. An illuminated green glass bridge from the front door to the showroom crosses a double-height void which brings daylight into a previously gloomy basement. Architect Pierre Botschi describes the display of erco systems as 'more a gallery than a showroom', with its views of office space with translucent glass walls, and with the glazed rear elevation which floods the offices and basement cafe with natural light. Both floors enjoy dazzling views of a multi-coloured installation fixed to the patio wall. Designed by Danish Architect/Designer Verner Panton, it is designed to illustrate how form and colour change throughout the day depending on the amount and direction of light.
Light Projects has created a flexible lighting scheme for Christ Church Cathedral, controlled from a touch-screen panel. The twelfth-century cathedral was previously lit by pendants suspended in the main arches of the nave, chancel and transept which were considered to be visually obtrusive. Discussions between Light Projects, the Dean and Chapter, museum designer Robin Wade, architect Robert Montgomery and the Clerk of Works produced a scheme which is both more versatile and more discreet. Luminaires are hidden where possible, and purpose-designed products blend in with the architecture for spaces such as the tops of the columns, where concealment is impossible. Dynalite dimmer racks and controls are used throughout the scheme, while the touch-screen panel guides the user through a range of pre-set lighting levels, appropriate to particular services or special events.
An exact replica of the pendant lamp designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1907 for the Glasgow School of Art is available for the first time, thanks to the combined efforts of Christopher Wray Lighting, designer John Brown and the Mackintosh curator at the Glasgow School of Art. The lamp is available in silver or gunmetal finish with blue or magenta glass and costs £195. Phone Christopher Wray Lighting on 0171 371 0077.