Time and again, the two design partners from London impressively demonstrate what high-quality industrial design is all about, namely cleverly transposing changing ways of working and life situations to new products and usage concepts. 10 years after the joint development of the PARCS product series, the London design studio PearsonLloyd has once again developed an innovative office concept together with Bene: PORTS.
We spoke to Tom Lloyd and Luke Pearson about developing PORTS as “New Leadership Environments”.
Light means life. This is true in nature, but light plays a central role in many religions, too. Without light people cannot live, let alone work. But to simply provide light in an office isn’t enough – because light shapes rooms, defines the look of an office and has impacts on the well-being, motivation and performance of people. Light and lighting are therefore worth a closer look.
Morning rays of sun, the subdued light of autumn, the illumination of a street by night – all of these provoke sensations and feelings in us. In exactly the same way we are affected by the lighting in an office, sometimes consciously and sometimes not. Pleasant and motivating, lighting in an office makes a key contribution to an atmosphere in which people work happily and productively.
Good lighting fulfils many functions: the creation of mood and atmosphere, good distribution of brightness and provision of the right degree of contrast for concentrated work over long periods of time. In addition, it should allow accurate colour reproduction and avoid glare. Of course, energy efficiency is also a consideration, as is the right mix of natural and artificial light. Ultimately, what is required is a harmonious combination of material, colour, form, proportion and light.
If asked how to cast the best possible light on your office, we would suggest the following ten rules for you to observe when planning your lighting system.
What was the rule again? "General room lighting serves to illuminate a room effectively without producing direct or reflected glare by taking into account good contrast and colour reproduction and balanced luminance requirements." Sounds very reasonable indeed. Only how is it best achieved?
1. Added light does not always mean improved visibility
It is generally true that a considerable amount of light improves performance and that low light tends to have a calming effect. Generally speaking, it has been proved that older workers need more light. But it is necessary to distinguish between different activities. While a higher lighting level is recommended for reading a document, the same level of light is of disadavantage to reading information on a computer screen. This is due to the reduced contrast between characters and their background.
2. Watch the harmonious distribution of brightness
The level of lighting does not reveal anything about the distribution of illuminances on different surfaces. The so-called degrees of reflection should be chosen in a way to avoid excessive differences of luminance between the work surface and surroundings. Balanced distributions of luminosity make a room interesting and have a stimulating effect.