PHOTOGRAPHY TIMOTHY HURSLEY (ASPEN) & STEVE WRUBEL | TEXT ROBYN PRINCE
Lighting in a home is work for specialists. Lighting professionals are called in for theatre and for film productions, and similarly experts can also be involved in interior design, adding that right ambience to a house. Day and night; Curtis Liberda of Dallas, Texas, does just that.
A good lighting plan in an interior is crucial for setting the mood in a home, and so it is strange that the spotlight is shone all too little on its designers. When all is said and done, light is what presents all the elements of a design to best advantage: good lighting can transform even the darkest and bleakest place into a creative space that stimulates the emotions. So good light is more than the sum of a number of lit design fittings. Light should define and back up the use and ambience of every room as naturally as possible, and since few people really understand what lighting is all about, it is advisable to call in experts who know how to convert one’s specific demands and desires into a cohesive ensemble of light and lighting.
Curtis Liberda, who founded 2clighting inc in 1996, is eager to emphasise the importance of light as a form of essential and elementary art. “A light design starts with an intelligent concept, which brings the lighting artist’s vision to life. That vision is what turns an ordinary interior into something special.” And the designer continued: “There is no standard formula for a good lighting plan. It has to be developed to tie in with the specific project as the design stages of the overall process progress. In that way, decisive factors such as contrast ratio, light output, light colour and control options can be incorporated in the definitive design of the rooms as well as the lighting plan. So a good lighting artist can evoke mood, drama and even spectacle.”
Added to which, today’s light designer has a growing range of technical possibilities with which to create the right home-setting: devices that are now so diminutive that they are easy to install almost everywhere. Obviously that makes for tremendous scope, but technology only operates if it is combined effectively into the project’s design.
Curtis Liberda: “The main prerequisite is that the lighting design be seen as an design element in its own right – and treated as such. It is a form of art that, ultimately, is intended to reinforce architecture in a subtle way.” The outcome of this philosophy can be seen in the accompanying photos, of houses in Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as Aspen (Colorado) in the United States where Liberda creates a seamless transition between artificial and natural light.