02. Sep 2016

No. 102 – Non-prescription light


The Voronoi Clinic in Athens/GR

Text: Helen Brasinika, Jo-Eike Vormittag, Joachim Ritter


Every part of the body is composed of various types of cells and they have a special relationship to light. They emit light. In some cases very low levels of light, but it helps them to communicate with one another, to gain and pass on essential information and to control biological processes. In the Voronoi Clinic in Athens/GR, the interior design is a creative expression of this very aspect.


Entourage beauty clinic in Lausanne/CH

Text: Joachim Ritter


When clinic design meets aesthetics it gives rise to a whole new design typology. Space, surfaces and materials only gain in terms of quality, however, when they can be perceived and appreciated.


A swimming pool flooded with … light

Text: Jo-Eike Vormittag


When it comes to urban life, suburbs are gaining increasingly in importance. City centres lack sufficient space and buildings to house people, rents are too high, and families and young people are looking for a better quality of life. But even life in the suburbs often means having to put up with dismal surroundings with brutalist architecture, blocks of flats featuring raw concrete and a generally grey atmosphere. Such buildings were constructed fast and at the lowest possible costs in the post-war period and have remained unchanged ever since. Progressive renovation projects within a community can help. The swimming pool in Bagneux, just south of Paris/FR, is one such project – and a ray of hope in more ways than one.


A healing living space in times of stress – “The Infection“, Altamura/IT

Text: Jo-Eike Vormittag


The human body can be affected by bacterial or viral infections at practically any time, causing havoc amongst the billions of light-emitting cells. An infection may just be an isolated incident, but may also develop endemic proportions or turn into a serious epidemic. When the body rejects any form of healing and loses its natural balance – we need somewhere to go to regenerate.



The ergonomics of light

Text: Ranko Skansi, M.Sc.E.E.Ld.

There have been many books written about Ergonomics, but none of them addresses the topic of light and lighting. This is quite odd, since without light we cannot really talk about Ergonomics at all. On the other hand, hundreds of books exist on the market that talk about light and lighting from different aspects, but none of them addresses the topic of the ergonomics of lighting.


Practical issues:

First “Blu Room” in Europe installed in Bad Mergentheim/DE


It is known to relieve pain, improve concentration, promote the production of vitamin D, and activate the powers of self-healing: recent studies show the huge therapeutic potential of blue and ultraviolet light for human health. In an institute in Bad Mergentheim in Germany a special environment featuring ultraviolet light has been installed with the aim of demonstrating the positive effects this light can have on body and mind.


Therapeutic applications of light

Text: Anadi A. Martel


It is essential for professional lighting designers to understand that light, in addition to fulfilling the practical and aesthetic functions they are already familiar with, can also have a profound impact on our health and well-being. While light has traditionally been used for therapeutic purposes by most ancient cultures, since the beginning of the 21st century we are witnessing a remarkable acceleration in the amount of scientific research devoted to light medicine, with thousands of articles now published yearly. Lately there has been much talk in the lighting design community of “human-centric” aspects, such as melatonin suppression and blue light hazard. However, this is only the tip of the iceberg, with the surprisingly wide range of therapeutic applications of light going well beyond these topics. The purpose of this article is to provide a brief update on some of the latest research in the field, adapted to (and hopefully widening) the specific interests of lighting designers.


To be continued:

Life as a lemming

Text: Joachim Ritter

Many manufacturers and other experts from the lighting world tend to regard light as a cultural element. Light is related to art, design, architecture and atmosphere. But aspirations and reality – or shall we say theory and practice – are often worlds apart, as advertising and media reports on the topic of recycling disused lamps clearly shows.


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