Lighting Design House
Lighting designer Mary Rushton-Beales set up the Lighting Design House in 1990. Today, the Lighting Design House maintains an enviable international reputation for imaginative, technically advanced but practical architectural and landscape lighting design.
The practice often works as part of a design team with architects, landscape architects, interior designers, engineers and retail experts, but will also lead projects, guiding clients from concept through to commissioning.
Its projects range from lighting art on London’s Underground through to complex schemes requiring techniques such as dynamic daylight modelling. Recent work includes high-profile projects in airport retail, hospitality and the workplace, and discreet lighting schemes for residential clients.
Based in London, the Lighting Design House team mainly operates in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
As practice principal, Mary has a hands-on role in the schemes at every stage. She is also active in the International Association of Lighting Designers and the UK’s Society of Light and Lighting, often in an educational capacity as an expert on lighting and well-being. This involvement ensures that the practice’s knowledge and skills keep pace with rapidly changing technology and legislation.
“We are passionate about creating lighting solutions that help each client reach their goal – whether that is a profitable commercial enterprise, a healing space or inspiring artwork”
Exterior lighting works best when it is invisible or integrated with the daytime view but then reveals a very different environment in the hours of darkness. Buildings of all types require lighting that is sympathetic, selective, subtle and controlled, not just to create dramatic effects, but for safety and to guard against waste and light pollution.
The Lighting Design House has illuminated buildings and structures from the contemporary to listed classical facades. With cutting-edge architecture, this frequently involves concealing lighting or working with the architect to add elements that lend a new dimension to a building’s form, surfaces or surroundings after dark.
The need to conserve, respect and display the architecture of older buildings also calls for designs that preserve their fabric and architectural integrity.
The Lighting Design House often models schemes in 3D to help win planning permission or to demonstrate how a building responds to light throughout the year. But the practice will also provide a physical mock-up of lighting effects on site – sometimes for the benefit of interested parties such as heritage organisations or perhaps to help the client envisage the end-result.
In addition to lighting buildings and structures, Lighting Design House schemes also bring out the beauty of natural objects at night and balance the lighting of landscape or public areas.