Light as Material

Philips’ Luminous Patterns integrate light into architecture in a new way. Delicately illuminated surfaces of light in customizable architectural wall panel systems create a selection of signature experiences including innovative optical effects, geometric patterns, custom finishes, and graphic overlays. “We’re surrounded by these effects in nature, but it is largely missing from the buildings that we live in,” says Brad Koerner, Luminous Patterns Venture Manager. These luminous effects are always desired in architectural projects, but quickly become costly, time-consuming science projects, says Kenneth van Kogelengberg, luminous patterns designer. “So what we’ve created is a custom-built-to-order-solution that allows architects to easily integrate patterns of light into their projects.” The panels’ patterns and colors themselves are customizable, including the choice to select from an array of lighting affects. Sparkling lights, radiant lines and 2-D and 3-D cutouts or light patterns with animations enhance the feeling of dynamic light.

“It’s for architects and interior designers to create new paradigms in architectural lighting and to love using light in the spaces they craft,” says Koerner. Jessica Neilsen, surface pattern designer, says she really enjoyed viewing light as a material. “Animation makes them even more interesting, enhancing the atmosphere and the feeling you want to convey. It adds an extra dimension to the patterns and makes them come to life.”

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