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We all have the opportunity observe, listen, and learn. LightArt Academy is a quick, fun, and digestible way to learn some basic definitions connected to light and sound. Acoustician Zackery Balenger explains a few terms surrounding light and sound in a simple, yet informative way.
One of the most basic terms in our language, yet what really is sound? In this episode we explore the energy and sounds of downtown Seattle, WA. Zackery walks us through a simple definition of a somewhat complex word.
In this episode we travel to Elma Washington to an abandoned nuclear power plant where the 2nd largest reverberation chamber is located. NWAA resides somewhere in the concrete innards of the plant that has two huge cooling towers visible from miles away.
In this episode we travel to Elma, WA and explore a debunked abandoned nuclear power plant. We get access to enter an enormous cooling tower and demonstrate what an echo is...and isn't. Watch and listen as Zackery yells, you can hear his voice literally bouncing off the walls!
Have you ever been to a restaurant and ended up shouting to the people you are with? And then straining to hear what they are saying? By the time you leave your ears are ringing and your voice is horse. Why are some restaurants so loud?
In this episode Zackery demonstrates the difference sizes and shapes of acoustic solutions. Do they really make a difference in an empty conference room? Does it matter how big or small they are? You can hear the difference with each rotation as he answers the question - How much absorption does a room need? (best heard with headphones)
In this episode we travel back to NWAA Labs in Elma WA to rigorously test our revolutionary Acoustic Mobile. Zackery explains why in some cases we measure NRC vs sabins.
Here at LightArt we are always testing new product so our clients receive the best possible results. In this test of the Acoustic Trellis, we make a prototype that we're just not happy with, we go back to the drawing board and make adjustments and improvements until the results in our data are up to standard.
Watch (and listen) as LightArt shows you the incredible difference our Wings fixture makes in an empty conference room.
Acoustic Consultant Zackary Belanger runs through the challenges that come from open office spaces, and how you can help solve them.
Everything is Acoustic- Our new CEU covering all things acoustic taught by acoustic specialist Zackery Belanger. Contact your local sales rep to learn more!
LightArt introduces our Acoustic Collection featuring Echo fixture. We solved the two most common problems by combining lighting and acoustics.
LightArt did extensive testing of our acoustic material at NWAA Labs in Elma, WA. We wanted to give true results for our fixtures that combine lighting and acoustics.
Zackery Belanger of Arcgeometer demonstrates the reverberation time with, and without ECHO in a typical conference room.
Acoustic specialist Zackery Belanger tests LightArts 12ft Acoustic Ring at Riverbank Acoustical Laboratories in Geneva IL. We then shipped our ring back to Seattle and installed it at The Shop, an amazing space with some incredible cars old and new. Zackery describes how big spaces require big fixtures and LightArt has the solution with our Acoustic Rings.
The Echo One light fixture can address spaces asking for a feature piece, serving as a geometric focal point with notable acoustic properties. Despite being a stand-alone item, the Echo One maintains an NRC rating of over 1.2.
Over 2 years of research and development, trial and error, and traveling the country, the Coil Collection was finally born. Instead of going into a landfill, the cut-off (or scrap) from our material we use to make our fixtures is repurposed and made into beautiful, elegant, ceramic like pendants.
LightArt explains the process of creating the upcycled Coil Collection pendants. Working with parent company 3form we discovered new design opportunities for the base material. The Coil Collection is the result of those discoveries, includes a collection of seven pendant styles that folds handmade and material science into an exciting new lighting application.
Watch and listen as acoustic specialist Zackery Belanger demonstrates the drastic difference of a typical conference room before and after LightArt's 6ft Acoustic Ring is brought in.
LightArt installed our acoustic fixture ECHO in Seattle's Portage Bay Cafe. The owners and staff immediately notice the difference and are thrilled to have a much more comfortable space to work in. Watch to see more!
LightArt installed our STATIC fixtures in Seattles Two Beers Brewing Company recently. Watch and hear the difference as we improve their space to make it a much more comfortable environment. Watch to see more!
We take a closer look at a cluster of dichroic butterflies. This installation is a for sure way to have material play off light, while creating an engaging art installation.
LightArt created a custom linear ribbon fixture for Seattle law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro's office back in 2009. The firm recently relocated, and wanted to take the custom light sculpture with them to their new offices.
This last summer LightArt visited an indigo farm just outside of Seattle, WA. We dyed silk and learned just how magical this process really is with the help of Karen from Biotanical Colors.
LightArt worked with the Redline Design Group to create a 110'L custom ribbon sculpture to occupy the BOA Plaza lobby in Charlotte, NC.
From a simple idea to a final fixture, LightArt tells the story of our biophilic light currently hanging in the Bullitt Center Seattle, WA.
From a simple idea to a final fixture, LightArt tells the story of our biophilic light currently hanging in the Bullitt Center Seattle, WA
Working closely with The Gettys Group, LightArt created 12 custom umbrella fixtures for The Rose Hotel's newest location in Rosemont, IL.
Using the Volunteer Park Conservatory, a 100 year-old Victorian-style greenhouse in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, as a starting point, every person in our studio was given a chance to build a light fixture inspired by nature. The end result showcases the diversity of talent and creativity abundant in our studio.
One of our more unique projects, this case study documents the design and manufacture of our dragon light sculptures, completed in early 2012. See more at lightart.com
Case Study video for a large-scale lobby installation for a luxury hotel in Dallas, TX.
A case study of our "Toledo in the Fall" project. Late 2011. Done in collaboration with Genesis Associates.
A case study of our "Folded Serpentine" project Devon, a corporate cafeteria. Spring 2012. See more at lightart.com
Case study of our "Speedway Casino" project in Kansas. Late 2011 - Early 2012. See more at lightart.com
Our "Candlestick" Elements Chandelier. Winter 2011. See more at lightart.com
Created for the 2012 Holiday Season. See more at lightart.com
A highlight reel of LightArt's popular products including the Acoustic Collection, LA2 Connected and the Artisan line of sculptural designs. These are just some of the many innovative lighting designs that are a part of LightArt's overall collection.
Tour our studio virtually with our friends at ICFF and Wanted Design for this year's CLOSEUP virtual trade show.
LightArt's founder and Creative Director Ryan Smith joins Interior Design Magazine's Managing Director Helene Oberman for a Product Live interview. In this edited version Ryan discusses the challenges creating the award winning Coil Collection. He walks through design iterations and the process of utilizing internal material falloff to produce a breakthrough fixture.
Here at the Seattle Studio, we love what we do! All of our fixtures are made to order and hand-crafted by our skilled team of designers, engineers, artisans and fabricators.
LightArt in 2018 making strides to create creative, original lighting products and custom sculptural pieces. Ryan Smith, President and Creative Director and Ahna Holder International Sales Director tell how LightArt started.
LA2 Connected is custom lighting without the custom cost. Using a standardized kit of parts, you can specify unique configurations tailored to meet the needs of each project and budget.
Della, Ahna, and James demonstrate just how strong our LightArt Casper Beam really is. It's jumped on, danced on, hand standed on, and run over by a heavy electric bicycle. The Casper Beam simply takes a lick'n and keeps on tick'n!
Jeff demonstrates that our wall sconce fixtures can definitely take a beating. Whether it's banged, bonked, karate chopped, slapshotted, or punched, our lights always stay on.
Technology changes, so we've updated our CEU to include new advancements. Contact your local rep today to learn about lighting history, current technology, color temperature, and more!
Watch the abridged version of LightArt's trip to Lyon and the making of the Five X.
Watch the full video of the making of LightArt's Five X collection.
The LightArt Tango pendants, inspired by the 2012 Pantone Color of the Year, Tangerine Tango.
Using just paper, a pendant assembly, and ordinary office supplies, we challenged our studio to create a pendant fixture in 30 minutes or less. We were amazed at how a simple prompt can spark immense creativity.
LightArt presents our 2015 IGNITE/CREATE Tour. Part One: The Challenge! You've got 30 minutes to build a paper pendant. What would you do?
We outfitted a Sprinter van to be a rolling version of our Seattle Studio. It comes complete with a laser cutter, heat-forming oven, 3form material samples, tools, lighting demos, solar panels to power the fun, and so much more. We then topped it all off with a killer vinyl wrap and a bangin' stereo system!
Meet Julius, a tuba player who teaches us about growing up in New Orleans, his life in music, and hurricane survival mode.
During our time in Austin, TX, we stopped to talk with Eric Klusman of Short Bus Subs.
As we made our way though the Southwest, we stopped in Tucson, AZ to talk with Aureleo Rosano, a mosaic and sculpture artist. Watch as he shares his wisdom regarding creativity, adventure, and life lessons in general –plus a taste of "the world's best ice cream."
During our time in LA, we stopped to chat with Brandon Guzman, an architect with SmithGroup JJR. Watch as we discuss the creative spark, cross-disciplinary inspiration, and this Texan's surprise at LA's oil wells. As a bonus, we also hear about his use of LightArt's LA2 Connected modular fixtures in designing the new SmithGroup LA office.
While in LA, we sat down with Athena to talk creativity, inspiration, and doing what you love.
While we were in Portland, we stopped to chat with fashion designer Adam Arnold and find out what creativity means to him.
We traveled to Los Angeles to give local designers a shot at the Paper Pendant Challenge. As with our other events and interviews, we asked participants what ignites their creativity and how they got started in their craft. The Challenge brought out a ton of participants and inspired some fierce competition.
One of our early stops as we headed down the West Coast, Sacramento was a fun and lively event. Watch the creativity unfold as designers and architects from the area take on our Paper Pendant Challenge and play with Studio design tiles.
Before hitting the road, we took our Paper Pendant Challenge to Compendium, a creative local company here in Seattle.