A piece of art can really make a home, but even the most exquisite masterpieces dim without the right luminance. This is where ERCO Lighting comes into the picture
Good lighting can really transform a space. No one understands this better than German lighting specialists ERCO. Founded in 1934, the award-winning brand is an international leader in architectural lighting. Using entirely LED technology, the family-owned company illuminates some of the world’s biggest and most significant spaces including museums, galleries and airports, yet its innovative products and designs are just as at home in the smallest of residential spaces.
Its luxury luminaires were recently showcased at the inaugural FIND – Design Fair Asia at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition Centre during Singapore Design Week in September 2022. The only architectural lighting company presenting, ERCO illuminated audiences to the difference between architectural lighting and decorative lighting, and also impressed with its wallwashing, or vertical illuminance capabilities. For linear aesthetics, as with Melbourne’s 405 Bourke Street’s dramatic 25-metre foyer, ERCO’s Compar Linear downlights were employed. The light draws visitors’ eyes up the warm Italian travertine tiling to create the stunning effect that gives the space its “Lattern facade” nickname.
“Light, not luminaires. Light is the fourth dimension of architecture.”
To see how this translates into a luxury residential property, take a look at Casa Saba, a summer house situated on the southeast coast of Bali. Architectural firm Artalenta lit the award-winning luxury villa’s double height living space with ERCO’s world-class lighting solutions, ensuring that the interior lights did not compete with the unspoiled vistas of the coastal landscape. Designed to be entirely unobtrusive as the home’s inhabitants slip from living space to rugged nature, the designers tapped the lighting company’s expertise in “invisible” light fixtures which blend seamlessly into the architecture. The premium property also relied on the meticulously calibrated colour temperatures of the lights to enhance its resort-style ambience.
A piece of art can really make a home, but even the most exquisite masterpieces dim without the right luminance. When Dulwich Picture Gallery, the world’s oldest art gallery, needed a spotlight on an exhibition celebrating the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt, they turned to ERCO. Where National Gallery Singapore used the brand’s lighting systems for Yayoi Kusama’s Life is the Heart of a Rainbow, art in a private residence would be more suited to Minimal Accenting, which lends a softer, more emotive light to sculptures and classical paintings. Antiquities of historical or sentimental value would benefit most from Dramatic Accenting, where accent light is harnessed for its theatricality, creating a strong focus on the displayed piece.