LIMIT THE COLOR PALETTE

 

Leni Schwendinger
Owner/President at Leni Schwendinger Light Projects LTD.menber of IALD,11.2013,joined Arup as an associate principal to lead the firm's urban lighting design network.Leni is a lighting designer with expertise illuminating architectural and public spaces around the world who aims to expand the use and application of light to incorporate economic vitality, social interaction, and public health and safety into the fabric of city and urban environments, with a specific focus on nightscapes.

Designers should use colors that have local meaning and resonance. Light and color go hand-in-hand. One cannot perceive color without light. Hues have embedded symbolic and cultural meanings. Light and color are fascinating partners and easy to implement, especially now, with LED. However, it is important to limit the color palette to just a few colors for powerful effects. 

What is your understanding of color?


Light and color go hand-in-hand. One cannot perceive color without light. Additionally, filtering and modifying various luminous gasses through lamps allow a vivid representation of color through light.
Color is relative to each other. Itten抯 揝even Contrasts?are a good way to understand the relationship of hues to each other and how a figure/ground correlation affects our perception of each color.

How does color take effects to lighting design?

A base characteristic of light抯 effect is color temperature and color rendering.  Thus, what appears to be white light, is really a spectrum of light spectrum and genuine reflection of colored surfaces (CRI). Light and color are fascinating partners and easy to implement, especially now, with LED. However, it is important to limit the color palette to just a few colors for powerful effects.

What should be paid attention to lighting design of public buildings? How to measure the suitable color of lighting?

Firstly, a tint or color must integrate with the building surface to accentuate rather than dull the fa鏰de material.
Hues have embedded symbolic and cultural meanings.  Some colors are reminiscent of national flags, some are associated with colors in nature, and still others are mythical, as well as cultural. Holidays often have colors associated with them, and designers must be aware that the correct colors in one country might be different than another.  And in one city a color palette might be associated with a sports team or legend.
Buildings may be branded by their owners ?and have corporate colored logos. On the other hand the products or corporations or use of a building may be depicted by a hue, tint or saturated color.  Designers should use colors that have local meaning and resonance. 

How to avoid the light pollution of the large application of color in Lighting?

Last time I spoke in Guangzhou ?a student lamented that China has 揷olor pollution?  I believe that articles of this type, and education will support designers to teach their clients that thoughtfulness in selection of color palette and use of that palette are important.  Otherwise lots of colors will just neutralize the design.  Random and thoughtless dynamic color becomes uneventful.

How will you describe America with color? And China?

I have developed a theory about the 揷arnivalesque?and the 搒ublime?  Carnivalesique palettes and rhythms are bold and bright, sublime are softer and subtle.  Each culture has their bold and their mysterious.

Which color will you use to New York if you can? And why?

Every site has its own history, geography, cultural interplay and therefore colors that suit.  It is up to us as designers to research, sometimes to interview local inhabitants and stakeholders to solve the mystery of the right color palette. 

NO.37
2020-09-30

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