This course illuminates the technical, aesthetic, and marketing components of successful lighting design. We begin with a quick exploration of light and how it is used to create environment, including up-lighting, down-lighting, wall lighting, table lighting, work lighting, mood lighting and color temperature. Asher then introduces technical considerations such as industry standards, bulb types, wiring, and safety. With this background in place, students work with a variety of natural and man-made materials to develop their own designs. Asher notes, “Trial and error is essential to the design process because a light that looks beautiful also has to satisfy its function in order to be desirable.” Throughout the course he convenes individual and group discussions on factors such as light and shadow, cord considerations, production methods, cost of goods, and the marketplace.
Asher Rodriquez-Dunn is founder and owner of Studio DUNN, a batch production furniture and lighting design firm in Rumford, RI. He has received numerous honors, including “Best New Designer” at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2010. Asher’s work has appeared in Dwell, Forbes, New England Home, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Luxe, and American Craft. In 2013, he was selected by Vogue as one of “Ten Contemporary Designers to Collect Today.” Asher earned his BFA in 2008 from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he currently teaches part-time in Industrial Design. His website is studiodunn.com.
Open to all.