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A Holistic Approach to Lighting

Illuminate your Sanctuary with Mindfully Designed, Conscious Light Fixtures.

Photo by Siemon & Salazar

Holistic lighting design encompasses a thoughtful approach that considers the interplay between human beings and their surroundings. Its objective is to craft a lighting arrangement that fosters physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. This entails a meticulous process of choosing and positioning lighting fixtures, utilizing various lighting styles, and incorporating diverse color temperatures. The ultimate goal is to fashion a building environment that not only serves its functional purpose but also delights the senses with its aesthetics.

I have a passion for specifying lighting! As a designer, hand-picking light fixtures for a project feels akin to matching a piece of jewelry with an outfit. It's that finishing flourish in a design that illuminates and harmonizes all the elements and objects within its surroundings.


Some key principles of holistic lighting design you should keep in mind.

  1. Consider the User: A holistic approach to lighting design considers the needs of the user, taking into account factors such as age, visual acuity, and task requirements. For example, the lighting requirements for an older person with reduced visual acuity will be different from those of a younger person with good eyesight.

  2. Balance: Holistic lighting design balances the needs for functional and aesthetic lighting. Task lighting, ambient lighting, and accent lighting are used in combination to create a balanced and comfortable lighting environment.

  3. Color Temperature: The color temperature of light can affect our emotional and psychological well-being. Warm white light (2700K-3000K) is more relaxing and calming, while cool white light (4000K-5000K) is more energizing and stimulating. A holistic approach to lighting design considers the color temperature of light and how it affects the mood and ambiance of the space.


Conscious lighting designs also convey a story.

When it comes to illuminating your home, conscious lighting is the way to go. Mindfully designed pieces are not only aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient, but also respectful of the habitat, culture, and ethics. This holistic approach to lighting design creates stories that bring any built environment to life. By considering materiality, sustainability, culture, and ethics in the design process, lighting designers create pieces that are both beautiful and meaningful. Investing in conscious lighting is an investment in your space, ensuring that its beauty and value will last for years to come.


Here is a short list of talented artists making inspiring light fixtures.


Lowland Studio creates glazes from raw materials for her rough stoneware light fixture bodies that are then wood-fired. Biomorphic shapes that are both form and function.

Photo by Lowland Studio

“…my fascination with the perfect decay and growth I have witnessed in nature and porcelain's pure reflection of texture, form, and shadow. Illuminating it is unpredictable and exciting in the way I have always found clay and fire to be.” — Kelly Storrs, Lowland Studio
Photo by Lowland Studio


Kassandra Thatcher is a sculptor and designer working largely in clay. Her designs are organic and modern, a piece of art to illuminate your space.

Photo by Kassandra Thatcher

“I have always been interested in the way things move, down to the smallest details, and how we take up space — how space informs our behavior. In my work, I explore these realms of form through abstraction by choosing a subject or use, as in light, and allow content and meaning to arise on their own through the shape and movement.” — Kassandra Thatcher

Graypants – Dream big. Scribble often. Make thoughtfully.

Photo by Graypants

“We believe our products have stories that transcend their designs. The stories are about the process and the people who take great pride in the quality of their work that goes into each and every one of our light fixtures. Our products are an extension of the people, the faces, and the stories behind them.” — Graypants

“Each pebble shade is inscribed with the beach name and coordinates of the original stone that inspired it.” — Graypants


Ay lluminate – Worldwide patterns. Innovation as principle. Catalyst beauty.

Photo by Ay lluminate

“Creating beautiful lighting requires an innovative approach to shaping form as well as the use of (waste) materials. Our Authentics prove how the characteristic of a room can make people glow and feel good.” — Ay Illuminate


Siemon & Salazar is a design studio created by Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar.

Photo by Siemon & Salazar

“Glassblowing is a team sport,” says Caleb. “It requires a united effort from multiple people to create one design.” Every glass piece is hand formed by the talented team at the studio in Santa Ana and all custom metal components are fabricated and finished locally.“ — Siemon & Salazar

Patrick Weder Honeycomb Light Sculptures are inspired by the concept of transforming industrial materials into natural forms.

Photo by Patrick Weder

“Hand sculpted paper and wire Honeycomb Light Sculptures, transcend the typical functions of interior lighting, exploring ideas related to material, organic form, and the enigmatic qualities of light. - No two Honeycomb Light Sculptures are alike.” — Patrick Weder

RTO Lighting by Robert True Ogden, the creator behind the company.

Photo by RTO Lighting

“Robert designs innovative work by combining practical mechanics, the inherent quality of his materials, and the essence of light. RTO produces lighting designed as objects of interest for spaces.” — Robert True Ogden

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