Looking back at the illumni
Future Of Lighting Summit 2015
Proudly Sponsored by Philips

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Prior to the 25th May this year, I was discussing the illumni Future Of Lighting Summit 2015 with a prominent, Sydney based lighting industry executive. He scoffed at the concept. “You can’t presume to know what the future holds.” he said.

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If the industry ever needed a metaphor for what ails it, this was it.

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Which is particularly sad given the future of (Australian) lighting has never been brighter.

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There is a constant stream of new and better technology. (Connectivity and PoE are here). Hoteliers, restaurant & bar owners, building managers, urban planners, hipsters, councils, artists, health and wellbeing advocates, academics and just wild and crazy people are embracing all the amazing things ‘new lighting’ can do to change our lives, make them more liveable and more profitable.

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And that’s what the illumni Future Of Lighting Summit 2015 was all about.

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Held at the Ivy Ballroom on Monday 25th May 2015, it was 15 + local and international speakers who care passionately about where lighting is headed, speaking to 180+ people who think the same way.

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Lighting is no longer just about illumination. Its about everything.

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Associate Pro Vice Chancelleor – Enterprise, College of Creative Arts, Massey University Wellington Chris Bennewith returned in 2015 to MC the illumni Future Of Lighting Summit.

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Philips was the proud sponsor of the event.

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As speaker Joe Snell, Creative Director of LLIGHT proclaimed, “What looks nice no longer cuts it. Lighting is so much more important than that.”

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Marcin Wilinski, National Projects Manager, Philips introduced Blake Emery.

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Lighting is contributing significantly to improving customer experiences,” Boeing Director of Differentiation Strategy, Blake Emery explained.

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Prof. Leon Lack Professor of Psychology from Flinders University (inventer of Re-timer) spoke about how lighting influences our circadian rhythms.

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Jonathan Daly, Behaviourologist / Urbanist / Designer @ studio huss in his presentation underlined the importance of designing lighting for people and their particular experiences.

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Joe Snell moderated the early morning panel discussion which included Blake, Leon and Jonathan and fielded questions with aplomb, from the audience.

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During morning tea, over coffee and a selection of delicious pastries illumni detected a great deal of networking going on.

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Vessi Ivanova, National Lighting Manager, Lighting Solutions, Philips introduced Neil Stonell, Partner of Grimshaw Architects in Melbourne.

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Neil Stonell spoke insightfully of Light + Architecture, from the perspective of an architect. His case studies perfectly illustrated his points. Its interesting to know he began his career with lighting design firm Fisher Marantz Stone.

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James Wilkinson, Editor-In-Chief of HM magazine, travel editor of timeout, and regular executive travel reporter for Sky News joined forces with Mark Elliott, Principal of PointOfView to discuss what’s right and what’s wrong with lighting in hospitality. Mark shared views, tips and tricks about creating the right ambience for restaurants, hotels and bars.

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Rob Fletcher, Philips Lighting’s MD, Australia + New Zealand, enthusiasm for Connected Lighting was positively infectious.

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Joe Snell moderated the panel discussion which included Neil, James, Mark and Marcin and fielded questions (again with aplomb) from the audience.

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Lunch was two courses with interestingly coloured drinks of the non-alcohol variety.

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At last year’s FOLS lunch, at least one manufacturer illumni knows of signed a new client resulting in a couple of million dollars of new business. Future that!

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Ian Douglas–Jones, Creative Director of Atelier I-N-D-J encouraged the lighting industry to embrace opportunity and risk with alacrity.

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Michael Kardasis, National Sales Manager, Project Operations at Philips Lighting introduced Tim Carr, Australasian Lighting Leader at Arup.

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Tim Carr spoke about Arup’s approach to Daylighting and Night-Time Design and had a list of insightful case-study examples to share with the audience.

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Architect William Feuerman Office Feuerman told how a stroke changed the way he saw the world forever. He embraced the experience in his work which has led to more interesting architectural outcomes.

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Joe Snell moderated the panel discussion which included Ian, Tim, William and fielded questions (more aplomb) from the audience.

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More networking was done during afternoon tea (FOLS is a business conference after all where the business of business is taken seriously.

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Major Hotelier Dr Jerry Schwartz, Founder of the Schwartz Family Company said that when he agreed to build the new ICC Hotel in Sydney’s Darling Harbour he insisted on only two mandatories. The helicopter pad on the roof and the digital facade lighting on the front.

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To give his thoughts on ‘Light As Art’, Blair French, Director, Curatorial and Digital, MCA, first looked at the question, what is art? He then proceeded to answer it with style and flare.

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Joe Snell once again moderated the panel discussion which included Jerry, Blair and Vessi and fielded questions from the audience.

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The Future Of Lighting 2015 was a success. Due in no small part to our sponsor Philips Lighting and a host of others who invested their time, intelligence and money. At the end of the proceedings your humble scribe was almost trampled when he found himself positioned between delegates and the open bar. More networking and more drinks.

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At around 7.30 speakers, sponsors and supporters joined illumni at the inimitable Chop House Restaurant in the heart of Sydney’s business district for more drinks, more food and more forthright conversation. Its written on my hand, that everyone had a great time.

illumni would like to thank the lighting design practices and lighting manufacturers who purchased a table and supported the event. We would also like to thank all delegates who invested their valuable time and supported the event by attending.

See you at FOLS 2016. Who said you can’t know what the future holds?

http://futureof.lighting

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