Raffaele De Vita, Lighting Designer, Medland Metopolis, Takes a Look Back at: 2015 – This is the year that Was


2015 – Was it a year to remember or forget? Brilliant? Not how you imagined? Treacherous? Better than expected? Intriguing? Profitable? Was it unrelenting? This is your opportunity to comment on the 365 days that made up 2015. Raffaele De Vita, Lighting Designer, Medland Metopolis, looks back at the 365 days that has made up 2015.

How was it for you? (2015 that is)

It’s been a pyrotechnical sparkling year with many interesting projects, working at a very high level with great Clients and Architects.

Remember how you felt this time last year?

Oh yes. I felt like a horse at the Melbourne Cup Race that sees the finish line not too far, with the crowd (Contractors) partly supporting and partly yelling at me (in different languages) because of the complexity of the Lighting Design.

With hindsight, what might you have done differently?

I would not change anything, even decisions that didn’t work out as expected. It is part of the improvement process.

Ovolo blue hotel 1

Ovolo blue Hotel 2

Ovolo blue hotel 3
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney.

What have you created in the past 12 months that you would like us to know about?

At Medland Metopolis we invested a huge amount of time into researching Tunable White LED technology.
With a fitting that changes colour temperature from warm to cool white, we want to improve productivity in the workplace and create a more human friendly office environment: the office of the future.
We are very close to having the first LED Tunable white office fitout in Australia and one of the first in World.

It was refreshing working on Hospitality projects, like the Ovolo Hotel in Woolloomooloo (Sydney), collaborating with creative minds like Matthew Sheargold and Sally De Marchi (Hassell). Not even the strict heritage building constraints could stop the design from being integrated within the beautiful Wharf.

I also had the pleasure of working with Stuart Krelle and Rachel Luchetti (Luchetti Krelle) on a modern/pop design approach for the Ovolo 1888 Hotel (Sydney). The lighting was designed to enhance a theatrical feeling within a heritage building, thanks to a game of shadows.



Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour, Sydney.

If you could change one thing going into 2016 (business related) what would it be?

I’d like to work on international projects too.

Anything else you’d like to add?

It’s great what illumni is doing: spreading the lighting culture around the World.


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