Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – or so the age old saying goes. There’s no uncertain amount of truth in this statement. Art is, by its very nature, subjective. Different pieces will hold a different value for different people. The same can be considered for luxury lighting. So when, exactly, does lighting qualify as art?
Functionality aside, luxury lighting pieces that are considered art look amazing regardless of whether they’re in use or not. The beauty and form of the design speaks for itself, unique and impressive enough to create an impression both on and off.
The function of a luxury lighting piece is another factor to play a part in its art. Illumination is strategically built into the piece to call attention to the deign’s focal points, the use of shadow as effective as its brightness, all while carrying out the purpose of lighting a setting.
As well as this, the lighting effects created in a room by a luxury lighting piece factor into its art. Whether incorporating unique lighting elements into use, designs reach their full artistic potential when they are switched on, not only by illuminating their own best features, but by doing the same for the setting they’re in.
There have been numerous art movements over history. Some have very distinct aesthetics–Baroque, Impressionism and Cubism, for example. Lighting designers well-versed in art history like to pay tribute to their favourite styles or artists; you can see such influences in the final designs.
In conjunction with more specific artistic movements, general design styles can also span eras and continents. It’s possible to find artistic lighting designs that will work in settings traditional to transitional and everything in-between.
Getting back to the basics: art is subjective. What one person considers art may not seem museum-worthy for another. Just as some flock to modern art exhibits while others avoid them, every style has its devotees and detractors. That’s the beauty of art – it’s independently democratic. It’s in the eye of the beholder. If it’s art in your view, that is what matters.