Lighting Showrooms & Artwork

Ross De Alessi Lighting Design > Showrooms & Artwork Gallery

The key to great showroom and artwork lighting is remembering that the products and the art are the focal points, and the lighting should serve to promote, enhance and protect. A critical consideration is photodegradation. Using the wrong light source can result in damage, even destruction, of items in a collection. We understand the specific effects different light sources have on different media, such as paint, wood and silk, and make sure your art not only is lit well, but safely, too.
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Private Collection
Art is unique, and we don’t believe there is just one way to light it. At RDLD, we’re known for working ‘backwards;’ considering the effect from the brain to the eye to the viewed piece back to what is illuminating it. We believe this is a common sense approach to designing the best lighting possible for a particular piece.
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Saxe Gallery
The owners requested a highly flexible, energy efficient lighting system that could accommodate rotating displays of their spectacular contemporary art glass collection. Ross De Alessi designed lighting that met those goals. Additionally, because the gallery space was small, the system needed to be unobtrusive and quiet—no lamp singing or dimmers buzzing!
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Saxe Gallery
San Francisco, California, USA
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GUMP'S Gloria windows
San Francisco, California, USA
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GUMP'S Gloria windows
Each holiday season, San Franciscans anxiously would await the unveiling of GUMP’S holiday windows. One year, the legendary retailer celebrated the four elements; earth, air, fire and water, in a display entitled “Gloria.” These windows captivated passersby with their ornate wreaths bathed in continual, sequencing lighting effects designed by Ross De Alessi.
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GUMP'S Japanese windows
During another holiday season, GUMP’S based its windows on the influence of Christianity on Feudal Japan. Ross De Alessi recalled his theatrical background to design a naturalistic lighting approach to these windows, employing a combination of standard and low voltage lighting fixtures outfit with dimming and color filters.
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GUMP'S Japanese windows
San Francisco, California, USA
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Kimball
Artec
Los Angeles, California, USA
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Kimball Artec
The architect for this office furnishings and partition systems showroom had a unique challenge: To render the entries and reception areas in a forest effect of dappled light. With lighting levels and color carefully balanced between these spaces, customers could visually transition from one showroom to another in a smooth fashion.
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TAB Showroom
This dramatic product showroom was broken into vignettes representing everyday office life, using zolotoned mannequins as busy office workers. The challenging design directive called for the lighting to follow and express each scene, with each vignette separated by a field of darkness.
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TAB Showroom
The Merchandise Mart
Chicago, Illinois, USA