Hard Rock Hotel Madrid, the colossal guitar that vibrates to the rhythm of rock

Hard Rock Madrid Hotel, la guitarra colosal

Hard Rock Hotel Madrid is the Hard Rock chain’s first urban establishment in Spain to take advantage of the city’s close relationship with music culture to offer a place for unlimited fun. An iconic space where you can relax and enjoy all kinds of events.

Hard Rock Madrid Hotel, la guitarra colosal de Lluria

Musical groups, emblematic characters and songs from all eras accompany us wherever we go, from the entrance hall to the interior of the rooms. The jewel in the crown is in the hotel’s atrium: a colossal seven-storey sculpture in the shape of a guitar – a nod to Hard Rock‘ s iconic Gibson Les Paul  which hangs like a huge chandelier and floods the space with light.

Grupos musicales, personajes emblemáticos y canciones de todas las épocas nos acompañan a lo largo de nuestro recorrido, desde el vestíbulo de entrada hasta el interior de las habitaciones. La joya de la corona la encontramos en el atrio del hotel: una colosal escultura de siete plantas de altura en forma de guitarra -referencia a la icónica Gibson Les Paul de Hard Rock- que descuelga como una gran lámpara para inundar el espacio con su luz.

The work designed by Atelier Mel and using aluminium plates and metal tubes, softly and warmly illuminates the Madrid night. Around it, runs an elegant Cougar (CO12-30-3L) perimeter light line that adapts to the organic geometry of the guitar body thanks to the great flexibility of Lluria’s LED linear systems. The strings are made of LX14.4-27-55-A digital LED strips, which create moving scenes in different shades of white that follow the rhythm of the music. Dynamic lighting controlled by the Casambi system makes a piece of architectural design that vibrates and modulates its light according to the type of melody.

Hard Rock Madrid Hotel, la guitarra colosal que vibra a ritmo de rock

A special new venue with a great personality for hosting all kinds of concerts and cultural activities. The place where music and art merge into a single concept through a brilliant light sculpture that dances and shines to the rhythm of rock and roll.

 

How to apply LED strips to achieve integrated lighting

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LED strips or linear lights offer interesting integrated light applications in architectural elements such as false ceilings, walls or floors, providing a solution for the different layers of lighting, be it ambient, accent or task lighting. The most outstanding feature of integrated lighting is the fact that, in general, only the light effect is visible, meaning the light source is completely hidden. This is something that makes integrated lighting potentially compatible with any type of space, architectural style and interior design.

One of the most common applications is the placement of perimeter light lines around rooms. This application is ideal for living rooms, hallways and bedrooms. Usually, the light strips are built into plaster ledges or valances in a ceiling or high on the walls of a room. This type of solution has a specific name: cove lighting.

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Indirect perimeter lighting

When the perimeter LED strip emits light towards the ceiling indirectly, a visual effect of lightness of the illuminated surfaces is achieved. It’s a common application in spaces with low ceilings, since it provides a visual sensation of greater height. The LED strip can be installed around the perimeter of the space, or be used in a specific area, more or less wide, creating a more overall or focussed lighting effect. The main elements to take into account are: the distance between the ledge and the ceiling, which will determine the reach and the uniformity of the light projection (the greater it is, the further the light will reach); the colour of the ceiling (if it’s white or clear it will contribute to more light diffusion) and how it will look from below, to define the detail of the ledge and to avoid the linear light being in direct view. For this application, we recommend using Lluria’s Moon or Basic ranges as they provide great flexibility.

If the perimeter light is emitted towards the vertical walls instead, the visual sensation will be one of expansion towards the sides, and the room will seem wider. There are several ways to execute this type of lighting, depending on the type of effect you want to achieve and the cove you plan to use to hide the linear LED. There are basically three options for placing the LED strip: lighting upwards, downwards or towards the wall. Each of these options has its nuances and specificities, but thanks to Lluria’s range of accessories and optics you’ll be able to further refine and fine-tune the final result, using different profiles, diffusers, emission angles or types of anchors.

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Orientation of the LED linears

Generally, by directing the LED upwards, the light level on the vertical wall will be lower and an indirect and soft luminosity will be achieved.

When the LED looks down, its optics and directionality will be more evident and the wall will be more illuminated, which will allow you to highlight any textures or finishes on the material. To achieve this effect, you can install crown moulding made of wood or plaster where your wall meets the ceiling, or you can use Lluria’s Star35, whose aluminium profiles already include a visor that covers the LED.

With the LED facing the wall, the upper part will have a fairly marked luminosity, but the light intensity on the vertical plane will be greater than that achieved with the ‘pure’ indirect lighting integration detail. This solution can also be applied to the perimeter of curved walls, providing an elegant vertical gradient thanks to Lluria’s Moon or Basic strips.

Maraba Studio
Maraba Studio

Curved lines lighting

Solutions for creating curved light lines deserve a special mention, as they’re often not obvious and have to be studied in each case. On the one hand, there are specific Lluria products such as the Side Way that allows the LED to be rotated laterally and produces a direct vertical wash of light on curved walls. Another great option is the Snake strip, which as its name suggests, can adapt to curvatures in various directions. But even LED linears that haven’t been specifically designed for curved surfaces can be customised and adapted to them, thanks to a careful selection of accessories, optics, and modulation and anchoring systems.

If you want to illuminate towards the floor, the effect achieved is that of a subtle and discreet signalling. For this you’ll need smaller details that can be integrated into light sockets or grooves. It’s important to consider the floor finish with these types of applications, as matt surfaces tend to distribute light perfectly while glossy floors can generate unwanted reflections. The detail can be done by including LED linears such as Moon or Basic in the design of skirting boards. Alternatively, Lluria offers the Star 29 profile, which has LED strips already integrated into an element that acts as a reflector, a heatsink and as protection against blows.

Each project is different and each integration detail requires careful sizing as well as a careful selection of LEDs, profiles, optics and accessories to apply the product in the best way according to the desired effect. For this reason, Lluria offers personalised advice to architects, lighting designers and interior designers when defining the specifications and the most appropriate solutions to the requirements of each space.

How to light your dream bedroom

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The bedroom is the first room we see when we wake up and the last one we see when we close our eyes; we start and finish each day between its four walls. This reason alone means we should take special care when designing its lighting. However, we often pay little attention to it, beyond applying run-of-the-mill lighting solutions such as placing fittings on both sides of the bed and having diffuse ambient lighting. There are many more resources we can use to help create more personalized and appropriate lighting that match our interior design and requirements.

Ideally, bedroom lighting should be bright and energizing in the morning and intimate and atmospheric at night. But there are nuances that depend on how we use the room throughout the day: Do we read in bed or somewhere in the room? Do we have a wardrobe or dressing area? Is there a TV in the bedroom? If it is a couple’s bedroom, are they both going to sleep and wake up at the same time? The design of layers of ambient, task and accent lighting, together with the use of lighting controls are the main tools enable us to adapt the lighting to the needs and lifestyle of each customer, and of course the design and personality of each space. In this context, linear leds provide interesting solutions and details for bedroom lighting, whatever style we choose, as we will see below.

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The lighting layers in the bedroom

Ambient or general light is the base layer of well-designed bedroom lighting. It should give soft, wide-range lighting that complements natural light. There are many ways to achieve this, whether with decorative ceiling or standing fittings or by using indirect light provided by led strips built into false ceilings, sconces, or perimeter curtains. An interesting solution for this type of lighting is to use leds with adjustable colour-temperature changes, such as Lluria’s Titan Double White, which can emit several shades of white between 2400K and 6000K and adapt the atmosphere to every moment of the day.

Good ambient lighting is the basic lighting that connects to the other lighting layers – the task layer and the accent layer – which will be used for other typical bedroom tasks such as reading, watching TV or dressing.

The reading light usually can usually be resolved using focal or diffused light fittings next to the bed or in the reading or study corner.

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General lighting may be sufficient for dressing, but customers are increasingly aware of the importance of a good task light in the dressing area and request specific, front and diffuse lights close to the mirror and built-in lights in the cabinets that sorting, looking at and locating clothes. Both needs can be solved using linear leds, which are increasingly refined and adapted to the various types of mirrors, cabinets and dressing rooms. The range of Lluria’s sizes, profiles and optics means we can configure specific fittings for each application.

Accent lighting often adds personality and emphasis to a corner or detail of the room, often through accent lighting or even decorative lighting. An interesting solution provided by linear leds can be found by integrating them into shelves to create lighting effects that highlight books or decorative objects.  In short, the more layers of lighting we have in the room, the more variety and flexibility we can achieve, as is the case in other rooms in the house. The bedroom, moreover, has a peculiarity. Everything revolves around a piece of furniture, the bed, of standardized dimensions and that allows conditions the distribution of the space. Now, we’ll look at how we can light this area.

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The bed, the functional and visual focus of the bedroom

The double bed is usually the largest piece of furniture in the bedroom and one of the largest pieces of furniture in the house. Sometimes we want to highlight it theatrically with accent lighting, but the most common thing is that the bed is not lit up by direct lighting, but by light that surrounds or frames it. This is usually provided by the lights in the bedside table areas (wall lights, tables, hanging lights or a combination), which are found in almost all bedrooms. Although their position means their primary function is to provide reading light on both sides of the bed, they often also serve as elements that frame it and define its personality.

But to highlight the bed, once again linear leds come to our help.  Built into the bed head, or under the bed and even bedside tables, they give nuanced light that can add a special touch to different layers of lighting. For example, indirectly lit bed heads can provide general ambient light or complement the reading light; lighting under the bed or a bedside table is ideal as signal lighting while generating a framework of light that places the visual accent on the bed itself.

Another unique aspect of the “bed area” is that it also functions as a control centre from which lights, curtains and television can be controlled. It is achieved by simple switches or by more complete control systems.

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Improving sleep quality

Since sleeping is our main activity in the bedroom, we should ask ourselves whether the lighting is ideal for a good night’s sleep. However as much as we may love artificial light, we sleep best in a completely dark bedroom. If we wake up at night to use the bathroom, a small signal light, of extremely low colour level and temperature, can be useful for moving around safely. Led lines hidden from sight under the bedside table or bed, with a colour temperature of 2400K or lower and regulated to a minimum, are an excellent solution. But while we sleep, the total absence of light helps us get a deep and refreshing sleep. Equally important is the light we are exposed to before bedtime. Higher light levels and longer wavelengths have been shown to suppress melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate the sleeping and waking cycle. Therefore, using soft lights and warm/reddish tones before bedtime can help us rest better.

Interview with Mary Pardo and Susana Barea, founders of Krea Lighting Studio

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
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If something characterizes the founders of Krea Lighting Studio it is their accessibility and personal touch. They pride themselves on listening to customers and providing the best strategy, as well as the talent, creative approach and attention to detail that deliver the best solution to every need. They are convinced that their commitment to and enthusiasm for well done work will take them far.

In 2018 you founded your studio, Krea Lighting. What led you to do it together? Were you close friends?

Susana: No, the truth is that we had never worked together, we only met because we had some common suppliers. We were at a decisive point at a time when Mary was deciding between going into teaching or continuing with projects and I had to decide my professional future from among several proposals.

Mary: It was a matter of good vibrations, Susana inspired trust from the very beginning. We only needed to meet a couple of times to decide to combine our knowledge and experience and establish Krea Lighting.

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
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Is it difficult to get into the profession as an independent studio? What are the biggest challenges you faced?

Mary:  The biggest challenge is economic. The current pandemic situation is extraordinarily complex. The rest needs dedication and enthusiasm.

Susana: Developing projects is no problem for us, beyond the challenges that each customer poses.  In contrast, all the management and paperwork issues involved in founding a company are time-consuming and are exhausting. In our case, because our premises are on the ground floor and visible from the street, the architectural and regulatory requirements are much greater.

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
Agrupació Jugadors FCB. ©alvarovaldecantos

The question we must ask is, where does your interest in light come from?

Mary:  My interest in light came by pure chance. When I was quite young, I went to work in a lighting company as an office worker. There I discovered the enormous possibilities light offers to the point that the manager encouraged me to devote myself to it and to study interior design, so I’d have the basics. I fell in love with light from the outset.

Susana: I studied interior design, but when I joined a food company in 2001 that was developing projects for markets, pastry shops, butchers, shops or restaurants, I realized the enormous importance of light in general, and especially how it affected people’s perception of food. But as an interior designer you are not a lighting expert, so I sought out the studies I needed and took the Master in Lighting Design from UPC in Barcelona, of which I am currently coordinator.

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
Agrupació Jugadors FCB. ©alvarovaldecantos

What kind of projects are you working on?

Susana: The current situation, which allows us to work online, gives us the opportunity to develop all kinds of projects at local, national and international levels. Having the studio in Vic does not limit us in any way. But it is true that the pandemic has boosted housing projects.

Mary:   Currently we are also working on a couple of restaurants, shops, a showroom in Barcelona and on teaching.

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
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Have you developed a language that characterizes you as a studio?

Mary:   More than a language or style, I would say that what characterizes our work is that we always listen to our customers to determine their needs. Once they are established, we can develop the most suitable solutions.

Susana: Even if customers don’t know anything about lighting, if they know how they like to live or how they like to work, they understand their needs better than anyone else. Therefore, this initial and close contact is essential for achieving the best results. And I’m not just talking about small projects; we’re always present from the beginning, ready to establish a one-on-one relationship. If something defines us as a studio, it is our accessibility.

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
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When you establish that close contact with the owners, do you think they are generally sophisticated enough to understand the language of light as the generator of architectural narrative?

Susana: Generally, our customers come to us, which is important because it means they have a specific interest in lighting. Many of them say, ‘I don’t know what or how, but I want it to be well lit’. In our case, after having completed several projects, it is often word of mouth that works best. People come and say, ‘Wow, that has turned out well! Who did it?’ and then they come to us. From when they first show their interest, we try to educate them about how important lighting is as a component in the development of a narrative.

Mary:  Going back to the close personal contact we mentioned before, we not only design the visual project, but we are fully involved: we arrange visits, perform light tests, advise, explain why we have chosen one product or another, advise on the pros and cons… We are totally involved with the architects and installers on site, and we always try to be part of the overall team. We can develop a great project, but if we do not cooperate with the architect, the interior designer and the installer afterwards, it won’t turn out as we want.

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
Mercat de Olesa. Obra Exhibeo VM. @Pere Grimau

When you talk to architects, interior designers and installers do you need to adapt your language to theirs, so that the projects can be successfully implemented?

Susana: The difference between them and us is that when we work with architects and interior designers, they perceive us as a plus in their work. Installers, however, often see us as competitors that invade their area and will make their lives more difficult. In fact, many of them come straight out with it. Our relationship with installers is more complex, but the results speak for themselves. Once they see the finished project and the relationship has gone smoothly, they end up acknowledging our contribution.

Mary:  It depends on the project. In our case, we know installers who are regular customers and who call us directly. We have recently worked on a series of homes and it was the installer who invited us to take part, because we add value to their work. Although there are all kinds attitudes, fortunately some people are beginning to appreciate us.

Krea Lighting Mary Pardo Susana Barea
Mercat de Olesa. Obra Exhibeo VM. @Pere Grimau

Do you like to use lines of light in your projects?

Susana: A lot. They are excellent for emphasising architecture and hiding the light source.

Mary:   They are practical; they give great results and are easy to incorporate into projects. At the moment we are involved in modular houses for which we have made a prototype that incorporates several light lines. And we always work with Lluria, because of their proximity, efficient service and problem-solving capability. It’s a company with a great team behind it.

Susana: Yes, and another point in their favour is that their catalogue enables us to choose from a wide variety of profile and linear led models, whether for a project that requires the highest quality or for lower budget projects. And what we appreciate most is their ability to adapt when making custom lengths. We find it very practical and the installers are more than happy with the results.

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The three types of linear lighting in the home

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Linear lighting has revolutionised the way interiors are conceived and designed. One example would be to consider how complicated it used to be to avoid putting in ceiling lights or to resolve details when it came to building light into the furniture. Today, linear LEDs, with all the available formats and finishes, have opened up an infinite array of possibilities for lighting solutions in all sorts of spaces and construction details.

In the home sector, there are countless linear lighting applications that make it possible to set up a perfect, flexible and visually appealing solution.

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Baño vivienda. Solertia. VAM Arquitectos & Vié Il·luminació.

TYPES OF LIGHTING

There are three basic types of lighting that are combined and interact with one another, to create the ideal atmosphere in a home:

. General or ambient lighting
. Occasional or accent lighting
. Task lighting

Linear LEDs provide solutions for each of these types of lighting. So, in both this article and subsequent ones, we will be exploring the diverse applications that exist today for the different spaces that make up a home.

TIPOS DE ILUMINACIÓN Existen tres tipos básicos de iluminación con los que crear la atmósfera perfecta en una vivienda, combinándolos e interactuando entre sí: . Iluminación general o de ambiente . Iluminación puntual o de acento . Iluminación para tareas Los LED lineales aportan soluciones a cada una de estas tipologías, así que, en este artículo y en los siguientes, vamos a repasar las distintas aplicaciones que existen para los diferentes espacios que componen una vivienda.
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GENERAL OR AMBIENT LIGHTING

This type of lighting is designed to create an ideally uniform level of general lighting, to identify the space and enable users to move about within it safely. Generally speaking, the light emitted is soft, diffused or indirect and can be regulated to adapt to day and night-time setups. Usually, this lighting is not enough to enable users to perform certain activities beneath it or to highlight specific objects or elements around the room, yet it is fundamental to create sensations.

For this purpose, linear LED lighting is a major innovation, as it provides general lighting with no need to install any sort of recess or surface lights in the ceiling. For hidden general lighting using linear LEDs, here are some of the most frequently found solutions:

. Perimeter recesses facing the walls
. Perimeter recesses facing the ceiling
. Hidden indirect lighting above structural elements or furniture

Of course, linear lights can also be hung or installed on surfaces in plain view, if the idea is not to integrate the lighting into the architecture.

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Vivienda en Vilanova. Saladie + Energia 32 Studios SLP-AMCA Architecture

TASK LIGHTING

This is an intense and direct source of light that is necessary for specific activities that are carried out in the home, such as reading, studying, working, cooking, putting on makeup, sewing, ironing and doing arts and crafts. It provides a greater level of light in the specific area where the activity is carried out, as an additional reinforcement to the general lighting. In this case, linear LEDs are placed closer to the work surface. The applications would be as follows:

. Linear lights built into the furniture (kitchens, offices, bathrooms and mirrors)
. Hanging lights close to the work surface
. Portable floor or table lamps

To be efficient, lighting must provide a considerable luminous flux that can be controlled at the same time, to prevent glares and visual fatigue.

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Vivienda Barcelona. Punto Luz

ACCENT LIGHTING

Accent lighting is designed to highlight a specific object or area, generating a contrast with the ambient lighting. Accent lighting draws attention to certain elements in the home, such as architectural details, materials and textures, works of art, plants, and shelves featuring books or other objects, making each one of those elements a focal point in the space.

Traditionally, occasional and adjustable lights were used for this purpose, yet linear lighting is offering increasingly more solutions for these needs, with miniature LED lights and LEDS built into the furniture. Here are a few examples:

. Linear lighting built into details of the furniture
. Linear floor lighting
. Linear lighting for wall washing

The main aim of accent lighting is to draw the eye to a specific area, creating a point of interest and visual enjoyment.

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Apartamento en Lanzarote. Maraba Studio

Hence, when selecting the type of lighting for a given area of the home, the first step is to identify the types of activities that will be carried out there. Very often, a single room in the home is used for several different purposes. For example, the living room can provide a reading area, a place to relax, a dining area and a place to watch television. In keeping with this conceptual framework, in the upcoming articles we will be offering you helpful guidelines for the use of linear lighting in specific household areas.