Flynn Talbot, Lighting Artist and Designer
Flynn Talbot is an Australian lighting artist and designer based in London, UK. He creates lighting installations and commissioned pieces for galleries and unique buildings along with innovative lighting products for serial production. In a recent conversation with Lighting India he talks about his journey so far and his projects.
What led you to the Lighting Industry?
It was an organic journey. I studied product design straight out of high school and actually we did only one small lighting project. After I graduated I wasn’t fulfilled by working on products or furniture, I was looking for something with more depth, something that I could control in a more sensitive way and when I discovered what’s possible with lighting I was hooked.
Could you tell us about your initial days when you started off?
After graduation I worked in a local lighting store in Perth that sold Flos, Luceplan, Erco, Kreon, and all these amazing brands from Europe. This was the start of my fascination with light. I would take apart the fixtures and see how things were done. And I would design installation for the shop window on very low budgets. It was a creative freedom that I loved.
What drove you to commence your own company?
I am head-strong and like doing things my own way. As soon as I was in the right place to start my own studio, I did. I really like to be in full creative control of my projects so I know they are executed with absolute precision, so the experience for the audience or consumer is as I see it in my mind. And I could only get that by driving everything myself.
How has lighting industry evolved globally?
I’d say light has become more separated from Architecture and has become more fluid. We are no longer bound by traditional floor lamps or pendants or downlights but light can now be integrated within spaces in more human and more organic ways. This is very exciting for the future of our built environment. Also with LEDs, fixtures are smaller and more concealed and this of course offers many new opportunities for designers.
Could you talk about few of your projects? What inspires you to pursue specific projects?
I guess the one I’m most known for now is my ‘Reflection Room’ installation at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last year. That was very hyped up and gained global press. There I wanted to transform this amazing former textile gallery with light and material so create a very immersive experience for my audience. I used my story of light which is the combination of saturated orange and deep blue light to create an installation with tension and polarity.
Can you explain a bit about the creative process with regards to lighting for Art installations?
I look for opportunities to create new experiences, whether in a gallery, a museum, hotel or a product. I try to see what’s new that I can bring to the table to offer something new to the world. I first think about what the experience is that I want to create and then start to consider possible lighting effects and materials that will help build that vision. Everything that will take away from the experience is removed or concealed so the lit effect is always the focus.
Any message for the budding lighting designers?
As in any business, if you are passionate enough about it you can do whatever you want. Just be curious, learn as much as you can, talk to people and take things apart and see how they work.