This month we are shining the spotlight on lighting designer Susan Arnold. Susan has been part of the Wolfers family for over 20 years and since our merger with System 7 she has been an integral part of our projects team! Read on to learn more about Susan.
When did your interest in the world of lighting design begin?
Ha I knew nothing of lighting but always had a passion for design as a child. My Mom and Grammie were like Martha Stewart – They were always entertaining and redecorating every room in the house one room at a time. My dad was a great wallpaper hanger, painter, handyman. Lighting came into my life when I was looking to expand my Interior Design background. There was an ad in the newspaper for a lighting showroom called ‘Wolfers’. I applied and quickly realized how big the world of lighting is and how much it affects our lives and well-being. 27 years later, I am still here designing lighting for all types of projects!
You have been a lighting designer with Wolfers for many years and sit on the board of lighting committees. When Wolfers merged with System 7 and The Boston Shade Company, you joined the projects team, how has that changed your day to day work-life?
I especially love the integration of shades – I now can add Natural lighting as another layer of light into my designs. I call it the fifth layer of light. The technology side you can’t avoid. If you can start a car and an oven from your phone why not control your complete home? Controls are often thought of as complicated, but when I ask clients about their life style choices, they all want simplicity. This is exactly what an app from your phone or a keypads is- simple.
Can you tell us any of your personal favorites? Lighting manufacturers, designers, even specific fixtures?
I love Hammerton Studio, the Parallel Collection is definitely a personal favorite. I also love the Bezel Gem and Urban Loft collections by them. Another favorite manufacturer would be Currey and Co, they have some really fun stuff!
What about your free time - what are you up to?
I love the outdoors and I very much enjoy traveling. Yoga, the gym and the beach (I like to snorkel) are some of my hobbies. I have one redheaded granddaughter and in February I’ll have a grandson! They live in southern California with their Mom and Dad. My son lives in Colorado and will be getting married this year in Boulder.
Thank you, Susan!
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