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Light X Design: 20 Years of Lighting by Bentley Meeker Hardcover – February 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0982379905 ISBN-10: 0982379900
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"Bentley Meeker knows how to create a mood." --Quest Magazine

"The guests are almost guaranteed to look lovely because Bentley Meeker, the lighting expert, will be seeing to that." --WWD

"The book details 20 years of glamorous and sublime illuminations." --Hill's List, April 2011

"Meeker's lighting highlights and transforms some of New York City's most glorious interior spaces, from Gotham Hall to The Museum of Natural History (imagine the whale in shades of blue and green speckles). While Meeker and architecture are a great pair, you'd be amazed at what he can do with a tent as well." --Design Public, April 2011

"...page after over-sized page of lavish photos, a kaleidoscope of eye candy... And yet despite the technical complexity that must go into these projects, according to Meeker the heart of every design--no matter what the occasion, the budget, the client--is to achieve one goal: Make the space and the people in it look and feel incredible." --Style Maniac, April 2011

From the Publisher

This collection features case studies of work by the inimitable lighting design guru Bentley Meeker, detailing 20 years of glamorous and sublime illuminations. The basic premise of how to light any space is illuminated here by a top expert. Notable examples include P Diddy's 40th birthday party, and the wedding of Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. This impressive portfolio is sure to please the art, interior design, and professional and novice party planners alike.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Glitterati Incorporated (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982379900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982379905
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 0.8 x 14.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andre Lawrence TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2011
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There's no reason in the world that anyone should not think that this should be a runaway 5-star book.

On paper, figuratively speaking, you have an expert lighting designer who has, for more than two (2) decades, lit some of the most eloquent and celebrated affairs in both the political and entertainment circles as well as the private affairs of the more affluent of our society.

On paper, literally speaking, you have a large coffee-table book that runs 150+ pages. So, the author/ subject is afforded much time and real estate to demonstrate his remarkable career.

But, what happened?

The Bad.
LIGHT X, the book, as distinguished from the actual work of the subject, suffers from poor editing. Period.

The book, if one looks carefully and imagines from the poorly lit photographs that Mr. Bentley Meeker has demonstrated brilliance on a grand scale. But many, my guess would be roughly half of the photographs are dark and washed out. In certain pictures the color (of the room? Camera filter? Film development?) is so opaque as to blur the furniture with the wall fixtures.

The layout of the photographs could have also been arranged in a way that followed some form of thematic concept instead of, what looks to be, an indiscriminant placement.

I recognize that many of the pictures were from a time long before digital cameras and megapixels, but I would have suggested to take the pictures and "remastered" them through Photoshop or Aperture.

It matters for two reasons. One, the artist is deprived of showing his best work under the best conditions. And, two, the book is going for a premium price of $75.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Josh Light Guru on April 24, 2011
I've been into lighting design for years. It was my major back in college and now it's my career with freelance events. I'm always looking for new lighting books with tips I can actually use. It's surprising that there really aren't a lot of good ones out there. But Light x Design is great. The pictures serve to show just how much lighting affects a space. There are tips that novices like my assistants can learn from alongside more intricate ideas I can pick apart and run with. Lighting design is a great skill to know. There's real money in the field, especially for freelancers willing to work on an event-by-event basis. Meeker's book helps give you the skills you need to get through that first job. If you're interested in delving deeper, there's enough in here to base a career on. Plus my wife thinks it's pretty enough to keep out on the coffee table, giving me a great excuse to talk shop with everyone who comes by & wants to page through it. Win win situation, if you ask me. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Robinson on August 16, 2011
Pratchet observed that "light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it." However, in "Light X Design" one is met with and almost overcome by the brilliance of light on its pages; the pictures posited in this book are devoted to the works of the famed lighting man Bentley Meeker. It is a fascinating a wide living-room tabletop book with captivating photographs within its pages.

This volume has sensory charm as it will keep your waiting guests memorably diverted while you rush to get ready or put the kids to bed.

Commanding, illuminating, and absorbing; 160 pages and its worth more than large sums of money.
This potent and attractive book is worth a lot more than its price; it touches the mind and the inner being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on August 13, 2011
Light X Design is a picture book dedicated to the works of Bentley Meeker, a man who operates his own lighting and staging company and certainly knows a thing or two about light and its use as a mood- enhancing component to any celebration or situation. He has been called on to create lighting designs for celebrity weddings, gala celebrations, and other events and he shares some of his more memorable achievements in the pages of Light X Design, a large coffee table size book with eye catching photographs on every page.

Bentley Meeker is certainly a man who has perfected his craft and many of the pictures he includes in this book will mesmerize and amaze those who thumb through its pages and concentrate on the many different settings, colors, shades, and patterns- all created through the use of light. The chosen venue, the specific event, and other factors influence the choice of lighting used and the color of the light selected. The mood of any facility can be changed completely just by changing the color, intensity, or even the angle of the lighting and and you can see how these factors play out on each page of this book.

Light X Design certainly has much visual appeal, but as much as I enjoyed looking at these pictures, I did have a few issues with the design of this book as well as with some of the pictures themselves. Starting with the design, I didn't like that the captions for the different pictures and the page numbers are written vertically, on the right or left edges of each page. I didn't like this because I kept having to tilt my head sideways or rotate the book in order to read the short description. This took away from my concentration on the individual pictures. Some may not mind this, but I found it distracting.

Now, let's talk about the pictures.
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