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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 (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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,851,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I bought this as a gift for my fledgling-lighting-designer boyfriend, but before I gave him the book, I snuck a look inside. Wow these are some gorgeous prints! I ended up spending almost an hour perusing the stunning pictures and fantasizing about being filthy rich and hosting an event of this caliber. This book is heavy, large, and filled with high-resolution saturated prints. It is sure to be a good conversation starter if you leaving it sitting around in your living room. It is also very high quality for what it cost. The recipient of this book was impressed. The minus one star is because the edge of the book jacket was a little bent/worn when I received it.
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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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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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Pretty pictures and a ton of info on the author, would have loved to have learned more strategy and behind the scenes information. The author gave us his thoughts on light design but no background info on fixtures used or anything useful beyond that. I like Meeker his photos are inspiring but I bought the book to learn more lighting not about him.
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Despite its size and bulk, this is not just another coffee table book.

It is a paean to the author's love affair with light, which, for him, began as a child, who got entranced at the sight of sunlight creeping in through window panes, or through the leaves of a tree. It put him on a quest to learn the secrets of light and shadow, and how to use it to create a specific ambiance. Certainly, the wonderful photographs in this book, testify to the virtuosity of this particular form of artistry.

Lighting is the kind of subject which has not found mention in the voluminous literature on self development. One reason for this is that the lifetime of appropriately lit venues that create an atmosphere, is very short. This is where the author intends to make a difference, with a fervour that he calls "spiritual".

At any rate, there is no question that the pictures in this book bear witness to a kind of skill and detail that is holographic in nature. Looking at the photographs, one gets the impression of a stage being set, waiting for the actors to come and play their roles. As the author puts it, "Light creates the environment, the environment creates the mood, the mood creates the experience. Light is the singular difference between an average experience and a great one". There is plenty of validation of the above statement by guests who have attended events lighted by the author, of sensing something special, of the need to live up to the exacting demands of the environment.

This book bears the mark of path breaking professionalism, Take some time to browse through its pages, it will be truly worth your while. The inspiration it exudes is catching.

Strongly recommended.
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