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Light X Design: 20 Years of Lighting by Bentley Meeker Hardcover – February 16, 2011
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"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
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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?
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
WAY TO GO BENTLEY!!! Every page is magic, just the true expression of how fabulous your events are!!
I don't know much about lighting when it comes to using light to illuminate stages and rooms to create a certain mood. Read morePublished on October 7, 2011 by Christine M. Irvin
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... Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by Bryan Carey
I do a bit of light design as part of my job as an electrical engineer. Although the book is not exactly in the same field of what we do (it is more on using light for staging... Read morePublished on July 31, 2011 by Nuk
I am in the lighting industry and have never come across a book like this. Great book Bentley!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Rafael ~ Illuminating Celebrations
As an amateur lighting fanatic, this glossy book highlighting Bentley Meeker's astounding 20-year career is both a blessing and a curse. Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Tyson