The Practice of Everyday Light

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How significantly does lighting impact everything it encounters? Linnaea Tillet, principal of Tillett Lighting Design, knows the answer. Respected internationally for her ethereal illumination of private interiors, public spaces, streetscapes, parks, gardens and works of architecture, she has a doctorate in environmental psychology and is known for her keen sensitivity to the perceptual, behavioral and psychological effects of light. With a perspective as a psychologist and a signature approach to lighting, Tillett has worked with prestigious firms such as Maya Lin, Michael Van Valkenburgh and Toshiko Mori. Recently, Tillet Lighting Design has been involved in a wide range of projects, including HL23 along the High Line and Louis Kahn’s FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. On Thursday, November 15 at 6:30PM, Tillett will be giving a talk at the Museum of the City of New York in partnership with the New York School of Design and in conjuction with her parents’ textile design exhibition, the World of D.D. and Leslie Tillett. She will discuss her early influences, including her parents’ artistry, style and attitude, her design sense and her innovative approach to lighting design in the city, indoors and out. The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street in Manhattan. Reservations required. $12 general public; $8 seniors and students; $6 MCNY members and NYSID community (enter NYSID1115 at checkout). Click here to purchase tickets or call 917-492-3392.

Check out some of Tillett’s work, below.

The Riggio-Lynch Interfaith Chapel at Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee; designed by Maya Lin

The Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza at the BJC Institute of Health at the Washington University School of Medicine; designed by Maya Lin, landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

The Battery Bosque in Lower Manhattan; designed by Weisz + Yoes Architects, garden designer Piet Oudolf, landscape architect Saratoga Associate

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