QODA Light attended the [D]ARC Sessions Conference in Croatia
This May, the lighting design community gathered for DARC Sessions Europe, a two-day event held at the stunning Hotel Lone, nestled in the lush greenery of Rovinj, Croatia.
We were delighted to be invited to this prestigious event, attended by the who’s who of the European lighting industry. The conference was a jam-packed two days of presentations, panel discussions, and speed-dating style rounds of 20-minute meetings between designers, suppliers, and various other collaborators.
On the first day, we attended an opening panel talk that explored the future of design and how AI technology could transform lighting for spaces, make lighting more efficient, adaptive, personalised, and dynamic, as well as create new opportunities for creativity and innovation. What was really interesting about this discussion was the raft of different opinions on the subject, from those believing it could potentially take over the industry, whilst others simply saw it as another design tool. A brilliant and well-rounded discussion that certainly left you thinking,
Following on from this and interspersed throughout the two days were the collaboration sessions. These were sets of meetings allowing designers and supplies to come together and discuss product innovations, potential collaborations and learn a little more about one another. These sessions accounted for around 8 hours of the two days and really were invaluable. Very rarely do you have the ability to meet so many interesting and relevant people in such a compact timeframe.
On the second day, another enlightening talk gave us new insight into the challenges in design. This topic elicited a variety of opinions from different perspectives such as lighting design is not only about providing adequate and efficient illumination but also about creating a positive customer experience that meets the expectations and needs of the clients. A nice takeaway from this discussion was hearing people encountering similar challenges to ourselves and learning how they approach these. It really emphasised the event’s focus on collaboration and working with our peers within the industry, something we believe was a real success over the whole event.
We were also blessed to see a presentation from Dean Skira, a renowned local lighting designer, showing us some truly inspiring projects and many of his career highlights.
Fittingly this last day culminated on 16th May ‘The International Day of Light’ and whilst attending the farewell evening the entire group participated in a unique photo spelling the word “LIGHT” on the Rovinj waterfront. An enjoyable and warming experience that truly encompassed the collaborative nature of the two days and a beautiful way to cap off a fantastic event.
“We had a fabulous time at the lighting conference, and it was great to see all the latest innovations and trends in the industry. The workshops and knowledge we gained from the speakers was invaluable and we got to network with some amazing people. We especially enjoyed the session on smart lighting systems and how they can improve energy efficiency and user experience. We also got to try out some of the products on display, such as micro display luminaires and see technology that as little as five years ago you wouldn’t believe was possible. It was a fun and inspiring experience that we won’t forget anytime soon.”
Image: Gavriil Papadiotis & George Maschalidis