Ar­chi­tec­tural min­i­mal­ism

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In­te­grat­ing the light­ing into the build­ing it­self not only cre­ates a stream­lined, un­clut­tered look, but em­pha­sises the ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails. Go­drich calls it “cre­at­ing a the­atre set with light­ing.”

Built-in fit­tings can turn un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated ar­eas such as stair­cases into show-stop­pers, by high­light­ing their shape and struc­ture. “Flush-fit light­ing be­neath each of the stair treads is chic and al­lur­ing, not to men­tion ul­ti­mately prac­ti­cal in a space that can of­ten suf­fer from a lack of nat­u­ral light,” says Bern­erd.

For a re­cent Lon­don ex­ten­sion, Cof­fey Ar­chi­tects made ex­ten­sive use of re­cessed, hid­den LED strips, trac­ing an invit­ing line across the ceil­ing and down a chan­nel in a brick wall. Lights un­der the kitchen units make them ap­pear to hover in space.

If strict ar­chi­tec­tural min­i­mal­ism is your thing but you don’t want to in­ter­vene in the fab­ric of your home, try Habi­tat’s Strip pen­dant, a skinny, sus­pended straight line of light.

Steps: an il­lu­mi­nated stair­case by Tara Bern­erd, above; buy vin­tage signs and neon art at God’s Own Junk­yard, left

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