humanlumen set to illuminate the Colour in Architecture exhibition this September
British lighting brand, humanlumen, is honoured to be headline sponsors of this autumn’s
Colour in Architecture exhibition, featuring new works by architectural glass artist, Kate Maestri,
and taking place at the Contemporary Applied Arts gallery between 11th – 19th September
The human-centric lighting brand, which launched earlier this year, is supplying bespoke lighting
to the showcase which will feature a series of three-dimensional glass wall sculptures designed
by Maestri and inspired by modernist twentieth century architecture.
Best known for her large-scale, ambitious artworks, Maestri employs modern technology, while
using traditional, mouth-blown stained glass, together with screen-printed ceramic enamels, to
produce a palette of the jewel-like colours which characterise her signature pieces.
This solo show at Contemporary Applied Arts – where she is a long-standing maker and
member – will also celebrate twenty years of her artistic practice and nods to the fusion of art,
design and craftsmanship in her work.
It’s a fitting partnership between humanlumen and Kate Maestri who specialises in the interplay
between colour and light in her work. Kate Maestri explains: “My glass sculptures are
cantilevered from the wall creating an illusion of luminous, floating colours. The bespoke lighting
both intensifies the richness of the colour and creates a play of shadow and light, adding a
further dimension to the work.”
Andrew Boydell, Principal at humanlumen, adds: “We are delighted to be sponsoring this
exhibition having long-admired Kate’s work. At humanlumen, we understand the importance of
curating the right lighting whatever the situation and this is especially true in this context where
the interaction between light and colour will breathe life into Kate’s glass wall sculptures.”
Colour in Architecture will be part of London Design Festival, 11th – 19th September 2020.
At humanlumen we bring together art, science and technology to create expressive, sustainable
and efficient concepts in light.
We understand the interplay of structural form and lighting, and work with architects and design
teams to provide original concepts. Our technical knowledge ensures that concepts become
We also know how lighting affects people at home, at school and at play – not just inside but for
outside spaces too. This equips us to develop schemes that are as positive for people as they
are sustainable for the environment and for businesses.
It’s our aim to have our clients to think strategically about lighting – whether the goal is to use the
visual and emotional impact of light to strengthen brand experiences or to lower carbon
emissions and save on energy bills.
Our brand portfolio covers key sectors including workplace, education, residential, health care,
sports and leisure, retail, hospitality and transport hubs. We make commercial sense while
improving quality of life.
About Kate Maestri
Kate Maestri is a London based artist. She achieved her BA and MA in Public Art at Chelsea
School of Art, before receiving a distinction in her postgraduate studies in Architectural Glass at
Central Saint Martins. For the last 20 years she has been collaborating with architects on large
scale architectural glass commissions both in the UK and internationally.
Past and current public art commissions include a series of glass walls for the main concourse
at Dortmund Central Railway Station, Germany, a glass entrance pavilion for the Amazon Head
office in Seattle, USA, a two hundred metre curved glass balustrade which runs through the
main concourse of The Sage Music Centre in Gateshead with architects Foster + Partners and
a five-storey stained glass wall for a major extension at Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden.
Maestri also designed a large glass panel with CAA for the ‘Crafted City Pavilion’ as part of the
inaugural London Craft Week in 2015. She has been a CAA maker member for over 15 years.
About Contemporary Applied Arts
Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) is London’s original multi-disciplinary applied arts gallery,
which champions and promotes only the very best of British craft. Its sole organisational aims
are to advocate for the applied arts and to campaign for and foster quality and innovation in this
Founded in 1948, CAA is a membership organisation with more than three hundred leading
British-based, craft-maker artists. Selected maker members are craft professionals and are
rigorously chosen by a panel of their peers. Now at over 70, CAA continues to be the only
membership selling body that includes all the crafts. It is a non-profit charitable organisation
widely respected by both makers and the public as a beacon of quality and originality. Our loyal
and long-standing patron is Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.