Illuminating “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” in South Korea
Hansam Systems works with lighting specialist Baesung Kim of LUCEA LIGHT who produces an elegant lighting design for the iconic art exhibition using Gallery 50W LED luminaires
Curated by Olivier Saillard, “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” tells the history of Louis Vuitton, beginning in 1854, through the archives of the Family’s founding members. Conceived and designed by Robert Carsen, the thematic journey has been touring around the world, including a stop in Seoul, South Korea. With strict guidelines for the exhibition lighting design, lighting specialist Baesung Kim needed a series of powerful yet flexible lighting solutions, so he worked with distributor Hansam Systems and created a design with 260 Gallery LED luminaires from Altman Lighting.
“The exhibition was part of the world tour for the Louis Vuitton show with the initial exhibition design coming from France that included lighting product specifications,” began Baesung Kim. “I joined the team for the stage setting and assisted with the product proposal, installation and execution of the show. Knowing we wanted to change the original product specifications to the Gallery LED series, we first conducted testing in South Korea, and then sent a product sample to France for their approval on specification.”
The Gallery Series is a family of architectural LED luminaires designed to serve as the most versatile solution available for museum, art gallery, hotel, restaurant and retail lighting. This scalable family offers 4000 lumens across a variety of color temperatures and can be used to build a multitude of solutions through profile, beam wash, wall wash and flood options. With a 92+ CRI engine and dimming options that include local on-board dimming, Mains Dimming, DMX/RDM, 0-10VDC and DALI, the Gallery Series also offers a number of mounting options making it an ideal architectural lighting solution where aesthetic and performance expectations are high.
Kim continued, “I really like the intensity of illumination we can achieve with the 50W Gallery series and it has a good CRI value and local dim function. Additionally, it was also ideal for the design because the exhibition was very elegant and sophisticated, and the Gallery fixtures matched the luxurious concept of the show.”
With the lighting solutions now ready to be installed as part of the exhibition lighting design, Kim knew that the performance of the luminaires would be tested. In an environment where the consistency of light is crucial to the success of the design, the Gallery LED fixtures would be used throughout the show for their various capabilities.
“The show was held inside the Dongdaemun Design Plaza and the Gallery fixtures were installed in the ceiling to illuminate nine of the 15 exhibitions,” explained Kim. “The fixture lamps ran for approximately 8-10 hours per day, throughout the course of the 90-day exhibition, and we used them to illuminate the various exhibition elements using full beams of light, and also specific points of light by cutting the beam with the Gallery shutter system.”
Drawing to a close in South Korea, the “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton” art exhibition continued its tour around the world. Looking back on the exhibition lighting design, Kim was grateful for both the technical support and the Gallery LED Series which beautifully illuminated the historic and iconic event.
“We really appreciated the assistance we received from the sales and technical teams at Hansam Systems,” concluded Kim. “They perfectly coordinated the order and delivery schedule for the Gallery fixtures, and even helped on the onsite installation. Because of their efforts, we successfully completed the show and I would definitely recommend the Gallery LED Series to other designers who may be working on both art exhibitions and other unique lighting installations.”