Artist, designer and landscape architect, Josep Xuclà has a style that can be characterized by an architectonic and minimalist approach, inspired by geometry as well as natural elements. Over the years Xuclà has collaborated with Vibia in the conception and design of several outdoor lighting collections. He explains his perspective on introducing the right atmosphere, creating an environment and the advantages of using decorative lighting in the outdoors.
“When it comes to choosing the right piece it’s key to know what the lamp is to be used for, where it is to be placed, whether it’ll be combined with other pieces of furniture, if it’s for the garden or the terrace and what kind of light is required” says Xuclà.
Luminaires can either be disguised within the environment or given a more prominent presence. When fixtures are camouflaged by daylight, it is sometimes a totally different effect by night. What might have appeared to be an element of the garden or landscaping unexpectedly lights up. Xuclà explains, “The contribution of decorative fixtures in the outdoor environment is the power to bring in artificial illumination without breaking the magic of the night”.
The extent that the area and the features that are to be highlighted usually determines how much illumination is required. The incorporation of LED technology makes the presence of these lanterns or spotlights less cumbersome, more integrated within the environment. “LED technology allows you to create smaller and more interesting shapes to further integrate them with the landscape,” points out the designer.
Garden and terrace zones are different by nature. In the garden the lighting effect and the specific areas to be lit should have more prominence; the terrace needs a more intimate light, with decorative lamps or wall sconces. Lighting should be subtle and indirect, preferably without seeing the source. As a rule, it is the same concept as in a living room, but outdoors.
In addition to outdoor fixtures, Xuclà has designed interior lighting for Vibia and owns an interior design studio on Sèneca Street in Barcelona. Discover more at Vibia.com.