Lighting Designer I
William Eatough joined The Lighting Practice as a lighting designer in 2018. He decided to pursue lighting as a career while studying architecture at Parsons The New School for Design. It was there that Will realized his fascination with the interactions between architecture, light, and the people who inhabit the space. Prior to joining TLP, Will was featured in Interior Design magazine as the part of the lighting design team for a winning entry to Design Industries Foundation Fights Aids. He is proficient in
a variety of rendering, modeling, and daylight analysis programs including Rhinoceros 3D, V-Ray, and DiVA for Rhino. As a designer with TLP, Will’s project experience has expanded to include corporate, academic, retail and more.
What motivates and inspires you?
My undergraduate degree was in Art History and when I’m looking for inspiration there are a few artists I think back to. One of the most important for me is Joseph Beuys. He was a social sculpture whose artworks inspired significant positive changes in perception and action throughout the world. Most, at least American, cities’ projects to plant trees throughout their neighborhoods is inspired by his 7,000 Oaks project in Kassel, Germany.
What is your favorite aspect of light?
Light is the base through which we visually perceive the world and we begin to associate different qualities of light with different spaces we have experienced. Becoming aware of it allows us to recreate light phenomena that inspire tacit and emotional responses to support or work against architectural qualities of space.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
James Turrell, in order to get a chance to experience the Roden Crater in person. If I could split up that week, I’d like two days for the spring equinox, summer and winter solstice, and one day for the fall equinox (unless the week includes a long weekend, in which I’d take two there as well).
What/where is your ideal vacation?
I’ve had several friends that took time to motorcycle around the coast of Iceland, stopping in at various cities while seeing the beauty of the place. That’s a vacation I’ve been dreaming about for a while ever since seeing the documentary Heima in which the band Sigor Ros played concerts at some of the most beautiful places there.