AESTHETIC ILLUMINATION PLANNING FOR ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR SPACES AND LANDSCAPES
For more than two decades Uli+friends, based in Miami, has produced masterly, correct and magnificent lighting for architecture,landscapes and interior design. The company’s work includes, but is not limited to, illumination planning and system integration, harvesting daylight, saving energy and minimizing maintenance. Founded by the German industrial and interior designer Uli Petzold, Uli+friends creates lighting for residences, showrooms, resorts, mansions, landscapes, historic buildings, and offices around the world.
Uli + friends consists of ten professional lighting designers, engineers and architects. They include Oliver Koch, a German architect and engineer experienced in lighting and interior design, and Stephanie Ragusa, an American architectural lighting engineer with experience in residential, retail and landscape design. The company is a collaborative enterprise, with expertise in new techniques and the standards of tomorrow, offering illumination planning coordinated with the architectural process. Uli+friends has distinguished itself in a competitive marketplace with its unique approach: using fewer fixtures, more efficient fixtures, cleverly located and perfectly aimed, and using diffusers and lenses to temper the quality of the light. It’s a high-tech approach that creates the three-dimensionality of daylight. “We believe that good architecture and interiors deserve
The company is structured to work on challenging projects and is experienced with sophisticated clients who care about image and design. The luminaires are each chosen for a specific function; together they provide a perfectly lit environment. The company’s specification manual provides architects and engineers with the necessary information for implementing the designs, from ordering luminaires to installation, as well as schedules for maintaining the design. Uli+friends balances creativity and execution, functionality and aesthetics.
Uli + friends designs fulfill the aesthetic needs of clients while appealing to their emotional intelligence. The company’s projects encompass a range of styles, from Beaux Arts and historic to contemporary spaces, and include exterior illumination and landscapes. “The most important thing we do is take away architect’s headaches, and present them with a beautiful finished product, the architect’s do what they do best, and we do what we do best.”
The company offers a full range of services, including luminaire accounting coordination, construction administration, and luminaire focusing and aiming. Lighting designs can be incorporated into a centralized control system to increase energy efficiency and convenience. The company provides an in-house, pre-programmed database to be uploaded to an individual control system.