Singapore – Award-winning lighting designers Light Directions continues its global expansion by launching design studios this year in the United Kingdom (UK) and Dubai, bringing the total number of studios to eight in the world.
“Light Directions has been active for several years in the UK and Dubai, and our growing volume of work indicated it was the right timing to launch both studios. Our focus is on targeted sustainable growth in Europe and the Middle East, with the US next on our radar,” said Gerard Lee, Partner, Light Directions, Singapore.
This expansion also sees a new generation of design leadership head up the studios, with the appointments of April Comerford, Studio Principal for UK and Europe and Andrea Acciarresi, Studio Director for MENA.
April Comerford brings over 10 years of lighting design experience to the role, including the last three years at Xavio Design of Mayfair, London. Given her business development acumen, April’s responsibilities will also extend to identifying and actively supporting client opportunities globally, and driving entry into new growth markets, beginning with the US.
“I am excited to be leading Light Directions’ new London design studio. We have an incredibly talented team of designers, and I am looking forward to working together to create innovative solutions for a diversity of clients around the world,” said April Comerford.
As the Dubai Studio Director, Andrea Acciarresi has over 15 years of experience in lighting design, including 10 years in the Dubai market with Light Touch PLD, working on award-winning international and regional projects, such as the Palazzo Versace, Dubai, the Bujairi Terrace in Riyadh, and on a different scale, the Kazakhstan Pavilion and Science Museum (Nur Alem) at the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Andrea Acciarresi declared, “This is an exciting point to be joining Light Directions. I am privileged to be tasked with driving the brand’s growth and its evolution in the MENA region. Lighting and design are not just my career, but my lifelong passion.”