Tim Mathiesen’s Brilliant! Lighting & Design

Working with Layers of Light.  Collaborating on Good Design.

Good Design is timeless and long-lasting, its unobtrusive, its innovative, and its environmentally friendly.

Good Lighting Design is all that and provides joy, safety, wellness, personal expression, unique character and highlights architectural detail in our spaces and in our lives. Good Lighting Design creates a positive visceral response.

Tim Mathiesen’s Brilliant! Lighting & Design is a collaborative design practice, specializing in the lighting and design of spaces where we live and work, and the production of special events. In part the work is “Atmosphere Design”, planning how spaces and objects get illuminated & accentuated, setting the mood within, and addressing the needs of the inhabitants & visitors. Manipulating light and dark, incorporating day-lighting and shadow-play, considering aesthetics, personal choices, and the ‘big picture’ are all elements of every successful project.

Images of Tim’s lighting work have appeared in Fine Homebuilding magazine, as well as Design New England, Cape Cod Life, Custom Home, Solar Today, and Vineyard Style magazines.

Services include Lighting Design, Day-lighting Consultation, Design Consultation, & Special Event Planning/Production.

Spaces (inside or out, small or large) where we spend our time want to be adjustable to our varied desires, needs, or moods. So light wants to be projected into those spaces through a variety of means, or more simply, by utilizing layers of light.

Brilliant! experiences include lighting modern to colonial, and contemporary to victorian styles; In a variety of construction / renovation techniques, both residential and commercial; Exterior living spaces and landscapes too. Plus, working with the most current crop of energy-efficient lamps, using a multi-source and multi-control approach overall.

In all cases, experience teaches us that the collaboration between partners is of greatest importance, and the greatest joy. The design process is at its’ most successful when all participants work to create a unique vision for the project. In this way many voices can be heard, then a discerning eye and deeply mindful understanding can be applied to reach the best of all possible solutions.

Brilliant! owner Tim Mathiesen began his interest in lighting design through his passion for live performances. The type of work included theater, off-Broadway, opera & summer stock; dance companies small to large, classical to modern; nightclubs; music concerts showcasing many of the icons of rock, blues, jazz, reggae & symphony; plus video & independent film. Those experiences, over 40 years of performance work, often inform unique approaches to current design projects.
While living on Martha’s Vineyard he transitioned to architectural lighting. This centered on work as an independent lighting consultant and as resident lighting designer with the design/build firm of South Mountain Company. Since entering this architectural arena projects have been both captivating & varied: new construction and renovation, barn conversions, garages, dance and yoga studios, restaurants, ski lodges and landscapes.

Influences and inspirations are constantly evolving and changing. Some elements include the work of Dieter Rams, Philip Johnson, Eero SaarinenOscar NiemeyerLe Corbusier and Mies van der RoheIngo Maurer, Noguchi, and Philippe Starck. The simplicity of modern and Scandinavian design aesthetics are also quite appealing with the likes of Alvar Aalto, Poul Henningsen, and Arne Jacobsen.

Tim is an Associate Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society. Along with this Brilliant! website, online profiles, portfolios and inspiration are at a variety of sites, which include both professional and personal work. Please visit any & all to see what Tim does and what informs his designs.

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  1. Lindsay Guido-Williams says:

    Hi Tim!

    We are closing on our first home – a small log cabin in Newfane, VT – the first week of July! With a new baby coming in September, we are trying to get some upgrades out of the way ASAP and I wanted to inquire about your availability and rates. The house is currently very dependant on floor lamps and wall outlets but I’d like to explore options for the wooden beam ceiling that will brighten things up and avoid using floor space. Could you help us?

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