Abhay Wadhwa, AWA’s Design Principal and CEO Featured in Ljuskultur Sweden

Abhay Wadhwa, AWA’s Design Principal and CEO Featured in Ljuskultur Sweden

AWA Lighting Designers’ Design Principal & CEO, Abhay Wadhwa, was selected to be interviewed by Swedish lighting design magazine Ljuskultur. The article ‘Without Light There is No Light’ features an interview between writer Anders Modig and Abhay. They discuss his perspective on everything from how he views darkness to the adoption of new technologies.


See below for select extracts from the interview. To read the full interview on Ljuskultur’s website, CLICK HERE. (Note that their website is entirely in Swedish)

If you are browsing using Google Chrome on laptop or desktop computer, right click their webpage and then click ‘Translate to English’. If on your smartphone, select the ‘Translate’ button.

The light is part of a medium, and it has to be contextualized, that is the critical point. But how should you contextualize if you do not understand the context?


Analyze, feelings, try to understand what the sculptor wants to do, sew it together with the story and the journey.

Darkness has lots of merits, darkness and shadows can be very sexy. And without darkness you can not appreciate light. I love darkness, I love light. Without each other, they do not exist, they are yin and yang.


Here at AWA, we think that a human-centered light is what is needed for the evolution of our built environments – technology should be used primarily to create better environments for people, not just for material and architecture.

Many talk about contextualizing – it has become a fancy word ever since architecture became a global industry. But often this is just a snack, a game for the scenes. If you ultimately build exactly as you would build it in the United States, then you can hardly say that you have contextualized the project!

Light and Dark

Remember, we have only mastered the light in the last century, since the light has gone from being a resource to being constantly present. During this literary “enlightenment of time,” darkness began to be something dangerous and evil, which, with industrial and technological means, we did not only implemented light, but also forged and cemented a fear of darkness. We at AWA strongly feel that future built environments must have a better understanding of the merits of darkness and shadows – without shadows and darkness, a place is disharmonious. There is a balance between darkness and light, like yin and yang.


The Commercial FIFC Building in Mumbai, India


Light and Culture

If you define two poles of the stylistic expression of light design: obviously functional and obviously aesthetic, you can place most cultures somewhere between them. But at the same time light is also a primary indicator of a region’s technological and economic status. It’s enough to take a look far from the city skyline to get a lot of information: To what extent has a city incorporated outdoor light, How visible is the city from the distance? Answers to these questions are often seen as measures of technological and economic growth.

Not Opting for Easy

There is nothing wrong with using either ramps or colors – but you must dare to look for deeper answers that have the contextual variables to do. And to get deep answers, you need to dare to ask deep questions – to people, not to Google. Try to learn the place’s zeitgeist, how can you develop it? These questions are rarely asked – instead, many only ask ‘which fitting should we use?’

On Knowing the Client

There are some universal rules about light that you cannot change: It has a certain range, a certain wavelength, a certain color … but then it’s about analyzing this: Why does the client prefer this type of light, this color temperature, these levels?


AWA is proud to be featured by Ljuskultur. It was a pleasure to host Anders in our New York office.

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