Wayne Mottershead

ne Mottershead Lighting Designer
RIBA Affiliate
Lighting & Systems Designer
Wayne's early training was in art & design, before joining BBC TV at the iconic Television Centre where he gained considerable knowledge of lighting, electronics and the various operating systems and associated technology employed in a TV studio. Later he freelanced as Director of Photography on TV Commercials, Music Videos & Features and quickly became sought after throughout Europe & the US.  

The decision to set up Lighting by Design arose during Wayne's time working with Melanie in a successful London interior design practice due to considerable demand for his lighting design services from other interior designers and architects who recognised the benefits of employing a specialist lighting designer to help them display their designs to optimum effect.

Wayne's broad experience in all these areas brings an extra dimension to his lighting and his adaptability and firm understanding of structure, architecture and modern technology means that Wayne is able to take on any project, residential or commercial, regardless of the technicalities involved, bringing to each a unique approach that never fails to impress.
Melanie Murnane - Designer

Melanie Murnane

Designer & Managing Partner
Melanie trained at RADA where she first developed an interest in lighting and its impact on form & texture.  She has worked in diverse areas including the Dutch National Ballet, London's West End & TV.

Melanie's experience in mainstream theatre has given her an immense appreciation of lighting so she's always been aware of the importance of designing light into a structure in a way that gels.

She has an instinctive feel for the essence of a building and works from this to create a scheme that perfectly reflects the requirements of the client whilst remaining true to the architecture and interior.

Melanie works closely with Wayne to ensure that the two elements integrate seamlessly to maintain a balance of light and form.  She is adept at interpreting a brief and developing it way beyond the client's expectations. This intrinsic awareness of the nature of light forms the basis of their approach, whether by natural or artificial means and ensures that the placement of every light is well considered, designed to work in harmony with the architecture and interior.

The Practice

Melanie and Wayne are supported by a keen, hardworking design team and a network of associated technicians and electricians who share their passion for lighting and the way it relates to architecture in the home and workplace.

LBD's reputation continues to grow in the architectural & interior design community and, whilst a large proportion of their work is in London, the team also travel extensively to design and install lighting & home automation systems for all types of property.
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