Before there was Light
there was Dark

We use lighting to
transform environments

Dark Arts Studio is a lighting design consultancy using light as a creative medium to enhance people’s experience of space and architecture.

Focused on creative lighting solutions that break the mold, our tailored solutions give flexibility and wow factor to every project by balancing light and darkness. There is no standard solution for lighting, so why accept that your project needs to follow the same recipe.



Architectural lighting

Our tailored lighting solutions are presented to you in a conceptual package which allows you to visualise how the lighting will interact with the space and materials. For us good architectural lighting should provide flexibility to suit any task and create any mood.

Architainment lighting

Creative project oversight for architainment and pop-up events. With our expertise in temporary lighting setups and technology, we can help you to create that unique scene or vibe for your next event balancing theatrical and soft lighting effects.

Bespoke lighting

Custom lighting products should not only provide a complimentary aesthetic, but also deliver an attractive and functional lit appearance. With a balance between lighting technology and good design our solutions look and act the part.

Art and installation lighting

The weird and wonderful world of light art at your fingertips! Whether you want something unusual to turn an empty space into a location or something outrageous to keep to all to yourself, let us bring some fun and wow to your space with some out there one off pieces.

Award winning studio



2017 IES International Illumination Awards Merit

Kingfisher Redditch, Redditch



2017 Architects Journal Retrofit Award Winner

Retrofit Housing (Under £5 Million) Printworks House, London



2016 European Hotel Design Awards Winner, Event Spaces

Marriott Heathrow, London

Any budget

Our independent lighting services mean we aren’t trying to sell you extra light fittings. Our specifications come from any lighting supplier that can meet the particular cost or timing restrictions on any project.

This means our design fees are usually absorbed by cheaper lighting equipment cost and means you only need to talk to one lighting specialist.


We have worked with many premium New Zealand and international brands stretching from well known designers and respected brands to high quality retail and hospitality establishments.

Talk to us

No project or scope is too big or too small.
We can provide simple one-off advice if you just need someone to talk to about one aspect of your design. Our collaborative approach means we can meet project deadlines for projects of any scale in New Zealand or internationally.