Our Team

As a specialised design practice our team are super passionate in what they do. We have fun in the studio turning our clients dreams into reality and this always comes across in our projects.

Sam Walle

Our director Sam studied architecture at university and has been working as a lighting designer for 13 years. Sam has worked around the world (across 13 time zones!) on projects ranging from tiny homes to city master-planning.

Since setting up Dark Arts his focus has been on bringing international quality lighting design with a creative spin to the local market. The Dark Arts approach has been well received and has resulted in a fast-growing design-first lighting consultancy.

Joshua Lewis

Joshua is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist. Specializing in performance design, light sculpture and applications of emerging technologies – Joshua has worked throughout Europe and here in Aotearoa.

Joshua’s background in spatial design and contemporary arts makes them a complementary edition to the Dark Arts team and the world of lighting design!

Nelson Cruickshank

Nelson is a UK born and raised artist and designer with an interest in photography, illustration and 3D design.

Having studied graphic design at university, Nelson brings a unique set of skills and perspective to lighting design.

Being still relatively fresh to New Zealand, Nelson spends most of his time getting up to date with Kiwi culture and enjoying erratic weather.


Woof woof!

I love working here, the staff and constant visitors keep me inspired and happy. I improve office moral by offering hugs and kisses to anyone in the studio.




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Villa Refurbishment