Sandra Liotus & David Crampton-Barden Newport, Rhode Island Sandra Liotus Lighting Design sandraliotuslightingdesign.com
➤ In a gesture that at once captures the seriousness with which
they take their work, and their awareness of the power of perception,
lighting specialists Sandra Liotus and David Crampton-Barden don
starched white lab coats on their job sites. “Nobody argues with us
on installation day,” says Crampton-Barden, with a wry smile.
Their work is rooted in engineering and design; he holds a
master’s degree in marine engineering from Southampton University
in his native England, she has a bachelor of fine arts in industrial
design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, her hometown.
Each worked independently for many years before collaborating on an
architectural project 15 years ago. Now based in Newport, Rhode
Island, Sandra Liotus Lighting Design is in the enviable position of
dominating a niche: the lighting of art collections in private homes.
“We have heard so many horror stories about artificial lighting
that has damaged artwork,” says Crampton-Barden, noting they
spent five years perfecting their signature system. Using a remotely
positioned black-box light source called the Newport Flyer (which
they patented), a harness of fiber-optic cables, and custom adjustable
bronze ceiling fittings, they ensure only infrared- and ultraviolet-free
light touches art.
Their client list includes the mansions of the Preservation Society
of Newport County, private Rockefeller art collections, and Harvard
University, and thanks to a stellar reputation, they are now the
preferred providers for the Chubb Personal Insurance Masterpiece
Protection Network. Bet the lab coats helped. — jill connors
the newport flyer, the black-box
lighting source Sandra Liotus and David
Crampton-Barden patented, sits on the
work table in their studio.