We Turned a Palm Springs Architectural Marvel Into a Sun-Drenched Lightology Dream Home

Back in the 1970s, if you happened to be the proud owner of a Chicago roller disco, there’s a good chance you might have sought out Gregory Kay — a master electrician, lighting designer, and roller-disco specialist — to plan and install the flashy mirror-ball lighting scheme that your short-shorts-wearing skate fanatics could boogie under. While Kay had moved on to more serious endeavors by the mid-’80s, first with a niche import business called Tech Lighting and then through Lightology, the residential showroom he founded in 2001, his focus remained on the technical side of the business; Lightology, which these days is perhaps better-known for its online presence, still distinguishes itself in part by offering consumers and design professionals “help with the less-glamorous stuff” that has always been Kay’s purview, from recessed lighting layouts, photometrics, lumen outputs, and color temperatures to project planning, fixture schedules, blueprints, visualizations, and virtual staging. But Lightology is also a one-stop shop for lighting and furniture from brands like Artemide and Audo Copenhagen, so when its team approached Sight Unseen hoping to collaborate, we proposed showcasing its offerings in a way that’s very much within our own purview: curating a selection of favorite pieces and installing them into a stunning architectural home in the Palm Springs desert.

To create the shoot below, we teamed up with friends in the design world, pairing Lightology pieces with contemporary works from folks like Arvo Ray, Rug Company, Kalon, and Hubba Hubba, plus vintage finds sourced from favorite LA-area dealers Decorjois and Monte Vision. We also snagged paintings from LA artists Amy MacKay and Josh Stein to add major pops of color. Then, we put it all together into 8 different roomscapes along with our longtime collaborators at Laun, who were originally brought on to helm the interior architecture of the home itself by the team who built it: Studio R+D and Framework Design + Build. The first in a series of environmentally conscious houses that Framework will be developing and designing in California, the now-sold 4,000 square-foot property has floor-to-ceiling windows and double-sided glass breezeways that make it the epitome of indoor/outdoor living, and the perfect sun-drenched backdrop for our vision of a Lightology dream home. We hope it inspires you to create your own.

BEDSIDE TABLE: Distinct side table by Ferm Living, $1,435, lightology.com
CHAIR: Sculptural chair by Kristina Dam, $545, lightology.com
LAMP: Junius lamp by Arvo Ray
RUG: Pisces by Martin Brudnizki for The Rug Company
PAINTING: Between Bodies by Amy MacKay, @thisisamymackay
BED: Simple bed by Kalon
LAMP: NH S3 Suspension chandelier by Neri + Hu, $1,585, lightology.com
OBJECTS: Vintage, from @monte.vision
PAINTING: Untitled (Bright) by Tess Jenkins, @tessseessee
CHAIRS: Totem chairs by Torstein Nilsen for Westnofa, from @decorjois
TABLE: Il Colonnato table by Mario Bellini for Cassina, from @denlosangeles
FLOOR LAMP: Neo floor lamp by Bernhard Osann for Nemo, $1,048, lightology.com
RUG: Mohair Border Emerald rug by The Rug Company
CENTERPIECE BOWL: Vintage, from @monte.vision
COFFEE TABLE: Block table by Hubba Hubba
PAINTING: Two Views by Amy MacKay, @thisisamymackay
SOFAS: Togo by Michel Ducaroy for Ligne Roset

LAMP: Yasuke table lamp by Studio Brichet Ziegler for DCW Editions, $1,500, lightology.com
CHAIRS AND TABLE: Ribbon chair and table by Laun
RUG: Mohair Stripe Amethyst by The Rug Company
CHAIRS: Bauhaus chair by Kristina Dam, $1,195, lightology.com
LAMPS: Caret portable lamp by Mateo Fogale for &Tradition, $365, lightology.com
TABLE: Wooden Dowel table by Very Good and Proper
CHAIR: Sculptural chair by Kristina Dam, $545, lightology.com
LAMP: Vuelta table lamp by Ferm Living, $269, lightology.com
RUG: Ruffle Sage rug by Martin Brudnizki for The Rug Company
PAINTING: For Ghouls by Amy MacKay, @thisisamymackay

LAMP: Tobia floor lamp by Ferruccio Laviani for Foscarini, $1,369, lightology.com
PAINTING: Thriller [hop hop head shoulders down and pull] by Amy MacKay, @thisisamymackay
PENDANT LAMP: Les Acrobates De Gras N324 pendant lamp by Bernard-Albin Gras for DCW Editions, $876, lightology.com
OBJECTS: Vintage, from @monte.vision
PAINTING: Reclining Fruit by Josh Stein, @josh___stein