Redken Symposium to Feature New
New York, NY (December 5, 2012) –
This January, salon design expert Peter Millard will reveal an unparalleled advancement in salon design with the launch of Peter Millard Salon Lighting™.
Responding to the demand for an affordable, accurate color evaluation tool, the author of the industry-defining book Reinventing Space has developed a new line of salon lighting for professional colorists. The product of rigorous testing by an all-star lineup of Redken and Pureology Color Experts, and over a year of trials at the Redken Exchange on Fifth Avenue, Peter Millard Salon Lighting™ will be introduced at the Redken Symposium in Las Vegas. Peter Millard is a well known, NYC-based designer focused on retail and salon spaces in the beauty industry.
His clients include Redken, Kerastase, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Essie, L'Oreal Professionnel and Chanel. For the past 18 years, he has been a Redken main stage performing artist, speaking with salon owners who want to take their salons and retail sales to the highest levels. Said Peter Millard: “The most challenging issue colorists face, when trying to achieve great color results in today’s salons, is bad lighting. How can you do good work, when you can’t see what you are doing?”
Peter spent years searching for the right bulb. Unable to find an inexpensive solution and unhappy with the look of existing designs, he decided to fill the gap in the market with his own line of lighting. Partnering with LED experts, Peter created a reasonably priced light that is beautifully designed and can be easily installed in tracks and ceiling fixtures available at stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s.
Once the product was ready for testing, Redken supplied nine of their top colorists from the US and the UK. Sam Villa, Kris Sorbie, David Stanko, Leah Freeman, George Garcia, Ty Isobe and Adam Browne, as well as Mary Katherine Hecht and Ruth Roche from Pureology, were all tasked to do evaluations of the lighting’s color accuracy and clarity. They were searching for a “True Color, Pure Light”. Said Redken Artistic Director Kris Sorbie: “Salon lighting should be the first and major consideration in salon interior design. Without efficient light, we, as stylists, cannot do an effective job in meeting client expectations.”
The final product is an LED light that is cool and comfortable to work under. It emits only 20% of the heat associated with halogens and incandescents, while using only 20% of the energy—thus, dramatically reducing electricity and air-conditioning costs. These 21-Watt LED bulbs are warranted for three years—their average rated life being five to seven years. Priced at $189.00 per light, including the housing, the lights can be paid for by electrical savings alone in two years. Said Peter Millard: “Why would a colorist pay more for a good blow dryer, than for the lighting they practice their craft under? Lighting is as important as any tool they use professionally, PLUS the design is sleek
“Once you experience Peter Millard’s color accurate lighting you will think twice before asking an electrician or a contactor to specify your lights. Peter knows about color and they don’t. It’s just that simple.”
-Sam Villa, Three-time Winner of Stylist Choice Awards’ Platform Artist and Educator of the Year.