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2017’s hottest young lighting design talent is named


A new generation of young lighting designers has been named following a global search.

The individuals making up the annual 40under40 – an international programme to identify the most talented and promising individuals working in the lighting design industry – have been named.

The 20 men and 20 women – selected from over 250 applications – hail from 16 different countries, including Iceland, Turkey, Australia, India, China, Brazil, the US, Mexico and Sweden.

The designers will receive their trophies before keynote speaker architect Daniel Libeskind at the prestigious Lighting Design Awards ceremony on Thursday 4 May at the London Hilton Park Lane.

‘The achievements of these millennials – be they creative, academic or philanthropic – are phenomenal and the selection panel were incredibly impressed,’ said Ray Molony, chairman of the 40under40 international selection panel. ‘This year’s cohort are truly outstanding and it is set to make a huge contribution. This industry is in safe hands for the future’.

The 40under40 – in association with the global lighting brand Osram – was founded in 2016 to celebrate 40 years of the Lighting Design Awards and to create a mechanism so that the lighting industry could recognise and celebrate its emerging talent.

The 2017 selectors are Heinrich Hermann, adjunct professor, Department of Interior Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design; Leni Schwendinger, independent lighting designer and consultant; Jill Entwistle, editor, Lighting magazine; Dr. Gernot Steinlesberger, vice president, international projects and global key account management, Osram and Ray Molony, publisher, Lighting magazine

The official 40under40 2017:

Ali Berkman – ONOFF Lighting Design Studio
Alkestie Skarlatou -GIA Equation
Alvin Cousins – SEAM Design
Anna Rodionova – NDYLIGHT
Anna Sandgren – Nulty+
Anna Tomschik – Light Bureau
Arianna Ghezzi – Ideaworks
Brienne Willcock – Illuminart
Carlijn Timmermans – C.Light.Wise
Darcie Chinnis – Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Dr Daria Casciani – Politecnico di Milano
Darío Gustavo Núñez Salazar – Verkís Consulting Engineers
David Ghatan – CM Kling + Associates
Dr. Amardeep M. Dugar – Lighting Research & Design
Emad Hasan – The Lighting Practice
Erin Slaviero – Elektra lighting
Faith Jewell – Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Faraz Izhar – KEO International Consultants
Gabriel Vinagre – Luminarama Lighting Design
Gary Thornton – Neolight Global
Golsana Heshmati – Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
Graham Rollins – Lighting Design International
Gu Bing – Beijing GALA Lighting Design Studio
James Sherman – Foster + Partners
Juan Felipe Rivera T. – Licht 01 Lighting Design
Korhan Sisman – Planlux
Landon K. Roberts – eSquared Lighting
Laura Bayliss – Light Artist
Luca Salas Bassani Antivari – LSBA Studio
Magdalena Gomez – Elektra Lighting
Nitika Agrawal – AECOM
Panos Andrikopoulos – UCL Institute of Sustainable Heritage / ACT Lighting Design
Paul Ehlert – Lichtkompetenz
Rachel Gibney – Available Light
Romano Baratta – Romano Baratta Lighting Studio
Shu Jiang – Auerbach Glasow Lighting Design
Sophia Klees – jack be nimble
Stephen Kaye – Mulvey & Banani Lighting
Tina Wikström – School of Engineering, Jönköping University
Tulin Kori – GIA Equation

To join the 40under40 2017 hottest lighting designers at the Lighting Design Awards– and reward clients, employees and suppliers with an unforgettable evening ​ – book your place now at http://awards.lighting.co.uk/book-a-table/

April 18th, 2017|

The four hipsters in boaters set to sing the praises of lighting design…

Four bearded hipsters in boaters make up the new house band of the Lighting Design Awards, organisers have revealed.

The barbershop quartet Afternoon Delight has been named as the official musicians of the awards programme, and will provide customised musical ‘stings’ for each category of the awards.

The Manchester-based Internet sensation were ‘brought together by their mutual love of liquor and ladies’ say its members. The foursome use their caddish charm and love of barbershop harmony to remake and re-energise the songs that you wish that you’d forgotten from the 1990s and beyond. From Peter Andre to East 17, and from The Police to Jason Derulo, their repertoire is as eclectic as the group itself.

The video of the group singing a barbershop harmony version of the popular hit ‘It Wasn’t Me’ by Shaggy has received over 12 million views on Facebook and caused a surge in the band’s online media with over 40,000 new likes in a week.

The Mirror said ‘the four singers put an incredible spin on a reggae classic’ which Jonathan Ross described Afternoon Delight’s interpretation of ‘It wasn’t me’ as ‘a beautiful version of a dubious song’.

The band joins a stellar line-up which includes top US architect Daniel Libeskind, TV comedian Mark Watson and DJ Afishal.

The 40under40 list of talented lighting designers will also be revealed during the evening, which takes place at the prestigious London Hilton Park Lane on Thursday 4 May.

The official after-show party – complete with top bands – follows the presentation evening and continues to the early hours.

The shortlist of projects and products vying for the top honours has been unveiled and can be viewed at http://awards.lighting.co.uk/shortlist-2017/

To ensure your place – and reward clients, employees and suppliers with an unforgettable evening ​ – book your place now at www.lightingawards.com.

April 6th, 2017|

Host named for Lighting Design Awards 2017

The leading television comedian Mark Watson has been named  as the host for the 41st Lighting Design Awards 2017 presentations evening.

Watson – winner of the Time Out Critic’s Choice Award – appears regularly on TV and radio, as well as at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He is the winner of the  if.comeddie award Panel Prize and has been nominated for a Perrier Best Newcomer Award and a Barry Award in Australia.

Uniquely, Watson has performed a unusual series of marathon shows lasting 24 hours in both Edinburgh and Melbourne.

Watson joins architect Daniel Libeskind, DJ Afishal and house band Afternoon Delight on the bill.

Libeskind, the leading international figure in architecture and urban design, is the keynote speaker while internet sensation Afishal will be opening act of the ceremony.

The 40under40 list of talented lighting designers will also be revealed during the evening, which takes place at the prestigious London Hilton Park Lane on Thursday 4 May.

The official after-show party – complete with top bands – follows the presentation evening and continues to the early hours.

The shortlist of projects and products vying for the top honours has been unveiled and can be viewed at http://awards.lighting.co.uk/shortlist-2017/

To ensure your place – and reward clients, employees and suppliers with an unforgettable evening ​ – book your place now at www.lightingawards.com.

March 31st, 2017|

Top US architect Daniel Libeskind named keynote at Lighting Design Awards

Daniel Libeskind will deliver the keynote at the 41st Lighting Design Awards. (Picture: Stefan Ruiz)

At the Holocaust Tower at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, daylight leaks in like lost hope through a slit.
(Picture: Bitter Bredt)

Daniel Libeskind, the leading international figure in architecture and urban design, has been named as the keynote speaker for the Lighting Design Awards 2017.

The architect – whose notable projects include the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester and the masterplanning of the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York – will open the 41st presentations evening of the awards ceremony on Thursday 4 May 2017.

‘Light is the most important building material,’ says Libeskind. ‘Even though it is not a concrete wall or a column or a physical object, its impact on architecture is much greater. Great architecture is really a showcase of light and shadow.’

‘In our profession we deal with the quantification of light. Light can be easily quantified and we know how many lumens we need to illuminate a space. The qualitative aspect of light is much more complex. In reality, light is what I would call the spirit of a building, it is like the mind of a person – it’s not visible, but it’s a guiding element.’

Libeskind’s buildings have exploited light in a surprisingly different number of ways. The Holocaust Tower at the Jewish Museum in Berlin features a claustrophobic soaring void that both excludes light to visceral effect, but lets daylight leak in like lost hope through a slit high above.

The shape of his buildings is often dictated by light, he says. ‘The form of many of my buildings might look expressive from the outside but is actually created for taking advantage of the light.

‘For the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, for example, I brought in light through the vitrines of the windows that are cut into this crystal form in a very calculated way, which illuminates the great dinosaurs in the gallery and makes them visible from the street because of the angle of the building.’

At the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Libeskind brings light in through the vitrines of the windows that are cut into the crystalline form.
(Picture: Royal Ontario Museum)

The organisers have also named TV comic Mark Watson as host  of the presentations evening. Watson – winner of the Time Out Critic’s Choice Award – appears regularly on TV and radio, as well as at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Internet sensation Afishal will open the ceremony. The visual DJ – whose latest video has been viewed an astonishing 20 million times – will kick off the 2017 event with the unique blend of visual and audio performance that has filled stadiums and festivals all over the world.

Afishal will use his spectacular interactive drum kit to ‘play’ a section of his complex multi-media show at the London Hilton Park Lane on Thursday 4 May.

‘The overall effect of the music, graphics and lighting makes this show unique and has helped create a viral internet sensation,’ said the DJ. ‘It’s highly visual and exciting, but it also plays upon the emotional response of the audience.’

The 40under40 list of talented lighting designers will also be revealed during the evening.

The official after-show party – complete with top bands – follows the presentation evening and continues to the early hours.

The shortlist of projects and products vying for the top honours has been unveiled and can be viewed at http://awards.lighting.co.uk/book-a-table/

To ensure your place – and reward clients, employees and suppliers with an unforgettable evening ​ – book your place now at http://awards.lighting.co.uk/shortlist-2017/

March 21st, 2017|

It’s Afishal: Top DJ to open Lighting Design Awards 2017

Afishal

Internet sensation Afishal has been named as the opening act of the Lighting Design Awards ceremony.

The visual DJ – whose latest video has been viewed an astonishing 20 million times – will kick off the 2017 event with the unique blend of visual and audio performance that has filled stadiums and festivals all over the world.

‘We’ve long been admirers of Afishal and he was number one on our target list’ said Lighting Design Awards creative director Ray Molony. ‘As you can imagine, we’re thrilled to have secured him for this year’s awards evening’.

Afishal will use his spectacular interactive drum kit to ‘play’ a section of his complex multi-media show at the London Hilton Park Lane on Thursday 4 May.

‘The overall effect of the music, graphics and lighting makes this show unique and has helped create a viral internet sensation,’ said the DJ. ‘It’s highly visual and exciting, but it also plays upon the emotional response of the audience.’

He reserves  a lot of praise for his team of engineers. ‘I have a highly professional team of sound and graphics specialists behind me’.

It’s been recently revealed that a British company has been working in the background to help create the Afishal experience. Coventry-based business Maxilux LED Lighting designed the LED display that has been integrated into the bespoke drum kit so that it explodes into colour with every contact made between the drum stick and skin.

Maxilux managing director Richard Cockayne said: ‘The link between Maxilux and Afishal has grown into a fully working professional relationship which is why we are creating this brand new rig for him that will be even more sophisticated than anyone has seen before – it will be a real crowd pleaser for 2017.’

Secure your booking for the Lighting Design Awards 2017 at http://awards.lighting.co.uk/book-a-table/

February 28th, 2017|