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Revealed: Key suppliers to the world’s leading projects

Shortlisted in the Public Realm category is the Meixi Urban Helix in Changsha, China by the Office for Visual Interaction. The architects are Jurgen Engel Architekten.

The lighting at the MNKY HSE restaurant in London’s Mayfair – shortlisted in the Restaurant Project of the Year category, is designed by Technical Arts.

An analysis of the suppliers to the shortlisted projects in the 2019 Lighting Design Awards has revealed the key brands that enable cutting edge lighting projects.

Some are well known brands while others are in favour with lighting designers for their service, bespoke manufacturing expertise or catalogue of key light elements.

Topping the list is Italian manufacturer iGuzzini, which has supplied many of the leading contenders, including the MNKY HSE (pronounced Monkey House) Latin American restaurant in London’s Mayfair by Technical Arts and the Meixi Urban Helix in Changsha, China by the Office for Visual Interaction.

The sale of iGuzzini to rival Fagerhult was approved by competition chiefs earlier this month.

Next up is UK brand LightGraphix, a firm favourite with designers for its useful but unflashy luminaires.

Another Italian brand, Reggiani, takes third slot while LED Linear, last year’s chart topper is in fourth place.

These are followed by no fewer than six new entries: Osram, XAL, Precision Lighting, downlight specialist Lucent, outdoor luminaire maker We-Ef and Canadian brand Lumenpulse.

Dropping out of the list this year are Mike Stoane Lighting, Crescent, Flos, Helvar, Erco, acdc and Zumtobel.

The official Brand Barometer for Lighting Design Awards 2019 is as follows:

1 iGuzzini
2 LightGraphix
3 Reggiani
4 Led Linear
5 Osram
6 XAL
7 Precision
8 Lucent
9 We-Ef
10 Lumenpulse

2018 Barometer
1 LED Linear
2 iGuzzini
3 LightGraphix
4 Flos
5 Zumtobel
6 Mike Stoane Lighting
7 Erco
8 Helvar
9 acdc
10 Crescent

March 27th, 2019|

GIVE HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE A FUTURE

The lighting design community, the Lighting Design Awards and iGuzzini are teaming up to help tackle homelessness.

A social media campaign, running from March and culminating in the Lighting Design Awards 2019 presentations evening on Thursday 16 May, will both raise awareness of the issue and help young homeless people find a bed for the week.

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Created in consultation with Centre Point, the campaign is dubbed LightandDark. Lighting designers are asked to post a monochrome image. Each picture posted during this period on either Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, will represent the sponsorship of a room for the week for a young homeless person.

Win a stunning PizzaKobra
As part of the campaign, The best overall picture with the most likes and retweets will win a stunning PizzaKobra, the sculptural iGuzzini desk light created by Ron Arad in 2007.

How to participate
To participate, post a monochrome image the hashtags #LightandDark and #LDAwards and account handles @LDAwards, @iGuzziniUK and @centrepointuk

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February 28th, 2019|

Lighting design community and iGuzzini to tackle dirty water

Lighting design community and iGuzzini to tackle dirty water

Picture: Shutterstock copyright 2017

The lighting design community, the Lighting Design Awards and iGuzzini are teaming up to help tackle the scourge of contaminated water in Africa.

A social media campaign, running throughout April and culminating in the Lighting Design Awards 2018 presentations evening on Thursday 3 May, will both raise awareness of the issue and help alleviate the problem with practical help.

Created in consultation with Unicef, the campaign is dubbed Liquid Light. Lighting designers are asked to post an image showing the interaction of light and water. For each such picture posted during the period on either Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn, 1,000 water purification tablets will be donated to a needy community. The target is to generate a shipment of half a million such tablets.

‘This is a very exciting campaign for us,’ says Lighting Design Awards director Ray Molony. ‘Water purification tablets are a powerful tool where access to clean water is a problem so it’s a great cause. The images of light and water I’ve seen so far have been spectacular so it’s great to see the lighting design community getting behind it.’

As part of the campaign, designers can win pizzas for the colleagues every week during the run-up to the International Day of Light on 16 May. The best picture of each week will receive a special #PizzaFriday voucher from iGuzzini, and the best overall picture will win a stunning PizzaKobra, the sculptural iGuzzini desk light created by Ron Arad in 2007.

To participate, post an image of light and water with the hashtags #LiquidLight and #LDAwards and account handles @LDAwards and @iGuzziniUK.

April 4th, 2018|

Class of 2018 young lighting design talent is named

A new generation of young lighting designers has been named today 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.

View the 2018 list here.

April 3rd, 2018|

James Carpenter heads line-up at Lighting Design Awards 2018

Top US architect James Carpenter, the world’s leading pioneer working with daylight, has been named as the keynote speaker for the Lighting Design Awards 2018.

Carpenter – whose projects include the multi-award winning Sky Reflector Net at the Fulton Center and design work on The 7 World Trade Center – will open the 42st presentations evening of the awards ceremony on Thursday 3 May 2018. 

In a special keynote, he will share his insights from the  intersection of art, engineering and architecture.

The presentations ceremony will be introduced by the editor of Lighting magazine Jill Entwistle and hosted by TV comedian Mark Watson.

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

The official after-show party – complete with top bands – follows into the early hours.

The shortlist of projects and products vying for the top honours has been unveiled and can be viewed here.

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

March 8th, 2018|

Lighting Design Awards: Be part of the live judging!

In a first for an awards programme in the built environment, the Lighting Design Awards is introducing live judging.

A number of selected entrants in the project categories will present their lighting design concept and its execution and then be assessed and critiqued by the judges live.

And you too can participate! We’ll stream the deliberations in real time so you can watch and listen as the judges question finalists and cogitate on possible winners.

You can also supply suggestions, questions and comments to the judging panel during the process, allowing maximum engagement and participation.

Join us live on Friday 16 March at 2pm (GMT).

To register click here.

February 12th, 2018|

Mark Major named Judge Emeritus for 2018

The globally acclaimed lighting designer Mark Major of Speirs + Major has been named Judge Emeritus for the Lighting Design Awards 2018.

The honorific title puts Major as the ‘first among equals’ in this year’s panel of judges. Major BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA FRIAS IALD RDI is principal at leading London practice Speirs + Major. He originally trained and practised as an architect prior to focusing on the unique relationship between light and architecture.

He has worked on a wide range of award-winning lighting projects including the Millennium Dome, 30 St. Mary Axe, Beijing International Airport, the refurbishment of Royal Festival Hall and the re-lighting of the interior of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

He is a specialist in the field of urban lighting and was named as a key city advisor by Monocle in 2013. Mark acted as the Lighting Design Advisor to the Olympic Delivery Authority for London 2012 and was appointed to the Mayor of London’s Special Assistance team for the Outer London Fund in the same year.
With an active interest in architectural and lighting education Mark has lectured extensively in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, U.S. and Australia. He was the co-creator of an educational project ‘Made of Light – the Art of Light and Architecture’.

Major is a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and the International Association of Lighting Designers and a Fellow of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. He was created a Royal Designer for Industry in 2012.​

 

January 25th, 2018|

‘Supercategory’ for 2018

Pic: Szczecin Philharmonic Hall, Poland by Anoche, winner in the Community and Public Realm category of the Lighting Design Awards in 2016.

A new ‘supercategory’ is being introduced in the Lighting Design Awards for 2018.

The Global Project of the Year will be a supercategory, in which the shortlist is selected from all entries to all nine project categories.

It is designed to reward a scheme of outstanding creativity, high ambition and world-class execution.

In past it wasn’t always possible for the judging team to signal a project of true exceptionalism’ said Ray Molony, chairman of the judging panel. ‘The Global Project of the Year allows us to do just that in 2018.

‘Whoever wins this in its augural year will justifiably be able to claim a work of a world-beating standard.’

Finalists in the Global Project of the Year will be assessed and critiqued by the team of eminent judges.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious black-tie presentations ceremony at the flagship London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday 3 May 2018 before a 800-strong audience of lighting designers and architects.

 

December 11th, 2017|

Lighting Design Awards introduces live judging for 2018

In a first for an awards programme in the built environment, the Lighting Design Awards is introducing live judging.

A number of selected entrants in the project categories will be assessed and critiqued by the judges in what organisers are calling ‘a new benchmark in transparency’ for a competition of this type.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can stream the deliberations in real time and watch and listen as the judges question finalists and cogitate on possible winners. They can even supply suggestions, questions and comments of their own to the judging panel during the process, allowing maximum engagement and participation.

‘We are proud that the Lighting Design Awards has always maintained the highest possible standards and that it has always been a leader,’ said Ray Molony, chairman of the judging panel. ‘The introduction of live judging is another innovation that we believe will increase transparency, engagement and credibility.’

The entrants will present their lighting design concept and its execution during the live judging and then face critiquing by the panel of judges, all highly experienced lighting design professionals.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious black-tie presentations ceremony at the flagship London Hilton on Park Lane on Thursday 3 May 2018 before a 800-strong audience of lighting designers and architects. In 2017, the keynote speaker was the architect Daniel Libeskind.

December 11th, 2017|