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Congratulations to the LFI 2013 Award Winners and Finalists

Trade show season is well underway for the lighting and design industries! There seem to be industry events and home show exhibitions almost every week. With exhibits to construct, new products to “display” and awards to be won, this is a very busy time for lighting designers and manufacturers. Here at Lightology, we have the delightful job of taking it all in and finding the very best of what’s on offer.

We’d like to extend our sincerest congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2013 LFI Innovation Awards, held April 21 – 25 at the Lightfair International Trade Show & Conference in Philadelphia, PN. A special congratulations to Philips, Pure Edge Lighting, Tech Lighting, Juno Lighting, Osram Sylvania, Lighting Science Group and WAC Lighting.

Philips Boldplay | LFI 2013 Most Innovative Product of the Year

Philips Boldplay | LFI 2013 Most Innovative Product of the Year

Philips took home the “Most Innovative Product of the Year” title for its new Boldplay linear architectural LED, which also won the ‘Commercial Indoor Product’ category. The Philips Hue personal lighting system won the Judge’s Citation Award and also won the ‘Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape’ category. Philips was also a finalist in the ‘Controls, Building Integration, Site Automation and Distribution Systems’ category for the Color Kinetics IntelliPower. Congratulations, Philips, for such a fantastic year at Lightfair!

Philips Hue | LFI 2013 Judge's Citation Award Winner

Philips Hue | LFI 2013 Judge’s Citation Award Winner

 

Category Winners: Highlights  

Indoor Decorative (Chandeliers, Pendants, Sconces, Task Lights)

Finalist: Pure Edge Lighting – Truline 1.6, Plaster-In LED System

Pure Lighting | Tru Line 1.6 Plaster-In LED System | LFI 2013 Finalist: Indoor Decorative

Pure Lighting | Tru Line 1.6 Plaster-In LED System | LFI 2013 Finalist: Indoor Decorative

Combining minimalist design with state-of-the-art technology, Pure Lighting produces unparalleled, innovative lighting that blends seamlessly into drywall or plaster to become part of the architecture. Pure Lighting’s Truly Trimless recessed fixtures feature advanced LED and LED RGB technology within concealed lighting components to provide a clean, glare-free look ideal for commercial or residential applications.

Recessed Downlights (Wall Washers, Directionals, Modulars, Multiples)

Finalist: Juno Lighting – Indy Architectural LED Advanced Technology, Color Tuning and Black Body Dimming

Juno Lighting | Indy Architectural LED Advanced Technology, Color Tuning and Black Body Dimming | LFI 2013 Finalist: Recessed Downlight Category

Juno Lighting | Indy Architectural LED Advanced Technology, Color Tuning and Black Body Dimming | LFI 2013 Finalist: Recessed Downlight Category

Founded in 1976, Juno Lighting Inc. is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of recessed lighting and track lighting. Their high quality, well-engineered and attractive fixtures are easy to install and suited for a wide range of residential, commercial and retail applications.

Conventional, Retrofit and Replacement LED Lamps

Winner: Osram Sylvania – OCTRON® 800 XP® XL SUPERSAVER® T8 Fluorescent Lamps

Finalist: Osram Sylvania – LUMALUX PLUS® XL ECOLOGIC® HPS Lamps

Osram Sylvania | Octron 800 | LFI 2013 Category Winner: Conventional, Retrofit and Replacement LED Lamps

Osram Sylvania | Octron 800 | LFI 2013 Category Winner: Conventional, Retrofit and Replacement LED Lamps

Osram Sylvania offers light bulbs, transformers, power supplies and other lighting products in its commitment to make our world more comfortable, more productive and more imaginative. Osram Sylvania’s lifestyle solutions are suited to homes, businesses and institutions, automobiles and a broad range of specialty applications.

Controls, Building Integration, Site Automation and Distribution Systems

Finalist: Lutron Electronics – Lutron’s Embedded Ecosystem Technology

Finalist: Philips – Philips Color Kinetics IntelliPower

Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape

Winner: Philips – Hue personal wireless lighting system

Finalist:  Tech Lighting (Generation Brands) – Unilume LED Micro Channel

Tech Lighting | Unilume LED Micro Channel | LFI 2013 Category Finalist: Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape

Tech Lighting | Unilume LED Micro Channel | LFI 2013 Category Finalist: Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips and Tape

Originally established as a leading designer of architectural lighting, the Tech Lighting brand has since evolved to offer an expansive selection of lighting solutions for both residential and commercial applications, including low- and line-voltage decorative pendants, chandeliers, wall sconces, bath bars and bath lighting, directional track heads, ceiling fixtures and picture lights.

Track, Display, Undercabinet and Shelf

Finalist: WAC Lighting – LINE Edge-Lit LED Barlight

Industrial, Vandal, Emergency and Exit

Finalist: Lighting Science Group – VividGro™ LED Grow Light

Commercial Indoor (Linear Fluorescent, Troffers, Suspended, Surface, LED, OLED)

Winner: Philips – BoldPlay

About Lightfair International

Lightfair is co-owned by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD). AMC, Inc. produces and manages the annual event.

Lightfair 2014: June 1-5, 2014 – Las Vegas, NV

For more information and a forcomplete list of this year’s LFI Award winners and finalists, visit Lightfair International online.

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Congratulations to Sonneman, Winner of ASID NY Metro ‘Top Pick’ 2013 Award for Lighting Design

Last month marked the 12th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show. Held in New York at Pier 94, the show drew a mixed crowd of design professionals and homeowners alike to exhibits from more than 400 luxury home furnishing companies.

The event was co-sponsored by the New York Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), which honored retailers, manufacturers and design firms in 11 distinct home design categories as its ‘Top Picks’ for the show. 

Contemporary lighting favorite Sonneman ® – A Way of Light won the ASID 2013 ‘Top Pick’ Award in the Lighting Design category. Highlights of the Sonneman display included sleek and innovative LED fixtures like the new Quattro™ desk lamp and the Corona and Starflex™ pendants.

Starflex™ LED Pendant - Sonneman® A Way of Light

Starflex™ LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

Corona LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

Corona LED Pendant – Sonneman® A Way of Light

© Sonneman® - A Way of Light

Joining the next generation of LED task lighting, the revolutionary Quattro™ desk lamp is 25% brighter and 25% more energy efficient than traditional LED desk lamps. Available soon at Lightology.com. © Sonneman® – A Way of Light

Innovative Design – LED Technology

We had the opportunity to interview Robert Sonneman about his new LED innovations at the January Dallas Lighting Market, the biggest event of the year for the US lighting industry.

Sonneman® – A Way of Light

Founded by Robert Sonneman in 2003, the lighting manufacturer develops sleek and functionalist lighting at the forefront of cutting-edge contemporary design.

Robert Sonneman pioneered modern lighting making it an art form. World renowned and acclaimed for clean lines and alliance to form and function, his award winning designs have been at the forefront of the design world for over four decades. Sonneman’s designs have been on display at the Museum of Modern Art and the Chicago Art Institute, among other museums.

Update: Design Bureau interviewed Robert Sonneman for the magazine’s July 2013 issue. Read their blog post for some great excerpts. 

About ASID

With over 30,000 members, the American Society of Interior Designers is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers in the US. Local chapters like ASID NY Metro serve local communities.

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Congratulations, Edge Lighting! 2012 NGL “Best in Class”

 Last month, Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) held an awards ceremony for the winners of its 2012 Outdoor Design Competition. Congratulations to Edge Lighting for earning the highly sought-after “Best in Class” trophy for its TV LED and Dial LED wall sconces.

Best in ClassCongratulations to Edge Lighting for a stellar performance in the 2012 Next Generation Luminaires Outdoor Competition.

Co-created by the US Department of Energy (DOE), the annual NGL competition recognizes design and production excellence in high quality, white-light LED light fixtures available on the commercial market. Judged based on quality of light (color, consistency, distribution, and brightness), serviceability, energy efficiency, value, innovation and controllability, the winning products represent innovative, energy-efficient lighting at its finest.

Of the 176 LED products submitted to the NGL 2012 Outdoor Competition, 37 received awards as “Recognized” winners. At the judges’ discretion, only five of the 37 winning products merited the “Best in Class” distinction, reserved only for those products standing head and shoulders above the rest. Edge’s TV LED and Dial LED were two of the five.

TV & Dial LED

One of three lighting manufacturers to clinch this title, Edge Lighting was the only company to earn “Best in Class” for more than one product.

 Past Wins for PureEdge Lighting

Since 2009, a total of seven Edge Lighting products have earned NGL awards, including “Best in Class” for TV LED and Dial LED wall sconces, as well as four “Recognized Winner” award in previous competitions. Edge Lighting’s sister company, Pure Lighting, also earned an award in 2009 for its stunning Stratus Wall Grazer.

Edge Lighting - Soft Line - 2012 Indoor Competition Winner

2009 – Stratus Wall Grazer – Pure Lighting

– Nautilus LED – Edge Lighting

2010 – Taos LED, Sun3 LED, and Port LED – Edge Lighting

2012 Indoor Competition– Soft Line Indirect LED – Edge Lighting

*There was no competition held in 2011

 

About NGL

Created in 2008 to “recognize and promote excellence” in LED lighting fixture design, the NGL Design Competition is organized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

At the time, LEDs had only recently made the commercial leap from cheap flashlights with blinding bluish light to practical, beautiful and energy efficient white-light fixtures. Those who recognized LED lighting’s huge potential (lighting industry professionals, environmentalists, etc) decided that it was time to recognize those who were turning that potential into reality.

About PureEdge Lighting

Edge Lighting and its sister company, Pure Lighting, are divisions of Chicago-based PureEdge Lighting.

Form follows function at Edge Lighting, solving basic lighting problems with technical finesse while incorporating the essential elements of contemporary, yet timeless design. Edge Lighting develops and manufactures specification grade, energy efficient fixtures that exhibit superior craftsmanship and aesthetics, while utilizing the latest in engineering technologies.

Pure Lighting combines minimalist design with state-of-the-art technology to produce innovative lighting that seamlessly blends into drywall or plaster ceilings. The revolutionary collection features “Truly Trimless” recessed fixtures, advanced LED RGB technology and concealed lighting components that provide a clean, glare-free internal look ideal for commercial or residential applications.

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Museum of Light

Last Week, a group of 20 design students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) visited the Lightology Showroom for a Lighting Education Tour. Lighting Designer Diane Fairchild and Architect Richard Kasemsarn brought their “Design with Light” class to Lightology for an immersive educational experience.

Catwalk

Students Tour Lightology – View from the Catwalk

The one hour student tour explored fundamental lighting principles, the properties of light, lighting design techniques, and the evolution of electric lighting technology. This design class is one of many to have taken the tour, which evolved over the years as increasing numbers of student groups requested access to Lightology’s space.

 Students Walk Through Color Temperature Stairway (left) and Start at the Bottom of the History of Light Stairwell (right)

Students Tour Color Temperature Stairway (left) – History of Light Stairwell Bottom Landing (right)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the International Academy of Design & Technology, and Harrington School of Design are but a few of the prestigious design schools that often ask for student tours at Lightology.

Tour leader Andrew Goldman notes, “We’ve heard a lot of feedback that these student groups leave Lightology with a deeper appreciation and understanding of things they’ve been learning about in class. Our exhibits and displays allow them to see and touch the things they learn in books.”

Ascending the History of Light Stairwell

Ascending the History of Light Stairwell

More than a Showroom

Lightology founder and owner Greg Kay sees the tours as a sign that he must be doing something right. The award-winning lighting designer and Master Electrician opened Lightology in 2001 with a mission to offer the finest modern and contemporary lighting in the world. At the same time, he wanted to create a world-class educational center for lighting design.

“For me, Lightology has always been about more than just selling light fixtures—it’s more than a place to browse and shop,” says Kay.

Color Temperature Stairway

Color Temperature Stairway

“When I first had the idea to open Lightology, I knew I wanted people to be able to explore the showroom as they would The Museum of Science and Industry, for example.”

Indeed, it’s no stretch to think of Lightology as Chicago’s Unofficial Museum of Light. The modern, glass-enclosed structure boasts 3 stories of stunning lighting displays and looks more like an art gallery than a lighting store. A variety of eye-catching and unexpected Light Art displays add to the ambience.

Visitors may explore a host of permanent, educational and interactive exhibits on the properties of light and color, the history of electric lighting, and the emergence of LEDs as the future of lighting. A breathtaking exhibit in the Morpheus Room demonstrates the impact of light and lighting systems on architecture, design, and human emotion.

In addition to educational tours for design and architecture students, Lightology’s award-winning showroom also hosts a variety of lighting seminars, industry training sessions, and other events. Complementing these educational experiences is a multitude of cultural events, parties, and photo shoots that take place throughout the year. (Even weddings!)

“Lightology is an experience,” affirms Kay. “It’s an adventure, a resource for lighting education, and really an opportunity to expand people’s notions about light, art, and the world around them.”

For more information, contact Fred Kern at fkern@lightology.com or call 773-770-1143.

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Modern Lighting Trends in 2013

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The Dallas International Lighting Market is a centralized hub of permanent exhibition space for lighting’s biggest brands. Twice a year, thousands of shoppers and industry professionals descend upon Dallas to discover the latest creations from many of the brightest designers and manufacturers in modern lighting.

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Dallas Market Center -
Dallas International Lighting Market

This year, Lightology went behind the scenes at the January Dallas Lighting Market, the industry’s biggest event of the year. Lightology Showroom Buyer Kara Manning interviewed over 20 top contemporary lighting brands and designers to get an exclusive, inside look at the latest modern lighting trends for 2013.

Designers and homeowners alike can watch the video clips and “Best of Dallas” highlights reel to see the brightest designers in lighting today introduce new designs, debut cutting-edge LED technology, and reveal the inspirations that brought these products to market.

“As the lighting industry’s largest event of the year, the January Dallas Lighting Market is a source of tremendous excitement for us,” says Kara Manning, Showroom Buyer for Lightology. “Each year we look forward to seeing what designers and manufacturers bring to the Market, and this year was remarkable.”

See the latest modern lighting trends and LED technology with Lightology

Modern Lighting Trends and LED Technology – Lightology

“Advancements in LED technology intersect with cutting-edge designs to bring some of the most exciting collections we’ve seen in years,” says Kara. “We’re highlighting some of the best designs from the best manufacturers in lighting today. Personally, I love the new fixtures that integrate unexpected materials like wood, fabric and precious metals into today’s lighting.”

By compiling a selection of short videos, Lightology gives homeowners and designers alike an inside perspective on modern lighting trends. Get inspired by lighting industry design leaders like Tech Lighting, Edge Lighting, Varaluz, LBL and Sonneman.

Innovative contemporary design is a hallmark of the brands we offer at Lightology, and the products in the videos represent only a snapshot of what you can find in our Chicago Showroom and on our website, Lightology.com.

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February 19, 2013 · 10:03 am

Meet Product Designers Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar

Caleb Siemon and Carmen Salazar’s lighting product line, exclusively available at Lightology, initially caught our attention with their Banded Orb pendants, vibrantly colored glass inspired by the topography of California.

Banded Orb Pendants

Banded Orb Pendants

Their entire line of hand blown glass pendants, wall sconces and table lamps shows off Caleb Siemon’s signature aesthetic of thick glass and exciting colors.

Read on to find out how Caleb & Carmen became one of Southern California’s most exciting new product designers.

Caleb Siemon

Caleb Siemon

Caleb Siemon

Most glassblowers aren’t born artists,” says Caleb Siemon. “They’re born pyromaniacs.” Son of a jeweler, he grew up making things with his hands, got hooked on glass in high school, and honed his craft at the Rhode Island School of Design. He then set out for Murano, Italy, with a backpack, a few words of Italian, and the hope of an apprenticeship with renowned master glass sculptor Pino Signoretto. The maestro ignored him for a month, while Caleb attentively sketched his work and tried not to get in the way. Eventually an apprenticeship evolved.

Caleb spent two years in the Muranese studio with the glassmaker versatile enough to produce both enormous sculptures and delicate goblets. Here, he was encouraged to “steal with his eyes.” Caleb’s style shows the influence of his early tutor, coupled with an unabashed passion for the medium. “The transparency and fluidity of the material makes it unique,” he says. “I always start with an idea, but have learned to remain flexible to allow for the natural qualities of the glass”.

Caleb returned to Southern California in 1999 and constructed his own Italian-style studio. From furnace heights and bench design, to a system where each piece is created closely with a team of assistants, his methods reflect his Muranese immersion. Loris Zanon, Pino Signoretto’s master coldworker, traveled from Murano to guide the construction of Caleb’s coldshop and pass on the techniques of glass carving and polishing.

From the Scandinavian glass tradition, Caleb has developed an affection for simple forms, taking advantage of gravity and centrifugal force in design. By pairing these approaches to glassmaking, he has developed a signature aesthetic that reflects the evolved detail of the Muranese and balance and restraint of the Scandinavians. Caleb continues to invite international glass workers to his studio to share their techniques with the next generation of glass artists. His work exhibits internationally and is featured in galleries around the world.

Lattimo Pendants

Lattimo Pendants

Carmen Salazar

Carmen Salazar

Carmen Salazar

While her husband has binged on glass with a singular focus, his wife and partner, Carmen Salazar, has sipped from many ponds. Sculptor, metalworker, architect, botanist, scavenger, and conservationist, Carmen is a curious hybrid of urban and rural. She brings the influence of many streams to her work in the glass shop. She is a recipe that calls for equal parts concrete and pasture, glass and steel and rough-hewn beams. Carmen grew up shuttling between Washington DC and the family farm in Augusta, West Virginia. In college, she began to cultivate a love for metal, glass, and the vegetal world. Carmen left the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in sculpture and art history, but also a peripatetic interest in reshaping the larger natural world.

In 1997, she drove to San Francisco where she spent two years working for a land artist, metal sculptors, horticulturalists, and glass blowers. In 1999, she moved to Orange County to help Caleb build his first shop. “I thought I was just going down for a month or so” she says, “but here we are, a decade later.” The intersection of her diverse interests led her to the Southern California Institute of Architecture in 2001.

After receiving her masters in architecture at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, Carmen worked in the high end residential realm and then on the design team for a large scale public park. With her skills in architecture, interior and landscape design, the pair have embarked on an aesthetic leap forward.

They are now executing large scale custom projects and installations while maintaining the studio’s carefully cultivated quality and visual signature. “I have a somewhat less controlled aesthetic than Caleb. Maybe it comes from working with so many plants.” says Carmen, “I love to scavenge pieces from the studio, tests and such, and re-purpose them. Caleb always looks like he has a tinge of fear when I start experimenting in the studio, like, ‘gosh, I hope she doesn’t blow us up today.’”

Happy Kiss Pendants

Happy Kiss Pendants

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Give the Gift of Light this Year

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, the best-selling and hottest new contemporary lighting fixtures were hand-picked and marked down 20-35% OFF list price (November 1-30) — offering gifts for the design savvy at more affordable prices.

Top Gift Ideas

KONCEPT LIGHTING

Z-Bar® Desk Lamp features the award-winning three-bar design for ultimate reach and flexibility.

The all-LED Generation 3 line from Koncept features enhancements to the multi-award winning fixtures like the Z-bar and Equo. The innovations of Generation 3 include better quality and brightness by equalizing the LED light distribution and a touchstrip that can be smoothly dimmed with the swipe of a finger, or instantly brightened or dimmed with a simple touch.

CERNO LIGHTING

Another brand consisting entirely of LED fixtures, Cerno, is relatively young to the lighting scene. Initially turning heads with their multi-purpose wall sconce turned reading light, Cubo, Cerno solidified their position in the design community with high quality contemporary desk lamps, floor lamps and LED pendants.

ARTEMIDE LIGHTING

Tolomeo has become an icon in the lighting industry, popular across the world and even on display in museums.

Artemide, an icon in the lighting industry, has their top-selling Tizio and Tolomeo lamps: a classic gift that will never go out of style.

EDGE LIGHTING NIGHT OWL READING LIGHT

The Edge Lighting Night Owl series uses a direct beam of LED light, ideal as a bedside reading light that won’t disturb your partner. The wall-mounted Night Owl and Night Owl 3 are available in plug-in and canopy versions with a variety of finishes. The Night Owl 3 also comes with a high/low switch and adjustable beamspread.

LIGHTOLOGY COLLECTION

3POD floor lamp features a black fabric shade and a black carbon steel finish for a classic look that’s equally durable.

Lightology offers its own line of fixtures, the Lightology Collection, which represents the highest pinnacle of design and the latest technological developments.

The Holiday Sale lasts until November 30, 2011.

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