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Global Classrooms of Chicago Visits Lightology for Hands-On Education

Global Classrooms of Chicago - Students on the Lightology Roof Deck

On Wednesday, a lively and engaged crew of high school students from Global Classrooms of Chicago stopped by our showroom for a hands-on learning experience. Students from Kenny Bae’s Urban Planning class visited Lightology to learn about lighting and electricity.

It was a different crowd than our usual student tours, typically given to college-aged students of design. We welcomed the younger group with open arms and were thrilled to find them so captivated by the tour, led by Lightology sales consultant and lighting expert, Jeremy Baker.

Global Classrooms Students Learn About Pure Lighting at Lightology

Favoring hands-on experience over textbook learning, Global Classrooms of Chicago engages students from various Chicago public schools in a supplementary, industry-driven education.

They are working on a project to re-light a room with more energy-efficient, less expensive fixtures. They stopped by today to get a feel for creative, more efficient & economic ways of doing so. At the end of their project they will submit a business proposal, and the best plan will be used to re-light one room of their school.

About Global Classrooms

Established in 2001, Global Classrooms has grown into an international program working in 24 cities around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Association of the USA (USA-UN), the program’s purpose is teaching students in underserved communities to be global citizens by bridging “the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved public schools.” (USNA.org)

At the core of the Global Classrooms’ curriculum is the Model UN Conference, where students roleplay as international delegates and debate a variety of issues that challenge today’s global community.

Chicago’s Model UN Summit is TODAY!   (April 26, 2013)

GC Chicago – Lightology Student Tour – Photo Gallery

Jeremy Baker Explains the Art and Science Behind Pure Recessed LightingLightology Sales Consultant Jeremy Baker Talks Lighting Design

Global Classrooms Students Absorbed in the Morpheus Room DemonstrationGlobal Classrooms Students Absorbed in the Morpheus Room Lighting DemonstrationGlobal Classrooms Students Take Photos in the Morpheus Room

Global Classrooms Students Learn About Softline RGB LED at Lightology

Global Classrooms Students Learn About Softline RGB LED at Lightology
Swarovski Chandelier at LightologyGlobal Classrooms students admire some chandeliers at LightologyGlobal Classrooms Students Climb the 'Evolution of Light' Stairwell - Reach the Disco EraGlobal Classrooms Students Relax in Lightology's Rooftop Cocoon
Global Classrooms Students Dig Our Giant Rooftop Horse LampGlobal Classrooms Students Enjoying Lightology's Roofdeck
Global Classrooms Students Enjoying Lightology's Rooftop LoungeGlobal Classrooms Students Enjoying Lightology's Rooftop LoungeGlobal Classrooms Students Learn About Chandeliers at Lightology

To learn more about Global Classrooms and Global Classrooms of Chicago, visit their website.

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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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Lights, Camera, Lightology!

Interior Designer Adele Young visited the Lightology Showroom Monday morning with a film crew from Octane Rich Media. The mission? To show designers and homeowners what a difference great lighting makes.

Behind the Scenes

Octane Rich Media Crew (left) – Adele Between Takes in the Morpheus Room (right)

Young knows that when it comes to design, lighting not only sets the tone but also makes or breaks the atmosphere. Beautiful lighting is a design element unto itself.

Behind the Scenes - Lights. Camera. Coffee. Action!

Lights. Camera. Coffee. Action!

What Makes Great Lighting?

Great lighting involves more than stylish fixtures that complement decor and tie a room together.

It’s important to understand the various properties of light and how they interact within any given setting. Equal parts art and science, designing with light can take a lifetime to master.

Fortunately, anybody can learn some basic lighting principles that dramatically impact the look and feel of any space.  Some of these include:

- Layers of light
Color temperature (“shades” of white light)
Color rendering (quality of a light source), measured as CRI

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Color Temperature Stairway – Lightology

Light Education

With Lightology’s array of educational, interactive exhibits and captivating Light-Art displays, we can’t think of a better place for Adele to demonstrate the basic principles of good lighting design.

(Just last week, a “Design with Light” class from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago visited the showroom for an educational tour.)

We look forward to seeing the finished results, and we’ll post an update when the video is available.

Adele Young is an interior designer and the owner of Chicago design firm VDL Interiors. She is also an Ambassador for #IntDesignChat on Twitter.

Chicago-based Octane Rich Media is a creative agency that produces original content for HD video, web design, and mobile apps.

Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the shoot.

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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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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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Share a Photo of Your Thanksgiving Dining Decor to Win a Koncept Z-Bar LED Desk Lamp

This time of year, your dining room becomes the most important room in your home; a place for food, family and fellowship. And whether this is the only time of year your dining room gets used, or you break out the polished silver every Sunday, Lightology wants to see how your dining room has been transformed for the Thanksgiving season! By sending us a photo, you can win a $275 Koncept Z-Bar LED desk lamp!

To enter, take a photo of your Thanksgiving Dining Decor (family members not necessary!) that also shows off your lighting.

Like Us on Facebook and Post Your Pic on Our Page!

Or Follow Us on Twitter and Tweet Us your Photo!

A winner will be selected Monday, November 28th at 5 pm and will win a Koncept Generation 3 Z-Bar Desk Lamp, a $275 value!

The award-winning Koncept Z-Bar LED table lamp ($275 value) uses only 10.5 watts and is fully adjustable, with rotating arms that move to your exact desired position. The touchstrip allows for easy dimming with a simple slide of the finger. The perfect gift – or reward for your hard work this Thanksgiving!

Send in the photo of your Thanksgiving Dining Room TODAY for a chance to win!

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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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