Started in 2013 by Vancouver artists Annika Hagen and Nicole Fox, L A M P (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) is a one-of-a-kind international lighting design competition & exhibition held yearly in Vancouver. The event provides a platform for up-and-coming lighting designers to showcase their talents in a unique conceptual exploration of light in an exhibit setting.
As part of the event LAMP holds a competition for designers from around the globe to submit their work in 3 different categories Established, Emerging, and Student prior to the event. A panel of professionals in the design industry critiques the submissions and picks a winner for all 3 categories.
This year’s esteemed panel of judges included: Niels Bendtsen (Bensen); Jakub Zak (Patricia Urquiola Studio); Joana Bover (Bover); Rosie Li (Rosie Li Studio); Andrea McLean (Andrea McLean Design Office); Allison Mills (Owner, Inform Interiors – Seattle); Ellie Niakan (B. Interior Architecture, LC, CLD); and Phillip K. Smith, III (PKS3).
This year’s top three first place winners in each category are:
Established Winner – ‘Black Hole Lamp’ by Dario Narvaez + Anthony Baxter
Concept Statement: A popular depiction of a black hole is an unseen force of nature drawing light down to a single point in space. Using this analogy, the ‘Black Hole Lamp’ controls the intensity of the light being emitted by creating a funnel from which the light cannot escape. In the ‘on’ position the reflective disc of material is fully illuminated, but as the flexible disc is drawn back towards the center of the black hole, the light gets dimmer until it eventually disappears. The ‘Black Hole Lamp’ is effectively dimming the light as it changes shape, in the same way a black hole draws in light and matter by altering the fabric of space. The design of the lamp features a silicone disc, which is deformed by pulling it (angle and length are changed), decreasing the travel of the light rays and its area of contact. www.darionarvaez.com; www.curveid.com
Emerging Winner – ‘Antitesi’ by Luca Mazzon & Alessandro Dadone
Concept Statement: Since the dawn of time we have been fascinated by the beauty and the “mystical powers” of the night sky, and the universe. Now looking at the universe we can see its rational aspect, linked to a number of scientific theories, and the other more spiritual perspective, that refers to religions and ideologies. Considering these two points of view, we designed a concept in which the light shows these two natures, just like two equivalent answers to the same question. The hanging disc receives light from a single source, and reflects back two different views from a dichroic film. https://www.behance.net/ELEMENTO_design
Student Winner – HENYX by Anna Tomschik
Concept Statement: The play of sun and moon structures a day. Two natural light sources that are guiding us through space and time. Urban living very often doesn’t match with sunrise and sunset, therefore the design challenge is to create our own lighting universe. Inspired by the natural reality of sun and moon, a bedside table light has been designed. Based on the user’s circadian rhythm, the luminaire assists by waking up and falling asleep in a pleasant way. Via mobile app, an individual set up can be made regarding light intensity and color temperature. The big hemisphere, the sun, will gradually illuminate itself in the morning linked to the alarm clock. The smaller hemisphere, the moon, features soft and reflected light at bedtime. Henyx, named after the greek goddesses of day and night Hemera and Nyx, contributes to a healthy lifestyle and brings us one step further to natural living.
Here is more information on the event:
On Thursday, November 3, L A M P’s opening night runs from 6 p.m. to midnight at Jan Kath Studio, 505 Railway Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6A 1A7. Tickets must be purchased in advance through www.welovelamp.ca. This year’s exhibit will feature 20 original jury-selected lighting entries from around the world, including this year’s lighting winners. Expect beer, wine, beats, and exceptional lighting design. The exhibit will be open by donation from November 4 to 6.