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Finalists Revealed for LAMP’s Third Annual Lighting Design Competition

The Lighting Architecture Movement Project (LAMP) reveals top designs in this year’s “crystallize” theme competition.

For their third annual lighting design competition, Lighting Architecture Movement Project’s (LAMP) co-founders Annika Hagen and Nicole Fox asked designers from all over the world to gather inspiration from one word: crystallize.

Fox came up with the theme on a cold January morning when she noticed the shape of frost forming on her windshield. She was hesitant to suggest the idea since previous themes had been more static (2014’s was “fibre”), but she and Hagen quickly fell in love with it. “We wanted it to be a verb that pertained to movement,” says Hagen.

The two have artistic backgrounds (Fox is a dancer, while Hagen comes from film), and the LAMP exhibit gives them the perfect opportunity to showcase the things they enjoy—lighting, architecture, design and performance—all in one place. “We’ve always gravitated towards things that have a more dynamic element to them, that are more engaging,” says Hagen.

Submissions were collected in three categories—student, emerging and established—and judged based on aesthetic, function, creativity and sustainability. While students were only required to submit digital renderings of their designs (see the finalists here), both emerging and established designers were asked to submit fully realized products. “We wanted to create a bit of distinction for them,” says Fox. “Last year we only had one category that was open to everyone, so we felt we needed more to accommodate their skill levels.”

Click image to see the top 10 designs from “crystallize” in the established category.

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Of the 90-plus submissions from more than 20 countries, LAMP judges (including British designer Tom Dixon, Nancy Bendtsen of Inform Interiors, and Vancouver’s Falken Reynolds), have selected only 10 finalists in each category. Both the emerging and established categories feature beautifully crafted chandeliers, geometric pendant lights and sculpted floor lamps inspired by radiating burrs, polyhedrons and “fool’s gold” among other crystalline forms. You can see all 20 designs at this year’s exhibit, taking place November 12 to 15 at Jan Kath Studio.

Click image to see the top 10 designs from this year’s emerging category.

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The exhibit also features a live installation, “Sound Clouds” by Alex Beim of Tangible Interaction. “We wanted another element that engages the audience more,” says Hagen, “It lends a little bit more of an artistic element to something that might not otherwise be approachable.”

Winners will be announced Thursday, November 12 during the exhibit’s opening night (tickets must be purchased in advance). Entrance to the exhibit will then be by donation November 13 to 15. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit welovelamp.ca.

Where: Jan Kath Studio, 505 Railway St., Vancouver.

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