Winning Design: The First darc awards/decorative
Reflections of Excellence in 2017
[d]arc is the only international magazine focused on decorative and designer lighting in architecture for the specification and contract markets. Last year, they launched an award for a decorative lighting design, which culminated in the darc awards/decorative ceremony on 18th May 2017 at Bloomsbury Ballroom in London.
This new award grew out of the success of the darc awards/architectural concept and its impressive growth since the inaugural awards two years ago. Now, instead of combined architectural and decorative lighting awards, darc has split the two streams so darc can dedicate more attention to each of these vital areas of design.
This year, they received over two hundred entries from thirty different countries, purely for decorative lighting design projects and products. Among these, we are pleased to say, were several of our partners, two of whom were honoured with awards at the darc award ceremonies last week.
Darc Awards/Decorative: Best Decorative Pendant/Chandelier
Second Place: Lederam Manta S1 Suspension Light from Catellani & Smith
With its elegant undulating curves, it's not hard to imagine the inspiration behind Catellani & Smith's Lederam Manta chandelier
In this staggering Enzo Catellani creation, two thin metal structures play off one another: the smaller piece encases an LED light, directed up against the gold or silver-leaf interior of the larger piece. This construction hides tbe LED from view, while reflecting the light it throws from the textured gold or silver-leaf, into a softly glorious ambient glow.
Lederam also comes in white and gold and the family includes ceiling-mounted, floor, and wall versions.
Darc Awards/Decorative: Best Decorative Wall Fixture
Third Place: YOYWall from Innermost
The YOYWall is a decorative LED wall sconce that cleverly projects the shape of a light, designed by YOY Studio for Innermost
A simple idea very well executed often makes the best product, and this minimal wall light makes a great talking point. It is arguably the most minimal wall sconce possible, interacting with and using the wall in more than just a supporting role.
The detail within YOYWall is cleverly hidden; a single LED unit that casts a very powerful glow through an aperture to create the optical illusion. The design has rightly been nominated for several awards and won the prestigious NYC Design Prize for best light fitting at the 2016 ceremony held at the MOMA in New York. YOYWall also won a Red Dot award earlier this year.
We offer our hearty congratulations to our partners Catellani & Smith and Innermost on these well-deserved accolades!
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