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LAMP Announces Finalists for Fifth Annual Lighting Competition and Gala Event

The Lighting Architecture Movement Project (LAMP) competition brights up Vancouver this September.

What significance do 28 countries, 85 cities, and 142 worldwide submissions share? They are all producers of light.

Since 2013, the Lighting Architecture Movement Project (LAMP) has been run by Vancouver founders Annika Siemsen and Nicole Fox–who initially joined forces in hopes of creating something that would stretch the imagination of design as it related to lighting. Now, this annual international lighting competition connects the design community with the top Pacific Northwest designers, architects, business entrepreneurs and design enthusiasts.

Each year, a new theme is selected to guide the designer’s approach to their lighting project. With past one-word themes inspiring designs from words like “crystallize” and “fibre”, this year’s approach hoped to push the creative parameters with its theme: balance.

“It was important to have this theme because it encouraged more experimentation and I think it produced more ‘carefree’ design,” said LAMP judge Scott Bridgens, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Resident in New Zealand.

Open to all ages and creative backgrounds, the competition is broken up into three main categories: student, emerging, and established—with a list of the top 10 finalists in each category. The esteemed panel of judges make their decisions based on aesthetics, marketability, innovation, and the creator’s own unique interpretation of the “balance” theme. This year brought in talent from all over the world–including a few lighting designers from Vancouver!

Click on the image below to view the 2018 Established Finalists.

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“We noticed a recurring desire to soften the sometimes-harsh output of LED light sources by creating contrast through the use of natural materials in a relatively raw state,” said industrial designer Tim Rundle, owner of Tim Rundle Studio and 2018 LAMP judge, of the submissions. How many LED lights do you see among the balance-themed finalists?

Click on the image below to view the 2018 Emerging Finalists.

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Aside from the opportunity to have their work exhibited at the event in a gallery setting, winners will also receive an award. The winner of the Established category will be awarded the $2,000 Grand Prize from Inform Interiors, the Emerging winner will receive the $1,000 Light Resource Award, and the Student winner will get a $500 IALD Award and professional internship opportunity with ANDLIGHT.

Click on the image below to view the 2018 Student Finalists.

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“Lighting designers should always be thinking about the future of design and innovation—they should be the ones leading the industry,” said 2018 LAMP judge Jamie Derringer of Design Milk.

Winners from each category of these innovative light designs will be announced and awarded at LAMP’s gala event, which will also kick off the Offsite Programming for IDS Vancouver this September. If you would like to attend the event, you can buy tickets ahead of time HERE. Or if you just want to see all the unique light designs, you can view the illuminating scene the following day once it opens to the public.

LAMP Opening Gala

When: Tuesday, September 18 @ 7 – 11 pm
Where: Inform Contract, 405 Railway Street

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