Lamp Awards 2017 - Awards ceremony
On June 15th, the 7th edition of the Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards 2017 ceremony was held at Espai Xavier Corberó, Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona.
The event, lead by Mr. Ignasi Cusidó, CEO of Lamp Lighting, and hosted by TV journalist Bibiana Ballbè, was closed by the prestigious lighting designer and president of the jury, Kaoru Mende (Japan), supported by the rest of the judges: lighting designers Gustavo Avilés (Mexico), Colin Ball (United Kingdom), Anna Sbokou (Greece) and Rafael Gallego (Spain), architect Joan Roig (Spain), and interior designer Stefano Colli (Italy). Furthermore, the event counted on the collaboration of La Invisible Lighting Design Studio, who surprised us with their lighting installation.
The gala was attended by 450 professionals of the lighting sector worldwide, who didn't want to miss the prize-giving event of these awards which are already amongst the most important ones in the international lighting calendar. Paying homage to the sculptor Xavier Corberó (1935-2017), the attendees toasted to art and light, while recreating the legendary parties of Dalí. It was a really enjoyable bohemian-artistic event in which the attendees could taste typical Spanish tapas and rice, or do networking in the calm chill outs or drink a gin tonic whilst dancing to live music with the musicians of the Piano Bar, and also take home a funny "photocall" caricature of themselves.
The present edition, the 7th since the contest started on 2008, beats a 75% internationalization record, and for the first time, achieves a 60% lighting designers' participation, a position previously held by architects and interior designers, who, together, used to be the majority. Is this evidence that lighting is finally beginning to occupy the position it is owed? A total of 523 projects from 43 countries prove the international consolidation of the Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards, that have been endowed with a total of €16,000 distributed into four categories. The winners in the four different categories of the Lamp Lighting Solutions Awards ‘17 were:
ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING
With a prize of €5,000, the judges have decided to give the 2017 Lamp Lighting Award for ARCHITECTURAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING to THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, in Canberra, Australia, by Steensen Varming, for "an elegantly balanced scheme where each detail is accented appropriately. Integrating the light throughout the monument the consistency of approach is equally expressed in the constructed elements of darkness".
On the other hand, in the same category, the jury decided to recognize with a special mention the project "LIGHT FRIEZE" KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL, in Basel, Switzerland, by Multivision LED-Systeme GmbH and iart AG, for "A truly innovative approach to media light and architecture. Seamlessly integrating technology into the very fabric of the façade enables the lit effect to truly transform how the building's fabric and form is seen".
With a prize of €5,000, the judges have decided to give the 2017 Lamp Lighting Award for INDOOR LIGHTING to FIRST SUNSET IN THE PACIFIC, in Madrid, Spain, by Clavel Arquitectos, for "a totally unique way to look at the experience of parking and elevate it to a sense of arrival. Taking a fully immersive experience into a mundane space is brave and truly original".
URBAN AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
With a prize of €5,000, the judges have decided to give the 2017 Lamp Lighting Award for URBAN AND LANDSCAPE LIGHTING to LIGHT IN TRANSITION CENTRAL SQUARE OF KOZANI, in Kozani, Greece, by Mara Spentza, for "implementing a Lighting Strategy in the midst of an economic crisis is not only courageous it truly recognises Light's ability to provide central focus to a community and increase social engagement, stimulating night-time economy and enhancing a whole town's identity".
Also, in this category the special mention was for RAVAL KM0, in Barcelona, Spain, by Curro Claret and Maria Güell Ordis, for "taking a community's wish to express respect and joy to each other and transform what would otherwise be a standard corporate employment of empty symbols is an incredibly sensitive approach to how Light can engage with a community on so many subtly different levels".
With a prize of €1,000, the judges have decided to give the 2017 Lamp Lighting Award for STUDENTS PROPOSALS to IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS by Sergi Sauras and Pau Garrofé, students at Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura La Salle, Barcelona, Spain, for "to capture one's shadow, a sensitive proposal exquisitely illustrating and stunningly executed. Every element of the production was simply beautiful".
Lamp Lighting edited the book Lighting Concepts '17 for the occasion and was given as a gift during the ceremony. It includes the work of the contest's finalists and winners. If you would like to have one, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
From here at Lamp Lighting, we would like to thank everybody who helps to make these awards happen. Thank you for believing in them!