Lighting Design and Specification – PORTAL

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In preparation for LAMP’s September 18 gala in Vancouver, BC, the organization has announced its top 10 lighting finalists in three categories. LAMP received 142 submissions from 85 cities in 28 countries, and will announce the winners at the gala.

LAMP (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) was established in 2013 as a group installation and exhibition showcasing light and form through the lens of architectural design. It launched its international lighting design competition to offer designers an opportunity to engage their talents in unique conceptual explorations and to connect the local community to architecture and design. Each year presents a new theme and new set of guidelines to challenge entrants. This year’s theme is “Balance.”

The competition is open to three categories: Student, Emerging, and Established. Canadians are among the finalists in the “Established” and “Student” categories. Excerpts from the finalists’ concept statements and specs appear below.

LAMP is run by Vancouver founders Annika Siemsen and Nicole Fox.

  • Portal, by Lake & Wells and Karice, Chicago, IL and Vancouver, BC. Precariously balancing two surfaces, wall and floor, Portal is neither sconce nor floor lamp, and yet both. The elongated form and reflective, polished brass core nod to the mirror as a literary object of magic, a portal to other worlds. Favouring neither pole, Portal has no upside down as form balances function for lighting both up and down. Project specs:Materials: brass and LED • Dimensions: 60”tall x 16”wide x 24”deep (when leaning against the wall) • Fabrication: formed and machined brass, matte and mirror polished • Fixture mounts to the wall using a discreet mounting bracket for stability; &