29. Jul 2016

LAMP connects talents to new markets

Text: Jo-Eike Vormittag

There is still some time left for all those who would like to take part in this unusual design competition: submit ideas for LAMP (Lighting Architecture Movement Project) by 15. August. The call for entries addresses designers worldwide in three categories – Student, Emerging and Established Designers. This year’s theme is “Cosmic”.


“Boro Boro” by Neal Aronowitz. Photo: Luis Valdizon

The competition challenges designers to develop concepts based on just one word, the theme changing every year. For 2016 Annika Hagen Siemsen and Nicole Fox, founders of the initiative, have stipulated that the designs be built around the theme “Cosmic”. Established in 2013, LAMP aims to introduce a wider audience to lighting design while promoting and connecting emerging talents to new markets. The competition was introduced in the year 2014, the idea being to offer participants the opportunity to exercise their talent for the chance to be part of a growing must-see exhibition that connects the local community with dynamic design. Besides changing the theme, the organisers also adapt the guidelines for the competition on a yearly basis in order to create new, exciting conditions and challenges for the creative participants.


LAMP Founders Nicole Fox and Annika Hagen Siemsen. Photo: Luis Valdizon

Submissions opened on 1. June this year and the deadline for entries is 15. August, 2016. After reviewing all submissions, the esteemed panel of judges, comprising experienced designers and architects from all over the world, will decide on the winners in each category based on a set of evaluation criteria covering aesthetic quality, marketability, innovation, and the unique interpretation of this year’s theme word. Once the jury have decided on the winning talents, online voting will also allow anyone interested to vote for their favourite.

The climax to the competition will take the form of a design event from 3. to 6. November in Vancouver, CDN. The event provides an appropriate backdrop to present the winners and their realised design ideas to professionals and the public alike.


“Dodeca” by Matthew McCormick. Photo: Luis Valdizon

The winner in the Student category will win $ 500 prize money and an internship at ANDlight. In the Emerging Designer category, the winner will receive the “Light Resource” Award and $ 1000, and the Established Designer will receive the “Inform Interiors” Grand Award and prize money to the tune of $ 2000.



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