Luminaires and lighting systems nominated for Design Prize Switzerland 2017
Two categories of luminaires and lighting systems are nominated for Design Prize Switzerland. Exceptionally energy-saving lighting solutions are showcased by the SwissEnergy Lighting Prize. The Rado Star Prize Switzerland for Young Talents, on the other hand, focuses on a work of art made of glass.
When the Design Prize Switzerland is awarded for the fourteenth time in Langenthal on 3 November 2017, developers and designers of luminaires will also receive accolades for their energy-saving projects. Three Swiss manufacturers –REGENT Lighting, Ribag Light and Baltensweiler – make up the field for the SwissEnergy Lighting Prize. However, under the auspices of the Rado Star Prize Switzerland for Young Talents, Ini Archibong’s project ‘In the Secret Garden – Jadis Lighting Sculpture’ has been nominated as a tribute to its powerful symbiosis of craftwork and formal qualities.
Ini Archibong’s Jadis Lighting Sculpture is characterised by seemingly liquid forms and delicate colour gradations. It belongs to an exclusive collection in the arts and crafts tradition, for which the designer found inspiration in a Master’s degree course in Luxury Design and Craftsmanship at the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL). Dreamed up principally with a view to their aesthetic effect, these objects were inspired by a favourite fairy tale from the designer’s childhood. The name of his expansive light sculpture is a reference to the White Witch Jadis of Charn, from C. S. Lewis’s fantasy children’s story ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Matteo Gonet’s mouth-blown lampshades in glass take the form of crystalline buds. The cover plate in marble, on the other hand, symbolises the chill and icy kingdom of the White Witch.
Lightpad by REGENT was developed for use in open-plan offices, and makes it possible to respond to different lighting requirements and table configurations – resulting in not insignificant economic benefits. A specially developed sandwich technology in the light fixture itself is responsible for the asymmetrical distribution of the light. This gives rise to an even illumination of worktops which creates a pleasant environment, and which earned a nomination from the Design Prize experts, who found the solution exceptionally convincing. Another advantage is that the lamp is highly efficient, with an impressive luminous efficacy approaching 120 lm/W.
With VERTICO the manufacturing company Ribag Light is responding to the demand for a lighting system that is as efficient as it is flexible, and can be easily and speedily adapted to changing requirements in the use of interior space. The result is a luminaire based on modern LED technology with a variable beam angle and adjustable colour, which with its rectilinear and restrained form can be used in practically any kind of space. The special feature of the lighting fixture, which comes in different design variants – as a hanging luminaire, a surface mounted or recessed light source, profile or track-mounted spotlight – is a specially developed adjustment mechanism. The lamp’s chaste and almost classical appearance guarantees that it can be used in a great variety of contexts.
The FEZ standard lamp from the Baltensweiler company combines a fundamentally solid structure with a sophisticated mechanical solution which relies on the latest LED-based lighting technology. In nominating the versatile luminaire, which was designed with domestic interiors in mind, the Design Prize Switzerland team of experts singled out for praise its successful synthesis of simplicity and charm. FEZ combines this with a low power consumption of just 38 W while providing a high light output of 3700 lumens – giving rise to a product in which supreme energy efficiency and outstanding Swiss design come together.