Lighting Design
CATEGORY DESCRIPTION

Lighting Design is one of the few design disciplines to emerge from Australia in recent years with a truly global market base. With an emphasis on craftsmanship and bespoke solutions, Australian lighting designers are globally recognised.

This category seeks to award one distinctive Australian lighting design project completed between January 1st 2019 and April 5th 2020. Individual products or product ranges developed within Australia, bespoke designs and one-off lighting projects or installations will be considered in this category.

JUDGING CRITERIA + PRIZES

One winner in the Lighting Design category will be awarded a $2000 cash prize. Up to two commendations will also be awarded.

Applications have been shortlisted by The Design Files team. Shortlisted entries will be assessed by two expert judges, on the following criteria :

Fulfilment of the client brief / project objective

Originality – something we haven’t seen before, something invented from scratch.

Visual Appeal – beauty, boldness, aesthetic appeal.

Craftsmanship – how well does this project demonstrate mastery of a craft?

Function – how well does this space deliver the desired functional outcomes?

Sustainability – how well does this project contribute to positive environmental outcomes, with specific consideration of local environmental impact, management and reduction of waste, water and energy consumption?

Visionary thinking – does this project push boundaries, does it achieve something bigger than the intended commercial outcomes?

Bonus points will be awarded to projects with pro bono or community focussed outcomes, and/or projects limited by an unusually tiny budget.

WINNER
COPPER, Flask Lighting System

These striking, mouth blown glass luminaires by Copper Design are the fruit of an obsession with the way light refracts through coloured glass. The completely customisable coloured nodes take the form of sconces, pendants and tubular mounts, offering endless options for colour, shape and glass thickness. Completely made-to-order, this modular system can be installed as a singular beam or suspended from the ceiling as a fleet.

COMMENDATIONS
Ross Gardam, Ceto

Taking over a year to develop, this sculptural glass shade brings together Venetian glassblowing techniques and LED technology. The abstract interpretation of Murano tradition delivered a versatile luminaire that ripples like the ocean.

Lighting Design
Dale Hardiman + Stephen Royce, Open Garden

Discarded iPhone screens are transformed into a unique, conceptual installation. With the screens removed, the LCD phone panels are warped into an arched wall fixture which beams light across its curved surface.

Lighting Design
JUDGES
Kate Stokes

Kate Stokes is a Melbourne-based furniture and lighting designer who works closely with local craftspeople and manufacturers to create playful products with depth of character. Born and raised in Western Australia, Kate studied Industrial Design at Curtin University of Technology. After moving to Melbourne, she established her own furniture and lighting design brand, Coco Flip, in 2010.

LIGHTING DESIGN
Volker Haug

German-born lighting designer Volker Haug established his Australian design and manufacturing practice over a decade ago. Based on the principles of longevity and quality, each design is individually made to order and assembled by hand in the studio’s Melbourne workshop.

LIGHTING DESIGN
FINALISTS
Skeehan Studio, Haru

The minimal form desk lamp is a study in colour diffusion and delicate material balance.

Lighting Design
Dale Hardiman + Stephen Royce, Open Garden

Discarded iPhone screens are transformed into a unique, conceptual installation. With the screens removed, the LCD phone panels are warped into an arched wall fixture which beams light across its curved surface.

Lighting Design
Liam Fleming and Dean Toepfer, Solute

A handblown glass lampshade for use in both commercial and residential settings combines artisan craftsmanship with contemporary technologies.

Lighting Design
Ross Gardam, Ceto

Taking over a year to develop, this sculptural glass shade brings together Venetian glassblowing techniques and LED technology. The abstract interpretation of Murano tradition delivered a versatile luminaire that ripples like the ocean.

Lighting Design
Koskela, Ngalya/Together

A collaboration between an established furniture designer and six Aboriginal art centres highlights the innovation and transformations taking place in Indigenous fibre arts and cultures across Australia.

Lighting Design
Studio Henry Wilson, Pillar

Carved from two sheets of marbled stone, this monolithic table lamp has an impressive presence despite its scale.

Lighting Design
COPPER, Flask Lighting System

These striking, mouth blown glass luminaires are the fruit of an obsession with the way light refracts through coloured glass. The completely customisable lighting system takes the form of sconces, pendants and tubular mounts. 

Lighting Design
Pop & Scott, Cosmos Collection

Handwoven from organic cotton yarn, these textured, sculptural shades bathe a space in warm, earthy light.

Lighting Design
Takeawei, Lighthouse Lamp

Simple but with a touch of whimsy, the hand thrown ceramic base supports an LED ‘beacon’ on the top of its sloping frame.

Lighting Design
Alex Earl, Olid Ring Pendant

A simple form belies the technical precision involved in constructing these organic, carved lines. Made from sculpted solid timber, brass and synthetic stone, this elegant visual centrepiece marries modern machining technology with timeless hand finishing to produce a soft, ambient light.

Lighting Design