Happy Friday! We've got some electrifying links for you this week, check out our spread for your weekly visual feast.


The skies of Toronto were lit up in an incredible lightshow by an insane lightning storm. Click on the photo to see more:


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[BlogTO | picturenarrative's Flickr]



Here's an incredible video of the lightning footage spliced together:





Ambitious, gorgeous urban light painting. Can you can top this?


[Colossal | Darren Pearson]



A sucker for minimalism: an octopus lamp


[Home Dosh | Inveno Design Studio]



Lighting up art in the seaside apartment for a Dutch art collector. Click to see more!


[Dezeen | Ooze]



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This week we're loving market lighting, wood lamps and an immersive 360 degree light projection. Click on the photo for more details!



Fish Market Lighting in Besiktas, Istanbul


[Dezeen | GAD]



A collection of 360 degree light projections on thousands of silicon rods


[Creative Review | Ron Arad]


We love beautiful things, like this wood lamp


[Design Boom | Asaf Weinbroom]



Light on shiny metal at a the new Tsvetnoy Central Market


[Dezeen | Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands]


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You've heard who the Light World Tour winner is, so now meet our panel of judges, who had the difficult task of choosing.

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Rogier van der Heide, Vice President & Chief Design Officer, Philips Lighting


Our three judges considered a lot of different factors when making the decision, from lighting design experience to passion and enthusiasm – and it certainly wasn't easy, as Rogier van der Heide comments, "How can you make a choice from ten really talented and enthusiastic people? We thought it'd be fairly straightforward but actually struggled in agreeing on the same candidate. I'd personally like to thank everyone that took part.  Since the competition started I've been a regular follower of all candidates on the Light World Tour website so I'll miss reading papers from new talented designers in the industry."

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Tai Lee Siang, Group Managing Director, Ong & Ong


Tai Lee Siang also said, "I was extremely impressed and quite taken aback by the calibre of candidates. I'm certainly not worried about the future of lighting design when we have so many young people passionate about the effect that light has in our world. Truly inspirational."

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Martin Lupton, Co-founder, Light Collective


During her trip around the world, Paula Rainha will be meeting up with some of our judges and finding out their take on lighting design.  Our final judge, Martin Lupton will be taking Paula around London and sharing some of his favourite lighting sights which we'll all get to see on the Light World Tour blog. Find out more about our judges by visiting our Light World Tour blog.

Beautiful and eerie, minimal and lush. We're full of dichotomies for this post of Weekly Links! Click the picture to see more:



No ordinary opera stage, no ordinary stage lighting


[Design Boom | David Fielding | David Pountney]



“Yohji Making Waves” installation looks fantastically eerie


[Design Talks | Yohji Yamamoto]



Minimalist Chandelier: is it possible? Apparently so!


[Yanko Design | Thomas Feichtner]



Lighting scheme is only exceeded by the food descriptions. *Drool*


[Coolhunter | Dreamtime Australia Design]


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The competition is officially closed and we have a winner – Paula Rainha.


Our judges were all in total agreement that Paula is the ideal person to take up this fantastic opportunity to travel around the world and experience some of the most inspirational lighting and design sights along the way. Even though the judge’s decision was unanimous, the selection process was far from easy as all the other 9 finalist candidates showed a real passion for lighting and design.

Meet Paula:



I’m from Lisbon, Portugal. I’m a full trained architect but I did an MSc in Light & Lighting in London, where I’ve worked as a lighting designer for 5 years.


I entered this competition as I believe this a lifetime opportunity as an independent lighting designer to be able to do what I love the most: travelling, exploring light and learning. There are not many chances as a professional to be able to promote the importance of light in our environment as well as raising the profile of the lighting community in such an original and exceptional way as a light world tour. This combined with the possibility of meeting outstanding people in the field, learning new and interesting things, seeing in loco great examples of lighting installations, blogging and getting into photography again turn this into an unmissable competition that I felt I should participate.


My inspiration in lighting and in life in general comes from the things that surround us, be it nature, science, architecture, design, art, different cultures, performing arts and most important: people. People are definitely a great source of inspiration and learning from them is always inspiring. I feel that we can learn a lot just by observing other cultures, engaging with people of different backgrounds, playing or seeing children interacting with their environment.


On the other hand, architecture and lighting have the capacity of inspiring me not only because it is part of my daily job but because I feel that they can actually cross borders and be considered ‘universal languages’.


Nevertheless, I’m also inspired by other things: I love going to exhibitions and museums because I know I will always learn or see something new.


I love travelling; it always makes me think of how many different ways of living and experiencing the world there are, not to mention the different urban and natural landscapes.


I’m inspired by science.  When I became an architect, I learned to think like a scientist: I try to understand how things work.  I love to experiment and am intrigued by new things.  I find that overcoming this challenge is always very inspirational and makes you try to go further and improve yourself not only as a professional but as an individual.


And finally, I’m inspired by creativity. I’m a local city organizer of an event called Pecha Kucha which is basically a platform for all types of creative people to share their work.  I’m constantly encouraged by these people and their projects to continue being a creative person.


A big thank you to the runner-up


Our runner-up in the competition was Massimiliano Valli from Italy, who also showed real flair, passion and knowledge when it came to lighting.


So where would you go?
Soon you’ll be able to start looking at the Light World Tour blog which is where you'll be able to follow Paula on the tour and share your own ideas and comments about the trip. We'll be posting the itinerary very soon but in the meantime tell us what your number 1 lighting sight would be and why. If you could go and see any lighting installation, natural or man-made, where would you go?

Back in June, world-famous hip hop group, The Black Eyed Peas, kicked off their sold-out performance to 80,000 fans in the Stade de France wearing unique dynamic-light costumes created with LED and OLED technology.  Their revolutionary stage clothing was designed and created by Philips Lighting’s Chief Design Officer, Rogier van der Heide, and his multi-skilled design team in collaboration with the Peas’ renowned Costume Designer B. Åkerlund.


Now you can get a behind-the-scenes look from Rogier at how the costumes were conceived, designed and built by the team:


This collaboration debuted in May when singer Fergie wore a one-of-a-kind luminous “little black dress” at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards.  This time, Fergie, Taboo and apl.de.ap shone even brighter with outfits specially designed around Philips lighting technology that seamlessly and wirelessly interact with the stage lighting and music beats.


Fergie’s leather cat suit was integrated with 75 OLED panels, which look like mirrored glass when turned off. But when illuminated, the panels can be controlled remotely through a software program to orchestrate patterns and lighting sequences to the set list, resulting in a truly innovative and integrated performance of music, lighting and technology.



In addition to Fergie’s cat suit, the team developed custom leather costumes for apl.de.ap and Taboo that integrated different lighting elements to reflect their unique personalities and styles.


apl.de.ap wore a leather LED suit designed to mimic a graphic equalizer, as well as integrating the Philippine flag, to reflect his national pride and love of music.


Taboo’s suit complemented the group’s futuristic style with silicone studs to diffuse the light of nearly 1,000 LEDs, moving in patterns across his body and in sync with the rest of his band mates.


“Innovation doesn’t happen in a vacuum; it takes collaboration with creative, like-minded individuals who can explore the possibilities from multiple angles and areas of expertise in an organic and authentic way” said Van der Heide. “Working closely with B. Åkerlund and the members of The Black Eyed Peas, we were able to integrate OLED and LED technologies into the set design through fashion to create something truly unique to kick off their 2011 tour.”


If you had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to outfit your favorite band or performer, what would you like to do with lighting technology and clothing?

This week's links feature a (lamp)shady tree, an all-in-one-go slideshow, an upcoming craft exhibition, bendable pipe lighting, and an extraordinary nightclub interior. Click on the images to see more and enjoy!

Seeking Enlightenment Under the Bo Tree?


[ MoCo Loco | Miguel Muñoz ]


Spherical Slideshow: Every Picture Tells a Story   


[ MoCo Loco | Tjeerd de Jong ]


Lighting Pavilion at London Craft Fair

[ Designboom | Lux Craft | Loop.pH ]


The cutest Lights - Bend 'Em!


[ Yanko Design | Fuming Wu ]


Boogie in Belo Horizonte: Stylish Brazilian Nightclub


[ TheCoolHunter | Fred Mafra ]

Paint with Shadow

Posted by golsana heshmati Aug 1, 2011

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This is a proposal submitted by a team of two - myself (an architect and lighting designer) and Yavar Khonsari architect- for the Lumec Competition, held by CLU Foundation. The competition aims to encourage development of innovating lighting concepts within the context of an exterior public space. The goal is to create social harmony by the quality of the built environment.


Our project aims at utilizing light as the driving force for encouraging social exchange. We want to bring back the memories of the missing objects and activities to underutilized urban spaces. To achieve that goal we will be using shadow as our medium. The shadows function as a metaphor for the absence of the lost spirit of the city.


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Imagine walking through an otherwise lifeless parking lot populated with shadows of waving trees, playing kids, and flying kites. These are the elements, which transform a lifeless piece of land to an inviting public space. Naturally shadows are the absence of light due to our presence; presence of life. However, in here shadows represent a void which we bring life to with our presence. Our design suggests that urban lighting must do much more than a sleek gray light post.


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The effect of moving shadows is achieved by placing led projectors in the corners of the space using the existing structures such as street lights, walls, posts, ETC.There will be fixed or rotating gobos installed to Philips proflood projectors, and to obtain the best result we need less light, making this installation energy efficient.



Do you know of any other examples using light (or shadow) to make a statement about a space?

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See more from Golsana on her blog.


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