arc Dec/Jan 2019/20 – Issue 113
A [d]arc night to remember…
Christmas came early at our festive [d]arc awards celebration…
Well that was a bit fun, wasn’t it??
After months of build-up, organisation, preparation, logging entries and counting votes, the 2019 [d]arc awards culminated in spectacular fashion on 5th December with [d]arc night – our own industry Christmas party at London’s wonderful MC Motors.
It was another incredible evening, full of fun, festivities, and plenty of free booze, and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit while celebrating some of the best lighting design projects from the past twelve months.
As with previous years, [d]arc night marked the end of a six-month process that saw us receive more than 400 entries across thirteen categories. Altogether, we received projects from more than 45 countries, and over 12,000 votes (a huge increase on 7,000 votes last year), so thanks to everyone that got involved!
A huge congratulations to all of our winners, especially Finland’s WhiteNight Lighting, who not only won the SPACES – High category, but also received more votes than any other winning project, landing it the coveted ‘Best of the Best’ [d]arc award.
At [d]arc night, we also saw fifteen teams of lighting designers and manufacturers create their very own ‘Christmas present’ light installations. Each and every one was amazing in its creativity and delivery, but special mention must go to Lighting Design International and Linea Light Group, whose Ministry installation won the Best Installation award on the night. Huge thanks to all the sponsors and installation teams who helped to make this year’s
[d]arc night the best one yet!
Special thanks must also go to all who came, along with everyone who entered, the fantastic panel of judges (a worldwide panel comprised of nine Women in Lighting ambassadors), Light Collective, my co-host on the night and darc editor Helen Ankers, and of course, everyone who voted. You can read more about all of the winners, and see some great shots from the party (thanks Gavriil!) later on in this issue.
Finally, I wanted to say a huge congratulations to our Marketing Manager/Party Planner Moses Naeem and his wife Rose, who this month celebrated the birth of their beautiful daughter Margot Ivy. Congrats, Mo!