(UK) – darc night a celebration of the best in architectural and decorative lighting design with a spectacular display of lighting installations.
The winners of the darc awards were announced at darc night, the awards ceremony, that took place at Testbed1 / Doodlebar in London on September 24th.
Best Interior Scheme – High Budget and darc award (project with the most votes): Fulton Center, New York, USA by Arup, USA
Best Interior Scheme – Low Budget: Sorae Sushi Sake Lounge, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by ASA Studio, Vietnam
Best Exterior Scheme – High Budget: Sczcecin Philharmonic, Sczcecin, Poland by Anoche, Spain
Best Exterior Scheme – Low Budget: Shadow Play, Hämeenlinna, Finland by WhiteNight Lighting, Finland
Best Landscape Scheme – High Budget: UK Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015 by BDP, UK
Best Landscape Project – Low Project: Memories of the Mirror, Barceolona, Spain by Lupercales, Spain
Best Light Art Installation: Light Bariier by Kimchi and Chips, Korea and UK
Best Decorative Lighting Installation: Emergence, Heathrow T2, UK by Cinimod, UK
Best Unrealised Lighting Concept: Maritime Museum of Denmark by Lucia Moreno Abenojar – Lumabe, Spain
Best Interior Architectural Lighting Product: Laser Blade by iGuzzini
Best Exterior Architectural Lighting Product: VarioLED Flex Venus by LED Linear
Best Decorative Lighting Product: Dimple by ByBeau
Free admission to darc night was available to independent lighting designers that voted as well as to interior designers and architects (lighting suppliers will be subject to a charge) turning the traditional awards ceremony protocol on its head. The awards evening was a complete change to the norm with free street food and drinks all night, lighting installations by lighting designers who have teamed up with the sponsoring manufacturer partners, and a completely different format for presenting the evening.
There were over 400 entries for the darc awards, an amazing response to an inaugural competition and proof that designers are looking for something new and refreshing. Decorative lighting categories consist of Best Decorative Lighting Installation, Best Light Art Installation and Best Decorative Lighting Product.
Projects were shortlisted by an international panel of professional architectural lighting designers and light artists before being voted on by the lighting design profession in the first ever peer-to-peer lighting design awards.
Product categories (both decorative and architectural) went straight to the public vote so that lighting designers could genuinely vote for their favourite products from the last three years.
Manufacturer partners are Concord (who are teaming up with Speirs + Major); Cooledge (Light Bureau); Griven (Paul Nulty Lighting Design); Innermost (Elektra); KKDC (dpa); L&L Luce&Light (LDI); LSE Lighting (Troup Bywaters + Anders); Lucent (Michael Grubb Studio); Lumino (Electrolight); Megaman (Design In progress); Reggiani (BDP); and Zumtobel (Arup).
Each manufacturer / designer team was responsible for creating a lighting installation that was on display during darc night.
The technical partner at darc night was XL Video and the awards were manufactured by Applelec from a unique design by Kerem Asfuroglu of Dark Source who’s dark graphic novels were the inspiration for the branding of darc night. The event was curated by Light Collective and is part of the International Year of Light 2015 programme. The darc awards is supported by both the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) and the Society of Light + Lighting (SLL).