Results are in for the Good Design Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Museum of Architecture and Design. Established in 1950 by Museum of Modern Art curator Edgar J. Kaufmann Jr., the program honors designers and manufacturers for 'new and innovative product concepts and originality, and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered standard product and consumer design.' Lighting is one of the 13 categories, which include: Office and Residential Furniture, Housewares, Transportation, Electronics, Hardware/Tools, Business and Industrial Equipment, and Environmental Design.
This year, there were 16 winning lighting submissions from around the world. Companies with products honored by the competition included Zumtobel Staff, Foscarini, Cooper Lighting, Tobias Grau, Erco, Modular Lighting Instruments, Luxo, and Leucos. Several of the winning products have been covered by A|L in the past year: Zumtobel's Solar Spotlight System, Cooper Lighting's Phocus Flood Light, and Luxo's Arketto Lamp (shown).
The winning products will be exhibited at the Chicago Athenaeum from October 2005 through January 2006. A|L1st Place: Thomas phifer and partners, new york city
structural engineer: Werner Sobek lighting design: Office for Visual Interaction photovoltaic engineering: Transsolar manufacturing partners: LED Specialists, Fraen, and Erco renderings: dbox
design features: LED technology; extruded aluminum pole, T-shaped slots for slide-and-lock system to incorporate add-ons; new asymmetrical base design; and photovoltaic component.