Innovation is most often associated with introducing something that is new, but it also represents the ability to effect change. And it is that daring to imagine something different that is at the root of ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING's Sixth Annual Innovation Issue. No matter the person, the project, or the product, all the articles this month feature work that questions and reinvents.
Whether it is the ability to envision new forms, as in the case of Ross Lovegrove's new Cosmic Collection luminaire family for Artemide, or to re-imagine building types we think we know, as with Project FROG's and Studio Gang's projects, inspiration is all around. Sometimes it's about inserting yourself in an unfamiliar environment, as Chad Groshart did on his transformative trip to Nepal, which left him with a new understanding about the value of light.
And then there are those who have been innovating their entire careers. Trailblazers Cheryl English, Mary Beth Gotti, and Pam Horner entered the corporate lighting arena when it was still a man's world and, throughout their careers, they have been advocates for the industry—promoting professionalism, education, and communication.
With an unwillingness to accept things as they are—to imagine that there might be a more efficient, compelling, and unique approach to solving everyday problems—the ideas presented on these pages represent a breed of people who have committed themselves to their work and their profession. ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING invites you to move out of your comfort zone and be inspired.