We are extremely pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Casambi Awards.
The Casambi Awards celebrate the many innovative ways in which architectural lighting projects and products have deployed Casambi technology to create an all-around safer, smarter, greener, more beautiful world. The jury, comprised of six respected leaders within the architecture and lighting professions, was extremely impressed by the caliber of entrants this year.
Chris Lepine, Director at Zaha Hadid Architects and Award judge said “All products [that he shortlisted] provide a striking appearance through design, detail, and material to what can otherwise be banal, practical devices. They offer great functionality and look the part.” Of the projects, Chris’ top picks “used lighting to enhance and define architectural space. From a vast space given scale to a small space made delightful with unexpected experiences.”
Sebastian Aristotelis, Co-Founder of SAGA Space Architects and fellow Award judge noted that while the luminaire and control market is very competitive with many products, he zoned in on the products that are particularly daring and take a chance – celebrating risk and vision with his final selection. Of the projects, Sebastian states “I picked the projects that best utilize the transformative quality of light in a space. Changing the character of a room is a powerful feature now very possible with the different luminaires and controls available.”
Without further ado…
By majority vote, we’re pleased to announce that the award for Best Project this year goes to the John Hardy Boutique – Bali.
Together, CheongYewKuan, Studio Nimmersatt, blancostudio Bali, Kalpataru and Ascendo Lighting have illuminated the architecture through the thoughtful use of bespoke pendant lighting and carefully designed lighting in the jewelry showcases. The Casambi system was deployed to eliminate the lighting control wiring process for the existing bamboo structure. To achieve maximum sustainability and energy efficiency for the project, only three Casambi nodes were installed to control the entire lighting design.
Cameron Girgus, Training Manager at Diode LED and Award judge said ‘I cannot say enough great things about this project. This is a testimony of when great lighting is integrated into beautiful architecture. Absolutely stunning!’
Francesco Funari, Head of Product Marketing at FLOS and jury member said ‘The look and feel of the project are extremely elegant, sophisticated and balanced. The lighting design is extremely simple, but it fully integrates with the structure creating a very smart and unique environment.’
Chris further added ‘Simply beautiful, warm, and inviting. Beckons the viewer to visit and look. Though a tall space, the lighting placement and distribution gives a comfortable scale to the space.”
Ledim (Arditi) has won Best Product with Lepuk, an extraordinarily tactile remote control that fits snuggly into the palm of your hand. The Lepuk offers four-channel applications inside Casambi networks: touch to dim the ball cap and change the channel by tilting.
Yah Li Toh, Principal of Light Collab and Award judgenoted that the Lepuk is particularly interestingas it sets apart the conventional square type of switches/keypads. With this, Francesco celebrated the idea of converting a remote control into a decorative element and Chris added that “This is a quality-looking, tactile product. The beautiful material combination and finish encourage the user to pick up and engage with the object.”
The winning entries were presented at the Casambi Summit, today, and will also be featured in Arc Magazine, the leading international magazine in architectural lighting design.