The 2009 Design Contest outshone Zone Tortona.
After exhibiting the results of the Design Contest at the renowned Milan trade fair Zona Tortona in previous years, LG Haussys Europe now went one stage further: the entire contest was promptly moved to the Italian city. A total of 16 design colleges took part in the contest now renowned within professional circles.
Young, up-and-coming designers and architects from throughout Europe had an opportunity to experiment with the translucent colour range of HI-MACS®. The 2009 theme to fit in with the Lucent Collection was: "Lamp". The results were illuminating, demonstrating the participants’ courage, individuality and creativity: translucent pastel colours encountering complex thermoforming processes and extraordinary designs.
- France: Ecole Boulle (Paris), Ecole Internationale de Design (Toulo)
- Czech Republic: Faculty of Art and Design in Prague
- Serbia: University of Belgrade
- Great Britain: Institute of Art and Design in Birmingham
- Finland: University of Art and Design (Helsinki)
- Slovakia: Academy of Art, Architecture and Design (Bratislava)
- Italy: European Institute of Design (Milan)
- Belgium: Academy of Media & Design at the Catholic University of Limburg
- Germany: University of Ostwestfalen-Lippe / Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architectur, Technical University of Wiesbaden
- Austria: University of Applied Art / Studio Hadid in Vienna
- Hungary: Budapest University of Technology and Economics
- Spain: University of Cardenal Herrera Ceu (Valencia)
- Sweden: Ingvar Kamprad Design Center / University of Lund
- Norway: Akershus University College (AUC) / Faculty of Product Design
- Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary: Polytrade CE
- Austria: Rosskopf & Partner Austria GmbH
- Belgium: Artindus Interieur
- Finland: Helsinki Art and Design University
- France: ADJ (Project Avalon) and Mobistrat (Project Hi-Cube)
- Germany: Rosskopf & Partner AG (Project Snatch) and NCS Holzkontor (Project Sculpture Light)
- Italy: ME Cubo
- Norway: Akhersus College University (AUC) / Faculty of Product Design
- Serbia: Djordje Romic
- Sweden: LG Collection
Spain: Victor Ferrer Grafia / Indu Tec Mecanizado.
- UK: BSF Solid Surfaces
Project: LIVING CUBE - Winner
Design: Zbynek Soukup – Czech Republic
Manufacturer: Polytrade CE
The "Living Cube" acts as both a decorative bedside table as well as a lamp and it was precisely this diversity and contrast between the clear cube shape and the snaking organic shapes that fascinated the jury to such an extent that it declared this project the winner.
Project: SNATCH - Journalists' prize
Design: Florian Tolksdorf - Germany
Manufacturer: Rosskopf & Partner AG
The lamp head is reminiscent of the shape of a cobra, with the foot consisting of a warming plate for coffee cups. This beautiful and yet practical innovation was awarded the Journalists’ Prize.
Design: Soﬁa Ohlsson - Sweden
Manufacturer: LG Collection
The round lamp shade has the same diameter as the base of the lamp, thereby conveying a sense of infinity. The lengthening effect is enhanced by a line of LEDs, available in a range of different colours, that traces the curvature of the lamp head.
Project: BOUNDING LAMP
Design: Patricia Clemente Visiedo - Spain
Manufacturer: Victor Ferrer Grafia / Indu Tec Mecanizado
This lamp that relies on angles and sharp contours comes across as being sober with an accentuated minimalism: an urban mundane silhouette made of seamlessly joined HI-MACS® sheets.
Project: SCULPTURE LIGHT
Design: Deniz Demir - Germany
Manufacturer: NCS Holzkontor - Kloepfer Surfaces
SCULPTURE LIGHT snakes virtuously upwards. One side consists of antique shaped ornaments twisting around and breaking away from each other and on the other side an engraving travels along the edge of the lamp, accentuating the inimitable design.
Project: BBL (Big Bang Lamp)
Design: Géza Csire - Hungary
Manufacturer: Polytrade CE
The thermal malleability of HI-MACS® produced this lighting work of art that plays with curved lines and shapes. A pattern was also milled out of the material producing a unique interplay of shadows.
Project: Twisted Illumination
Design: Daniel Reist - Austria
Manufacturer: Rosskopf & Partner Austria GmbH
This man-size lamp is imposing on the one hand and, on the other hand, has breathtaking curves. Different thicknesses of HI-MACS® sheets in Alpine White and Opal were used in the manufacture of this prototype, lit by two fluorescent tubes.
Design: Raf Daniels - Belgium
Manufacturer: Artindus Interieur
During the day LUNI can be used as a changing table for babies and at night the object gives off a gentle light thanks to two lines of LEDs fitted on the sides. It is not just the translucent qualities of HI-MACS® that play a role in this design but also its hygienic and easy-care surface.
Design: Lucie Pouponneau - France
Its practical cube shape makes it possible to hang the lamp on the wall, as well as standing it on the floor. Yet – as well as HI-MACS® - centre stage is given over to the light switch: each time the HI-CUBE is switched on or off, a brief sound is emitted reminiscent of the sound of earlier light switches.
Design: Andrea Grecucci - Italy
Manufacturer: ME Cubo
HI-MACS® was manufactured in the shape of a sheet of paper and then backlit to create this lamp. A bewildering interplay of light is produced by different applications and designs, further reinforced by the choice of different colours.
Project: NIGHT BIRDS
Design: Boris Klimek - Slovakia
Manufacturer: Polytrade CE
Nature outshines everything here: the silhouette of a bird was the inspiration for the NIGHT BIRDS object: ideal for “hip” bars, and equally good for children’s playrooms.
Design: Timo Niskanen - Finland
Manufacturer: Helsinki Art and Design University
The design resembles a snow-covered loop-shaped mini-golf lane, with the inside of the lamp in Alpine White and the outside in Opal.
Design: Anais Groisy - England
Manufacturer: BSF Solid Surfaces
TRI-MACS stands – as its name suggests – on three feet and consists of different types of lighting: two external halogen lamps and a “Flat-lite“ lamp incorporated between two thin sheets of HI-MACS®. By touching one of the feet, the halogen lamps are switched on.
Design: Marko Obradovic - Serbia
Manufacturer: Djordje Romic
SOLARIS resembles a bedside lamp from the 19th century yet has a futuristic touch, with around 20 small HI-MACS® sheets springing like the sun’s rays from the middle of the lamp and giving it an avant-garde appearance. The particularity of the fabrication of this lamp is that a HI-MACS® orange glue has been used to create the orange profiles of the lamps.
Design: Jan Kristian Strømsnes - Norway
Manufacturer: Akhersus College University (AUC) / Faculty of Product Design
OVARY is created in the shape of a bud just before it bursts into flower. The purity and delicateness is underlined by the translucent shade of HI-MACS®.
HI-MACS® is also intriguing more and more young designers outside of Europe.
The HI-MACS® Design Contest was not only held in Europe in 2009. For the very first time, Design and Architecture students from Korea and the USA also had an opportunity to experiment with the Solid Surface material. Based around the European remit, the design themes focused on “Light” and “Balance”. The creations were then presented to an international audience at Zona Tortona – and can also be seen here in our Photo Gallery.