SHADE International Lighting Design Competition

SHADE is an international design competition open to all ages and backgrounds. The challenge of the competition is to design and make a light shade prototype for a pendant light that is creative and innovative in its articulation of light, material and space. The competition will involve three stages: selection by jury, public exhibition, and sale. A team of international jurors will select a set of winning entries (up to 30) based on their merits. The selected entries will then be invited for an exhibition during the month of September/October for public viewing and experience. This will be concurrent with Winnipeg’s Nuit Blanche Festival, Winnipeg Design Festival, and Manitoba Culture Days. During the exhibition, the shade prototypes will become available for online purchase by the public.

The objective of the competition is to encourage design through making (all entries must be constructed), to celebrate and acknowledge innovative ideas and talents (no background or experience is needed), and to disseminate design into the everyday environment (public consumption/acknowledgement is an integral part of the competition). This competition is organized by STUFF (Studio for Transformative Urban Forms and Fields).

Often absent in the considerations is a critical evaluation of the taxonomy of form and the act of conveying and animating illumination. SHADE seeks a purposeful integration of lighting and space. Both as object and effect, the fixture performs as a catalyst for reimagining the potentials of the spaces we inhabit. To this end, a range of explorations that extend the breadths of the light-form-space interaction from the spectacle to the nuanced, the dramatic to the banal and superfluous, are encouraged.

All parts of the fixture design must be physically constructed at a 1:1 scale, using the actual intended materials. The shade is to be designed to fit/attach onto any basic pendant fitting. The maximum dimension of the design should not exceed 60cm x 60cm x 60cm.The maximum weight carried by the main electrical wire (single) cannot exceed 1.5 kg without additional support to the ceiling (cable, chain, etc.) which should be supplied with a minimum of 182 cm in length.

Feasibility in shipping and handling (see exhibition requirements) must be considered as a part of the design in the event that the shade should be selected for exhibition.

July 31, 2013 is the registration deadline, followed by a submission deadline of August 15, 2013.

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