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Family Tree event to put lighting design on the map

15 April 2014 15.30 BST


(UK) - Lighting design profession to be mapped by Light Collective at Designers With Light Forum during May Design Series.

A social event for lighting designers will take place on the evening of May 19th at May Design Series with Light Collective presenting a live update of their UK Lighting Design Tree first published in mondo*arc in 2011. Sponsored by Xicato and with drinks provided by Mike Stoane Lighting, lighting designers will be invited to attend to add their name to the developing Family Tree of the UK Lighting Design Profession.

Lighting designers are being urged to fill in the online form on http://www.designerswithlight.com/family_tree/index.html to ensure they are included in the incredible graphic that will be created by Sharon Stammers and Martin Lupton.

The event is part of the Designers With Light Forum, a free-to-attend conference that will take place at May Design Series at London ExCeL on May 18-20, organised by he publishers of mondo*arc and darc magazines and being supported by IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers), SLL (Society of Light & Lighting) and SBID (Society of British & International Design). It is being sponsored by progressive architectural lighting brands Concord, Megaman, Lumenpulse, acdc and Anolis.

The goal of the Designers With Light Forum is to combine an exceptional conference programme with a unique networking platform that brings together individuals and companies who have not previously had the opportunity to all meet in one space. The conference provides an informative schedule of highly prolific speakers that in turn brings a distinguished list of attendees benefiting everyone involved.

Speakers include two of the UK's most respected British industrial designers, Eoin Billings of Billings Jackson and Terence Woodgate; as well as high profile architects Nicholas Ling and Joost Heremans of Foster + Partners, Patrick Arends of Mecanoo and Charles Valla of AZPML. They will be sharing the floor with some of the UK's most highly respected lighting designers including Mark Major of Speirs + Major, Peter Fordham of DHA Design, Maida Hot of GIA Equation, Laura Phillips of Buro Happold, Farhad Rahim of ChapmanBDSP and Richard Morris of Arup.

The unique aspect of the conference is the fact that many of the presentations will involve both lighting designers and architects or clients discussing a project that they have worked closely on. The format will enable delegates to learn, and ask questions, about the lighting design process of some of the biggest British architectural projects in recent times.

For example, Mark Major, Principal of Speirs + Major and Richard Meier, Partner at Argent Group will be discussing the development of King's Cross Central. Farhad Rahim, Senior Lighting Designer at ChapmanBDSP and Nicholas Ling, Partner at Foster + Partners will present their collaborative work at ME Hotel in London. Maida Hot, Managing Director of GIA Equation and Will Montague, Development Executive, Chelsfield will discuss the digital façade lighting at London's Knightsbridge Estate.

"There are many lighting conferences and seminars across the world. However, the majority appear to be by the lighting industry for the lighting industry," commented Paul James, editor of mondo*arc and organiser of the event. "The Designers With Light Forum will offer a more diverse range of presentations by reaching out to design professionals outside the lighting industry as well as within. Presenters will include Lighting Designers, Architects, Industrial Designers, Manufacturers and Interior Designers. A select band of professionals who have different experiences of working with light."

The Designers With Light Forum will take place in a specially built seminar area in the Lighting sector of May Design Series, the UK's largest commercial design trade show. Lighting exhibitors include iGuzzini, Xicato, acdc, Concord, Megaman, Lumenpulse, Anolis, Philips Lighting, Innermost, Ebb & Flow, LED Linear, KKDC, Brick in the Wall, DARK, Enigma, B.lux, Modiss, Vivid, Mizar, Fabbian, Radiant, Beta Calco, Exenia, Avivo, Sharon Marsten, Shane Holland Design Workshops, Compact Lighting, Applelec, Astro, Grunzell, Philip Payne, MONO, Timage, Rako and Retrotouch.

Those who wish to attend simply have to register for May Design Series (www.maydesignseries.com) and ensure they arrive at the seminar area early to secure a seat. Presentations will last 45 minutes within 75 minute slots allowiing plenty of time for Q&A sessions.

www.designerswithlight.com

 

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