Philips Bright Ideas Lighting Competition

The Bright Ideas Lighting design competition to showcase LED technology took place in Spring of 2011. Finalists were selected and judged by an esteemed jury panel of design publication editors and industry professionals. Below are two of the finalists of the Bright Ideas Lighting Design Competition. The grand prize winner for $1000 (selected by editors’ votes) was Edward Chew while the ‘Readers Choice award’ was Carolyn Joan Lau.


Edward Chew’s Tetra Pak Origami Lamps by Ed Chew

These stunning lamps designed by Edward Chew are made from recycled Tetra Pak cartons which were cut into strips, folded into hundreds of pieces, and then assembled without the use of any adhesives.

Carolyn Joan Lau took the ‘Readers Choice award’ for $500 for her beautiful ‘Nourishment Lamp’ crafted from recycled Yakult yogurt containers.


Glowing Nourishment Lamp Made From Plastic Bottles by Carolyn Joan Lau

Designer Carolyn Joan Lau uses materials produced by her own kitchen — her family’s center of nurturing and nourishment and the source of the most household waste.

Shay Alkalay and Yael Mer’s customizable cork Pinha Lamp was the third place winner (according to Editors’ votes). The three runners up were Andrea Carvajal’s Blowfish Lamp made from refurbished test tubes, Gilles Eichenbaum’s Coffee Pot Lamp, and Pierre Ospina’s Blossom Bulbs: branch-like fixtures made from recycled rubber tire linings and LED bulbs.

These are just two of the beautiful pieces that were showcased at the competition.   To read more about these stunning pieces, check out this article by Otto.


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