Lighting Industry

Lighting Design Awards postponed until May 2021

American lighting designer James Carpenter at the Lighting Design Awards
Top US lighting designer James Carpenter addresses the Lighting Design Awards

THE MOST prestigious event in the industry’s calendar has been postponed until May 2021.

The Lighting Design Awards – which celebrates the cream of international projects and innovations and was scheduled for 19 November – will now take place on Thursday 13 May at the Troxy in east London.

The decision follows detailed UK government guidelines on live events prepared by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. 

All nominations and shortlisted entries will be carried over. 

The organisers will announce a number of special categories to recognise ‘exceptional work undertaken during this difficult year’. 

Additionally, they will unveil fresh plans to celebrate this year’s 40U40 – the 40 most promising lighting designers under 40 years old – to ensure that they get the recognition they fully deserve.

‘We are as disappointed and regretful as you will be over this decision,’ said event director James Samuel.

‘This has been made with the safety of our customers, attendees, staff and suppliers at the forefront of our thinking and in light of both governmental directions and general public health advice.’

This week the Lighting Design Awards team will liaise with guests, speakers, sponsors and shortlisted companies and practices about arrangements for the new dates. 
Table bookings will be automatically transferred over to the new date and guests will need to take no further action at this point. 

The shortlist for this year’s Lighting Design Awards, now in its 45th year, includes projects from over 40 countries. 

Schemes up for awards include the Apple Store in New York, the English National Ballet building in east London, the Illuminated River project in London, the relighting of the Bund in Shanghai, the Address in Dubai and Norwich Cathedral. 

Luminaires up for awards including the Blade R from iGuzzini, the Intono by Luce&LIght and the Xperi street light by Christian Flindt for Louis Poulsen.