Stickbulb Lighting Wins NYCxDESIGN Award At Collective Design
Show Stopping Portal of Ethereal Light Re-adapted From 300-Year-Old Redwood Reclaimed from New York City Water Towers Honored For Excellence Across All NYCxDESIGN Fairs
Over the span of three weeks, this year’s NYCxDESIGN showcased an expansive breadth of New York City’s top design talent with Stickbulb manifesting as an overall show-stopper. The lighting brand took home “Best in Show” – a comprehensive category for the best in all anchor fairs – during this year’s NYCxDESIGN Awards for its Ambassador installation at Collective Design. The prestigious award program is New York’s global design competition that honors the outstanding product exhibited throughout NYCxDESIGN. Awards were presented by Interior Design and ICFF on May 20, 2017 at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and were chosen from over 700 entries by a panel of 30 design luminaries including Paola Antonelli, Murray Moss and Lauren Rottet.
Spanning 16 feet wide and 8 feet tall, the immersive Ambassador installation impressed show attendees as it transported them to another place and time during the span of the five-day fair – held May 3-7, 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Square. The arc of light radiated from over 146 richly textured redwood beams salvaged from a demolished water tower at 200 Vesey Street in Manhattan – carbon dated to be three centuries old. Designed in collaboration with RUX, the founding creative team behind Stickbulb, Ambassador was inspired by John Steinbeck’s 1960’s travelogue ‘Travels with Charley’ and his reverence for the trees he once described as “ambassadors from another time.” The installation was meant to evoke the grand scale of the redwood tree itself – the trunks of which can grow up to 30 feet in diameter – while echoing the iconic circular drums of water towers from which the wood came. The light sculpture highlighted the ecology-first design ethos that is the cornerstone of the Stickbulb brand.
The award was the pinnacle of an ambitious spring – starting with the launch of the new Boom collection in Milan at Archiproducts and Rossana Orlandi and culminating with the debut of the new Diamond collection and wood type, Water Tower Redwood, at ICFF where they won Best Lighting in Show from IFDA NY. Stickbulb was also an Honoree for the NYCxDESIGN Awards “Made in the Boroughs” category for Boom.
Stickbulb was co-founded in 2012 by Yale School of Architecture graduates Russell Greenberg and Christopher Beardsley as a way to combine their mutual love of architecture, modular systems, and sustainable manufacturing. Born from a pile of scrap wood, the original objective of Stickbulb was to “build with light,” which has since been fulfilled in collaborations with brands like Google, Facebook and Wholefoods as well as private commissions for hotels, offices and residences across the globe. Designed by RUX, Stickbulb LED fixtures are handcrafted in New York City from sleek wooden beams using reclaimed materials sourced from locally demolished buildings and sustainably managed forests. Stickbulb products range from small desk lamps to room-filling custom installations and can be found in a growing list of international showrooms.