OMS Design Competition 2013 – Final Results
There was a sense of ceremony in the OMS Lighting showroom on the second evening of Bratislava Design Week 2013, moments before the winners of the OMS Design Competition 2013 were announced by the international jury of designers. We are now eager to share with you the results. From the entries of registered participants, the jury selected the winning design for each of the two categories.
The first category is dedicated to innovative LED luminaire design, the second to the control of lighting through human interaction. The jury chose the best from each category, but there was also much interested discussion about those designs that did not win. But the jury has voted, everything is ready, and now we will reveal the results.
In the first category the winner is:
OTTAGANO, an LED luminaire conceptualised by Pavla Valachovičová, an Industrial Design student from Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín, Czech Republic. This design caught the attention of the jury because of its simple, modular form, with the proposal that a great variety of shapes can be created using the same components. Also interesting is the use of articulated parts to improve performance and allow for shape modification according to the occasion. There is also careful attention detail provided by coloured cut outs that allow movement of the parts. It is always refreshing to find a design that looks good from a distance, but that also captures your imagination in the details you see close up. The design is convincing and we love it!
In the second category the winner is:
LOGI, with a conceptual control system designed by Mária Bujňáková, an Innovation Design student at the Technical University in Košice, Slovakia. The volume of illumination is regulated by a low-tech but high-art procedure of placing logs within a space that can recognise the number. To increase or decrease the illumination level is easy and intuitive; you simply add or remove logs. The concept is logical and deeply human, a culmination of years of human interaction with fire as a form of light. Creating a personal connection, as in this concept, goes beyond the usual detached and impersonal interaction with a switch user-interface on a smartphone. Often with high-tech designs, the human element is missing, but this concept is personal and rooted in human culture and history whilst still being up-to-date in its contemporary use of minimalist design. To put it simply, we like it!
We here at OMS Lighting are incredibly happy to have received such interesting design proposals in answer to our competition. We wish to thank all those who entered designs, the members of the jury and the Slovak Design Centre staff who made the competition possible. It was a pleasure for us at OMS Lighting to prepare for this competition and participate in Bratislava Design Week 2013. We are committed to the future of design and will always welcome the input of creative minds. Stay tuned for another OMS Design Competition!
Photos by Elena Senková & author