The average person takes lighting for granted—it’s just the flip of a switch. But design professionals know it takes skill and creativity to incorporate lighting successfully into a space.
In addition to choosing a fixture that provides the correct quality and quantity of light for seeing, the design of the fixture must relate to the style of the space. Decorative lighting can be used to create a focal point, continue a style present in other furnishings, unify a scheme throughout the room, gently accent, set a mood or elevate an interior design. Finish, texture, style, detailing, materials, quality, durability—all these must be evaluated. Quite a task!
To honor all of you design professionals who achieve inspired design by integrating lighting well, Littman Brands extends an invitation to enter its second “Let It Shine” contest. The judging panel of design experts and Littman Brands team members will select winners based on the most creative use of a lighting fixture from these Littman Brands: Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting and Hudson Valley Lighting.
Winners receive an impressive prize package. First, enjoy a $500 credit toward the chandelier of your choice from Troy Lighting, Corbett Lighting or Hudson Valley Lighting. Then, your winning project will be published in the summer 2012 edition of Littman’s Larger Than Light, a bi-yearly, four-color print magazine devoted to exploring all aspects of lighting and its practical uses in decorating. The magazine, an outgrowth of Littman’s popular “Larger Than Light” Facebook page, serves as a relevant resource for selecting lighting and achieving inspired design.
“It’s a lighting resource customers, designers and dealers can touch and feel, and an ideal vehicle in which to present the ‘Let It Shine’ contest winners, showing fixtures in well-designed, real life applications,” said Steve Nadell, president of Littman’s West Coast Group.
Entering the “Let It Shine” contest is easy. By May 15, 2012, U.S. designers should send a high-resolution photo (jpeg, tiff or pdf) of a completed project that includes a Littman Brand lighting fixture via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include these basics: your name, firm’s name, phone number, e-mail address and, if available, website address. Add in these details about your submitted project: location, project type (residential, hospitality, etc.), lighting fixture name, Littman Brand manufacturer name, the design inspiration and one sentence about how the lighting enhanced the design.
The first “Let It Shine” contest concluded in October 2011, with three winners announced in January 2012. One of those winners is Sandra Ericksen of Sandra Ericksen Design, whose project, the master bedroom in the 2010 Charleston Symphony Orchestra League Showhouse in Chareston, SC, is shown here. Located in an historic townhouse in downtown Charleston, the bedroom’s interior reflects an updated version of the Federalist style. Troy Lighting’s Sausalito chandelier is centrally positioned to create a striking focal point, drawing the eye up to its intricate, interlocking metal frame, bright shade and drum style shape. The Sausalito’s golden finish complements and amplifies other touches of golden elegance in the room—the sunburst mirror frame above the headboard, the multiple picture frames and the circular ottoman in front of the fireplace.
Now that you’ve seen a winning example of a “Let It Shine” project entry, it’s your turn to share the beauty of your decorative lighting designs and achieve the recognition you deserve. Remember the deadline for entering the “Let It Shine” contest is May 15, 2012.
For more information on “Let It Shine,” visit facebook.com/largerthanlight.