25 September 2008 – The winners of the Eskom Energy Efficient Lighting design competition have been announced at an event held at Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind.
The awards honoured both students and professionals in the fields of architecture, interior designing, lighting specialists, engineering and anyone else with a passion for designing energy efficient lighting.
The initiative – to encourage the creative and cost-effective design of luminaires and promote the use of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in the residential sector, had more than 500 entries in two categories.
Its goal is to demonstrate that efficient lighting technologies such as fluorescent technology and LEDs can be used in ultramodern and attractive luminaires for residential lighting.
The total prize money is R250 000 (US$35 000) with R14 000 (US$2 0000) set aside for merit awards.
The winners in the three categories are:
Category A: Residential luminaire design (students)
- 1st prize: Mathew Holley of the Greenside Design Center with Tri-light.
- 2nd prize: Salona Kassen of the Greenside Design Center with Locquacious Lamp.
- 3rd prize: David Roberts of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) with c.lite.
Category B: Residential luminaire design (professional)
Two prizes were awarded to:
- Julia Anastasopoulos, a designer from Cape Town, with Peg Light.
- David Krynauw, a furniture designer from Piet Retief, with Wooden Chandelier.
In addition to constructing a model, each entrant also had to provide a technical description of his or her design, set out a detailed budget and to name the design.
The sheer variety of styles and moods captured in this year’s eye-catching creations represent a veritable celebration of local talent. From sleek, chic and high-tech designs sculpted in metal, granite and glass, to the tongue-in-cheek humour portrayed by entries with names like DeCaf, Science Fusion, Starstruck, Squeak-O, Ubuntu, Coke Lightx and Blikblom, the judges had their work cut out for them when making their final selections!