New initiative Parents in Lighting launches

(UK) - Parents in Lighting is a UK-based initiative aimed at creating a peer support network to provide assistance and resources for expectant and current parents in the lighting industry.

The initiative was established by Chloe Salvi, Lighting Designer at LightIQ, and Ruth Kelly Waskett, Project Director at Hoare Lea.

"It can feel challenging to navigate personal and professional life during some stages of parenthood. Having a support network of peers in the industry that have walked a similar path can facilitate this balance and assist individuals with their career growth," says Co-Founder Salvi.

The pair are calling for parents and soon-to-be parents in the lighting community to take a short, five-minute, survey to gather more information and statistics on those with children in the industry. The survey can be found here:

The initiative is also keen to hear of positive experiences from parents in lighting to be featured in a short issue of good practice examples. Email Salvi and Kelly Waskett at to be involved.

ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2023 ends on a high note

(USA) - North America's contemporary furnishing design fair, and WantedDesign Manhattan, a ‘show within the show’ dedicated to high-end North American studios and international emerging designers, held during NYCxDESIGN on May 21-23, 2023, at New York’s Javits Center, finished with an enthusiastic response from exhibitors, editors, manufacturers, academics, buyers, architects and designers, and other members of the design community.

Combined, the two fairs hosted 476 established and emerging design brands from 35 countries, 116 of which were first-time exhibitors, presenting furniture, materials and textiles, lighting, flooring and rugs, kitchen and bath, wallcoverings, accessories, and assorted objects for commercial, residential, and hospitality environments.

Together, the two design fairs gathered over 9,000 architects, interior designers, and contemporary retailers in the Javits Center, up 32% over 2022. The total number of visitors to both shows topped 13,000, up 37% over the previous year, a strong indication of the industry’s desire to engage and the positive response to the new changes at ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan.

“Our plan this year as first-time brand directors for both ICFF and WantedDesign Manhattan was to bring more curated, creative, and immersive design spaces to the Javits, to deliver a more cohesive floorplan, and to improve the experience of the shows overall. And we were simply blown away by the enthusiasm and positive response from exhibitors and attendees alike. This proves to us that we are on the right path, and we will continue improving on this as we plan for 2024,” says Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, brand directors, ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan.

“Highlights for us included: The focus on US-based studios across Look Book, ICFF, and The Crossroads, located at the heart of the show, was a huge hit. The international pavilions created a nice balance and brought a rich layer of culture to the show. The Talks, both at the mainstage and at The Oasis x Material Bank, have never been so well-attended and well-received, with a succession of fascinating discussions with design rock stars, industry leaders, and cultural organisations. The work from the emerging designers in the Launch Pad and Schools areas was exceptional and the diversity of the projects and designers coming from all over the world created a fantastic energy.  The resounding applause at the end of the show that started with Launch Pad designers and students and spread to fill the Javits Center was a powerful testament to the incredible creative energy present throughout and created a truly magical moment,” adds Hainaut and Pijoulat.

Highlights: ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2023

The ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks covered topics such as the spirit of American design, diversity in design, emerging design, innovations in technology, designing the future we want to live in, ethical design, and sustainability.

The robust conference lineup included design leaders and innovators such as Snøhetta, Patricia Urquiola, David Rockwell, Sharon Prince of Grace Farms Foundation, Young Huh, Karim Rashid, Jean-Jacques L’henaff of LIXIL, Giulio Cappellini, Deborah Wang of DesignTO, Ayse Birsel, John Edelman, Pamela McNally of NKBA, Jeanine Hayes and Bryan Mason of AphroChic, and 2023 Designer of the Year Morris Adjmi, founding principal of MA Architects, among many others.

ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan Talks were presented at the Main Stage, sponsored by Turf and Natuzzi, and at The Oasis x Material Bank, furnished by Normann Copenhagen, FilzFelt, Ressource, and Kasthall. The Main Stage and The Oasis x Material Bank were designed by Rodolfo Agrella from Rodolfo Agrella Design Studio (RADS) with additional support from Alessi, American Standard, Haworth, Lutron, Mecho, and Pella.

ICFF again hosted the ICFF Editors Awards where leading design editors chose winners in 12 categories for outstanding design as well as Best in Show from the 476 exhibitors. Five of the awards went to participants in this year’s Look Book, including Best in Show. Winners of the 2023 ICFF Editors Awards are:

Accessories:                              Obakki
Best Booth:                               
Body of Work:                           
NJ Roseti
(Look Book)
Carpet and Flooring:             
JD Staron
Mila International
Daniel Shapiro
(Look Book)
Tomma Bloom
(Look Book)
New Designer:                         
Kim Swift
Outdoor Furniture:                 
Mexa Design
Caleb Ferris
(Look Book)
Affreschi & Affreschi
Best in Show:                           
Caleb Ferris
(Look Book)

Judges for this year were: Lila Allen, AD PRO; Sophie Aliece Hollis, The Architect’s Newspaper; Eric Mutrie, Azure; Diana Budds, Curbed; Rita Orrell, design journalist; Stephen Treffinger, design journalist; Ben Dreith, Dezeen; Kathryn Greene, Hospitality Design; Rebecca Thienes, Interior Design; Leslie Clagett, Kitchen + Bath Business; and Ryan Waddoups, Surface.

New this year, the show co-located with DIFFA by Design, a celebration of inspired design, cocktails, and community, at the Javits Center. For four decades, DIFFA has harnessed the design industry's resources and talent to create legendary programs and events like DIFFA by Design.

New Designed Spaces

The Crossroads: One of the main highlights and focal points of the show this year was The Crossroads, designed and curated by David Rockwell, Rockwell Group, and Pei-Ru-Keh. Sitting at the centre of the show, this playful and immersive 2000sqft space celebrated American design through the works of 17 established and emerging designers. It also became the location for several Dialogues at The Crossroads, hosted by Tiffany Jow of Untapped, in conversation with the designers. This programme will be continued in 2024.

The Restaurant: Designed by Rodolfo Agrella, the restaurant became a definite go-to for attendees during the show and was furnished in partnership with Be Original Americas and its members Chilewich, Anglepoise, Heller, Kartell, MillerKnoll, and Oasiq.

The WDM Café x Caesarstone: Starting on day one as the location for the press breakfast, the WDM Café x Caesarstone became one of the main meeting points at the show. Located in WantedDesign and adjacent to the Talks main stage and The Oasis x Material Bank, this was the perfect place to host meetings over coffee. The space was designed by Rodolfo Agrella with the support of Heller, Fyrn, Tala, Turf, Ressource, and Mohawk.

WantedDesign Manhattan Initiatives

The jury for the 2023 Best of Launch Pad awards honoured two emerging designers this year based on their thought-provoking designs. Tori Deetz of Good Growing won the award for Best of Launch Pad, Furniture/Home Accessories and Shaunak Patel won for Best of Launch Pad, Lighting. The jury included: Giulio Cappellini, Founder, Cappellini; Andrea Cesarman, Co-founder, Design Week Mexico; Jerry Helling, President and Creative Director of Bernhardt Design; Jean-Jacques L’hénaff, Leader, LIXIL Global Design Americas; Jennifer Olshin, Founding Director and Partner, Friedman Benda; Kia Weatherspoon, President and Founder, Determined by Design; and Amy Devers, host of Clever. Launch Pad was sponsored by American Standard and presented with media partners Design Milk and Clever.

Look Book, the dedicated programme for high-end North American designers, makers, and studios that serves as an in-person portfolio for the A&D community, returned this year with 48 exhibitors. This year’s participants showcased diverse designs and an exceptional quality of their displays, resulting in an incredibly inspiring Look Book. It was presented by media partner Dezeen with the support of Turf. A selection of Look Book designers participated in Look Book Live, a talks programme hosted by Ben Dreith of Dezeen.

For the second year, WantedDesign Manhattan continued the Schools Showcase as an opportunity for international design schools to present the work of their best students, to be part of the main design trade event during NYCxDESIGN, to receive feedback from professionals, and to start building their network. Participating schools for 2023 included: CEDIM, Central Saint Martins, Cranbrook Academy of Art, École Boulle, IED, University of Iowa, Northumbria University, Parsons School of Design, Pratt Institute, RISD, SAIC, SCAD, Tec Monterrey, and Universidad Iberoamericana. As presenting sponsors of the Best of Schools and Best of Students prizes, Design Milk and Alessi chose the entire group of students from Universidad Iberoamericana as the Best of Students winner and Northumbria University as the Best of Schools winner.

Wanted Interiors returned this year with the Lounge, multi-brand presentations, and storytelling installations. Participants included Turf, Heller, Ligne Roset, Hatsu, Ressource, David Weeks Studio, and a selection of international studios in interactive and immersive spaces.

ECO Solidarity, a collaborative initiative of nine European designers and studios represented by EUNIC NY, the European Union National Institutes for Culture, returned to WantedDesign Manhattan this year. Responding to the environmental and humanitarian crises, this year’s edition focused on design with empathy, addressing some of the world’s most pressing conditions of human health and wellbeing. This year’s projects explored ways to improve urban domestic infrastructures, preserve and restore natural habitats, protect the health and well-being of people, and accommodate the displacement of the most vulnerable members of the community.

The Lounge at Wanted Interiors became a central meeting and lounge space during the show. Designed by Rodolfo Agrella, the Lounge was a showcase for sponsors David Weeks Studio and Ligne Roset, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Togo, designed by Michel Ducaroy. 

Dates for ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2024 are set for May 19-21, 2024.

Santa & Cole presents two new lampshades in collaboration with designer Júlia Esqué

(Spain) - To commemorate 25 years of Trípode, Santa & Cole presents two new lampshades in collaboration with Barcelona designer Júlia Esqué. Since its creation in 1997, Trípode, a Santa & Cole Team design, has established itself over the years as an icon the world over. This year, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, it is presenting Diplomatic striped ribbon and Breton striped ribbon as the result of a collaboration with designer Júlia Esqué, which completes its selection of ribbon lampshades.

The Trípode is one of the most iconic product families in our catalogue. Designed by the Santa & Cole team in 1997, this design was born from the lampshade of the GT5 suspension lamp (1994) representing the extraordinary in simplicity: a bundle of three black tubes joined to raise a wide ribboned lampshade. Its success led years later to conceive two table lamp versions with the same proportions: Tripod G6 and Tripod M3.

This year, to commemorate its 25th anniversary, we are presenting two brand-new lampshade styles. Together with Barcelonese designer Júlia Esqué, textile design specialist, we complete our selection of ribbon lampshades: the fine-striped Diplomática ribbon, along with the thick-striped Bretona ribbon, available in all three Trípode sizes. A superposition of the original colours inspired by both the fashion of the 90s and by Annie Albers’ references in her detailed research on the Bauhaus movement – now coming together to enrich the rhythm of the ribbon binding.

The basic colours of the ribbon collection are natural white, amber red and black. In 2013, in collaboration with the Raw Color studio in Eindhoven, new ribbon finishes were released in terracotta, mustard yellow and forest green. Each one of them was woven with yarns that blended together to create nuances of colour. The lampshade collection is now completed with two new striped ribbon finishes designed by Júlia Esqué.

25 years later, Trípode has become an icon and is, today, a totem of contemporary design.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - ILP How To Be Brilliant

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition n in the House of Detention.

Does it bug you that lighting affects different species in so many conflicting ways? Considering the impact of lighting on animals could drive you batty, but help is at hand. Carolina Florian and Farhad Rahim have squirrelled away many surprising facts and are literally becoming experts in the field. They have guided clients with motivations ranging from genuine ecological care to developers wanting to ‘get through planning’, and now they will share these experiences with you.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - Project Focus, Harrods, London

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

Leading design studios David Collins Studios and Lighting Design International regularly work together on projects. In this Q&A the two designers, Graham Rollins of LDI and Simon Rawlings from David Collins Studio, discuss their work together on various Harrods projects. We'll get to grips with how the interior design schemes work together with the intricacies and technicalities of the lighting design.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - Sustainable Specification, Questions to ask when Specifying

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

We are all trying to be “more sustainable” in both our personal lives and in business, but when it comes to commercial projects what does this look like? Through this session, our experts Sophie O'Rourke of AECOM / GreenLight Alliance, Lisa Hinderdael of HagenHinderdael and Mike Cascarino of Michael Grubb Studio left audiences with key pointers, or ‘questions’ to consider when working on a project for it to be as green as is realistic.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - Women in Lighting, Are public spaces in the UK designed for equity?

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

As part of [d]arc media’s commitment to supporting the Women in Lighting initiative, Matt Waring, Editor at [d]arc media speaks with Kimberly Bartlett of Introba and Alison Gallagher of ARUP to discuss whether UK cities are truly designed for equity, highlighting good and bad examples of urban planning and lighting.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - Working with Residential Lighting

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

The panel of experts look at what exceptional lighting looks like within the home; how residential projects differ from working on commercial projects and what designers should be aiming for when it comes to the 'right light' within a residential environment.

Speakers: Raminder Virdi - Lutron; Marcus Steffen - MS Lighting Design; Susie Rumbold, Founder and Creative Director - Tessuto; Lizzie Webster - Fraher and Findley.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - The Lighting Police

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

The educational international platform The Lighting Police invites everyone to participate in an interactive fun session focusing on designed and not designed light, highlighting important elements that we take for granted in our daily life and not noticing how they are affecting our health and well-being. The session will be moderated by four members of the advisory board of the project and at the end of the session, we are certain that everyone will leave empowered to start observing more and aiming for better lighting conditions in their lives!

Speakers: Gary Thornton - Nulty; Inessa Lomas - ARUP; James Poore - JPLD; Kael Gillam - Hoare Lea

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - The Wave Collection, Curiousa


As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

Having been awarded ‘Best Decorative Lighting Product’ at this year’s [d]arc awards for the Wave Collection, Sarah Cullen, Editor at [d]arc media, sits down with designer and founder Esther Patterson to delve deeper into the collection’s design process, her inspiration, and how an ethical approach to production and manufacturing is vital to her ethos.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - Project Focus, Yotel Vega, Glasgow

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

Lighting designer and founder of Artin Light, Luke Artingstall sits down with Helen Ankers, Managing Editor at d]arc media, to discuss the intricacies of his lighting design for the Yotel Vega Hotel project in Glasgow; from brief to concept, to challenges and the end result - we uncover it all.

[d]arc thoughts @ CDW - Project Focus, Battersea Power Station, London

As part of Clerkenwell 2023, darc magazine hosted a [d]arc thoughts programme with the lighting and design industry as part of the Light exhibition in the House of Detention.

After opening to great fanfare in late 2022, [d]arc media's Editor Matt Waring steps inside the newly renovated Battersea Power Station and speaks to Clementine Fletcher-Smith and Philip Rose of Speirs Major about the landmark’s monumental new lighting design.