LightArt: Igniting Creativity Across the Country

Seattle-based LightArt, the lighting studio of 3form, has launched a new campaign to engage architects and designers to unleash their creativity. The LightArt team has embarked on the “Ignite/Create” tour and is traveling across the country in a custom van.

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The LightArt team travels in a chrome van that provides a glimpse into its Seattle studio. The chrome van contains a laser cuter, heat-forming tools, and an array of colorful 3form materials. Photograph courtesy of LightArt.

The “Ignite/Create” tour provides a counterpoint to the typical trade show setting by bringing designers in 14 cities together at events to participate in the “Paper Lantern Challenge.” Designers have 30 minutes to create a unique paper fixture using basic supplies and pendant assembles provided by LightArt. This video further conveys the challenge:


“Creativity is an important part of your life, education and what inspires your actions on a daily basis,” said Ryan Smith, founder of LightArt. “With Ignite/Create we want to encourage others to tell their story, with the hope that it will inspire someone else to get out there start making.”

I recently attended one of the first stops in the tour in Los Angeles. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

Photograph by Dominic  Bonuccelli.

Participants creating their paper fixtures. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

Photograph by Dominic  Bonuccelli.

More participants in the challenge. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

Photograph by Dominic  Bonuccelli.

Creating the fixtures is a team effort. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

Photograph by Dominic  Bonuccelli.

An attendee displaying her completed pendant. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

Photograph by Dominic  Bonuccelli.

Another attendee showing off her fixture. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

Photograph by Dominic  Bonuccelli.

Attendees vote on their peers’ fixtures and the winners receive prizes including LightArt fixtures. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

Photograph by Dominic  Bonuccelli.

The varied designs of fixtures. Photograph by Dominic Bonuccelli.

 

Ignite/Create travel schedule:

Austin, Texas
April 16–17

Alabama
April 20–21

Atlanta
April 22–24

Greenville, South Carolina
May 4

Raleigh, North Carolina
May 5

New York
May 8–11 and May 15–18

Philadelphia
May 12–14

New Jersey
May 19

Boston
May 20–22

Montreal
June 1–2

Syracuse, New York
June 3

Toronto
June 4–5

Chicago
June 15–17 and June 22–24

For more information and upcoming venues, visit ignite-create.com.

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