Stickbulb took home best in show during this year’s NYCxDESIGN Awards for its Ambassador lighting installation at Collective Design. The award program is New York’s global design competition that honors products exhibited throughout NYCxDESIGN. Awards were presented by Interior Design and ICFF at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and were chosen from over 700 entries by a panel of 30 design luminaries including Paola Antonelli, Murray Moss and Lauren Rottet.
Spanning 16 feet wide and 8 feet tall, the Ambassador installation impressed show attendees. The arc of light radiated from over 146 textured redwood beams salvaged from a demolished water tower at 200 Vesey Street in Manhattan – carbon dated to be three centuries old. Designed in collaboration with RUX, the founding creative team behind Stickbulb, Ambassador was inspired by John Steinbeck’s 1960’s travelogue “Travels with Charley” and his reverence for the trees he once described as ambassadors from another time. The installation was meant to evoke the scale of the redwood tree itself – the trunks of which can grow up to 30 feet in diameter – while echoing the circular drums of water towers from which the wood came. The light sculpture highlighted the ecology-first design ethos that is the cornerstone of the Stickbulb brand.
The award was the pinnacle of an ambitious spring ¬– starting with the launch of the new Boom collection in Milan at Archiproducts and Rossana Orlandi and culminating with the debut of the Diamond collection and wood type, Water Tower Redwood, at ICFF where Stickbulb won Best Lighting in Show from IFDA NY. Stickbulb was also an Honoree for the NYCxDESIGN Awards made in the Boroughs category for Boom.