13821 Wed, 02/20/2008 - 12:50pm
NEW YORK–Winners of the inaugural George Kovacs Lighting Competition, featuring the work of Pratt Institute of Design students, will be chosen and announced on Feb. 28 at a reception here.
The competition, which will exhibit the modern aesthetic exemplified by the late George Kovacs, is sponsored by the New York Design Center; The Minka Group, manufacturer and distributor of George Kovacs Lighting; and Kovacs-Wesner Design Group.
The top three designs, judged on originality, creativity and use of sustainable materials, will be chosen on Feb. 28 at a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the design center. The designs from the 30 finalists will be on display in the David E. Harden Conference Center in the New York Design Center from Feb. 28 to March 7.
These designs, including table and floor lamps, must use energy-efficient light sources and address issues regarding green manufacturing.
In January, approximately 100 students visited the design center to learn about the competition and to tour the various showrooms there. Alecia Wesner, president of the Kovacs-Wesner Design Group, spoke with the students about the many changes in the lighting industry, including topics such as energy-efficient light sources and the history and importance of the Kovacs brand. The projects from the students will not only consider these issues, but will also embody the standards set by George Kovacs more than 50 years ago.
“The New York Design Center is proud to host a competition that celebrates a man who brought much innovation to the contemporary lighting industry,” said James Druckman, president and CEO of the New York Design Center. “This unique competition allows Pratt students the opportunity to create new designs with guidance from some of the top names in the lighting industry. We are pleased to host such esteemed students, and aid in the development of their successful design careers.”