SBID Names Christopher Thompson Winner of 2012 International Design Award

The Society of British Interior Design announced Lighting Designer Christopher Thompson and his Studio Lux design team, as the winner of the prestigious 2012 SBID International Design Award. Studio Lux won Best Technology in lighting in the Contract sector for Thompson’s work on the Mercedes Benz Autohaus located in Bellevue, Washington, USA.

“The Studio Lux team is thrilled to receive the prestigious Society of British Interior Design Contract Award for lighting design under Best Technology. The complexities of incorporating LED lighting as the primary source of illumination in a project of this size and nature provided us with an excellent opportunity to showcase twenty-first century lighting design techniques and applications,” said Christopher Thompson. “We offer our sincerest gratitude to the judges for recognizing our work among all of the excellent projects that were selected.”

The winners of the SBID International Design Award underwent rigorous preliminary judging and were chosen from a pool of both leading brands and new talent on five continents in over 27 countries. The award marks a notable achievement for Thompson whose design techniques have been recognized and sought after for exclusive commercial and residential projects in both the U.S and abroad.

Using his ingenuities to weave romance with the calculus behind successful design, Thompson successfully satisfied the desires of the Mercedes Benz Autohaus to make its luxury automobiles shine while simultaneously meeting energy use constrictions set by local city officials. With 80% LED lighting, the project uses 30% less than the allotted watts per square footage.

The SBID Award will join a host of Thompson’s existing awards, most recently earning the IESNA Award in both 2010 and 2011 for International Illumination Design. He looks ahead to several prominent ventures currently in progress, including Energizing Taliesin West, a collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation intended to drive the historic Taliesin West site to sustainable energy. The Lighting Designer is also beginning preparation for an unprecedented build of a LEED Gold hotel in Palm Springs, CA. Construction will utilize the latest in green technologies to assemble and is set for completion early 2013.

From the design projects of Seattle to the architectural wonders of Frank Lloyd Wright, Architectural Lighting Designer and Studio Lux LLC Founder and Principal Christopher Thompson has forged a versatile design style cemented in the tactile relationship between light, mood and audience. This relationship is the driving force behind Thompson’s design concept, which is merging the artistic qualities of lighting effects, his background in the fine arts, and his expertise and degree in electrical engineering that result in the designer’s highly technical side of lighting precision.

Together these elements form a lighting design that encapsulates innovation while redefining the role of traditional lighting décor. Christopher Thompson and his internationally-recognized lighting firm Studio Lux LLC. set out to find the balance between lighting artistry and lighting practicality; a practice that is evident in the company’s lavish portfolio of world-class museums, hotels, institutions, homes and future constructions.
The recipient of more than a dozen industry honors, Christopher looks to expand his knowledge of green technologies with a master’s degree in Green Building Design. He continues to design renowned projects for both commercial and private sectors around the world while simultaneously maintaining Studio Lux as an industry leader within a rapidly advancing field.

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