“The Walk,” an art installation by Titia Ex at the Philips booth, featured this seemingly floating orb covered in 35,000 LED lamps. It was created in partnership with Philips Color Kinetics and the Light Art Centre Eindhoven in the Netherlands.
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The Philips booth, at the main entrance of the expo hall, was predictably (have you heard of Hue?) full of color. Bold Play by Philips earned LIGHTFAIR’s Most Innovative Product of the Year award.
Samsung senior vice president Jaap Schlejen shows managing editor Tim Schuler the inner workings of the company’s SMART LED systems, which can be integrated with electronics and even door locks and controlled from a mobile phone.
Entrance to LIGHTFAIR through the Philadelphia Convention Center’s Grand Hall, once the Reading terminal’s train shed.
A unique view into the booth of Creative Systems Lighting (CSL), which at the show unveiled new high-performance “Eco-Downlights” and pendants.
A LIGHTFAIR attendee marvels at “The Walk,” by artist Titia Ex.
USAI’s Frank Cogliano demonstrates the dimming and color controls of the company’s 2.0 series.
Attendees gather near the publication bins in the “media marketplace.” By the end of the conference, every copy of gb&d‘s Lighting Issue had been snatched off the stands!
Managing editor Tim Schuler sits down for coffee with Derek Porter, director of Parsons The New School for Design’s MFA program in Lighting Design and principal of Derek Porter Studio.
LIGHTFEST, a night of food, drinks, and networking at the Grand Ballroom on the upper level of the historic trainshed.
A (surprisingly poorly attended!) highlight of the conference was the walking tour of Philadelphia led by local lighting designer Stephen Hoppe (far right). The tour began at the convention center and encompassed the city’s Museum Mile as well as the Comcast Center.
LED strips light the Broad Street entrance to the convention center. The installation was designed by The Lighting Practice.
In the brand new Lenfest Plaza, concealed downlights make the curved benches (made from sustainably harvested black locust) appear to be floating.
A year-round light show illuminates the facades of buildings facing Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts, just south of City Hall.
The Barnes Foundation building, which opened shortly before LIGHTFAIR, features dynamic lighting designed by Fisher Marantz Stone.
The Comcast Center, the global headquarters of the cable company, is Philadelphia’s tallest building and designed by the office of Robert A.M. Sterns. It was completed in 2008.
The most prominent feature of the Comcast Center’s lobby is the 83-foot-wide “video wall,” made up of 4mm LEDs.
A second image shows the video wall in use. The entire installation is 2,100 square feet.
Below: A short film about the making of The Walk by Titia Ex, on display at the Philips booth at LIGHTFAIR 2013.