Award-winning lighting designer flies in for Tyson Lighting showroom launch party
Guests attending Tyson Lighting’s opening party for the company’s new showroom were not only treated to an exclusive UK display of Luceplan’s The Mesh, but were also given the opportunity to meet its award-winning creator, Francisco Gomez Paz, who flew in from Milan to Manchester especially to join the celebrations.
Guests at the launch this month included lighting buyers, architects, specifiers and interior designers who were able to view the dramatic and highly innovative LED and metal suspension lamp for the first time in the UK since its launch at Euroluce earlier this year.
Argentina-born Francisco moved to Milan in 1998 where he has since developed products for leading design companies includingArtemide, Driade, Danese, Lensvelt, Olivetti, Sector and Luceplan – creating some of the company’s most iconic pieces including the Hope and Synapse. His work has since received several international awards including The Good Design Award 2010 and theRed Dot Award 2010.
Francisco was also honoured together with Alberto Meda with the First Prize of the Index Award for the Solar Bottle – which was selected for the Museum of Modern Art’s Study Collection. He also received the Prize of the Prizes for Innovation in Design from Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano for the Hope chandelier and the prestigious Compasso d’Oro 2011.
A further highlight of the evening was a demonstration of the prototype of Jake Dyson’s CU Beam Direct/Indirect Light. Invented by the son of Sir James Dyson, the innovative new lamp uses heat pipe technology to direct heat away from LEDS and extend their life up to 37 years.
During the launch party, guests were also able to view a selection of VISO’s classic collections including Buba, Ruskii, Zebra, Ovo and the new ceramic Funkii light. The evening showcased some of Tyson Lighting’s own bespoke lighting projects and the company’s 3D modelling software, Solidworks.
Tyson’s Managing Director, Andrew Gibson, commented: “We were thrilled to have Francisco join us for the showroom launch. This venue really enhances and consolidates our presence in the lighting world.”
Lancashire-based Tyson Lighting specialises in the design, manufacture, supply and project management of traditional, bespoke and contemporary lighting. The brand new 1,770 sq. ft. facility includes a showroom, office and interactive exhibition space and is located within the Old Granada Studios on Atherton Road in Manchester city centre.
Andrew added: “The launch was just the first in a series of events we are planning to hold for the design and lighting industry. We want the new showroom to be a real hub for designers, architects and specifiers to come together to share ideas and cultivate the creative process.”
The Mesh will be available to the UK lighting market in early 2016.
For more information on Tyson Lighting, visits www.tysonlighting.com