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In January, Yorgo joined the Frame jury to vote on the projects and products nominated that month. Projects and products are evaluated according to the following criteria: innovation, creativity, functionality and sustainability. Jury votes for each submitted project or product will be visible to offer full transparency.
“The Frame jury experience was a brilliant reconnection to wonderful peers in the design community and an awakening to the talent around the world” Yorgo Lykouria.
What considerations go into naming a Frame Awards submission an Interior of the Month? Discover what made the 5 highest scoring spaces really stand out to our January Jury. Join jury members Alexandra Georgescu, cofounder of KOGAA Studio, Sabine Krieg, deputy professor of retail design at Hochschule Düsseldorf, Yorgo Lykouria, founder and creative director of Rainlight Studio, Nills Gesman, architect and design sales manager at Cosentino for January’s Live Jury Session.
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Rainlight Studio has been appointed by ELAN Media, following a competition, to design the digital out of home advertising assets, including gateway totems and boulevard totems in the city of Lusail, Qatar.
These elements are a central part of the planned city Lusail’s public realm, set to be unveiled in March next year and one of the proposed venues for the 2022 Qatar World Cup. This dynamic development, located on the coast, north of Doha, will eventually have 450,000 people who will be able to enjoy amenities including marinas, commercial districts and luxury shopping.
Rainlight Studio creative principal Yorgo Lykouria explains, “The artefacts we create for the urban environment are conceived to evoke wonder and beauty. These media sculptures represent an optimistic view towards the future of our cities.”
The boulevard totems will be placed in the pedestrian realm and will stand at a height of 4.5 metres tall. These are fabricated in stainless steel plate to form a single continuous surface and will contain integrated LED screens. The 14m high Gateway totems are made of 3D formed and perforated stainless steel panels with a large, 5 x 9 metre embedded LED screen. The uncoated metalworks are advantageous for recycling. Steel is 100% recyclable and retains its full performance through endless recycling, making it a fully cradle to cradle material. Site works are being prepared this year with a proposed completion date of April 2022.
Together, these elements create a world-class public realm, unifying technology and art to create objects of civic pride and international recognition.
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Yorgo Lykouria features in issue 124, the October/November issue of Arc magazine. In this interview by Matt Waring, they discuss the success of Ambitus, lighting for offices, and Yorgo’s approach to lighting design . To read the full article, you can find it at arc magazine pages 56 through 62.
arc is the leading international publication focused on lighting in architecture.
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Showcasing the best of British design and Norse mythology, the Yggdrasil rug collection, combines exquisite design, skilled craftmanship and delicate natural materials. In this collaboration the designer Yorgo Lykoria and the creative lead of Volver Ksenia Stanishevski have translated the visionary and bold designs into modern masterpieces.
Volver, which was introduced to Lykouria via the cross-cultural events, organized during the pandemic by the Design Dialogue UK and Norwegian Presence by Design and Architecture in Norway. They saw an opportunity to harness Lykouria’s multi-faceted approach with this exciting new partnership. The collaboration resulted in four rug design in tree color variations each
In their design discussions, Yorgo and Ksenia, challenged the limits of art, design and craft. The original sketches are intricate highly detailed abstract compositions inspired by the London graffities. They are organic, wild and dark. These qualities were translated and modified to create exquisite luxury rugs with richness of textures, elevations and colors.
The collection consists of four designs Yggdrasil, Urd, Verdande and Skuld. The rugs are hand tufted with an excellent level of detail, equal to the craft applied in houte couture.
This event brings together a selection of some of the best Norwegian manufacturers of contemporary retail and contract furniture and interior accessories.
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Yorgo Lykouria will be speaking at the Workspace Design Show on the 4th November. The talk is on the topic of Designing Products for the Future Workspace, chaired by Joe Cilia, Technical Director, FIS. Yorgo will be joined by David O’Coimin, Director, Nookpods, and Ana Rita Martins, Senior Associate, Sustainability & Design, Woodalls Design on the panel.
Visit the VIP lounge, designed by Rainlight, built by AASK US and curated by Obolife which will be showcasing a selection of products with the future workspace in mind. See Ambitus for Zumtobel, Worksmith for Arcadia and Aura for Techno, all designed by Rainlight.
Workspace Design Show, an exciting addition to the global design events calendar, with the inaugural edition taking place from 4-5 November 2021 at London’s Business Design Centre, at the heart of the UK’s commercial interiors community.
With the workplace environment dramatically changing, we have decided to produce a new collection for the one thing that is a constant in our world. With nature in mind, we are bringing a moment of calm to the evolving workplace.
Rainlight collaborated with Okamura’s designers and engineers to develop the new Phlox series. It is a pleasure to collaborate once again with Okamura, following the tremendous success of the Traverse and Nagare series. Not only were they able to take our designs to production through these challenging times, but have exceeded all expectations in creating this series with precision and quality.
The Phlox collection jointly developed with Rainlight and Okamura, is a collection that is suitable for a dramatically changing workplace environment, aiding in both physical and mental well-being.
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Rainlight Studio are proud to have designed the VIP lounge at the Workspace Design Show, and will be featuring a number of products designed by Rainlight such as Ambitus for Zumtobel, Worksmith for Arcadia, and Aura for Tecno.
Working together with OboLife, the UK dealer for Worksmith by Arcadia, this lounge is created as a place for being together in what could be the next workspace. The lounge is designed to represent the ephemerality of our world, enhanced by the recent year of remote working and our increased reliance on digital communications. The outside world is brought into our homes in a way that we never have experienced.
The space has been constructed with sustainability in mind, using raw aluminium profiles and expanded metal mesh, which are 100% recyclable and do not contain any harmful coatings or use any harmful processes. The materials used have been carefully selected, raw aluminium was chosen for its toughness, sustainability merits and delicate feel. The company responsible for designing the material, AASK US, were very accommodating of Rainlight and obo’s design aspirations, fulfilling the brief sensitively and accurately. The flooring is provided by Interface and is CO2 negative which adds to the sustainability of the lounge.
Please join us at the show on the 4th and 5th November to see the designs come to life!
Comments Off on Ambitus by Rainlight for Zumtobel Shortlisted for FX Award
Ambitus has been shortlisted under the Lighting Category at the 2021 FX Awards. The prestigious FX Awards invite both British and international design talent from all over the world to enter the very best of interior products and projects. Organised by FX magazine, these coveted awards are one of the highlights of the design industry calendar, taking place just before the run-up to Christmas.
Ambitus is an innovative high-performance luminaire designed for Austrian manufacturer Zumtobel, one of the world’s most well-respected lighting manufacturers. Yorgo Lykouria collaborated with Zumtobel over a ten-year period of extensive research and development, in a time when the lighting industry made the seismic shift to LED. This distinctive circular luminaire unites state-of-the-art technology with nuanced architectonic form.
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Kelsey Paul, host of the Studio Chats podcast interviewed Rainlight studio’s Creative Director, Yorgo Lykouria about his career insights, views on fostering mentorship and inspiration within the studio and trusting your creative instincts.
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‘Weather Report’ is a series of conversations between Rainlight’s Creative Director, Yorgo Lykouria and a variety of industry experts, futurists and creatives. During these discussions we’ll explore the perspectives of some of the most innovative and provocative leaders and thinkers touching on issues as varied as design for climate change, the future of cities, material innovation, inclusive design and how to approach design education.
We kick off on Earth Day with Dr Andrew Dent, Executive Vice President, Research at Material ConneXion, Chief Material Scientist at SANDOW. A leading expert on sustainable materials, he plays an important part in creating a new generation of more sustainable products.
The Red Dot Design Award, first awarded in 1955, is one of the world’s most famous product design awards, with a jury of international design experts that recognises exceptional design achievements in a number of different fields.
This luminaire’s ring shape means it has light distribution of almost 360 degrees, supplying maximum efficiency and quality of light. The design development stage involved using pliable LEDs and a highly complex tooling process, while AMBITUS’s perforated pattern is achieved using sophisticated computational formulas, with the resulting abstract design reminiscent of being beneath a starlit sky. The result is a precise, elegant product that fuses design poetry with sharp functionality.
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The Good Design Awards are recognized internationally as the oldest and most prestigious prize for product design excellence. The awards have been managed by the Chicago Athenaeum since their inception and use criteria such as concept, function and utility as they assess their winners. Rainlight’s Nagare design for Japanese manufacturer, Okamura has received a Good Design Award in the furniture category again this year, the second consecutive win for the collaborators as Rainlight’s Traverse table design for Okamura won in the same category last year. Nagare which means ‘flow’ in Japanese is a range of seating and tables that brings a gentle sense of movement and a sculptural statement to wherever work might take place. The collection will be accessioned into the Museum’s Permanent Design Collection in Chicago.
As a gift to the planet, on behalf of the Rainlight community, we’re engaging with the World Land Trust to purchase acres of natural habitat in order to ensure they are protected and preserved. WLT works with its network of trusted conservation partners to create wildlife reserves around the world. Every acre that is saved becomes part of a larger reserve that is protected in perpetuity by a partner organization.
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On November 5th the Italian Trade Agency hosted Design Day 2020, inviting Rainlight’s Yorgo Lykouria to participate in a discussion on the theme “Innovation, Style and Sustainability in Italian Design: Synergies and Opportunities in the U.S. Market”.
Comments Off on BoxLife by Rainlight for Scavolini wins SBID Product Design Award 2020
The SBID (Society of British & International Interior Designers) has awarded BoxLife by Rainlight for Scavolini a 2020 Product Design Award. The SBID awards recognize and celebrate innovation and quality within international design for both project and product contributions to the industry. Boxlife was awarded in the contract furniture category.
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ThinkLab, a division of Sandow that focuses on research and consulting to the contract interiors world, invited Rainlight to join a panel of industry experts discussing the “Future of Materiality: Exploring new technologies, ideas and inspiration for the design ecosystem”. Led by ThinkLab’s President, Amanda Schneider, Rainlight’s Creative Director Yorgo Lykouria joined Suzanne Tick of Suzanne Tick, Dr. Andrew Dent of Material Connexion and Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A in outlining some of the key concepts at play while innovating for the post-COVID 19 world.
Comments Off on Rainlight honored in multiple categories at 2020 Neocon HiP Awards
The 7th Annual HiP Awards was presented by Interior Design magazine’s Cindy Allen via a digital ceremony on June 12th. Rainlight’s design of Boost ottoman for Carnegie, was a winner in the Accessories category while Allsteel’s Rise was an honoree in the Workplace:modular seating category and Arcadia’s Allsorts & Smallsorts collection was an honoree in Workplace: Benches/stools category.
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Metropolis Magazine editors have chosen two of Rainlight’s designs as winners of the 2020 #Metropolislikes awards. #Metropolislikes is a bi-annual product awards showcase. Carnegie’s Boost ottoman and Allsteel’s Rise were two of the 35 products selected. This year due to the effects of COVID-19, Neocon is being hosted virtually via Neoconnect, an online digital gallery of the conference’s exhibitors, panels and content.
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Dezeen’s Virtual Design Festival (VDF) is an online platform hosted April 15th- June 30th, 2020. The festival was announced by the online publication in response to the cancellation of many major international design symposia and exhibitions due to COVID-19.
In a video interview, Yorgo Lykouria describes the inspiration behind and features of Scavolini’s BoxLife.
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The NYCxDesign awards are held annually in May as New York welcomes designers and manufacturers from around the world during it’s annual city-wide festival. This year’s awards ceremony was live-streamed via Facebook Live for the very first time and hosted by Cindy Allen of Interior Design Magazine.
Rainlight was honored to be awarded the winner of the Storage product category for their design of BoxLife for Scavolini.
Boxlife is a modular system that contains every necessity from a kitchen module to a fold-able bed, office workspace, laundry unit and more. Each function is concealed into a compact series of ‘boxes’ that can be utilized as their need arises.
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Rainlight’s Yorgo Lykouria presents “Design as a Living Experience” at 100% Design during London Design Festival 2019. Yorgo explains his vast experience working with global brands to demonstrate how objects provoke thought and stimulate emotions and why they are so essential.
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Okamura’s new showrrom in part of the former Knoll space was a breath of fresh air, and the Nagare Collection was the freshest bit. Envisioned as a statement piece, it made a real statement in the fron twindow. It’s the sort of lounge that can command a large reception area or a smaller collaborative space.
Okamura: Nagare Lounge and Personal Table. Photo Courtesy Jeff Beck
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07/06/2019 – Arcadia takes part in NeoCon 2019 and presents its new collections of seating and table products for public spaces.
Allsorts, designed by Rainlight
From its bold stature and relaxed seated style to its use of mixed materials and varied upholstery combinations, there are reasons aplenty to love AllSorts. With table and technology options providing multi-purpose functionality, this fun-spirited seating collection is designed to support individual work as well as offer a friendly atmosphere for group dynamics of all kinds.
Smallsorts, designed by Rainlight
Ideally suited for healthcare, education, retail environments and more, this kid-sized collection is playful in nature with oversized comfort and well-intentioned versatility. Together with its grown-up counterpart, youngsters of all sizes can have a space to call their own for transforming wait times into play times.
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Rainlight Creative Director, Yorgo Lykouria, discusses microliving and BoxLife design with Anna Fixsen of Architectural Digest, Jenn Chang of Common, Elisa Orlanski Ours of Corcoran Sunshine, and Scavolini Creative Director Daniele Busca.
54% of the 7.6 billion humans on earth live in cities; by 2050, that number is expected to rise to 66% of a forecasted world population of 9.6 billion. The strain is being felt around the globe, according to the United Nation‚’s World Urbanization Prospects 2014 report.
In North America, about 82% of the total population, roughly 473.8 million people lives in urban areas. The number of single-person households is rising, although housing has not kept pace with demographic change. Many of the new units being built are shrinking, challenging municipal housing codes and zoning regulations. This problem is not going away. We need to question not only how we live but what we expect from our dwellings from a design perspective, both aesthetically and its functionality. It is time to explore alternatives, such as micro-units for single-person households and legal shared housing, which will inevitably impact how we organize and furnish our spaces.
A panel of industry experts (developers and public sector experts) from North America to London, led by Rainlight Creative Director Yorgo Lykouria, will investigate the opportunities and challenges these global trends pose to the design community.
Rock chair, from the Townhall collection Rainlight designed with Allsteel, has been awarded a Design Guild Mark. The award recognizes the highest standards in the design of furnishings in volume production by the finest designers working in Britain, or British designers working abroad. Rock is one of 22 designs to be recognized in 2019.
“Rainlight, the international product design studio based in London and Los Angeles, has garnered an impressive number of collaborations and awards in its first year of business. The company has collaborated with leading names in the world of furniture manufacturers, including Scavolini, Allsteel, Okamura, USAI, Carnegie Fabrics, Clestra, Mannington Com-mercial, Tecno. It also launched 12 new products at Salone del Mobile/Milan, Clerkenwell Design Week/London, Neocon/Chicago, AIA National Conference/New York, SDA Show-case/New York and Orgatec in Cologne.”
Part laboratory, part workshop, part studio, Rainlight combines design innovation with business acumen. Accolades Rainlight has earned over the past year include:
Best of NeoCon 2018 Gold: Conference room furniture
Best of NeoCon Gold: Education Solutions (Satellite for Okamura)
Hip Awards NeoCon 2018: Product/workplace/furniture (Rock for Allsteel)
Interior Design BOY Awards for Education Furniture with Allsteel Townhall (Townhall for Allsteel)”
Led by Susan Grossinger and Yorgo Lykouria, Rainlight enters 2019 in a strong position by making products that enhance the way people live and work. Further launches are planned throughout 2019 at many of the major global trade shows.
“Product design is about the individual and their interaction with an object — it is the most personal of the design disciplines,” said Grossinger, who is based in Los Angeles. “Whether it’s your eyeglasses, the chair you sit in or your steering wheel, we all have a visceral interac-tion with design that affects our day-to-day life. The opportunity to make that experience extraordinary is in itself an exceptional experience.”
Rainlight strives to create objects that are timeless and pioneering. “A trend is already yes-terday,” Lykouria said. “We begin our work open to all possibilities.”
Its process starts with a philosophical question, refraining from the immediate urge to design.
“The things we create embody thought,” said Creative Director Lykouria, who is based in London and has more than two decades of experience in industrial design and architecture. “Our work today is a message to the future,” he said.
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Okamura’s “Traverse Satellite” (S Conference Table), designed by Rainlight, has won the German Design Award 2019.
The German Design Award is a globally recognized award given by the German Design Council which was founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag, ever since it has been commissioned by the highest authority to represent new developments in the German design industry. Since 2012 it has been presenting the German Design Award with the aspiration to discover, present and reward unique design trends.
Traverse satellite (S Conference Table) received “Special Mention” of Excellent Product Design in Office Furniture. The jury acknowledged its excellence by stating “Despite its large dimensions, the conference table has a light and refined appearance. The exposed, flat legs give it stability and provide plenty of legroom.”
Allsteel’s Townhall Collection Designed by Rainlight Wins Interior Design’s 2018 Best of Year Award. Townhall is a collection of movable soft seating, tables and accessories that is inspired by human-centric design – movable, but not mobile. The collection supports multiple functions, new postures and diverse activities and provides a system of components that create agile micro-environments with individual objects that complement and add variety to the landscape. The collection includes: Peak – a lounge grouping of chairs, chaises, ottomans and tables characterized by their organic, pebble-like shapes which vary in height and geometry. The asymmetrical design offers unique compositions to support a range of tasks and settings; Summit – a lightweight stacking stool, with footrest and slight ‘bounce’ allowing for movement; Picnic – a collection of seated and bar height tables, seats, benches and stools, narrow in scale to fit the ‘in-between’ space; Rock – a chair that provides a fun, captivating option to the rocking chair or beanbag and celebrates the ‘fidget’. Its unique shape supports an upright posture for engaged participation, while providing a base that encourages action and motion; Wedge – a high-back chair designed for moments of both collaboration and respite; and Cloud – a discreet and thoughtfully designed screen that provides privacy where it’s needed and is aesthetically pleasing when positioned on its own.
Featuring Yorgo Lykouria and Susan Grossinger in collaboration with Okamura, the video above details the Traverse Satellite conference table which offers incomparable attention to detail and engineering-forward design, at a size appropriate for smaller conference rooms and offices.
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Okamura Traverse Conference Table
Rainlight Okamura Traverse Conference Table“Rainlight design represents the aspiration to bring a fresh perspective into the world, driven by knowledge and experience, courage and passion, as well as belief.”
Rainlight Titus Ventus Lux Chilled Beam
“Our work begins with research and planning a process that, with our clients’ input will guide us toward realizing a vision that is relevant for our times and resonates with people.”
Rainlight Arcadia Maker Space Furniture Collection
“Lykouria and Grossinger form a synergy of business and culture that understands market drivers. Said Mr. Lykouria, “We recognize that the ‘market’ is composed of people with their own thoughts, impulses, and emotions. Our true end-user is human nature itself. At Rainlight we create experiences to evoke wonder through resonance with human emotion…It is a privilege and responsibility to create for the human-made world we spend our lives in. We look to the future as a better place that is our responsibility to help deliver. It is about materials and processes that affect the environment and it is also about the images we place in human consciousness. Form matters. Our work today is a message for the future.”
Rainlight Koleksiyon Tabula Desk
“So as the new company, Rainlight, heads into that future, it does so with a large body of work behind it and a bright future ahead of it.”
Rainlight Koleksiyon Rasa Pouf
“As friends of Rainlight Studio as well as many of its clients, we wish them tremendous success with the new venture. We sense a most auspicious confidence in the two principals we met with; born from experience and blessed with a great beginning.”
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Rainlight Design Studio Clestra Irys Demountable Wall System
“The thought process behind the Rainlight name comes from its locations. Since the firm has offices in London and Los Angeles, you get the ‘rain’ and ‘light.’ There is also the idea of conflict that is inherent in the product design process, a yin-yang tension that makes for the most innovative discoveries.”
Rainlight Okamura Traverse Conference Table
“The new products Rainlight is helping its customers launch this year show the depth and breadth of its design skill. All are unique, and all are very different, designed to suit the customer, not pad Rainlight’s design portfolio. They are good examples of how Rainlight works with its customers as well, often taking them in different, unexpected directions.”
LOS ANGELES/LONDON, 01 March, 2018 – Design begins with an open mind. This is the principle upon which Susan Grossinger and Yorgo Lykouria founded Rainlight Studio, a new international product design studio. Collaborating with leading manufacturers across the globe, the studio will unveil a slate of new products throughout 2018 at Salone del Mobile in Milan, Clerkenwell Design Week in London, NeoCon in Chicago and Orgatec in Cologne.
Part laboratory, part workshop, part studio, Rainlight Studio embraces aspirational thinking to create products that enhance how people live, work and play.
“The things we create embody thought,” said London-based Creative Director Yorgo Lykouria, who has more than two decades of experience in industrial design and architecture. “It’s about ideas that break the mould, yet appear timeless. Our work today is a message for the future.”
“Great products have compelling stories,” added Partner Susan Grossinger, who is based in Los Angeles and has 34 years of experience in the design profession. “We founded Rainlight Studio to develop and tell these tales. We partner with ambitious manufacturers that also want to create these stories and that seek to lead, not follow, the market.”
Anchoring design innovation with business acumen, Lykouria and Grossinger each contribute distinct yet complementary strengths to the new firm. Rainlight Studio represents their aspiration to bring a fresh perspective into the world, driven by knowledge and experience, courage and passion, as well as belief.