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Welcome EDITOR • PAUL JAMES The news that Zaha Hadid had suddenly died of a heart attack at the age of 65 came as a complete shock to the international design community. I was not her friend, I had only met her once, but the feeling that we have lost a genuine design genius who would have gone on to create reams of magnificent work is very prevalent right now. In my opinion there is not another architect who did more to promote creative lighting design, both in terms of her encouragement of lighting design as a profession and as a result of her flowing architecture. Her product design work with the likes of Zumtobel, Slamp and WonderGlass resulted in decorative light fittings of breathtaking beauty and originality. With this very sad news, we have published a tribute to her in this issue, with input from some of the manufacturers that collaborated with her. I hope you find it as inspirational as she was. This month we officially launched the 2016 darc awards. The major change in the format is that we are splitting the awards into architectural (with the event taking place in London on September 15) and decorative (with the event taking place in London in May 2017). If you have any decorative projects and products that you are desperate to enter then you’ll have to wait a little longer before the decorative section is open for entries. Like last year, the awards will be voted on by the independent design community to avoid any bias and I am confident in the claim that both the awards process and event is the most original out there. So please go to www.darcawards.com and take a look. DEPUTY EDITOR • HELEN FLETCHER It seems we can't sit still for more than five minutes at the darc office without getting the itch to fly off to another country and this issue is very much reflective of that! This year's Light+Building show was a huge success for us and to those of you who took the time out to meet with either myself, Femke or Stephen, thank you - it was great to hear such positive feedback on the magazine and the content we're producing. While the decorative lighting sector remains comparitavely small at Light+Building, we still found plenty to talk about and you'll find our full show report starting on page 72 - featuring no less than 60 new product launches! We also managed to pin down a few well-known faces during the show to discuss new product launches, including: Arik Levy, Davide Groppi, Mathias Hahn and Maurici Ginés, and we've got the best in decorative lighting from the Design+ Awards on page 94. Continuing on the tradeshow theme (I promise I'll talk about something else next issue), some of you may have had the pleasure of meeting Stephen during his whistle-stop tour of Milan Design Week in April; Euroluce might be biannual but that doesn't stop the lighting industry coming out in force - take a look at our showroom coverage starting on page 100. Next up for us is ICFF in New York, then on to Clerkenwell Design Week in London and INDEX in Dubai... Then maybe we'll take a well-earned summer break!
darc is a dedicated international magazine focused on decorative lighting design in architecture. Published five times a year, including 3d...