GE Lighting  announced the winners of its annual Edison Awards, including one residential project, at Lightfair Intl.  in Philadelphia on May 16. The awards recognize excellence in lighting design in projects that make significant use of GE light sources.
Robert Singer, IALD, IES, and Chase Carter, LD, of Robert Singer & Assoc.  in Basalt, CO, took home the Award for Residential Design for the River House II (pictured), a 7,000-square-foot contemporary residence in Aspen, CO.
Singer says the most difficult part of this project was making the modern space seem inviting.
“The big challenge was to have a home like this that’s so contemporary feel like a home,” he says. “The interior designers did a great job in using warm materials and earth tones to ground the house a bit, and we were able to help by using indirect sources and emphasizing the architecture to make the space feel very warm and intimate.”
Singer also made sure the lighting fixtures he and Carter used didn’t stand out.
“We want people to have an overall sense of the lighting, but it’s not obvious,” he says. “A really well lit home is a home that’s inviting, but if you notice the lighting first, you haven’t done your job.”
Other Edison Award winners included:
• GE Edison Award – Alexander Rotsch and Andreas Schulz of Licht Kunst Licht AG in Bonn, Germany, for ThyssenKrupp Quarter in Essen, Germany
• Award of Excellence – Paul Gregory, JR Krauza, Joshua Spitzig, Kenneth Schutz and Dan Henry of Focus Lighting in New York for the Science Storms at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
• Award of Excellence – Renée Cooley, Renée Joosten and Andressa Lopes of Cooley Monato Studio in New York for David Yurman Townhouse in New York
• Award of Merit – Alexander Rotsch and Andreas Schulz of Licht Kunst Licht AG in Bonn, Germany, for Kunstsammlung NRW K20 (art museum) in Düsseldorf, Germany
• Award of Merit – Michael F. Rohde, Stephanie Rock, Peter Uhrig, and Liane Langhans of L-PLAN Lighting Design in Freiberg, Germany, for “Terra Mineralia,” The Mineral Collection, Freudenstein Castle in Freiberg, Germany
• Award of Merit – Karen Goldstick of Goldstick Lighting Design, Ltd. in White Plains, NY, and Peter Gisolfi of Peter Gisofi Associates in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, for Hackley School Goodhue Memorial Hall in Tarrytown, NY
• Award of Merit – Stephen D. Bernstein, Marty Salzberg, Nira Wattanachote and Nathalie Faubert of Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design in New York for the Collaborative Research Center at The Rockefeller University in New York
• Award of Merit – Faith E. Baum and Joseph Conti of Illumination Arts LLC in Bloomfield, NJ, for the Peddle School’s Ian Graham Athletic Center in Hightstown, NJ
• Excellence in Environmental Design – Ardra Paige Zinkon of Tec Inc. Engineering & Design in Columbus, OH, for Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in Oxford, OH
• Excellence in Environmental Design – Mark Godfrey of Interface Engineering Lighting Studio in Portland, OR, for University of Oregon’s John E. Jaqua Academic Center for Student Athletes in Eugene, OR
To read more about the winners, go to the GE Edison Awards website .