Based on the theme of Circular Economy, The Lighting Practice and Cooledge Lighting presented at LightFair 2023 an Immersive Lighting Installation, “Out of the (Light) Box” - a captivating interplay of light, texture, and materials. A collaboration that revealed how using Light as a Building Material creates a unique vision of the circular economy for a sustainable future.


Throughout the show, we heard visitors commenting: “Wow! Amazing”, “This is the coolest thing I’ve seen”, “This light makes me feel so good”, and similar. And we hope our visitors enjoyed the Immersive Lighting experience as much as we did.

Out of the (Light) Box

The installation creates a captivating interplay of light, texture, and materials. The soft illumination of the LEDs diffused through the natural translucent shoji paper creates a serene ambiance, while the raw copper circuitry, traditionally concealed, adds a contrasting element. The bamboo structure and hemp materials enhance the connection with nature and sustainability. The minimal and sustainable design promotes a mindset of conserving and using resources minimally, rather than over-utilizing them.​

Through its design and materials, the installation raises awareness about sustainability and encourages reflection on reuse. It prompts viewers to appreciate the harmonious blend of traditional and modern elements while considering the environmental impact of materials used in art and design.​

The installation serves as a visual representation of incorporating sustainable practices into creative endeavours, inspiring viewers to adopt a mindset of repurposing and conserving.​

The installation’s curved shapes symbolize and encourage a cyclical journey of sustainability, reminding viewers of the importance of repurposing and conserving resources. The reflective surfaces also prompt viewers to reflect on their own relationship with sustainability and their role in shaping a more sustainable future.​

The structure is constructed entirely from biodegradable materials, aligning with sustainable practices. The lighting components are made from minimalistic materials that provide efficient and efficacious illumination, reinforcing the installation’s commitment to low-impact environmental design.​

At its core, the installation invites designers to reflect on how materials are designed and consumed. It prompts a reconsideration of approaches to resource utilization, encouraging a mindset of minimalism and sustainability. By showcasing the raw materials and promoting a circular economy mindset, the installation serves as a reminder to be mindful of consumption patterns and strive for responsible design practices.​

The Lighting Practice Design Team: ​
- David Seok​
- Emad Hasan​
- Sarah Lurie​
- Tammy Wu​
- Thomas Bergeron​
- Xingying Peng​
- Yu Tien Hsieh​


Using Cooledge's TILE in the installation:

"The display was based on the idea that there may be different approaches to construction that are more supportive of a circular economy. In addition to the natural bamboo, hemp, and shoji paper used, Cooledge’s TILE product was incorporated to demonstrate that light can be a fundamental component of the structure and not just an addition to it." 

Grant Harlow - VP Marketing and Communications


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About Cooledge Lighting 

Cooledge gives lighting a new role in the built environment: integral to design, unbound by fixtures and central to occupant wellness. The company transforms ceilings into light-emitting canvases that scale with ease and generate immersive, uniformly distributed illumination more closely resembling natural than artificial light. This is made possible by the industry’s widest range of lighting systems, large-scale luminaires and specialty solutions designed to put light where it best serves people and how they feel, work, shop and interact in a space. Cooledge products combine superior light quality with a range of next-generation technologies including sound absorption, color control and architectural aesthetics to accommodate virtually any ceiling application or budget. Cooledge luminous ceilings and surfaces have transformed thousands of environments worldwide, including the offices, venues and retail properties of esteemed global brands. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada and supported by a network of sales agencies and distribution partners throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

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June 1, 2023