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For the sixth annual AZ Awards, our intrepid jury narrowed the field from over 800 submissions, received from dozens of countries, to select just 48 finalists that stood above the rest. In addition to presenting the AZ Award winners, Azure recognized these projects, products and concepts with Awards of Merit.

When pondering the far reaches of space and the ocean’s depths, palpable similarities emerge. Ross Lovegrove’s exploration of astral-oceanic confluence resulted in an organically shaped light that floats overhead – part sea creature, part spaceship. Created for Barrisol, it’s constructed with the same material the French company uses to make stretch-foil walls and suspended ceilings. Lovegrove fashioned two layers of the translucent material over a curved aluminum frame, lit from within by LEDs, to give Manta its undulating, membrane-like quality.

Designer: Ross Lovegrove, U.K.

Manufacturer: Barrisol, France

Manta

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2014
People’s ChoiceLighting Fixtures
Design Firm
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Design Team
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Manufacturer
Illumagear
2016
WinnerLighting Fixtures
Designer
Davide Groppi
Manufacturer
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2018
Award of MeritLighting Fixtures
Designer
Cohda, U.K.
Manufacturer
Innermost, U.K.