August 13, 2012

Humanscale Recognized by MoMA and Cooper-Hewitt

The Museum of Modern Art and The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, recently accepted Humanscale’s Horizon LED task light into their permanent collection.

Designed by Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, Horizon was first showcased at NeoCon 2010 as the first task luminaire to use Thin Film LED Technology. The sleek and intuitively designed fixture is an ultra-thin, luminous plane of light that floats above the desktop.

The designers describe it as a package of material and aesthetic efficency, since a minimum number of components makes it easy to dismantle and content is 99 percent recyclable. Through a combination of high-intensity LEDs, layers of polycarbonate, and optical films, Horizon provides a geometric array of focused, dimmable, glare-free usable light. It’s estimated to last 50,000 to 60,000 hours (about 25 years with typical nine to five usage).

This past May, the fixture was honored at the 2012 Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) Solid State Lighting Design Competition; other awards include a Red Dot Award for Product Design, a 2012 IHA Innovation Award, a Gold IDEA Award, an Interior Design Best of Year Award and an IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovation Award.

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