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Stickbulb was recently featured in an article by The Editor At Large citing them as winners of this year's Best in Show at NYC x Design. Below is an excerpt from the publication:

"A light installation composed of redwood beams—carbon dating says they’re three centuries old—salvaged from a downtown Manhattan water tower has garnered much attention and taken home NYCxDESIGN’s Best In Show honor for the year. 'Ambassador,' a 16-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall installation by lighting brand Stickbulb in collaboration with RUX, radiated an arc of light over attendees at the Collective Design Fair, held at Skylight Clarkson Sq.

Nearly 150 beams were salvaged for the installation, which was designed to reflect the towering redwoods characterized in John Steinbeck’s book Travels With Charley. (In the classic, the author writes, 'The vainest, most slap-happy and irreverent of men, in the presence of redwoods, goes under a spell of wonder and respect.')

The NYXxDESIGN Awards, the second-annual competition from Interior Design magazine and ICFF, is designed to highlight top products and projects across New York’s month-long design fest. The Best in Show categories were originally intended to source the best of each anchor show (WantedDesign, Collective, ICFF) but this year folded the three categories into one, with Stickbulb honored as top dog across the three shows.

A panel including David Alhadeff of The Future Perfect, Emmanuel Plat of the Museum of Modern Art, Clodagh, Clive Wilkinson, Mark Zeff and other global and New York–centric design and architecture notables was tasked with choosing winners from this year’s selection of some 700-plus entrants, spanning two categories: product (wallcovering, lighting, furniture and more) and project (such as boutique hotel, health and wellness, and urban landscape).

Winning firm Stickbulb was founded five years ago by Yale School of Architecture graduates Russell Greenberg and Christopher Beardsley and has been rooted in the pair’s passion for architecture, modular systems and sustainable manufacturing. Stickbulb has worked with brands including Google, Facebook and Whole Foods, in addition to creating private commissions for hotels, offices and residences.

The brand’s LED fixtures are designed by RUX and made in New York, from reclaimed materials found locally via demolished buildings and sustainable forests. For the 'Ambassador' installation, Stickbulb sourced locally: As co-founders Greenberg and Beardsley tell EAL, 'The construction and dismantling of water towers in New York is scheduled and methodical and there is a market for the reclaimed wood, for sure. Following a lot of research and development, we’ve developed strong local relationships that allow us to get access to select material that is optimal for the fabrication of our products. A big part of our business and philosophy is sourcing beautiful reclaimed wood that has a meaningful and poetic history.' "