In 2020, LZF will celebrate twenty–five years of lighting design and innovation. From humble beginnings to its standing as a much respected and renowned lighting venture, LZF has enjoyed many nominations, awards and accolades for its pioneering work in handmade wood veneer lighting design. Most recently, the Asociación de Diseñadores de la Comunitat Valenciana (Association of Designers of the Valencian Community or ADCV), recognised LZF with an Honorary Award in Innovation. LZF received the honour alongside furniture designer Vicent Martínez and the Associació València Capital del Disseny (as promoter of Valencia’s candidacy for World Design Capital 2022).

ADCV vice president Yolanda Herráiz and president Ángel Martínez deliver the Honorary Award in Innovation to LZF.

The three winners were chosen by a vote of the professional members of the ADCV. LZF’s award recognised the company’s use of innovative practices in lighting design. Economía3 (a leading economic publication in Valencia), commented: ‘[as a] manufacturer of lamps for almost three decades, [LZF] has achieved a personality that is reflected in all [of] its products.’ (Source)

From the new LZF collection, Black Note by Ramón Esteve is just one example of LZF’s innovative approach to lighting design.

On behalf of the entire LZF family, co-founders Mariví Calvo and Sandro Tothill received their award during the ADCV Awards ceremony, taking place on 22nd May at the Teatre El Musical in Valencia. This awards ceremony acknowledges design projects carried out across the Valencian design community. Despite being Spain’s third largest city, Valencia is very much a thriving centre of craft, creativity and design.

Reflecting on the Honorary Award in Innovation, Sandro Tothill remarked: ‘We were thrilled to receive this accolade which just happened to coincide with almost twenty-five years of LZF. We were commenting on how it’s sometimes more difficult to get recognition in your own town than overseas, so thank you to the ADCV. Both Mariví and I are thrilled that you remembered us and value us—this really made us feel at home.’

ADCV award winners. In a nod to ‘Where’s Wally?’, can you spot Mariví and Sandro?

LZF was also recently nominated for an NYCxDESIGN Award in the chandelier category for Big Bird, a new life-size lamp by the illustrator and designer Isidro Ferrer and the LZF Lab. Big Bird is built using a traditional craft technique called vareta and is a masterly feat of wood craftsmanship. Unfortunately LZF didn’t win this time around, but very much appreciated the nomination. 

Big Bird by Isidro Ferrer and LZF Lab.