Viro, a new lighting brand from Salt Lake City-based Hammerton Lighting, has already won an award from the International Lighting Design Competition. Viro’s Fresnel collection received the L A M P 2022 Manufactured Pendant Award.
The L A M P awards, in partnership with Design Milk, aim to discover emerging designers and encourage the advancement of established designers and showcase these talents and introduce them to wider audiences. The awards are given out in Manufactured, Professional and Student categories. This year the competition received submissions from 112 cities and 42 countries.
Combining handcrafted design with smart technology, Viro will officially launch early in 2023. Its Fresnel collection was designed by glass artist Emma Walters and award-winning industrial designer Robert John Morrison and features handblown, lead-free crystal pendant lights.
The Viro Fresnel pendant light was inspired by optical lighthouse lenses and features concentric rings of crystal glass — weighing nearly eight pounds — to create a prismatic display of contoured light. Hidden within the diecast cap is a patent-pending tunable LED bulb that, through the Viro app, controls color temperature, brightness and automated circadian lighting.
“Until now, smart lighting has been focused on function, with little regard for aesthetics,” said Morrison. “Viro changes the game by pairing beautiful hand-blown crystal glass with innovative, smart lighting technology that’s easy to assemble and install.”
Viro lighting fixtures feature a modular design and patented spool system with an adjustable cut-free cord, allowing users to easily move their light fixture to another room or another home.
“We look forward to our innovations paving the way for new possibilities in home décor and smart home spaces. Recognition from L A M P’s International Lighting Design Competition demonstrates that we’re on the right path,” Morrison added.