Congratulations to Sam McKenzie, Founder and Creative Director of Acustico Lighting and former Activator LaunchHUB participant.
The LIT Design Awards ™ are based in LA and were created to recognise the efforts of talented international lighting product designers and lighting implementers. LIT believe that lighting is both an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design. LIT was envisioned to celebrate the creativity and innovation in the fields of lighting products and application.
Sam has been working around the clock for the past 18 months creating the collection of pendant lighting under her new brand Acustico Lighting so it is fantastic to see her efforts rewarded with the prestigious award. Sam credits a big part of her success to her time at Activator, making a special mention to Paz, Julie, Sukanya and Adam.
Of her time at Activator, Sam reflected, “The RMIT Activator was my foray into the world of accelerators and the many benefits it provides to a start-up business. Having studied Marketing many moons ago and later Interior Design, I felt like I was starting afresh when it came to the way business is executed today, particularly in the start-up world. The lean methodology was the basis for the bootcamp and moving through the accelerator we attended masterclasses to learn from industry leaders across all business disciplines. We had weekly 1-on-1 mentoring sessions and a desk space with the rest of our cohort in a friendly and bright co-working environment. The support from the Activator team was invaluable, they knew just how to treat us in our shaky moments and there was nothing like the feeling of celebrating with the whole crew after our final pitches were nailed.”
So, stay tuned and get excited, there are big things happening here at Acustico Lighting headquarters.
Acustico Lighting’s debut Musica Collection addresses both form and function with its statement design and noise reducing qualities. The unique open structure is designed to both absorb and diffuse sound whilst adding a bold statement to any space. With a mid-frequency noise absorption rate of up to 30%, these fully tested pendants provide a sense of calm and quiet to our increasingly noisy lives.
Creative Director Samantha McKenzie developed the range with an aim to reduce noise-related stress and address end-user wellbeing in a variety of interior settings. Using environmentally responsible material choices and manufacturing methods, our products have been designed to be good for the planet. They are manufactured by local hands in Australia and are available in a fully customizable range of 10 colours and 4 profiles, aptly named Opera, Punk, Jazz and Jazzier. Watch this space for new designs launching in 2019.
Read Sam’s profile here