Miami student’s iceberg-inspired light fixture wins contest
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The concept seems simple enough: A light bulb and something to hold it and you’ve got a lamp. But not quite.

Interior designers step in and make art out of our basic necessity to light our surroundings. Lamps can then become essential accents in the home, beacons of style and personality.

Although South Florida has several design schools, Farrey’s Lighting & Bath noticed not too many local designers were going into lighting design. The company decided to do something about it. It staged a contest.

Nelson Figueroa, an interior design student at Miami International University of Art and Design, is the winner of Farrey’s lighting contest. He won a $ 1,500 scholarship, and his fixture will be produced for sale by Diamond Lighting.

“When they said my name, I couldn’t believe it,” said Figueroa, who said he spent two sleepless nights getting his fixture ready for the selection on Aug. 12.

Figueroa, 26, was enrolled in a lighting class, part of his interior design program, when he learned about the contest. All students in the class had to submit a fixture and would show sketches and report their progress to their professor.

“When they told us we had to do it, I didn’t think I would have the time,” said Figueroa, who has a full-time job as a waiter and also goes to school full-time.

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