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LG Display seeks designers and architects to collaborate on OLED lighting products

Dezeen promotion: LG Display is calling for designers and architects to propose new ways of integrating the brand's OLED lighting technology into products and buildings.

The OLED Light Collaboration Program will see LG Display partner with up to 10 designers, manufacturers and architects to create innovative projects that incorporate OLED lights.

LG Display OLED light panels were used to create a relaxing atmosphere inside Marley Coffee’s Seoul cafe

The programme is divided into two parts. The first part invites professionals to submit product ideas that display the potential of OLEDs. To be chosen, designs should be realisable. Both lighting and non-lighting products are eligible, as long as the product is not categorised as a general luminaire or lighting fixture.

The second part offers to support architects who want to use OLED lighting in their spaces or buildings. Unlike the first part, general luminaires or lighting fixtures are accepted. This application is not limited to any particular format, as long as the OLEDs find a permanent place within the architectural structure.

LG Display will give selected partners the opportunity to realise their ideas, by providing support and assisting with some of the hurdles faced by individuals or companies regardless of size. This may include financial and technical support, as well as exposure across communications channels and at future exhibitions.

Flexible OLED lighting panels give designers the freedom to experiment with unusual shapes

OLEDs – short for Organic Light Emitting Diodes – are panels made from carbon-based materials. The panels emit a soft electric light that can be comfortably and safely observed by the naked eye.

OLED "light bulbs" are in fact paper-thin strips of material that can be moulded into any shape, giving designers the freedom to experiment with unusual forms.

LG and Tokujin Yoshioka used OLED lights for a huge installation at Milan design week

LG Display has previously experimented with OLEDs for various collaborations and installations. The brand exhibited two lighting designs developed with Ross Lovegrove and applied the technology to its science fiction-inspired Milan installation earlier this year.

The application deadline is October 31 2017 – but the programme will conclude as soon as 10 projects have been selected or until allocated funds run out. Visit LG Display's website to find out more.