Alfred R. Borden, FIALD, CLD


Al Borden is a principal and the founder of The Lighting Practice. After years of designing temporary shows for a variety of theater groups and rock bands, Al founded ‘The Lighting Practice’. He opened the Philadelphia office in 1989 to create a place where like-minded designers could work in a collaborative environment dedicated to design excellence and client service. In 2018, Al spearheaded The Lighting Practice’s expansion to New York, becoming managing principal of TLP’s second location. Al was motivated to open the New York office to support the firm’s growth and provide a second home base for local and national clients.


The LIT 2019 Catalogue is now available!  We are honoured to feature amazing lighting projects and designers’ work.

Our stunning cover is the “Trinity Centre in NY”, designed by 2019 Lifetime Achievement Winner Al Borden with The Lighting Practice. A complimentary copy is available for the 2019 Lighting Product Designers Category Winners and Lighting Designers Category Winners ( shipping is paid).

Shipping has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, please email us at to receive your free coupon code and order online directly on our book store.

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LIT Design Awards Ceremony in São Paulo with LEDforum

After the LIT Awards Ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil on August 15th, the team is now heading to Budapest to celebrate the 2018 Winners with an exhibition and cocktail night, partnered with the European Product Design Awards EPDA.


Los Angeles, CA (Sept. 7th, 2019)– The LIT Design Awards was created by the Farmani Group to recognize the efforts of talented international lighting product designers and implementers.

Partnering with the 10thedition of the LEDforum in São Paulo, the LIT Design Awards presented 10 winning designers with the LIT Winner’s Certificate and two LIT Trophies. Martina Weiss represented Licht Kunst Licht, our Lighting Designer of the Year, in receiving the trophy for Bike Square, Novartis Campus in Basel. And Maria Flavia Portes received the LIT Trophy as well on behalf of FLOS, our Lighting Product Design of the Year for Michael Anastassiades’ design Arrangements.

Additional LIT Category Winners that received recognition at the LIT Awards Ceremony x LED Forum include: Mark Major accepting on behalf of Speirs + Major for the Gasholders Londonlighting design; Mariana Novaes accepting on behalf of Atiaîa Lighting Design for Letras HQ; Carlos Fortes representing his firm Estúdio Carlos Fortes for the Sauer Jewelrylighting display; Renata Fongaro on behalf of studio 220v for the LIT winning project Bar dos Arcos; Marina Makowiecky received the LIT Certificate for Allume Arquitetura de Iluminação for CASA 01; Claudia Mingrone accepting on behalf of Mingrone Iluminação for their lighting design in the Localiza Building; Ricardo Fahl with Omega Light accepting the certificate for the PEG product design; and finally, Juan Carlos Fabra received the award for his lighting design of the Hotel Hampton by Hilton located in Montevideo, Uruguay.

These projects represent a select number of LIT 2018 Winners who were able to attend the LEDforum. We would like to invite all 2018 Winning designers to attend our next event in Budapest at the Brody Studios on Oct. 3rd, where we will also present LIT Certificates. Please RSVP to attend the event here.

OPEN CALL FOR 2019 SUBMISSIONS: enter your lighting designs by the Final Deadline of October 31stto compete to achieve the 2019 LIT Lighting Designer of the Year & 2019 LIT Lighting Product Design of the Year. Please also nominate your lighting heroes for the LIT Lifetime Achievement Award through the website here

About the Farmani Group: Farmani Group assembled The LIT Design Awards to bring attention to achievements in lighting product design and to promote the winning designers and implementers to the prominent audience worldwide. Farmani Group, established in 1985, is the organizer of International Design Awards (IDA), Prix de la Photographie in Paris, London International Creative Awards, and The Lucie Awards for Photography, which has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious annual photography awards.


Los Angeles, CA (April 13th, 2018) – In January, 2018, the winners of the 1st annual LIT Design Awards were announced, celebrating international lighting product design and lighting implementation. The exhibition will be held from May 13th to May 16th at the ICA Gallery Space in Tokyo, the address is ICA3 Bldg E 2F. 3 Chome-4-6 Higashinihonbashi, Chūō, Tokyo. 103-0004 Japan.

Founded by the Farmani Group, both LIT and TIFA are global awards competitions that bring recognition to established lighting designers and photographers, respectively.

In January, 2017, the 1st annual LIT Winners were announced and celebrated; these include Waterlicht by Studio Roosegaarde, Flyte by Simon Morris, Monstera Deliciosa by Massimiliano Moro, and Henyx by Anna Tomschik.

The jurors participating in this article are 6 of our 14 LIT Jurors, including Reiko Chikada, Sara Schonour, Ellen Kathrine Hansen, Natalia Bystriantseva, Jurgen Chemelli, and Adele Locke. Please review and share their amazing feedback on our winning designers and their innovative projects.

“The winning LIT projects are fascinating in their conception, design, innovation and use of technology to create better spaces for our living. They communicate to people’s feelings without words, but with lights, shadows and colors. They reflect the harmony and richness of the ambiances and deserve the awards received as well as the consequent motivation to go on creating the new lighting of our time.” – Isac Rosenblatt, ABILUX, LIT 2017 Juror

First Annual LIT Design Awards Announces Winners

LIT Design Awards has announced the winners of its first annual International Competition for Lighting Product Design and Implementation.

Studio Roosegaarde was honored as LIT Lighting Designer of the Year for its Waterlicht project. Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde began his career as an innovator after graduating from The Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007, where he works with his team of designers and engineers toward a better future.

The LIT Lighting Product Design of the Year is FLYTE: The Levitating Light, a product designed by Simon Morris which hovers by magnetic levitation and is powered through the air. Merging the words fly, light, and the Swedish word for float, Flyte creates luminous spectacles that combine the wonders of magnetic levitation with wireless power.

LIT also announced the LIT Emerging Lighting Designer and Lighting Product Design of 2017, with cash prize scholarships to encourage each designer’s next project in lighting design. The recipient of the LIT 2017 Emerging Lighting Designer of the Year is Massimiliano Moro, whose design for Monstera Deliciosa was a site-specific project made for a large abandoned palace Palazzo di Napoli, in the hearth of Palermo. This design fills the abandoned space with life using light sculptures of autochthone plants as objects.

Anna Tomschik is the final LIT Honoree of 2017, winning the Lighting Product Design of the Year for HENYX, a lamp inspired by the sun and moon. HENYX is a luminaire with two facets balancing light and darkness. In the morning, the lamp elicits neurohormonal changes in the body that are typical when waking up, and in the evening, the moon module has a soft reflective light. With its accompanying mobile app, HENYX connects to an alarm clock for individualized settings.

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LIT Design Awards Created to Recognize Global Lighting Design

LIT Awards Partners with CLD ITMO University, RULD, and PLD Magazine to Shine Greater Recognition on Innovation and Talent in Lighting Product Design and Implementation.

Los Angeles, CA (August 1st, 2017) – The LIT Design Awards was created by the Farmani Group to recognize the efforts of talented international lighting product designers and implementers. We believe that lighting is an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design.“Light in Theory” (LIT) was derived from the theory of light on an abstract level, drawing attention to the electromagnetic spectrum of waves and the lighting designers who use it to keep our homes and communities lit.