Lirio by Philips Balanza lighting range wins prestigious Gold iF Award

February 10, 2012

Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Today it was announced that the Lirio by Philips Balanza consumer lighting range won one of the coveted Gold awards at the iF awards ceremony in Munich, Germany. The iF awards, covering product, material, packaging and communication design, are a recognition of international design excellence.


Only 100 of the best iF award-winning designs are honoured with the Gold award. Explaining why the Balanza stood out, the iF jury are quoted as saying: “Rather than merely appearing as a diva, this lamp makes a distinct impression as it shines with simple, clear and minimalist shapes. The design is so simple and unobtrusive that it contradicts the experimental trend and therefore scores double points.”




The Balanza range includes a floor lamp and a table lamp. The choice of materials, the shapes and proportions are contemporary, but reflect an iconic shape. The design balances the extra matt finish and the sand-blasted glass plates that create the warm, diffuse light.


“Within the whole Lirio portfolio we design around the light effect that a luminaire creates, rather than starting with the design of the luminaire itself. We focus on the experience that the light will bring to a home,” says Heleen Engelen, Senior Design Director for Consumer Luminaires, Philips Lighting. “This award recognizes the value of our approach. We are delighted to have won it.”




“High quality materials and our people-focused approach to design have been used to create excellent results in Consumer Lighting,” says Sean Carney, Chief Design Officer, Philips Design. “Lirio by Philips is a designer-led range. So winning this Gold iF Award for the Balanza is a significant achievement, reflecting the important role of design in our high specification lighting for the home.”


In addition to this Gold award, Philips won a record-breaking 31 iF awards across the different design categories, of which 9 of them for consumer luminaires. See the press release for more details.


Click here to download high res images of the Lirio by Philips Balanza range.

iF design awards
As a ‘seal of good design’ and known throughout the global world of design and beyond, the iF product design award honors outstanding achievements in design. An internationally renowned jury, consisting of 44 design experts, engaged in a critical discussion and debate to select the winning products. Only 100 Gold Awards are selected from all the iF award winners. All prize-winning products will be presented at the iF design exhibition in Hanover, Germany from March 6 - 10 and in Hamburg in the second half of 2012. More information can be found at


Lirio by Philips
The Lirio brand was acquired by Philips in 2007 and offers a range of decorative premium consumer luminaires. See for more information.

For further information, please contact:

Ange Dunselman
Philips Design / Communications
Tel: +31 (0)62032 4488 or Philips Design Tel: +31 (0)40 2749200


About Royal Philips Electronics


Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity.” Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 122,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 22.6 billion in 2011, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at