Vortex Lighting is located in Hollywood, CA and was founded in 1996 by Anne Militello, a renowned theater and architectural lighting designer and lighting artist, who heads this team of designers.
One of their most noteworthy and high profile projects is the iconic moving light façade of the New 42nd Street Studio Building in Times Square, which has become internationally recognizable for it’s achievement in innovation and artistry. Vortex Lighting was awarded the prestigious Paul Waterbury Award of Distinction from the International Illumination Engineering Society, the International Lighting Design Award from the IALD, a Lumen Award, and was the subject of several articles in the New Yorker, Time Magazine and The New York Times, who chronicled Ms. Militello’s experiences during it’s creation.
Equally noteworthy is the recent creation of “Light Cycles,” a 150’ high custom light-art installation for the World Financial Center at Three World Trade Center in New York which was voted Pick of the Week by Time Out New York for 3 weeks after it’s debut.
Other displays of light art on architecture include the recent façade for the New York Historical Society on Central Park West, the wrap around light art screens on the Sheraton and Marriot Hotel towers in Times Square, the towers of Schaeffer Landing above the East River as well as past renowned window displays for Missoni, Bloomingdales and Patricia Field.
Theme park lighting includes the award winning design for “The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man” for Univeral Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando FL. For this, Ms. Militello earned “Themed Lighting Designer of the Year”. She is also a former Walt Disney Imagineer, where she designed various rides and attractions for Disney parks.
Hospitality lighting designs include the luxury properties of the Viceroy Resort and Spa in Anguilla, BWI, The Viceroy Hotel Santa Monica, the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, The Thompson Hotel in Beverly Hills, Custom Hotel, Los Angeles, Hotel Angeleno, Santa Monica, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Vortex is currently working on several new boutique destination hotels in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
Other architectural designs include the Raymond A. Alp Museum of Paleontology in Claremeont, CA, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (Lumen Award), the Cedar Lake Dance Theater of New York, the Playhouse Hollywood nightclub, Avenue K Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Dubai Festival City Luxury Mall in Dubai, U.A.E., and the retail stores of Kiki De Montparnasse, Beverly Hills (Lumen Award) and Oliver Peoples, Malibu (Lumen Award).
Vortex Lighting has also designed the initial Master Plan lighting for the Lincoln Center renovation in New York and the Veterans Park Memorial in Brentwood, CA.