DMF Lighting, modular downlighting manufacturer for the custom home integration channel, has opened its 2021 DMF Design Awards. Submissions will be accepted through April 17. 

The grand prize winner will be awarded $5,000 cash. Four runners-up will earn DMF products worth $1,000. The entry categories include: Best Residential Application; Best Commercial Application; Best Installation Incorporating DCC Cylinder; Best Use of DMF Lighting for Accent or Task Lighting Application; and Best Use of Multiple DMF Lighting Products. 

Expert judges from the design-build and lighting design communities include: Richard Christensen, VP of Estate Homes, Magleby; Maureen Cohen, Interior Designer, Makawe Interiors; Mark Danesh, DMF Lighting Founder and President; Anne Kustner Haser, President, AKLD Lighting Design; and Kami Rezai, HiTech Design, Founder and President.

The goal of the Design Awards, said Ruslan Polinovsky, Director of Marketing at DMF Lighting, in a statement, is “to recognize the innovative work of our dealers,” adding that the company hopes to inspire its integrators “with the breadth of available DMF solutions by sharing a selection of original photography and compelling success stories.”

In other news, DMF Lighting has appointed Chris Carboni as Sales Manager, Residential Systems Central. Carboni, who previously served as Director of Lighting, Lighting Sales Manager and Sales Engineer, for CET & Associates, will work with the company’s customers in Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

DMF Lighting appoints Chris Carboni, Sales Manager, Residential Systems, Central.

Carboni has experience in high-end residential and commercial markets, working directly with architects, builders, developers, lighting designers and interior designers. During his time with CET & Associates, the lighting division sales grew from $3,000 to $6.5 million in less than five years, including a 98 percent growth increase between 2019 and 2020, DMF released in a statement.

Mike Libman, National Sales Director, Residential Systems, DMF Lighting, said he is “delighted to welcome Chris to our sales management team,” especially after the introduction of the company’s DID Series, which, according to the DMF website, is the first downlight designed exclusively for home integration. Libman says that with the product, which is modular and interchangeable, based on design and/or preference, DMF Lighting is “poised for significant growth.”

Carboni will be based in Denver and report to Libman.