Stephen Blackman is Chief Design Officer of BlackJack Lighting Inc. With more than 30 years of experience and a vast portfolio of lighting designs sold by America’s largest lighting manufacturers, Blackman is a renowned designer and industry-leading thinker whose ideas have shaped and influenced how lighting fixtures look and perform both here in the United States and abroad.
Over the years, thousands of Blackman-designed lighting fixtures have been sold by his lighting manufacturer clients for use in homes, hotels, health care facilities, offices and other commercial spaces. Among his most iconic designs is the Elf sconce produced and sold by Illuminating Experiences. Many of his designs have won important awards, including nearly a dozen Lighting For Tomorrow Awards presented by The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the American Lighting Association.
BlackJack represents Blackman’s desire to create very high-end lighting, satisfying a market that places a premium on stunning design, fabulous materials and the very newest lighting technology. An engineer and an artist, Blackman is gearing BlackJack to be the leading purveyor of a new generation of decorative lighting.
“When it comes to design, basically I feel form follows function,” Blackman says. “In lighting, that means the light fixture should relate to the form of the light source. That is how I have always approached my work as a designer, even though sometimes that makes the work more difficult — but the end result is better and more true to the technology. My designs for BlackJack incorporate the latest technology and represent a new approach to designing fixtures with solid state light sources.”