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LA Student Awards Review 2 1 3 The Future of Lighting


This years LA Student Lighting Designer Awards showcased the best in new lighting design talent, with a focus on LED light sources taking prevalence.


It is so important for an industry to encourage new talent, and bring the bright minds of the future to the attention of leading industry professionals. The Lighting Association Student Lighting Designer Awards does just that, providing a platform for emerging designers to show their worth. This years awards took place on the 7th July in Stratford upon Avon. The standard at this year’s show was extremely high, and the evening presented by The Lighting Association’s Peter Hunt and Journalist and BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull was a real success. The awards have now been in place for over twenty years, and have become a platform for new talent to gain attention in the industry. More than just a talent competition, the awards offer students the opportunity to gain practical knowledge of the lighting arena, which is invaluable for new designers trying to make an impression.


48 The awards are supported by


well-respected names in the industry - including ACID, Anglepoise, Citizen, Dar Lighting Ltd, OSRAM, Toshiba and The Lighting Association - meaning students get the undivided attention of some very influential names. Finalists of the show will also be exhibiting in January at the NEC in Birmingham for the trade event Interiors Birmingham, meaning even more opportunity to get their work seen by the right people.


Entrants into the competition had to create initial artwork of lighting products that used energy efficient practices, and be suitable for mass production. Successful applicants then had to create a working prototype of the product, which had to be suitable for use within a domestic environment. First place at this year’s Student Lighting Designer Award went to furniture and product design student James Melia, of Nottingham Trent University, for his design


‘Kink’, an energy efficient table lamp powered by 21 LEDs. The lamp offers variable illumination, can be angled for precision lighting and is energy efficient. Overall, the show was a resounding success for Nottingham Trent University, as fellow students of the university Gregg Parsell and Sam Aylott took the sencon and third position for their designs ‘Origin’ and ‘MEC’.


The Best Flatwork award went to Chris


Webb for his design ‘Measures of Light’, whilst the Highly Commended award with to Mark McDonnell for his innovative ‘AirLight’. The night really showed what new designers can bring to the industry, and raised the bar for the future of lighting design.


Contact


The Lighting Association T: 01952 290905 W: www.lightingassociation.com


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