PNLD wins Philips Strand Lighting competition

Paul Nulty Lighting Design (PNLD) announced as the winner of the Philips Strand Lighting upcycling competition at The Society of Light and Lighting Fresnel Lecture. Its winning entry, ‘Anamorphosis’, is a deconstructed chandelier and art piece featuring the classic Strand Pattern 23 II theatrical profile [light] as the focal point.
Feeding into the three main themes of the competition – upcycling, brand heritage and innovation – PNLD’s  concept behind ‘Anamorphosis’ is to communicate the change and technological advancements in the lighting industry, taking the best of the old and combining it with the ingenuity of the new.
The exploded nature of the Patt.23 is designed to expose the high quality and workings of early theatrical lighting technology and how it comes together to form the classic design that still stands the test of time today. It is a testament to the design and quality that Strand has embodied for over a century and offers an educational insight into the makeup of a lensed profile, which underpins the basic principles of most modern theatrical lanterns.
The LED lamps that surround the Patt.23 are arranged in circular, twelve point clock pattern around the fixture. When viewed from the front, it reinforces the anamorphic nature of what the viewer sees, further cementing how these technologies and companies, although decades apart, have united over time to form the future.
The glow of the original T1 incandescent lamp at the centre, seen in its intricate glory through the lens at the front and exposed to the eye from other angles, shows not only the development from old to new, but also the difference between the two sources and why Tungsten should always have a place, and a use, in the future alongside its modern counterpart.
Karen Smart, team leader for the project at Paul Nulty Lighting Design, said: “‘Anamorphosis’ is not just a history lesson or something beautiful to look at, it is a thought, an idea and a message that should make us all think carefully about the past, present and future of our industry and the tools we choose to light it with.
“Being shortlisted and having ‘Anamorphosis’ made was amazing enough, but to then be invited to the Royal Institution and have our design declared the winner in the historic building was a real honour. The team couldn’t be prouder, it’s an amazing feeling and a moment we will all remember for a very long time.”
PNLD was revealed as the winner at The Society of Light and Lighting Fresnel Lecture, which took place at the Royal Institution of Great Britain last week. Philips was chief sponsor of the event, alongside the support from the IALD. Following the talk, Philips’ Lighting Application Design Lead and competition judge Mike Simpson announced that PNLD’s design had come out on top.
Mike Simpson, said: “It was a difficult decision as the other finalists were fantastic; however ‘Anamorphosis’ was a very deserving winner.
“Many lighting designers will have grown up with the Patt.23 and spent hours lovingly maintaining it and taking it apart, so to see the deconstruction of the lantern in PNLD’s design brings back those memories. I think it’s very appropriate when celebrating an iconic lamp to be able to look inside and consider how the original design has stood the test of time.”
Launched at the end of last year to celebrate the iconic brand’s centenary, the Strand Lighting competition garnered much interest from lighting designers and artists worldwide. Over 90 people registered their interest and 175 were following the Pinterest inspiration board.
The prototypes of the winning design and the two finalists were built by Howard Eaton Lighting and displayed at the Royal Institution for attendees of The Fresnel Lecture to view.

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