Brunel University highly rated Product and Industrial Design course students showcased their work at The ARC Show, on the 29th February – 1st March 2012, at the Business Design Centre.
The students were finalists in an LED Architectural Lighting Challenge sponsored by Remote Controlled Lighting Ltd (RCL). The brief challenged over 100 second year students to create an LED architectural light fitting, innovative in the lighting effect, operation, mounting or in the way it fits into its surroundings. Only commercially viable designs were shortlisted, those with an efficient, functional light output and a realistic manufacturing process.
Designs included stair rails that light up when you touch them, a light that wakes you up gently for application in hotels, driveway lights with recessed LED lights and a simple mechanism to adjust gallery lights in high ceilings without ladders.
The winning students, as judged by a panel of leading lighting experts including Florence Lam from Arup, Alex Rushton and Andrew Molyneux both from Precision Lighting, were George Killaspy and Xander Dawood, both are in their 2nd year studying Industrial Design & Technology, BA.
Brunel University places a high priority on building relationships with companies such as RCL. Commercial projects enable students to prepare for roles in today’s demanding business environment, whilst giving companies valuable access to the creative ideas of over 100 students.
From a student perspective, presenting at ARC provides a real forum to exhibit concepts and receive expert reviews from industry. Last year’s winning student, Kat Harris is now working for Maya Lighting in China for her industrial placement year. Her experience of participating in this competition and exhibiting at ARC helped fuel her interest in lighting design and innovation. Reflecting on her experience from last year she stated that ‘exhibiting at The ARC Show in London was a fantastic experience, it was a valuable insight into the work that goes into an exhibition and the opportunities that can arise from it. As well as gaining advice from renowned lighting experts, the ARC Show also offered a unique chance to talk to businessmen and women in many industries about our work. I thoroughly enjoyed the Lighting Exhibition and the chance to present my own work for the first time’.