All three finalists will have their designs brought to life by Howard Eaton Lighting
World - The Philips Strand Lighting centenary competition to upcycle a vintage Strand PATT 23 or 123 lamp has announced its three finalists. The competition saw much success with numerous international entrants and 175 people following the Pinterest inspiration board.

Award-winning architectural lighting designer Paul Nulty's Anamorphosis, architectural lighting designer Joe Vose's Back to The Future and artist/designer Derek Goldsmith's 321 Zero have all reached the final round. The three designs artfully reflect the brand's significant history, whilst giving the iconic luminaires a new lease of life.

"The old Strand designs are classics so it was interesting to see how people responded to the challenge of upcycling them, whilst retaining the heritage of the original products," says Philips lighting application design lead and competition judge Mike Simpson. "I think in the winning entries we have different perspectives from something more akin to a piece of art to practical designs that could work as modern lighting pieces."

Anamorphosis sees Nulty use the Strand PATT 23 as the focal point of a dynamic feature chandelier, highlighting the technological advancements in the lighting industry by "taking the good of the old and combining it with the ingenuity of the new".

Vose's Back to the Future design replaces the lamp of a PATT 123 with a WiFi connected media projector creating a fun tool for watching films or television that also works as a beautiful decorative object when not in use.

Goldsmith's 321 Zero is a multi-functional flying saucer design, which can work as a small table downlighter or, with the addition of a Philips pocket projector and the replacement of the Fresnel lens with clear glass, can project moving images onto a surface below.

All three finalists will have their designs brought to life by Howard Eaton Lighting and will be exhibited at The Society of Light and Lighting Fresnel Lecture on Tuesday 10 March 2015. The special event, taking place at The Royal Institution, is chiefly sponsored by Philips and marks 200 years since Augustine Fresnel invented his Wave Theory of Light. The anniversary also coincides with the UNESCO International Year of Light 2015. Lucky attendees will get to witness the announcement of the competition's overall winner.

To register your place at the event, email Juliet Rennie at Booking is essential as places are already going very fast.

(Jim Evans)

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