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PATT 23 Deconstructed Suspended Light Art Nulty


Vintage winning light explosion

Did someone say competition? We love nothing more than flexing our lighting design muscles, so when Philips announced their Strand Lighting centenary competition we’d signed up before the brief’s ink was even dry.

You’ve got to be in it to win in it – we were and we did. Our light art entry, “Anamorphosis”, was named the winner at The Society of Light and Lighting Fresnel Lecture, Royal Institution of Great Britain (oh, the grandeur!)

To come out on top we had to upcycle a vintage Strand fitting, rejuvenating the classic piece of kit while representing the three main competition themes: brand heritage, innovation and upcycling. We chose the PATT 23 for its iconic shape/profile and had to make our final design look more than pretty – it needed to function as a light source and could incorporate any lamps from the Philips Lighting range.

Our thinking behind “Anamoprhosis” was to communicate the technological advancements in the lighting industry by taking the good of the old and combining it with the ingenuity of the new. We literally “exploded” the PATT 23, exposing the inner workings that make it so great. LED lamps were arranged in a circular 12-point clock pattern, pulsating on and off, clockwise around the PATT 23 when viewed from the front, reinforcing the anamorphic nature of what the observer sees.

A short video has been made about the competition and our award-winning lighting design  entry – see it here.

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The exploded effect of the anamorphic installation shows the complexity of the design behind its surface. This was important as Nulty wanted to display the inner workings of the PATT 23 and show people the beautiful engineering of early theatrical spotlights.

— Emilio Hernandez

Project Team

Emilio Hernandez


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