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Brunel Design students light up The ARC Show


A Brunel University design student has won The ARC Show’s LED Architectural Lighting Challenge, sponsored by Remote Controlled Lighting Ltd (RCL), at London’s Business Design Centre.

The winning design by Kat Harris, a BA Industrial Design and Technology student at Brunel University, uses a unique mechanism to change ambient light to a spotlight using an iris diaphragm.

Kat’s design, aimed at hospitality environments, is elegant, discreet and highly functional. Kat said: “Being part of this competition has been amazing, I’ve learnt so much and created a product that was inspired by the iris diaphragm that is used in products such as my toilet extractor fan!”

The brief challenged students to create an innovative architectural solution using a 3 watt LED light. The winner was announced at the Show by a team of leading lighting innovators including Joe Ruston (RCL), Florence Lam (Arup) and Mike Jankowski (IKON Design). Brunel’s highly rated Product and Industrial Design course students were among the finalists.

The judges were very impressed by the high quality of the work and high calibre of the entries. Joe Rushton from RCL said: “It is wonderful to see the creative energy that is produced from Brunel. The reason we sponsor this competition is to help shape the next generation of talent to design beautiful products that are sensitive to the constraints and challenges of business.”

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