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Lee Prince wins UK Lighting Designer of the Year

13 March 2009 13.00 BST

(UK) - Lee Prince wins Lighting Designer of the Year at the UK’s Lighting Design Awards held in London. Speirs and Major Associates wins International Project of the Year whilst GE gains recognition for its Vio high power white LED.

Three innovative products and eleven outstanding projects were the winners of this year’s British Lighting Design Awards at the London Hilton Hotel, on 12 March.

Projects were as diverse as they were distinguished, with a sublime cathedral and an urban gym sharing the laurels with a glistening 50m wide spider’s web and a luxury apartment on the Strand in London.
The Lighting Designer of the Year was named as Lee Prince, partner of Light + Design Associates.

Prince was cited by the judges for his “tremendous versatility and skill” in delivering these diverse range of projects. “Whereas some lighting designers develop a style and bring a similar approach to their schemes, Lee produces highly varied but appropriate solutions according to the nature of the project.”

Light + Design Associates also won the Lighting for Leisure category and the Heritage category for the Gymbox 3 in Threadneedle Street, London and the interior of Salisbury Cathedral respectively.

Arup Lighting won the Special Projects category for the Web of Light in Liverpool. Created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, the 8m-long spider and its 50m steel web was a challenging lighting proposition. A series of RGB fittings cycle coloured light over the 5,000 glass crystals that cover the spider’s body. Inside, 60 miniature LED spots form the spine and each of the spider’s legs is wrapped with four lines of white LED strings to create a sense of movement.

The Studio at the Andaz Hotel in Liverpool Street, London won the Hotels and Restaurants category for Elektra Lighting. The outstanding feature of the scheme is the backlit Wovin Wall ceiling, the first time the material has ever been treated in this way.

Kevan Shaw Lighting Design won the  Public Buildings category for
The Public, New Street, West Bromwich. “This is an exciting and vibrant lighting scheme which enhanced a well-planned space,” said the judges. “The lighting provides a lot of the visual interest and makes the space work.”

Firefly Lighting Design won the Residential category for a residence in the Strand, London. The judges verdict: “Picking up the 1930s themes, the lighting design has been skilfully executed. This a is a very precise and carefully considered scheme.”

A striking scheme at Niketown in Oxford Circus, London won the Retail category for dpa lighting design whilst Maurice Brill Lighting Design created a striking scheme for 133 Houndsditch in London, which saw it take top honours in the Workplace category.

Pinniger and Partners took the Low Carbon category for the British Airways lounges at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport.
“The overall composition skilfully demonstrates how low energy sources can be used successfully in luxury environments,” said the judges.

Pritchard Themis designed the winning scheme in the Exterior category. Its design at the Q House in  Sandyford, Dublin was described by the judges as “dramatic”.

The International category was won by Speirs and Major Associates for the Armani Ginza Tower in Tokyo. This was several projects in one: facade, Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani outlets, the first Armani Spa, restaurant and private bar with roof terrace. The gold leaf motif which begins with custom LED fittings against a bamboo backcloth for the facade is translated to a concealed ceiling feature in Giorgio and reiterated in the restaurant where dappled golden light in the form of a bamboo leaf motif is projected on to the floor.

In the Interior Luminaires category, the judges selected as its winner the Luxo Ninety. Described by the judges as “beautiful” and “an instant classic”, the Ninety LED task light is spare and elegant in design but packs a punch.

Martin Professional won the External Luminaires category for the Exterior 1200 Image Projector, which boasts CMY colour mixing and a powerful 1200W light source. It was hailed by the judges as “a great engineering achievement” and “unique in its abilities”. With motorised focus and zoom, it has a 0-100 per cent intensity control, high optical clarity, and uniform distribution of light and colour.

In the Light Sources and Controls section, GE Consumer and Industrial triumphed with the Vio high power white LED, which judges cited for its “colour stability”.

GE Lighting’s highest power, white LED yet, the Vio 7.2, also available in 1.2W and 3.6W, provides industry leading light quality and stability with light outputs of up to 350 lumens. Combining GE’s proprietary violet-chip with remote multi-phosphor technology, the Vio provides more stable colour than regular blue chip/yellow phosphor LED technology with low part-to-part colour variation.   Plus it is diffused for a pleasing, more uniform light similar to a soft white incandescent lamp.

Receiving the award, GE Lighting’s product manager for solid state lighting, Andy Davies, said; “We are thrilled that the Vio has been recognised as best in class at the Lighting Design Awards. This prestigious award demonstrates that the Vio truly is the best available high power LED on the market and is valuable recognition of GE’s commitment to bringing innovative top quality products to market.”


Lee Prince
UK Lighting Designer of the Year, Lee Prince Below: International Project of the Year, Armani Ginza Tower, Tokyo by Speirs and Major Associates Bottom: GE's Vio high power white LED, winner of the Light Sources and Controls award
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