Nearly a year after its initial launch, the winners for lamp manufacturer Sylvania’s design competition have been announced. But in true awards style, before naming the lucky winners, a few words on the competition and brief.

The competition was supported by Design Week and open to designers throughout Europe. The brief centred on a design which could take the Sylvania Compact Fluorescent Energy Saver lamp, and entrants had to produce concepts for luminaires which could be used for commercial and/or domestic lighting.

The judging panel included Concord Lighting design director Janet Turner, Lumiance BV Haarlem general manager Harry Swaak and Design Week editor Lynda Relph-Knight.

A shortlist of three concepts was drawn up to make into prototypes, and all three were on show on the Sylvania stand at the 1996 Hanover Fair last month. Nominees are KC Lo and Richard Woolf, both based in the UK, and Inken Voss and Axel Hoppenhaus from Germany.

The prizes are generous, with the winner picking up 5000, the second-prize winner pocketing 3000 and the third-prize winner getting 2000, all of which can be put towards the possible commercial production of the luminaires.

And the winner is… First prize goes to KC Lo. In second and third places are Woolf, and Voss and Hoppenhaus respectively. Congratulations to all three.

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