This year for prototype design the 3rd years were challenged with designing a trendy yet functional free standing light. The design styling, material selection & light source type was up to the student with only two limiting parameters – the unit was not to exceed 600 (L) x 600 (W) x 1600 (H)mm & no colour finishes were to be used. Designing a luminaire can be tricky task, this can be looked at as either controlling the light source, as per its function – task, ambient or feature, or creating an aesthetic piece that functions as a light source. Rarely do these two factors come together to create a piece such as these timeless icons – the Mirror Ball Stand Chandelier by Tom Dixon or the Arco lamp by Achille Castiglioni. This was their challenge and we can’t wait to see the end result at graduation.