Design a Light for Sparks

This year, lighting manufacturer FUTURE Designs and Sparks, the children’s medical research charity, will both celebrate their 25th anniversaries. To mark the milestone, the organisations teamed up to run a competition to ‘Design a Light’ in order to raise funds and awareness for the amazing work that Sparks support.

The competition was open to individuals and companies, with an open brief to design an inspiring, uplifting and fun light. It could be a bedside lamp for a child, or perhaps a feature luminaire for a children’s hospital ward designed to brighten their day.

The six shortlisted designs were showcased at the Sparks Winter Ball on 30th November 2016 with the top three entries being made, displayed and auctioned at the ball.  £3.5K was raised from the competition which FUTURE Designs matched and money from the auction made it a total of over £15K!


”The support of the property and construction industry for this competition has been truly uplifting. I would like to thank everyone for their time, effort and amazing creativity”

David Clements, Managing Director of FUTURE Designs


”What a great idea to celebrate both Sparks and FUTURE Designs 25th birthdays with this competition.  Full credit to David Clements for sponsoring this and it just shows what you can achieve once the creative juices start flowing.  I’ve been overwhelmed by the quality of the submissions and the amount of thought that has gone into them..  It does credit to our industry.  There is no doubt that a number of the entries have commercial possibilities.”

Martin Jepson President and Chief Operating Officer, UK Office Division of Brookfield Property Partners & Trustee of Sparks

Well done to the 3 finalists:


Winner – Story Star designed by IA Architects




Runner up –  The Cell designed by Cundall




Third –  The Rainbow designed by Chantal Staats



Thanks to our other finalists The Cube designed by Arup, The Dice designed by Vintage Playing Cards & Soleil designed by Nitika Agraval.





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