‘Design to Shape Light’ explores light through design photography


The new ‘Design to Shape Light’ exhibition curated by Paul Nulty for Louis Poulsen explores the creative potential of light through photography.


Lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen has announced a new photograph exhibition which explores the creative possibilities of light. Taking place from the 10th – 26th October 2018 at the Carl Hansen & Son showroom in Clerkenwell, the new photography exhibition is called ‘Design to Shape Light’, and has been curated by prominent lighting designer, Paul Nulty.

Some of Louis Poulsen’s iconic pieces are celebrating six decades of production, with the PH Artichoke, the PH 5, and the PH Snowball – which was created in 1958 - continuing to transform spaces with their thoughtful illumination to this day. The theme ‘Design to Shape Light’ continues to be the underlying philosophy of the Louis Poulsen brand, which is what led to this being the title and theme of the new exhibition.


Image: Squire & Partners, photographer: James Jones

“I jumped at the opportunity to work with Louis Poulsen on this project; there are so many innovative players in the architecture and design scene that have a great eye that goes beyond their own discipline and into the realm of light,” says curator Paul Nulty, the founder of leading lighting design consultancy, Nulty. “Photography is an ideal way of expressing this, and the result is a collection of twenty-one very different, personal perspectives of light, and ultimately, emotions.”

Nulty’s curation has resulted in a selection of dramatically different photographs by some of Europe’s most innovative architects, designers and creatives, including Iwan Baan, Tony Chambers and Christian Flindt. Other participants in the exhibition include architectural practices such as Gustafson Porter + Bowman, dRMM, Squire & Partners and Claridge Architects; and interior design studios including Goddard Littlefair, Jestico & Whiles and MoreySmith.


Image: Steven Holl Architects, photographer: Iwan Baan

Each of the photographs is hung within a styled room setting in the Carl Hansen & Son showroom in Clerkenwell. From the 10th – 26th October, the photographs will be available to the public to view – and are also on sale through a private auction, with bids ending on the last day of the exhibition. All proceeds from the silent auction will be going to Maggie’s, Barts, a centre that provides free support for people with cancer, located at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Design To Shape Light
16 Bowling Green Lane
London EC1R 0BU

The exhibition runs until the 26th October 2018 and is open to the public Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.


Image: dRMM, photographer: Alex de Rijke

Feature image: James Newton, photographer.





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