Sparks Design a Light competition

Three entries to the Design a Light competition, run by children’s charity Sparks with lighting manufacturer FUTURE Designs, are made and auctioned to help raise funds

This year lighting manufacturer FUTURE Designs and Sparks, the children’s medical research charity, both celebrated their 25th anniversaries. To mark the milestones, FUTURE Designs teamed up with Sparks to run a competition, Design a Light, to help raise funds and awareness for the Sparks charity. The competition was available for both the general public and industry specialists to enter, with an open brief to design an inspiring, uplifting and fun light that would entertain sick children. From the shortlist, revealed in October, the winning design was announced at the Sparks ball in November, where the top three product designs – that had been manufactured by FUTURE Designs – were on display prior to being auctioned to raise much-needed funds.

The Winner! Story Star by IA Interior Archtects (Elaine Du Preez )
The Winner! Story Star by IA Interior Architects (Elaine Du Preez )

David Clements, MD of FUTURE Designs, who recruited judges from his client base in property and media, said: ‘There was trepidation when launching the competition that interest would be low – but the quantity and high standard of the entries soon banished any doubts. Congratulations to all those shortlisted and of course to the winner. Thank you all for supporting Sparks. It is a truly worthy cause and a great way to celebrate our joint anniversaries.’

Placed third is The Rainbow by Chantal Stats
Placed third is The Rainbow by Chantal Stats

FX editor and one of the competition’s judges Theresa Dowling commented: ‘I take my hat off to FUTURE Designs, which has celebrated its 25th anniversary with this philanthropic competition. There’s not many philanthropists left, and to storm ahead with this competition to benefit sick children at considerable expense to itself for reproducing the top three designs gets my vote. And the fact that the competition attracted such great submissions is testament to both SPARKS and FUTURE Designs’ standing.’


IA Interior architects with Story Star

Top 3 products manufactured by Future Designs

IA Interior architects with Story Star
Cundall with the Cell
Chantal Staats with Molly the Rainbow


Arup Associates with the Kube
Chantal Staats with Molly the Rainbow
Cundall with the Cell
IA Interior architects with Story Star
Nitika Agrawal with Soleil
Vintage Playing Cards with Dice

The Judges

Martin Jepson
President and COO UK office division, Brookfield Property Partners

Jon Couret
Managing director and head of Corporate Real Estate Solutions Barclays

Theresa Dowling
Editorial director and editor of FX magazine

Sarah Richardson
Editor of Building magazine

Brendan Keely
SLL Secretary, Society of Light and Lighting

Elvira Morrison
Director of communications & marketing of Sparks

David Clements
Managing director of FUTURE Designs

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