Trends in Lighting asks 20 Questions to inspirational lighting industry minds to mark the end of the decade
Where will you spend the holidays? Bournemouth, with the extended family.
What is your favourite Christmas food? Cold meat and cheese (late at night).
What are you most excited about for 2020? I am genuinely a positive person, but I am a little apprehensive about 2020 after Brexit. We are super busy and working on some amazing projects with interesting clients. I just want this to continue.
What do you most want to see from lighting manufacturers in 2020? A real push towards creating a truly sustainable circular economy.
Have you already booked your summer vacation? Not yet. Sorry!
Who is your industry inspiration? I have so many friends within the industry that inspire me. It would be unfair to pick any particular individual, though I was delighted to see Sharon Stammers & Martin Lupton win LUX Person(s) of the Year. Very well deserved as they have done so much for our industry.
Which product has inspired you in 2019? I assume you want a lighting related product, but I am going to go with the iPad & Apple Pencil. It has transformed how we work in the Studio. Sketching and sharing of information has been made so easy and efficient. All of my designers now have one.
Which project are you most proud of? The last one, you then move on a try and better it. That is how it has to be.
Can you name another reindeer besides Rudolph? Nope.
Do you own a Christmas jumper? Yes, we recently started a project at Wembley Stadium and I found a football related one in their club shop. My wife is delighted.
How is sustainability changing your job? Massively, but we have always been motivated by green issues. Greta & Matt from my Studio have carried out lots of research on Circular Economy and we are going to implement new methods of working in 2020. We also have the ReLIT Project which is gaining momentum again.
What is your most listened to track this year? 2019 has been the year of Audiobooks, my most recent book was ’The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. I bet you don’t print that!
What was the last good film you watched? I recently watched ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ whilst on a plane. Really enjoyed it (though it could have been the red wine that accompanied it).
Have you already booked your flights to Trends in Lighting 22-24 September 2020? No, sorry.
Where was the most interesting place your job took you this year? Australia.
Will Brexit happen? I hope not, but I think it will.
What is your favourite Christmas song? Fairytale of New York.
How do you say Merry Christmas in another language? I have absolutely no idea. I am terrible when it comes to languages.
Do you prefer LED Christmas lights or the traditional incandescent bulbs? LED, they seem to always work.
Can you remember the job/course you were you doing 20 years ago? Yes, my life as a Lighting Designer started back in 1998, so 20 years ago I was caught up with all Millennium projects around the UK. It really was a crazy time. I also remember the world panicking about the Millennium Bug.