Tom Dixon, a product designer with an affinity for lighting, is in the running for Designer of the Year from the Design Museum in London. The prize, which is given to a designer or design team living and working in the United Kingdom, or any designer born there, involves winnings of £25,000 ($43,600). London-based Dixon, who founded Eurolounge in 1994 and under this name produced the award-winning Jacklight collection (shown below), has also designed luminaires for companies including Swarovski. He founded his current company, Tom Dixon Ltd., in 2001, which is responsible for Cage Light (bottom left) and Diamond Light (bottom right).

Popular opinion plays a role in the contest: The public is allowed to vote for a winner among the four candidates at until May 22, 2006, or at an exhibition at the Design Museum from March 4 to June 18, 2006. A four-person jury-which includes 2004 Designer of the Year Hilary Cottam; Burberry creative director Christopher Bailey; head of design and architecture at the British Council Emily Campbell; and television presenter Kevin McCloud-will take the public vote into consideration before making a final selection.

This year, it will be a difficult decision: Among the three other candidates is Cameron Sinclair, cofounder of the humanitarian organization Architecture for Humanity. Jamie Hewlett, a comic artist, and the national newspaper, the Guardian, are the remaining two.