The PATT 23 is one of two iconic fixtures that designers were asked to re-purpose in novel luminaires.
The Strand Archive The PATT 23 is one of two iconic fixtures that designers were asked to re-purpose in novel luminaires.

Philips Strand Lighting, a division of Philips Entertainment, is celebrating its centenary, which occurred in 2014, by tasking lighting designers with upcycling two of its classic theater fixtures—the PATT 23 (above) and the PATT 123. Last week, the company, announced the related competition's finalists, whose designs span from the plainly practical to the downright futuristic. 

“In the winning entries, we have different perspectives from something more akin to a piece of art to practical designs that could work as modern lighting pieces,” Mike Simpson, Philips Lighting Application Design lead and competition judge, said in a press release.

Paul Nulty's "Anamorphosis."
Philips Strand Lighting Paul Nulty's "Anamorphosis."

The Strand PATT 23 takes center stage in London-based lighting designer Paul Nulty’s dynamic chandelier, “Anamorphosis.” The design aims to draw attention to technological advances in lighting that were achieved through the merging of old and new features. The above figure shows a suspended support rig (1) and metal drop chain suspensions with E27 lampholders (2); drop wires suspending the Philips PATT 23 fixture (3) and the drop-wire suspension and lampholder for Philips T1 theater lamp (4). The chandelier also includes a Philips LED GLS A60 6W, 2700K master lamp with E27 base (5), and a Philips T1, 240V, 500W theater lamp (6).

Joe Vose's "Back to the Future."
Philips Strand Lighting Joe Vose's "Back to the Future."

Lighting designer Joe Vose of Light Bureau, in London, replaced the PATT 123’s lamp with a WiFi-enabled media projector to let the classic fixture display films. “Back to the Future” is meant to double as a design object when not in use.

Derek Goldsmith's "321 Zero."
Philips Strand Lighting Derek Goldsmith's "321 Zero."

321 Zero’s flying saucer–inspired form puts a playful twist on the multi-functionality that both designers and end-users demand of today’s luminaires. Artist Derek Goldsmith’s fixture can be used to project light or—with the addition of a pocket projector and clear glass lens—moving images onto the surface of a small table below.

The designs of all three finalists will be produced by Howard Eaton Lighting, in the U.K., and exhibited at The Society of Light and Lighting’s Fresnel lecture on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at The Royal Institution in London. The lecture marks 200 years since Augustine Fresnel invented the wave theory of light and also coincides with the UNESCO International Year of Light in 2015.