Strategy / Exhibitions / Programmes / Publications / Writing / Events / Water


Lucid Dream by Eric Klarenbeek played on ability of glass to transmit light by internal reflection

jane withers-logos 53.jpg

Light Bulb by Pieke Bergmans


Gold F Light by Michael Anastassiades

jane withers-logos 55.jpg

Medusa by SAAS Instruments inspired by jellyfish with LED rods forming different shapes

Fragile Futures by Studio Drift

Cez Light, a portable battery lamp by Olga Chorchoj


In Praise of Shadows: New European Lighting Design, V&A Museum, 2009

Staged as an intervention in the V&A Museum’s Jones Galleries of 17th to 19th century decorative arts during the London Design Festival, In Praise of Shadows: New European Lighting Design explored lighting design at a time when lighting faced dramatic changes. 

Supported by EU the exhibition sought to explain both the necessity of the shift to low energy lighting (20% of the world’s energy goes on lighting) and showcase imaginative possibilities of new technologies at a time when there was massive resistance to low-energy light bulbs. The exhibition sought to broaden debate by exploring not only how we use energy for lighting but also question how we illuminate our lives. The exhibition showcased work by designers such as Loop. pH and Studio Drift who imaginatively explored the potential of new lighting technologies and alternative energy sources such as solar and wind power. It considered issues ranging from energy consumption and light pollution to the psychological effects of light. Visitors were given dynamo-powered torches to navigate the darkened galleries.

Photography Paola Pieroni and Ben Roberts

Exhibition Leaflet


Light Balance by Tom Foulsham visualises the convention current emitted by one incandescent light bulb

jane withers-logos3.jpg

Visitors were given dynamo LED torches to explore the exhibition