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Blown-up bulbs

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Nissen Adams has designed a £20,000 lighting installation for an office refurbishment on Bowling Green Lane, London, for The Rathbone Trust.

The practice has created 40 oversized luminaire bulbs, which will be suspended in a 20m-high internal courtyard.

It took eight months for Nissen Adams to finalise the design and find a cost-effective manufacturing method (detailed far right), which was provided by Aimer Products, a firm that uses standard glass products (blanks) to create unique pieces. Light Projects, a design, manufacture and supply firm, managed the prototyping process.

The project – designed with consultant Zerlina Hughes
(who formed lighting-design practice ZNA with Nissen Adams in 2005) – demonstrates that bespoke lighting can be an affordable solution, especially when the process or design can be adapted for future projects.

The refurbishment is due to complete in August next year.

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