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A 'sad lamp to smile about' tops Desso's Best in Class poll

07 January 2015 - Desso has announced that a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) lamp has been voted overall Best in Class winner out of six innovative designs by recent UK design graduates.

Crafted by University of Dundee product design graduate, Steve Swanton, the LUX light therapy lamp - along with the other five designs - was curated for Desso's Best in Class exhibition by Katie Treggiden, editor of 'confessions of a design geek'.

The new Best in Class event sees Desso, the global carpets, carpet tiles and sports pitches company, collaborating with Katie to deliver an exciting exhibition celebrating the very best student design work.

A beautifully crafted light therapy solution

Over 400 entries were received for the designs with the alternative light therapy LUX lamp - described by Steve as a 'SAD Lamp to Smile About' - taking almost half the votes.

A 'sad lamp to smile about' tops Desso's Best in Class poll


Through his Scandinavian inspired design Steve wanted to tackle the stigmatising medical aesthetic of other seasonal disorder lamps and create a beautifully crafted light therapy solution for the home or office environment.

An additional feature of the LUX lamp is a series of lights in the lamp's base that come on as other people with SAD switch on their lamps, creating a visual reminder of a supportive community and enhancing the user's sense of wellbeing.

New designers still believe in the impossible

As the overall Best In Class winner Steve receives a £500 bursary to help fund his next steps into the design world. Commenting on his win Steve says: "It's great to be recognised for all the work that's gone into my design and it's particularly exciting as this is Desso's inaugural Best in Class exhibition."

All six designs selected for Best In Class exhibition were described as being highly imaginative, optimistic and strong examples of rethinking the ordinary.

A 'sad lamp to smile about'


“New designers still believe in the impossible, something which is not only exhilarating to be around, but also crucial if they’re going to come up with something new, something exciting, and something that solves the very real problems facing the next generation. The six designs selected for Desso are all optimistic and experimental, but also create a sense that the future is in good hands.”

Katie Treggiden, editor of ‘confessions of a design geek’

The other five designs were:

  • A Perspective on Dots by Meggan Johnson, Buckinghamshire University
  • Mediumwave by Jake Rich, Kingston University
  • No Right Angles in Nature by Josh Plough, Buckinghamshire University
  • Sling Step by Matej Chabera, the Royal College of Art
  • OysterActive by Nora Mekavuthikul, Central Saint Martins
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