Oxford Street launches global call for the redesign of its world renowned Christmas lights

For the first time in history, Oxford Street will be launching a global call for the redesign of its world famous Christmas lights.

The launch of Oxford Street’s first Christmas lights over fifty years ago was a revolutionary event.   Oxford Street is now synonymous with Christmas, with many visitors making the trip to the capital so they can glimpse the famous lights while enjoying shopping and leisure time. In 2018, Oxford Street will once again use the power of light to capture the world’s imagination, by encouraging local and international designers to submit their work for the chance to have it featured on an iconic, global stage this festive season.

Oxford Street and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) are calling for experienced lighting designers and architectural specialists from the UK and beyond to enter a global competition to design the most inspiring and innovative Christmas lights.

The competition is being led by New West End Company, in conjunction Westminster City Council.  An esteemed, innovative panel have been selected to judge the competition. While the full judging panel is still to be revealed, the world class judging panel includes:

  • Anya Hindmarch, Designer and Trustee of Royal Academy Development Trust
  • Chris Wilkinson, OBE, Director, Wilkinson Eyre and RIBA Adviser
  • Jill Entwhistle, Executive Editor, Lighting Magazine
  • Jace Tyrrell, Chief Executive, New West End Company

The initial phase of this competition will require lighting designers and architectural specialists, interested in being involved in this first of its kind project, to submit an anonymous design proposal by 26 March 2018.

Four shortlisted designers will then progress to the final round and be given the opportunity to develop their designs and present to the panel. Designers will receive an honoraria payment of £3,000 +VAT for their work in this round.

Following the competition, the chosen winner will bring their design to life on Oxford Street and in the surrounding areas.

For further information and to enter the competition please visit: www.architecture.com/competitions

Tue 6 February 2018