Design firms to make exhibition of themselves at LuxLive

For the first time, lighting design practices are set to exhibit their talents and skills at an industry event. 

Nine of the world’s top independent firms will showcase their capabilities at the LuxLive Middle East 2016 exhibition and conference at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. In a special ‘Gallery of Wonders’, the companies will show their greatest projects and explain how they can help developers, architects and clients with expert lighting advice and creativity.

‘We believe this is an industry and world first’, said show director Peter Rowledge. ‘Why shouldn’t lighting designers exhibit what they can offer just as manufacturers show fixtures and technology? After all, it’s independent, authoritative advice and design talent that elevates a project from good to great. So we are delighted to have nine of the top firms at LuxLive and we look forward to them working with our audience on projects.’

The practices are: London-based Lighting Design International; Dubai-based dpa lighting design; Dubai-based Light Touch; Riyadh-based Design Tech Services; Dubai-based Nulty+; Bournemouth, England-based Michael Grubb Studio; CD+M, which has offices globally; London-based ChapmanBDSP; and Delta Lighting Solution, which is based in both Dubai and London.

Top to bottom: Lighting designers Abdullah Al Aziz, Paul Nulty and Sally Storey will all deliver presentations at LuxLive Middle East

As well as showcasing their work, the practices will deliver educational and inspirational presentations in the lightspace theatre, specially-constructed on the floor of the exhibition, which takes place on Wednesday 13 April and Thursday 14 April.

Paul Nulty of award-winning independent lighting design practice Nulty+ will explain how to ‘brand with light’. He’ll outline the techniques used to major organisations to brand their interiors with lighting.

How light in hotels can contribute to the ultimate guest experience. Sally Storey of Lighting Design International will explore how lighting in hotels can create excitement and make food look magical and guests feel special. She’ll show as examples some of her award-winning hotel and restaurant lighting projects from around the world and explore how the lighting make their spaces stand out.

Also discussing lighting in hotels will be Courtney Mark of CD+M. She’ll look at recent lighting schemes and tell the story of the transformations, the mistakes and successes.

Design Tech Services’ Abdulaziz Al Azem’s presentation is entitled Sacred Light: The illumination of sacred Islamic architecture. He will take us on a visual journey through the history of the illumination of mosques and Islamic architecture, and look at contemporary ways in which we can approach their lighting design while respecting their heritage and sanctity. More topics will be announced this week.



  • Entry to LuxLive Middle East 2016 – and its two days of talks, presentations and debates – is free if you pre-register at