The Haute Lumière Light Competition was established by Paul Pamboukian as an educational initiative in the field of artificial lighting. It reflected the need to explore and stimulate discussion on light as a design medium. Haute Lumière functioned over a period of ten years from 2007 to 2016.
The annual competition looked for projects that demonstrated experimentation, sought essence and worked with perception and deception. It celebrated excellence in the understanding and application of electrical light. The competition was open to anyone living, studying or working in South Africa.
A different theme or subject was set each year. The 1:1 scale designs were judged by a panel of external judges from different fields of design, and the winner awarded a seven day lighting workshop in Sweden at ‘Lights in Alingsås’. Displayed here is the work of the winners and finalists.