With a career of over 50 years in Lighting Product Design, Tony Lawrence has been working since April 1969 at Concord Lighting part of the Sylvania Lighting group. He has been designing products that bring accent lighting to the high streets, art galleries, museums, hotels, and more. He has also set design briefs and evaluated projects for degree students of St Martins School of Art London’s students and at the University of Sussex.
Tony was trained as an Electrical/Mechanical Engineer and knew little of lighting. He joined Concord at the age of 21 as he wanted to live in London and was soon taken up with the subject of the combination of Product Design and Lighting Design Technology. He was fortunate enough to join at a time when the emphasis was very much on Design as championed by the artist founder, Bernard Stern, and working in the studio of Professor Robert Heritage of the Royal College of Art. It still gives him satisfaction to see the products he has designed being used to enhance beautiful objects or spaces.
Tony has won numerous prizes with Concord’s innovative range of LED luminaires starting with the Red Dot Award in 1996 for the Torus 100 Low volt spotlight range, followed by the FX Interior Design Awards in 1999 for the Torus 35W CDMT spotlight. In recent years, the Beacon Muse won 4 lighting industry awards mandating a ‘clean sweep’ and expert endorsement for high-performance and beautiful products. The Stadium Spotlight 2010 won the prestigious Red Dot Award. This was followed in 2013 when Concord Glace won the Best Interior Luminaire at the Lighting Design Awards and was a finalist at the Lux Awards and the FX Awards, whilst 2014 saw industry recognition of Concord’s Officelyte with new intelligent Sylsmart technology.
Tony has been involved in the design of all Lighting products from Concord by Sylvania, being the centre of innovation and development – his contribution to the lighting industry is prodigious!
Meet Tony Lawrence