Shiu-Kay Kan, London 2013
AA-trained and a London leading LED light – but the original dinosaur lamp is a first love.
Shiu-Kay, a practising architect who has become a lighting specialist, is one of my oldest friends. I first wrote about him in the early 80s, when, having studied Garbage Architecture with Martin Pawley at the AA, he built a house of tin cans – outstandingly original at the time, and earning my obvious headline Kan Do. Subsequently, he has become one of London's top architectural lighting experts, with a much-loved little shop in Soho that has only very recently closed. It was here that I first photographed his original dinosaur light, which he once called "my Anglepoise". Indeed Shiu-Kay has a wicked sense of humour, which makes itself felt in his range of softly-glowing animal lights. Now from a new outpost in North West London, he is specialising in LED technology. He is committed to energy saving, and is designing bulbs and fittings the better to do so. And the dinosaur is back on the market.