A decade of disrupting the lighting industry
International lighting design practice Nulty is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month. The company has grown substantially over the last decade and has delivered lighting schemes in some of the most glamorous locations. From Bloomingdales to Browns, and from Nike to The Ned, Nulty have worked with some of the biggest brands and clients covering an impressive range of sectors. Split across the UK, US, UAE and Asia, the award-winning lighting design practice currently boasts an impressive roster of projects, from the recently completed Pudu Pudu by Dr Oetker store in LA to the transformational illumination of Leake Street Arches in London.
At its inception a decade ago, Nulty began life as the brainchild of Paul Nulty, a renowned lighting designer and champion for the wider built environment. With a dream to disrupt the lighting industry and fashion it into a more dynamic world, Paul pushed boundaries that were unexpected and unique. “Lighting is incredibly important.”, he says. “It’s the conduit for the primary sense of light. If you light a space really well it changes and can emotionally connect a person with that space. I think that there wasn’t really anyone in the industry getting that messaging across and there were very few people willing to take that risk. I wanted to build a brand that would champion the importance of light.”
Fast forward to 2021, and the company has grown from a small core team into a bustling hub of almost 50 employees. With a larger team, comes greater opportunity, and in the past few years Nulty has become one of the leading lighting design studios in the world, with many clients citing them as their first choice of designer to implement light on a project. The last decade has seen the team deliver innovative lighting solutions on projects such as the Superdry Flagship Store, The United Nations, The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, Manchester United Stadium Store and Chelsea Barracks, to name a few.
Although the last ten years mark an important milestone in Nulty’s history, the practice still demonstrates the type of start-up energy that will take them into many more decades of work. “I would love to grow our reach across the globe”, says Paul. “I think that every continent has amazing projects and I want to be a part of them.” Earlier this year, the company acquired their new permanent home on the banks of Waterloo, which Paul hopes will develop into a creative hub once Covid restrictions are eased.
The future of Nulty is bright, with a shift in focus to sustainable lighting solutions and digital innovations taking priority. An impressive number of projects currently in the pipeline, such as the Diryah Gate Development in Saudi Arabia or The Westin Hotel in London, demonstrate that although it’s been a decade of Nulty, it’s still only the beginning.
Nulty is a leading-edge lighting design consultancy working with some of the world’s foremost architects and interior designers. Collaboration and teamwork is at the heart of its practice; improving life through light, no matter what the scale, is its goal. A Nulty project is defined by its originality and attention to detail.