A Stanmore schoolgirl looks set for a bright future after her prototype for a flat-pack lamp took first prize in a young inventor contest.
South Hampstead High pupil Paige Linden was a category winner in a Rotary Clubs competition. The 15-year-old — who hopes to study engineering when she leaves school — intends to use the £80 prize to patent her idea.
It took Paige six months of design and technology lessons to complete the lamp, constructed by slotting together circular pieces of MDF. She was inspired by a child’s toy, but wanted to make something that would appeal to young professionals looking for modern furnishings.
“I had lots of problems along the way,” she said. “It wouldn’t stand up straight and I tried making it out of acrylic plastic but it got a bit hot because of the bulb.
“I’m very proud. To follow it through from the first sketches to where it is now is a big achievement. I can also make it in different sizes, shapes and colours.”