It was one of the most memorable moments of the Olympic opening ceremony, as 320 hospital beds were wheeled into the stadium and flickered to life. Aglow with illuminated duvets, the beds were arranged to spell out the logo of the Great Ormond Street hospital and the NHS, whose staff proceeded to burst into an acrobatic jive routine around trampolining children. But for young London design studio Loop.pH, the scene was strangely familiar.
"I designed a glowing duvet 10 years ago, when I was a student at the Royal College of Art," says Rachel Wingfield, co-director of Loop.pH, which specialises in light installations. "Danny Boyle spotted it and invited me in for a meeting in 2005 when he was working on the set design for the film Sunshine. He thought the illuminated bedding would look great