Aura received the iF Professional Concept award in 2016.
Paul Thursfield originally trained as an industrial designer at Newcastle Polytechnic. He joined Philips Design in 1992 working in the TV division, followed by periods in the Multimedia and Strategic design groups leading user experience initiatives. Paul created the award winning and highly successful Livingcolors, initiating a transformation in consumer lighting that continues today with HUE. Paul currently lives in Eindhoven, and directs the Philips Smart Living Spaces research program that nurtures new ideas to improve our environment and health.
Simon Rycroft trained in Auckland as Sound Engineer and Music Producer in 1999. He went on to co-found, perform and record with renowned Wellington band Rhombus. During this time Simon also studied Sonic Arts at the New Zealand School of Music. Drawing on his experience as a professional musician and music producer, he was invited to instruct students at the Victoria University School of Design (Media Design) in 2008. Here he developed his skills as a designer and creative coder. A move to London in 2011 heralded a change of scene for Simon: taking on new creative projects and completing a Master of Arts (Design, Interaction Research) at Goldsmiths, University of London. As a part of this degree, Simon completed an internship at Philips Design in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Simon joined Philips as an Interaction Designer in early 2015.