June 14, 2024


Inspired By Travel

handblown glass ceiling light by Northern Lights for Sopwell House

Northern Lights celebrates 35 Years of lighting excellence • Hotel Designs

Working on a series of innovative projects with some of the most creative designers in the industry, Northern Lights’ bespoke lighting pieces have perfectly heightened and carefully reflected each distinct design narrative that was set. Its portfolio this year remains as impressive as ever, delivering the unique blend of British artisan craftmanship, luxury materials and finishes, and engineering excellence across superyachts, luxury hotel destinations, champagne bars, and Michelin Star restaurants. From heritage to the unconventional, the breadth of expertise is clearly demonstrated across the wide range of projects from the luxury Galaxy Yacht, to bespoke designs for the disruptive Chateau Denmark,  and include projects for Sopwell House & Cottonmill Spa, Koyn Restaurant Mayfair, & Warner Leisure’s Heythrop Park Hotel.

bespoke lighting in the saloon bar by Northern Lights on the Galaxy yacht

Image credit: Jack Hardy

Working with Njord by Bergman Design House, the Galaxy Yacht interior was transformed with cosmic design features to fit the unique galactic brief, and the bespoke lighting by Northern Lights was designed to underpin it all.

“Northern Lights has had an incredible year.” said Kevin Swart, Sales Director.”It’s been a true pleasure to work with so many talented people in this industry and without their trust and support, none of our achievements would be possible. Passion is at the heart of what we do and who we are. We’ve grown our team, welcoming new waves of expertise across design, business development and master craftspeople to prepare for what lies ahead in 2023.”

detail of winged wall sconce light designed by Northern Lights for Chateau Denmark

Image credit: Chateau Denmark / Michael Franke

Working with the Taylor Howes team on the Chateau Denmark project was another opportunity for the in-house team of designers and master artisans in the Northern Lights studio to develop custom finishes, designed to cut through the darkness and highlight some of the unconventional and striking interior elements on show.

Donna Gridley, Head of Creative at Northern Lights, also launched over 50 new lighting designs as part of her made-to-order Signature Collection. “Each design has its own narrative,” explained Gridley. “It’s the product of a diverse range of artistic and travel inspirations, where timeless luxury is celebrated through shape, texture and form to create true versatility”. Having been shortlisted for this year’s Brit List Awards Best in British Product Design for the Helios rechargeable lamps, the range was expanded to include new designs and more variants suitable for outdoor use, to meet the growing demands for flexibility in hospitality spaces. Her spectacular Breuer chandelier was also unveiled at HIX to a reception of awe and wonder, with its brutalist-inspired design narrative and unique hand-applied verdigris finish. Again, flexibility shone through as the tiered statement piece – weighing over 220 kilograms in its original form – is scalable and customizable, allowing smaller, lighter versions to be created for different spaces.

In addition to the design and project awards, Managing Director Donna Bruce was selected as an Exemplar Figure in the Top 100 Manufacturer Awards – a prestigious list of the UK’s most inspiring individuals in manufacturing. Donna also scooped up awards across four further categories, including Innovator, Inspiring Leader, Net Zero Hero, and Unsung Hero.

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Main image credit: Northern Lights / Michael Franke