David Hunt Lighting traces its roots back to a candlestick maker from the 1790s. Over the following two centuries, the company has enjoyed its moments in the limelight. In 1851 it was one of the companies chosen to exhibit at Prince Albert’s Great Exhibition, housed in the famous Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. In 1910 it embraced the then new-fangled technology of the electric light.
Last year marked a similarly important milestone as the brand opened its first London store at the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, joining some of interior design’s most celebrated names with a curated collection of bespoke products in the sought-after centre dome.
Balancing tradition and innovation, David Hunt Lighting has successfully adapted its designs to each new decade, while remaining true to its heritage. In large measure this adaptability is due to the handcrafting techniques kept alive in its Cotswold workshop. One piece of lighting can pass through as many as 17 skilled pairs of hands during the production process, with techniques including ironwork, sculpting, hand painting and resin casting.
The company is renowned for its fine surface finishes, which are applied not only to solid brass components but also to cast resin pieces with flawless results. Sandblasting, barrel finishing, antiquing and oxidising techniques are all used for both contemporary and traditional lighting, producing an unrivalled quality of finish.
One piece of lighting can pass through as many as 17 skilled pairs of hands with techniques including ironwork, sculpting, hand painting and resin casting