Original lighting, designed and manufactured in the Cotswolds for more than a century
One of the UK’s longest surviving lighting manufacturers, David Hunt Lighting dates back to the 1890s, when it was a family business founded in Birmingham.
In the 1960s David Hunt built on this legacy, laying the foundations for the brand’s ethos: beautifully-crafted lighting made in the Cotswolds. Today the company is best known for designing and manufacturing original lighting products from its Shipston workshop. These lights cross the design spectrum from classic to contemporary and incorporate a range of colours and finishing techniques suitable for all styles of interior.
Inspired by her Cotswolds surroundings, creative director Hollie Moreland begins the design process with sketches or watercolours based on shape and texture. These become the foundation of prototypes that are developed by product manager Stephen Hillman. ‘Steve will bring the practicalities of how the fitting will work with the electrics. Without Steve, my drawings are just designs on the page,’ says Hollie. Each item is handmade from robust materials such as resin, brass or metal, and finished using traditional techniques.
What sets David Hunt Lighting apart is the company’s bespoke design capability. The team – 30 creative individuals, each given up to 12 months’ training to gain the necessary skills – has refined its manufacturing processes over many years and is able to re-create the illusion of almost any finish on any surface, such as the impressive hand-stitched leather Saddler range or the hugely successful Antler range, based closely on its original form. ‘We wanted to make the antler as lifelike as possible,’ says Steve. ‘Eventually we stumbled on wood stains as the best way to re-create the colour of the antler.’
New collections are launched annually, and each year is an experiment in introducing fresh trends while exploring exciting and original new colours and finishes.
The Hyde Collection, for instance, is a contemporary design with a nostalgic nod to mid-century modern composition. Made with the finest brass framework in a sophisticated butter finish and completed with hand-spun metal shades, the lighting is available in four colourways as standard: Arctic White, Pebble, Smoke Blue and Black. (The paints used are solvent-free, water-based and meet exacting environmental standards.) However, these colours are not a limit, they are simply an idea. David Hunt Lighting can create a bespoke finish for Hyde designs, even changing the metal shade from butter brass to a subtle chrome, on request. ‘Our paint palette can be applied to any paint finish, which gives the customer endless possibilities,’ explains Hollie.
The visual identity of David Hunt Lighting is what makes it distinctively different from other lighting brands. Each lighting piece reveals the imagination and enthusiasm of the workshop team, on a daily basis. And it is this originality, combined with the simplicity and longevity of the designs, that effortlessly complements their proud Cotswold heritage.
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