Antique lighting, especially lanterns, has always been a passion for Charles Edwards, who set up his original shop in Kensington in the 1960s, soon after leaving university. Over the next two decades he sold antiques and decorative items, first in Notting Hill and then on the King’s Road, which, at the time, was the go-to destination for many leading American and London-based interior designers looking to source key pieces for their projects. And it was a conversation with one such renowned designer, David Easton, that led to Charles developing an entirely new strand of the business: designing and manufacturing his own collection of lights. Today, inspired by English, French and American lighting from the 19th and 20th centuries, Charles spends his time scouring books, auctions and antique shops worldwide for relevant references.
These are taken back to the design team at the Wimbledon workshop and transformed into beautiful new designs, with a suitably modern aesthetic, that meet international electrical regulations. (All products are compatible with LED bulbs, dimmers and lighting controls.) His constantly growing collection (which at the current count stands at around 400) includes three new ceiling lights – the Hanging Charlotte Lantern, Hanging Hereford Lantern and Suspended Pall Mall Light – all based on Victorian or French Neoclassical styles. The company has also opened two new London showrooms in addition to the King’s Road shop.
Charles spends his time scouring books, auctions and antique shops worldwide, for references that are then transformed into beautiful new designs