Finishing Touches
David Hunt Lighting
Combining a modern sensibility with traditional craft

Over the last three centuries David Hunt Lighting has become renowned for fine craftsmanship and, in particular, its resin casting and hand-finished metal surfaces that remain unsurpassed today. With a history dating back to the reign of James II, it’s easy to see why this brand is rich in heritage.

 

Classic styling combined with a touch of quirkiness means that today’s lighting products are ideal, not just for country homes, but also hip urban bars and restaurants too. ‘People love the fact that our lighting is British made and based on traditional skills and materials,’ says creative director, Hollie Moreland. ‘We’ve noticed that, with the growing interest in sustainability and concerns about how companies source and manufacture products, customers want to know more about our long-established Cotswolds workshops.’

People love the fact that our lighting is British made and based on traditional skills and materials

Making each item in its own workshops means that David Hunt Lighting has the ability to create textures and finishes that are unique to its collections, such as the ever popular Antler series and hand-stitched leather Saddler range. Newer additions to its offering also boast a variety of exquisite natural finishes, including the delicate Gingko table and wall light, which also features shimmering hand-applied gold highlights.

 

This year, the historic brand has launched several new collections including understated Ealing pendants inspired by rustic interiors, and versatile Webster pendants that combine solid brass metalwork with a choice of smoked, clear or opal glass shades. Then there’s its latest design: the striking Panther range, available as both a table and wall light, which is hand-cast using a unique resin composite and finished in an elegant matt black.

 

Recent months have also seen the launch of the company’s first bathroom collection of striking IP44 rated wall lights and pendants. Designs include the Buckley wall lights, inspired by the bulb-edged glamour mirrors of 1950s Hollywood, the Rydal pendant, reminiscent of classic schoolhouse pendants, and the Avon wall lights, featuring delicate hand-spun solid brass metal shades. The enduring designs offered in these new ranges are perfect for classic and contemporary bathrooms alike.

The workshop also offers a bespoke service for the interior design industry – one advantage of being a niche, agile manufacturer. ‘Working with clients on custom projects is particularly enjoyable as it not only encourages mutual creativity but can sometimes open up new avenues for our own design development,’ explains Hollie. ‘This year has been challenging for everyone in many ways. As we have all spent more time at home, it seems people have been really thinking about their interior design, including the lighting – which is positive for us as a British lighting brand.’

This interest has also sparked an increase in bespoke orders, manufactured by its sister company The Light Shade Studio. ‘I think the bespoke service is really valued by customers and designers alike, offering an easy solution for transitioning from one season to another or switching up lampshades to reflect a new trend in a costeffective way,’ continues Hollie. ‘For AW21 we have a number of new collections underway including classic table and wall lights, statement pendants and our first task lighting collection’. Exciting times then, for this exceptional ten-generation, family-owned lighting brand.

David Hunt Lighting Third Floor, Centre Dome, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, London, SW10 0XE +44 (0)20 7349 8111

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