With responsible sourcing and sustainability high on designers’ priorities, Dernier & Hamlyn’s bespoke lighting restoration service is a practical, cost-effective and fitting solution to a range of relevant issues.
While designers can take steps to ensure materials are obtained and processed ethically and with due regard to their effect on the environment by the way that they are sourced and transported, in many instances a more effective way of producing bespoke lighting appropriate to the setting is to reuse existing fittings.
This approach can be utilised across a wide scope of settings in both contemporary and historic buildings. Some designers choose to just update lighting technology and undertake required repairs, while others completely repurpose existing elements in a new way so that the lighting design narrative takes inspiration from the past with new emphasis and influences.
“We have always offered a restoration service – however, how designers are viewing it is starting to change,” comments Dernier & Hamlyn’s head of design, Mark Harper. “In the past it was usually conservation architects or designers working on heritage schemes that came to us with lighting restoration projects. Increasingly, people are now appreciating that talking to us about repurposing all sorts of fittings can be an important part of their contribution to building a circular and more sustainable economy.”
Bespoke lighting projects that Dernier & Hamlyn’s restoration team have worked on include hotels such as: Four Seasons at Ten Trinity Square; The Standard, London; The Berkeley, Kimpton Fitzroy, London; as well as Annabel’s, Fairfield Hall, Brasserie Zedel, Fortnum & Mason, Derry Guildhall and City Varieties Music Hall.