Founded in 1997, Astro Lighting has quickly grown to become one of the UK's premier designers and producers of contemporary lighting. Renowned for its innovative designs, high quality manufacture, and reliable performance, Astro Lighting makes products for both interior and exterior use.
It has been a busy time for Astro, which has seen an extraordinary 20% average annual growth since its foundation in 1997 – including sales in more than 70 countries.
One of its most recent developments is the launch of its Ginestra range of metal pendants. The brief for genre-defying Ginestra was simple: to create a high-quality and industrial-inspired addition to its family of metal pendants, but with an entirely distinct identity.
“Rather than create another reproduction industrial pendant, we went our own way, as we are prone to do,” says Astro design director and co-founder, James Bassant. “There is a retro reference but the execution is entirely modern and individual.”
The luminaire offers considerable design flexibility. There are two size choices and standard lamps, LEDs or decorative filaments lamps (squirrel cage) can be used. As such, Ginestra can play the lead or supporting role in a variety of upmarket domestic or hospitality design schemes.
In terms of installations, Astro has recently supplied more than 120 lights as part of a major refurbishment for the prestigious, award-winning Manorgroup hotels in Scotland.
The Busby in Glasgow’s leafy Clarkston district is the latest acquisition for Manorgroup, taking its portfolio to six. Manorgoup’s aim was that the Busby should be nothing less than “Glasgow’s best hotel, bar and restaurant.”
Interior design practice, Space I.D., specified Astro luminaires for the suites, standard rooms, corridors and other public areas. “Astro offer a great range of finishes and styles that suited the design scheme perfectly,” explains Gemma Miller of Space I.D. “The products are of great quality, together with being reasonably priced and readily available.”
The order included wall, floor and table lights from the new Ravello family in two finishes: light bronze and polished chrome. Space I.D. also selected Lloyd wall lights and Teetoo picture lights, both in bronze. The shades were all chosen in oyster.