Bespoke lighting designer and manufacturer, Dernier & Hamlyn, has seen a noticeable trend towards the use of natural materials and tones in many of the London-based company’s recent hospitality projects.

From textured vellums and translucent alabaster, through to a range of metals finished in more earthy tones it seems that designers, while still demanding the same high levels of quality and artisan workmanship for their clients, have a desire for their projects to feel more stripped back.

“The last two years seem to have had a big impact on how designers are viewing what many of the hospitality interiors they are working on should look like," comments Dernier & Hamlyn’s Head of Design, Mark Harper.

"They are rarely specifying the highly polished brass lighting that used to proliferate. Now it’s all about more muted tones with a lot of champagne and almond gold. And more requests for tinted lacquers rather than gold.”

Dernier & Hamlyn's specialist team of designers, engineers, metal workers and manufacturers is also finding that designers want to integrate more natural materials into their bespoke lighting commissions with woods and textured glass gaining popularity.

Mark continues: “Our experience of the last couple of years has made many of us connect more with the outside environment. This has impacted how we view our internal environments and the aesthetic that we want to experience which, in turn, has affected the sort of materials that designers want to see used in their bespoke FF&E briefs.”