• The best new lighting trends: lighting features and current inspiration

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    Hotel Designs are celebrating the best of lighting design, from impressive hotel lighting to bespoke lighting for the home. Check below for the lighting styles currently on our minds, for the freshest lighting design inspiration.

    The Glamourous Lobby: Kempinski Hotel Bahia

    Lighting shapes the lobby at the Bahia, from the floor-to-ceiling windows for natural light, to the statement Art Deco chandeliers. They say “the lobby is a multi-purpose space, where drinking and dining goes side-by-side with reception and concierge experiences. So lighting must be the perfect level of fusing decoration and functionality”.

    The Technicolor One: Baku Hilton, Azerbaijan

    This hotel boldly displays the Azerbaijan national flag using architectural LED lighting. Lighting designers Pulsar Light say: “This striking façade ensures that the hotel remains a landmark feature of Baku’s skyline after dark, making it instantly recognisable.

    “Pulsar also supplied units wired together as pairs, which was requested by the installation team to make the products easier to install by reducing wiring. It also made the products easier to ship compared to using extra long luminaires, because the pairs of units could be folded in half, reducing palette size”.

    The Neon One: Brewdog’s soon-to-open Scottish hotel

    The new hotel, called the DogHouse, will make visiting the BrewDog brewery in rural, north-eastern Aberdeenshire far easier and more worthwhile for those traveling long distances. Lighting has been used in a modern way throughout the hotel, and has been paired with the emphasis industrial interior design to contrast and add attitude.

    The Contemporary One: Vaughan Designs

    Vaughan Designs will unveil a new collection of articulated library and reading lights in brass at London Design Week 2018. A series of paired fabric lampshades and brass spun shades in different shapes will accompany the lights, all to be unveiled at the annual event, which takes place between 4-6 March for trade guests and from 7-9 March for all other attendees. London Design Week is the seminal event for the latest design products and trends.

    The Monochrome One: Swiss Belhotel, Bahrain 

    Pulsar Light described their soon-to-launch project to Hotel Designs: “The façade lighting for the new Grand Swiss-Belresort in Bahrain is currently being installed. The large façade of the building will feature a lighting design by Pulsar, utilising Pulsar Powerlines, ChromaStrips and EcoFloods. Pulsar helped to advise on specific colour temperatures to compliment the building materials used on the façade”.

    “Pulsar have also programmed the light system to be able to display many different colours, using an easy to operate touch screen accessible by staff”.

    The Eco-Friendly One: Svart Hotel, Arctic Circle

    This hotel, pegged to be the “world’s first energy positive hotel,” will generate its own energy to self sustain. Guests will be able to hike on the nearby glacier, and kayak on the water the hotel stands on. It’s due to open in 2021, and even the warm glow of its lights – seem from afar – will be be fuelled by the energy generated on the site.

    The Subtle, Warm One: T Walletje business complex, Belgium

    Pulsar Light described their project to Hotel Designs: “The ‘t Walletje building features a façade with perforated bronze anodized panels. To enhance the look of the panels at night, lighting designers Magic Monkey came up with a scheme that uses short linear luminaires with amber LEDs. The effect is warm and dynamic, bringing the material to life.

    “Pulsar supplied Chromastrip X3 luminaires with a custom RAL finish to hide them against the bronze panels in the daytime. The 132 fixtures can all be individually controlled, which means that stunning light shows, and animated effects, can be created”.

    The Northern Lights One: The Sheldon Chalet

    Built dramatically onto the fringes of the tallest land-based mountain on Earth, Sheldon Chalet offers incredible “luxury on a glacier”. The chalet is built on the designs of famous explorer Don Sheldon and his wife Roberta, who first dreamt of creating accommodation in these supposedly uninhabitable mountains in the Sixties. It’s not so much that the lights installed in the chalet are an impressive feat – it’s the Northern Lights viewable from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows we’re interested in. Due to the unique placing of the chalet in the middle of a glacier in the middle of nowhere, the lights are an almost nightly event.


    The Nostalgic One: The Wigmore bar, Langham Hotel

    The Wigmore, its new modern British tavern with interiors by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, features bespoke lighting from Dernier & Hamlyn’s London factory including a spectacular 27 arm chandelier some 2m high and 2m across. The chandelier has been designed to be a luxurious, contemporary interpretation of traditional London pub lighting and was hand cast in brass and hand finished in antique bronze by Dernier & Hamlyn’s team of artisans. They also produced statement wall lights that feature hand-blown ribbed glass globes fitted to individually cast and finished back plates.

    The Outdoor Accessory: Jalu 

    First seen at Clerkenwell Design Week, there’s a new player on the outdoor accessory scene, Jalu bring high-quality and stylish lighting to the UK market whilst offering designers and landscapers a truly unique product for outdoor spaces. Founder Alison told Hotel Designs: “We travelled a lot for work and for pleasure to places like Australia and around the Mediterranean, where there is a fantastic outdoor-based lifestyle, and we thought we could bring a little more of that vibe to the UK,” Alison adds.

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