Dernier & Hamlyn’s lighting for Rosewood London attracts attention of eminent lighting designers

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    Dernier & Hamlyn has been shortlisted in the prestigious Lighting Design Awards for its work at Rosewood London for Martin Brudnizki Design Studio. Bespoke fittings manufactured by Dernier & Hamlyn are in the hotel’s main bar and also its restaurant.Garrow Seal of Martin Brudnizki says: “We have worked with Dernier & Hamlyn on many projects and continue to select them whenever we want the best quality bespoke lighting for high end hospitality clients. Their range of manufacturing skills and focus on producing the best possible solutions to our design briefs was evidenced yet again for Rosewood London’s lighting and both we and the client are delighted with the results.”

    In Scarfes Bar Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS) was inspired by the atmosphere of a drawing room and the sophistication of a gentleman’s club and wanted lighting that would provide a soft glow to achieve an intimate and inviting vibrant space. Working closely with MBDS, Dernier & Hamlyn produced stunning 2m high distinctive globe chandeliers that were hand finished with a patina paint effect to produce a rustic effect and mimic weathered copper. They were actually produced in a variety of materials with aluminium dominating to ensure that they were within the specified weight limits required to install them safely while accommodating the need to retain many original features to optimise the building’s heritage.

    The main chandelier is an eye catching feature as you walk into the bar and this is complemented by smaller versions in other areas of this stunning room. The process to achieve a verdigris effect was carried out by hand in Dernier & Hamlyn’s South London factory – the only way that such a finish could be achieved to such perfection. Along the bar are lamps formed from solid brass and finished by hand bronze by the D&H team. The shades were hand blown in opal glass with a thin metal framework again made in brass and finished to match.

    The hotel’s Holborn Dining Room, a former bank hall, is an update on the traditional British brasserie concept, using subtle modern design detailing while drawing on the building’s high baroque architecture and rich history. Glamorous neo-Gothic chandeliers were designed to provide statement lighting to reflect the busy and vibrant atmosphere of the room. They were again manufactured by Dernier & Hamlyn in their London factory and are built from blackened steel oval frames some 7m long that are given the required support by sub frames. They required mixed construction methods that incorporated both laser cutting and making sections by hand. These eye catching chandeliers also accommodate LED emergency lighting which had to be discreet in order not to detract from the intended visual impact and has been fitted to the cross section bars.

    The requirement for the main lighting was large 120mm LED globe lamps. However, despite a global search, none could be sourced that met the quality, light colour and visual appearance required. So they had to be custom made though a lengthy process that needed detailed and protracted discussions between Dernier & Hamlyn and specialist lamp manufacturers to develop lamps that met all technical and aesthetic requirements.

    Dernier & Hamlyn’s joint managing director Jeremy Quantrill says:
    “While having the LED lamps custom made produced the optimum solution for Holborn Dining’s lighting, it was quite a lengthy process. But it was well worth the effort and the overall effect is not only visually brilliant but it achieves the longevity and energy saving specifications too.”

    Daniel Fountain / 05.11.2014

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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