EXCLUSIVE: Renowned for its in-house finishes, luxury materials and attention to detail and form, Northern Lights has released its anticipated Spring – Summer 2023 Collection of decorative lighting. Hotel Designs was invited to take an exclusive look at the array of new luxury lighting designs on offer, set to light up the industry…
The mix of luxury raw materials and the brand’s attention to detail and finish, brings tactility into focus with the Northern Lights SS23 collection. Design influences draw from nature, texture and art deco to offer an eclectic mix of aesthetics whilst retaining the Signature Collection’s timeless luxury principles.
Designed by Donna Gridley Head of Creative and crafted by their master artisans, the range includes table, wall, chandelier, pendant and rechargeable lights, carefully curated for hospitality, residential and marine markets. As pioneers of British design and engineering, each piece in their new collection is made and finished in-house under the registered Made in Britain mark, in response to the growing demand from interior designers for artisan British-made lighting that’s synonymous with quality.
Looking to the natural world, inspiration has been drawn from the shapes of seed pods through to sustainable material choice, to create a mix of lighting designs inspired by mother nature. Deep greens, wood stains and natural stone colour palettes are combined with organic shapes and textural designs to celebrate the beauty of our natural environment.
Inspired by the organic forms of seed pods, the fins of the Chaco ceramic table lamp have been delicately modelled by pinching out the clay to create softly formed ridges. Finished in a Matt Black Raku style glaze or a Stipple Matt reactive glaze which lend themselves sympathetically to this natural form.
The Sisley lampbase is available in Medium Oak and Wenge finishes. The hand-turned sustainable Alder wood creates an elegant yet striking silhouette that celebrates the simplicity and beauty of natural wood. The design story is completed with a finished with a brushed brass base and a linen shade.
Texture and form bring tactility to ceramic lamp designs, rendering them more than just light forms but exquisite sculptures and works of art. The Denali ceramic table lamp with its cylindrical shape uses fine textural lines carved into the wider decorative details, which soften the straight lines and lend an archaeological feel to the design. The lamp is available in two reactive Matt glazes – Bornite and Vulcanic – and finished with a Pearl or Oyster linen drum.
Another textured base, the ovoid Rondo design allows reactive glazes to collect in the patterned ring effect allowing a concentration of colour. The ivory matt crackle finish creates a subtle yet beautiful effect, off-set by a hand finished brass base and Soho Linen Drum.
Marble, granite, alabaster and glass are utilised to great effect across several new ranges. Referencing the style and lines of the 1920’s are the Deco-inspired Bayreuth chandeliers and wall lights. Inspired by Fritz Lang’s brutalist lines in Metropolis, they epitomise the styling of 1920’s Germany but are softened by the use of beautiful elliptical alabaster and glass shades.
Elsewhere, the off-set arms of the Veris chandelier cleverly creates an asymmetrical feature which elevates ceiling spaces where there is not much room. Although any height drop is available, this works well as a compact, almost flush fitting option and is finished in matt black and brushed brass with opal drum shades.
Additional ceiling options within the collection, Levit, Warner and Romney glass pendant ranges allow designers to mix and match different shapes and tones to create beautiful, custom lighting installations. Mouth-blown Borosilicate glass is available in frosted, opal, clear and reeded options, as well as smoke, green, amber and teal to add a pop of colour and to complement a multitude of interior palettes.
The full SS23 Collection with more than 90 brand new designs is showcased in the beautiful new Northern Lights Lookbook, and on the website.
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