Product watch: the Signature Collection by Northern Lights

Combining 35 years of lighting design expertise with cutting edge technology and traditional craftsmanship, the Signature Collection brings to life the materials, finishes and manufacturing techniques Northern Lights are renowned for…

Aurelia light design by Northern Lights for Coya restaurant

The Northern Lights team of artisans work with an impressive range of materials, most of which are consciously sourced within a 60-mile radius. Hand sculptured and moulded ceramics feature unique textures and rich reactive glazes, whereas luxurious stone offers an organic presence, as does the hand turned raw wooden parts which can be finished in everything from Walnut to Wenge.

The array of glass capabilities is equally as impressive. Free blown and mould blown glass feature in decadent colours such as smoke, rich amber, cognac and anthracite to compliment different design schemes. Whilst fabricated brass, steel and copper are exposed to a wide variety of truly unique finishes, all applied and controlled in-house.

With over 35 years of expertise, Donna Gridley, Head of Creative at Northern Lights is the designer behind the collection. “With a fine art background, my inspirations come from many sources,” explained Gridley. “I am always looking to nature for inspiring textures and colours and architecture for structural elements and detailing. Designs in lighting and furniture from the last 150 years also inspire. I also find textiles and wallpaper patterns can spark an idea.”

the Maledere chandelier is part of the Signature Collection by Northern Lights

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The Maldere pendants and wall lights were inspired by a flea market find in France. The alabaster shade adds noteworthy elegance and diffuses the light in a softer way, accentuating the craftwork of the brass and depth of the patina. The Maldere pendant works beautifully in the Mathura restaurant in London.

From dramatic chandeliers and perfectly considered wall lights to cordless rechargeable table lamps that can be moved around both interior and exterior spaces with ease, each piece has been curated to form an exquisite collection of versatile timeless lighting, to transform & elevate any space. This versatility brings to life unlimited visions across endless design schemes, allowing interior designers to transform a variety of spaces effortlessly and within a shorter timeframe. A choice of materials and finishes on selected designs allow for tailored pieces that perfectly fit the design brief.

Amongst the collection highlights, the clay form that is the base of Coper, was inspired by the Ceramic Artist Hans Coper, a leading potter in the 50’s and 60’s. “I sketched some shapes and silhouettes in homage to the beautiful pieces he created before his death at 61 in the early 80’s,” said Gridley. “It is available in several glaze finishes, my favourite being a matt ammonite reactive glaze which complements the strong lines of the design. It is paired with short drums in natural linen colours.”

The Iveston table lamp is another versatile favourite – it has been specified for many projects including the luxury Galaxy yacht by Bergman and the Mansion House Hotel in Edinburgh, by Hamilton Design. This design was a result of looking to mid century influences to create a minimalist yet striking design from brass spinnings and marble and granite bases. The advantage of this design is that the real brass detailing can be patinated in any brass acid finishes from light antique through to oiled bronze to customize the fitting to suit any scheme.

New pieces in this collection will be brought to life and showcased exclusively at HIX in November, emphasizing the ever-evolving design process behind Northern Lights’ Signature Collection and the fluidity of its inspirations.

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