Year in review: bespoke brilliance from Northern Lights

The team at Northern Lights reflect on another year of elevating bespoke lighting to unparalleled heights…

palm trees, vaulted ceilings and chandeliers in The Municipal Hotel Liverpool, MGallery

Innovation, creativity and British craftsmanship remain the core pillars at Northern Lights, with 2023 seeing the team weave its bespoke lighting pieces seamlessly into diverse narratives; from embellishing superyachts to illuminating luxury hotel destinations, champagne bars and Michelin Star restaurants. With its trademark fusion of British artisanal craftsmanship, opulent materials, signature finishes and engineering prowess, it’s little wonder the designs have found themselves alongside some of the best names in the industry.

circular red and white carpet, red walls and central bespoke light by Northern Lights in Raffles London OWO Atkins Suite lounge

Image credit: Northern Lights

Embracing both heritage and the avant-garde, its versatile expertise saw Northern Lights work on several remarkable projects this year, including the award-winning Studio Frantzen at Harrods, Radisson Red Liverpool, The Municipal Hotel Liverpool – MGallery, and Alice-in-Wonderland-themed Rosarium. The studio was also chosen to develop a timeless lighting array for the heritage suites and bedrooms at one of the most hotly anticipated arrivals of 2023 – Raffles London at the OWO.

restaurant by Studio Frantzen in Harrods with statement lighting by Northern Lights

Image credit: Andrew Beasley

Award credentials have been stacking up for the British lighting powerhouse, reaffirming its reputation for delivering elevated luxury lighting. The brand was shortlisted for Lighting Scheme of the Year at The Brit List Awards for its involvement with the impressive Heythrop Park Hotel project, while the brutalist-inspired modular Breuer chandelier gained shortlist status in the SBID awards. In addition, Northern Lights also crafted lighting installations for five award-winning projects, as well as scooping Manufacturer Top 100 status for the second year in a row.

giant disc statement lighting on ceiling above the table in The Rosarium

Image credit: Richard Southall

“We are more than just a lighting manufacturer – we have a story to tell,” commented Donna Bruce, Managing Director Northern Lights.”Our people are at the heart of that story, with decades of design excellence and some seriously talented, truly passionate craftspeople who continue to push the boundaries”.

restaurant tables in front of central bar with suspended statement globe lighting above the tables by northern Lights

Image credit: Radisson RED Liverpool

“This year has seen us undergo so many changes,” continued Bruce. “We’re constantly challenging, adapting and pivoting to drive real change within the business and position ourselves as the go-to British brand for bespoke decorative lighting. Collaborating with the exceptional people within this industry on so many prestigious projects has been an honour; their trust and unwavering support continue to be deeply integral to our accomplishments. 2024 is set to be another exciting year for the business, with further changes afoot that will continue to propel us forward”.

Northern Lights in factory - Hotel Designs

Image credit: Hotel Designs

During the Hotel Designs visit to Northern Lights’ 38,000 square foot factory earlier in the year, it was clear that artisan craftsmanship is the leading light of the business. With so many capabilities all under one roof, it gives the company the edge that not many other brands are able to replicate.

So what’s next for Northern Lights? Its journey continues with further investment into brand new machinery and tools, driving improvements to internal efficiencies, as well as a digital project to further elevate the brand and its non-bespoke offerings.

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Main image credit: Northern Lights