Lighting manufacturer Chelsom has confirmed that it will exhibit at HD Expo 2019, which takes place at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas on May 15 – 17…
Chelsom will once again bexhibit at HD Expo 2019, which takes place at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas on May 15 – 17. HD Expo is the USA’s premier trade show and conference for the international hospitality industry, remaining at the forefront by offering the newest and most innovative products and services, providing inspiration and connecting hospitality professionals from all facets of the business.
This will be Chelsom’s eighth consecutive year exhibiting at the event where it will be exhibiting pieces from the company’s latest lighting collections, Edition 26. Designed by Robert and Will Chelsom, the collections harness and refine the latest trends in finishes and materials and have been created with the requirements of the international hospitality marketplace at its core. The Edition 26 collections are the company’s most distinctive to date both in terms of design and technology with nearly all pieces having an integral LED light source or available with a LED option.
“HD Expo is the number one show in terms of interior design for the hospitality market in the USA and we are very pleased to be exhibiting again,” said Philip Macaulay, Sales Director. As part of our expanding export division we have focussed our efforts on the US market over the last couple of years and HD Expo is a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s incredibly exciting to be showing what is undoubtedly our most different and design-led collection yet.”
PRODUCT WATCH: Chelsom’s Lunar from Edition 26 collection
Lunar is one of the signature ranges from Chelsom’s latest collection, Edition 26…
Inspired by Art Deco designs of the elegant table lamp, Lunar by Chelsom, exudes timeless elegance that would look at home in any interior.
Available as part of a wider collection of coordinated wall and floor lighting, Lunar features heavy stone bases and backplates sit within curved metal surrounds finished with glass globes secured with threaded metal rings to ensure safety and durability. Finish options include Brushed Brass with Natural stone and Opal glass as pictured in addition to Satin Black with Grey stone and Smoke glass.
Inspired by Art Deco designs, the elegant Capri table lamp by Chelsom exudes retro chic that would look at home in any interior…
Available as part of a wider collection of coordinated wall and ceiling lighting, Capri is one of the stand out ranges from Chelsom’s latest collection, Edition 26, as designed by father-and-son duo Robert and Will Chelsom.
Capri features heavily ribbed Opal glass globes secured with metal threads onto knurled decorative double-stepped caps. The table lamp has a rotary dimmer switch with integral dimmable warm white LED light sources.
Pictured here in Black Bronze, the fitting is also available in Brushed Brass in addition to a number of alternative finish options available to special order for minimum quantities.
In order to kick-start our month’s Spotlight On feature on ‘A Year In Review’ (Products of the year 2018), we have highlighted what we believed to have been the game-changing product launches of 2018. Here is part one of our ultimate throwback…
When December arrives, the finish line is in sight for our industry as we all prepare to hang up our tools for another year in order to celebrate the holidays. But just before we do, here’s a little throwback to reflect on this year’s major product launches. From new lighting ranges to the future of furniture (and everything in between), we believe this year has been a significant 365 days, with these products launching with the aim to help take international hotel design to into a new era. So, here are our top picks from those launches.
1) Bisque – rustic and rose-gold finishes (Recommended Supplier)
Bisque, the UK’s first ever luxury radiator brand, unveiled two new distinctive finishes in spring ’18 that stole the show. Rustique and Rose Copper are two styles that have been produced using an oxidation technique, creating a truly authentic finish. These bespoke designs are made to order and are available exclusively on Bisque’s Classic collection of radiators and from its newly opened showroom in Islington.
In conjunction with designer Kurt Merki Jr., Duravit created a furniture range that launched in July ’18. The range is specially attuned to the design of the contemporary DuraSquare washbasins. The striking feature is the quadrant-shaped chrome profile edging the furniture. On the floor-standing model, the transition to the leg frame is absolutely seamless. The chrome profile accentuates the edges of both variants. It continues along the corner radius of the washbasin, creating harmony and a striking independence.
Inspired by nature – think warm misty droplets – bathroom specialist Hansgrohe developed the new PowderRain spray, which many bathroom companies have followed suit. The product has been designed to make a shower feel like a warm summer rain experience. The innovative PowderRain spray is featured in a new Hansgrohe range of Raindance showerheads. In addition, as more and more hotel groups internationally pledge to reduce water wastage in their hotels, the PowderRain spray technology efficiently reduces water and energy consumption to help safeguard our planet’s natural resource.
It’s nothing new that collaborations have been the focus on many suppliers’ strategies this year, with some companies going as far as partnering up with friends in different markets – all in the name of finding inspiration and pushing design boundaries. Brintons’ collaboration with Timorous Beasties is the perfect example of this – and to the suprise of nobody, the collection won Designer Collaboration of the Year.
In designing Craigend, Timorous Beasties called upon their fascination with the often-brutal beauty of the natural world, as well as taking aesthetic inspiration from different crafting materials including paint, ink and fabric.
Designed by renowned industrial designer Christoph Behling, the Geberit AquaClean Tuma fits harmoniously into any bathroom. Thanks to its elegant, streamlined design and compact shape (with a projection of just 553mm), the new shower toilet can add extra comfort to any sized bathroom, transforming them into an oasis of wellbeing.
The new shower toilet can be tailored to suit any bathroom due to its design cover, which is available in several colours and materials. This helps to perfectly coordinate with Geberit’s extensive range of flush plates.
6) Vaughan – The Tribal Collection (Recommended Supplier)
Among the showrooms opening their doors at Focus18 was Vaughan, which showcased a new collection with a strong focus on table lamps. Demonstrating that interior design inspiration can come from anywhere, its new Tribal collection is based on travels around the globe that Lucy Vaughan, the creative director of the brand, has experienced. The result is an array of vibrant lampshades, embroidered cushions and unusual upholstered chairs which aim to celebrate the craftsmanship and culture of fabrics Vaughan and her daughter have sourced. Each unique in their own right, the products within the collection is ideal for boutique hotels looking to create a statement, an editorial story we brought you one week ahead of this launch.
Pushing the boundaries in design is something that comes naturally for lighting expert Moritz Waldemeyer. Perhaps working with the likes of Will.I.Am to create a jacket that lights up helps, but it’s his passion for taking lighting design further that keeps Waldemeyer firmly at the top of the lighting design food chain.
In May, he provided Focus18 a specially commissioned installation, which offered an unforgettable immersive experience of light, colour and movement. Waldemeyer’s piece allowed the consumer to put any light in front of a sensor, which would then reflect the colour onto the wall.
Waldemeyer continued to put his innovative foot forward as his studio become a supporting partner of The Brit List 2018, displaying yet another pioneering lighting installation.
Chelsom don’t do anything by halves, including how they lavishly launch new collections. Earlier this year, the lighting company impressed the world with the unveiling of Edition 26. Taking over London’s One Marylebone – and raising the bar of global product launches – the company showcased the the new items in spectacular fashion as each lit up the room with innovation, style and forward-thinking design.
If you launched an innovative product 2018, or know of a new product that you believe is a game changer in international hotel design, then we want to hear all about it. Please email Zoe Gurrier or call +44(0)1992 374059.
This year’s Sleep + Eat event has announced new exhibitors to the show, as well as some you will already know. With over 150 suppliers attending the event, many of whom will be launching new collections, this year’s event being held in late November has the potential to be the best yet…
Sekers: Contract furnishing fabrics supplier who will showcase a selection of hospitality fabric ranges. New to the Sleep + Eat event will be the Copernicus collection, a versatile collection of two woven velvets.
Chelsom’s products. Left to right: Icicle, Radar, and Roma.
Chelsom: Will show products from their latest collection ‘Edition 26’, a collection that promises to be a truly eclectic lighting experience. Dominating this collections design is an array of brass tones, textured Venetian coloured glass and varying marble finishes. All available with LED light sources to accommodate the latest developments in technology and energy efficiency.
Bang & Olufsen
Bang & Olufsen: The second time the Danish company have exhibited at the event. They will bring along a range of ultra HD Tv’s for the hospitality sector, public area audio solutions and guest room Bluetooth speakers.
Ligne Roset Contract
Ligne Roset: The brand will be presenting their signature sofa range, each created by a different designer. With these sofas being described with such whimsicle imagination such as ‘a tube of toothpaste folded over on itself like a stovepipe and closed at both ends’, the collection promises to ignight the imagination.
Other brands at the Sleep + Eat event that we are excited to see include:
Halo from Chelsom is one of the signature ranges from the brand-new collection Edition 26, presenting true statement lighting fittings that create impressive additions to a wide variety of interior genres…
Decorative LED filament lamps reflect a warm glow off the interiors of Brushed Brass rings. The rings on the four and eight light chandeliers can rotate at the end of the arms to give a random and unique lighting appearance. The 10 light has rings suspended on black silk- covered cable to look similarly random and create a striking impact.
Both ceiling and wall variations are available with the latter able to be installed with the ring mounted vertically or horizontally. The range is priced with and comes complete with lamps as shown.
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Laguna is one of the signature ranges from Chelsom’s latest collection, Edition 26…
Rediscovered original 1960’s artisan glass moulds which had lain unused since the late 1970’s create a stunning family of geometric patterned mouthblown glass table lamps and pendants. The designs of Chelsom’s new Laguna range are re-imagined with rich sumptuous tones to create a beautiful range that transcends time.
Synonymous with design, Italy has lead the world of fashion and interiors for well over 50 years. Accordingly, Italy welcomed the brand new and refreshing design concepts of the 1950’s and 1960’s and in doing so embraced one of the biggest design features of that era, the geometric pattern.
The original Laguna moulds were created by renowned Italian master glass makers from the Venice region and Chelsom’s partner Artisan Glass factory kept them in storage where they lay unused until 2015 when they were unearthed and restored. The first pieces blown from the original moulds produced beautiful samples and inspired Chelsom to begin the design process to create stunning collections of table lamps and ceiling pendants straight out of Italian history.
A trio of opulent colours- Olive, Mocca and Aqua- were selected to best show off the detailed intricacies of the geometric pattern relief in the glass and the heavy weight of each of the individually mouth blown pieces makes the range perfectly suited to the contract market. Metalwork options of Black Bronze, Golden Bronze or Brushed Nickel have been carefully selected to best complement the glass finishes and all products have been wired with gold or silver silk covered cable. A range of fabric shades with various material and colour options are available for table lamps.
The result is a totally unique collection evocative of the original period and heritage, with heavily detailed and rebated glass creating statement pieces that would look at home in both traditional and contemporary interior schemes.
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Tapered perforated metal shades, brushed brass rings and even glass icicles were some of the focal trends that were unveiled at Chelsom Lighting’s launch of Edition 26.
Two years since the launch of Edition 25, leading designers, procurement experts and friends of the firm gathered at One Marylebone last night in central London to celebrate the awaited unveiling of the collection.
With more than 70 years experience in hospitality design, Chelsom’s father and son duo Robert and William Chelsom’s creative stamp is imprinted throughout the entire range. Speaking at the event, William said: “This collection is the product of 18 months of hard work from everyone at Chelsom. I am delighted to be able to showcase Edition 26 in such a spectacular way with such a fitting venue as a backdrop.”
One of the many statement pieces in the newly launched collection is the striking Icicle, which features dimmable integral LED light sources in the bad of the glass icicles that throw light upwards giving a warm ambient glow whilst reflecting off the tiny silver leaf flecks within the handmade glass.
Icicle by Chelsom Lighting
Elsewhere in the collection, the Halo features decorative LED filament lamps that reflect a warm glow off the interior of brushed brass rings. The rings on both the four and eight light chandeliers can rotate at the end of the arms to give an asymmetrical appearance.
Halo by Chelsom Lighting
The Radar features shallow perforated metal collie shades that are supported by detailed knurled lamp holder.
Radar by Chelsom Lighting
The Pear, which was displayed in a large installation in the main hall, features tiny points of LED lights that project a sparkling glow into unusually sculptured crackle glass pears.
Pear by Chelsom Lighting
Other products that were displayed around the venue included the Criterion, the Oxford and the Chelsea.
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Chelsom worked closely with Joyce Wang Studio and procurement specialist Benjamin West to create a custom designed lighting scheme for the refurbishment of guestrooms, corridors and public areas in the 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London.
The interior scheme was completely original, with Joyce Wang designing the lighting pieces, taking inspiration from the textures, forms and colours found in London’s iconic Hyde Park. The design team created an eclectic range of fittings in a variety of different materials, all of which required a range of manufacturing techniques.
The combination of differing rich brass metalwork alongside textured glasses and organic materials was deliberate to create a striking visual impact.
Statement chandeliers are prominent in the suites and guestrooms, each featuring individual lighting designs. Chandeliers in the suites take on organic forms with branch like brass arms sprawling across the ceiling finished with cracked glass acorns.
Other stand out chandeliers feature a trio of asymmetrically positioned ultra-shallow light units housing integral LED light sources. Each light unit features faux alabaster bottom diffusers and solid clear glass rods positioned around the perimeter creating a sparkle of twinkling light. Unique bedside wall sconces have dark metal frames which house jewel-like glass diffusers refracting beautiful light effects across the walls.
In keeping with the nearby Royal Horseguards Parade, corridor and bathroom light fittings were manufactured using synthetic horse hair. Bathroom wall sconces show the hair wrapped tightly around metal backplates to act as reflectors to the backlit light sources while magnanimous square pendants adorned with ribbed glass rods and ponytails of hair line the corridors.
In the public areas, Chelsom says it has been sensitive to the period architecture of the interior. In the main entrance lobby the company supplied modernised balustrade mounted light fixtures, which continue the overarching theme of crackled glass tones with rich brass metalwork.
As part of the refurbishment the team also restored existing chandeliers in the Rosebury Lounge, upgrading the technology and restoring the metalwork.
Chelsom are delighted to announce that they will once again be exhibiting at the annual Sleep Event, which takes place at the Business Design Centre in London on 21st-22nd November 2017.
Sleep is Europe’s leading trade event for interior hospitality products providing an annual meeting for those at the forefront of hotel design, development and architecture.
This will be Chelsom’s 11th consecutive year at the event and this year they will be exhibiting a selection of stunning custom designed products created specifically for the refurbishment of the guestrooms and suites of The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park London.
In addition Chelsom will also be providing an exclusive preview of brand new pieces from the upcoming collection, Edition 26, as designed entirely in-house by Robert and Will Chelsom and will be available from May 2018 onwards.
Managing Director, Will Chelsom said: “Sleep is the number one UK show in terms of interior design for the hospitality market and we are very pleased to be back again. Being able to see what the wider market is up to is really inspirational and it’s a great environment for companies to showcase their latest product designs and innovations.
“Sleep has become a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s exciting for us to be promoting our new off-shoot collection and promoting a selection of new pieces from what is undoubtedly our most eclectic collection to date,” he added.
The Scroll Desk Lamp is a sleek and contemporary piece fusing clean and stylish design with the latest technology.
Also available as a Floor Lamp, the Scroll range features tubular metalwork which forms an elliptical base that flows in to an upright angled column. Both Table and Floor Lamps are designed to throw light forward on to guestroom reading areas and tall fabric cone shades create diffused ambient lighting.
Pictured here in Black Bronze, the fitting is also available in Polished Chrome in addition to a number of alternative finish options available to special order for minimum quantities.
This month Chelsom, leading designer and manufacturer of decorative lighting for the global hospitality and marine sectors, celebrates 70 successful years in business.
Chelsom was founded by Reg and Kay Chelsom in 1947 and began trading as an antique shop in Blackpool under the name ‘The Golden Age’. Soon progressing to three shops, they began to manufacture reproduction period lighting which they distributed to retailers and interior designers throughout the UK. Robert Chelsom took over as CEO in the 1970’s and led the company to the forefront of the hospitality lighting industry. Current Managing Director, Will Chelsom, joined the company in 2006 and has been instrumental in driving the Export division and diversifying into the marine sector.
Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in more than 70 countries across the world which in turn led to the firm being awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in its seventieth year. Exports now account for around 40% of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the marine side, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Robert Chelsom, Chairman, commented, “I am thrilled that Chelsom is celebrating 70 years as a family business and as we enter our seventieth year I am delighted to be working alongside my son. Will represents the third generation of the family involved in the business and with his ideas for growth, understanding of the industry and a genuine passion for what he does, I am certain we will be celebrating many more anniversaries like this.”
Will Chelsom says, “It’s a real achievement to be celebrating our seventieth anniversary this year and still be able to call ourselves a genuine family business. We are also incredibly proud to be able to commemorate this anniversary with the news that we have been awarded the Queen’s Award for International Trade. Not only does the award acknowledge the dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally, but it is fitting recognition that this third-generation family business is now at the forefront of the industry thanks to a combination of our product designs, sales strategies and ultimately all the accompanying hard work by every member of the team.”
The Custom Crown pendant is one of eleven unique and creative designs that form the Chelsom custom lighting range which launched in 2016 as part of the Edition 25 collection.
A true statement centrepiece, Custom Crown features two flat horizontal rings with recessed contrasting colour centre sections suspended from three fine strainer wires.
Black fabric cylinder shades with steep angled cuts have Champagne Gold interiors to give a warm ambient glow of gold uplight. This highly decorative fitting can be made in any finish, diameter or shape with any number of lights or tiers. The pendant can be created with a long drop suitable for stairwells and atriums.
Following sustained growth and success in supplying custom lighting to the global marine industry, Chelsom are strengthening their board with the appointment of John Hadley as Marine Director.
Previously Head of Marine Sales, John has led much of the company’s ongoing development in this demanding market sector and has overseen prestigious projects for many of the world’s leading cruise lines. Working closely with marine interior designers, outfitters, shipyards and cruise operators, John has helped to build the company’s reputation for a thorough understanding of the specific needs and requirements of this specialised marketplace.
John Hadley says: “We have an amazing in-depth design, manufacturing, technical and project management infrastructure at Chelsom which has allowed us to compete for and win some of the cruise industry’s most prestigious contracts. We have created lighting schemes for some of the biggest names within the industry with recent notable projects including the stunning custom centrepiece fittings for Regent Seven Seas’, ultra-luxurious ‘Explorer’, the world’s largest cruise ship RCCL’s ‘Harmony of the Seas’, P&O Cruises ‘Britannia’, ‘Crystal Esprit’, multiple TUi Cruises projects along with the extensive refurbishments of Carnival UK’s ‘QM2’, ‘Crystal Mozart’, TUi’s ‘Discovery’ and ‘Discovery 2’.”
Managing Director Will Chelsom comments: “John is a true professional with more than 20 years’ knowledge of the contract market and has been focussed on the marine division of our business for the last 6 years. He will help to shape the strategy and continued growth of this side of our business as we tackle bigger and more complex projects. His vast marine knowledge and an extensive understanding of the Chelsom technical and engineering capabilities is a combination that will contribute to furthering our success within this extremely challenging and exciting marketplace.”
Ganesh Prasad recently joined international lighting specialists Chelsom as Head of Technical. Having worked in India, the Middle East and the UK he brings a wealth of experience in all aspects of technical lighting with a speciality in LED light sources, their design and function.
Since he joined the company, Ganesh has noticed an interesting difference in the type and direction of technical questioning that comes from the interior design industry as against those from an architectural background. Questions tend to relate to creating ambience rather than the hard technical facts covering industry standards, detailed light output measurement etc.
Q: Are there any specific light level requirements for hotel guestrooms? GP: To answer simply there is no specific legislation or standards relating to light levels in hotel guestrooms. However associations like CIBSE and SLL in the UK or IESNA in North America do set down guidelines rather than mandatory requirements. They would cover a suggested light level for task areas such as desk or reading areas like bedside or armchair. In essence though, the correct light levels for guestrooms are defined by guest satisfaction. The biggest single complaint registered by hotel visitors is the lack of sufficient lighting in guestrooms. Such spaces are multifunctional and designers should therefore build in sufficient light points with optimum light output to ensure guests can work, read, relax and live. There is one part of guestroom lighting which does however follow stringent regulations and that is emergency lighting for use during a power failure, fire or other emergency. Such requirements can be found in building regulations or codes which may vary according to region or type of property.
Q. If so how do we measure the light output of a decorative light fitting? GP: The output from decorative light fittings is measured in lumens and it’s a numerical scale starting from zero which is complete darkness and going upwards. Photometric test equipment would be required in laboratory conditions to give an absolutely accurate lumen output reading but for example a 10W LED lamp will give an output of around 1000 lumens. Of course once that lamp is shrouded by a diffuser or fabric shade, lumen level will drop significantly.
Q. Is there any difference between types of switch? GP: Operationally there is no difference and when the switch is open, then the power is off and when the switch is closed the power reaches the light source. For aesthetic reasons, designers may choose a push button switch, a rocker switch, a toggle switch or a cord switch. Touch switches are another alternative but are often misunderstood in hotel guestrooms when the visitor looks frantically for a switch that isn’t there. Dimmer switches are of course another option and are usually of the rotary type or slide type.
I am often asked about two-way switching, in other words a light fitting that can be switched from the unit itself or from the entry point to the room. Technically it is entirely possible providing we are made aware of the requirement before manufacture so that a four core cable can be installed giving 2 separate lives.
Q. Dimming always seems complicated why is that? GP: Dimming itself is not at all complicated. However there are many types of dimming systems and technologies in the marketplace just as there are many different types of dimmable lamps or light sources. Where confusion can arise is in the compatibility of the systems, the intermediate switching and the lamps themselves. This confusion arises particularly with LED light sources whose compatibility needs more care. The simple answer is ask a specialist such as Chelsom who can advise on the best lamp and dimming technology combinations which will ensure a full range of smooth dimming without flicker or noise.
Q. LED lamps seem to be the only way forward is this right? GP: Yes! Legislation over recent years has banned the manufacture of higher wattage less efficient lamp types; LED’s consume far less energy than other lamp options; they last up to ten times longer than a compact fluorescent equivalent; they are dimmable; they now give out a wide range of colour temperatures including the same warm light as incandescent; they contain no toxic substance such as mercury nor give out any UV glare; they are instant start with no flicker and most importantly costs continue to come down through mass production.
Q. Can you explain IP? GP: IP stands for Ingress Protection and ratings consist of 2 numerical digits on a scale of 0-9, the first digit covering solids such as dust or insects and the second liquids. Most interior hospitality lighting products should have an IP20 rating which basically means it is not possible to access internal electrics and live parts. Bathroom lighting would require, in certain cases, an IP44 rating meaning luminaires are fairly well protected against solid ingress and water ingress. What is important in bathrooms are the zones which are described in the attached diagram and which cover areas created by the bath or shower and areas within 600mm of the bath or shower. For zone 1 only low voltage fittings with a minimum rating IPX5 are allowed. For zone 2 fittings with a minimum rating of IPX4 are required. Outside zone 2 any luminaires can be used providing they are protected by an RCD.
Q. What is colour temperature? GP: The colour temperature of a lamp relates to how the human eye sees the colour emitted from a light source once it’s illuminated. The range is from a ‘cold light’ to a ‘warm light’ and the colder the temperature, the more blue is involved and the warmer the temperature, the more red is involved. The colour temperature itself is measured in Kelvins and the higher numbers are colder say 6000 Kelvins with the lower numbers being warmer say 2000 Kelvins. Recent scientific research has shown that a colder blue light makes you more alert as it gives the feeling of bright light in the middle of the day. Warmer red light is more relaxing as it replicates dusk at the end of the day. There are no legal or guideline requirements for colour temperature in hotel guestrooms but once again guest satisfaction is the driving force. The general consensus is that 2700 Kelvin gives the right ambience as it is the closest to incandescent light which we have all been used to for a hundred years.
Q. Is it easy to fit USB ports and will the same port charge all devices? GP: A USB port requires sufficient space including a depth of about 30mm. As long as a table lamp base or wall light backplate has that space it is relatively easy to fit the ports. There are 3 different types of ports relating to the 3 different types of connector in the marketplace. We usually work with Type A which is widely used with most smartphones and tablets. The voltage required for all devices is 5V but the amperage varies from device to device. For example an iPad will take 2.1A and an iPhone will take 0.5A. You need to be sure therefore that the USB connectors are compatible with the higher load capacity in order to charge all devices.
Ganesh adds “I joined Chelsom at a very exciting time for guestroom lighting. Not only is LED technology developing extremely fast but dimming systems and guestroom lighting management systems are playing a large part. Lighting management can create huge savings in running costs whilst giving the guests a more satisfying stay at the hotel. The crucial thing is to talk to the experts and talk to them early in the project.”
Chelsom are very pleased to announce the launch of the stunning new Furniture Collection 2017.
Chelsom’s in-house design team has worked hard to create trend setting styles, whilst maintaining high quality standards and commercial appeal. New finishes and materials create a big impact ensuring the collection is Chelsom’s most innovative and striking to date.
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Not only does the website enhance the catalogue aesthetically, it has also been designed with navigability and functionality at the forefront. Every product is shown online and the whole catalogue can be downloaded in pdf format.
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Chelsom has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade in recognition of its outstanding export achievements over the past three years. As Britain’s most coveted commercial prize, the awards celebrate and encourage business excellence in the UK. Chelsom has demonstrated outstanding results, achieving 131% growth in international sales over that period.
Chelsom designs and manufactures decorative lighting for the global hotel and marine industries. Innovative in-house designs, high quality manufacturing and excellent service levels have contributed towards winning prestigious projects in 70 countries across the world. Exports now account for around 40% of all sales and Chelsom has built an exceptionally strong client base including major hotel operators such as Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, Starwood, Hilton, Accor, Marriott and on the marine side, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Robert Chelsom, Chairman, commented, “I am extremely proud that Chelsom is one of only 102 companies across all industries to be honoured with the award for International Trade this year because it acknowledges the hard work, dedication and passion that every employee has shown in helping to drive the business forward internationally. The award comes in Chelsom’s 70th anniversary year making it fitting recognition that a third generation family business is continuing to expand and develop.”
Will Chelsom, Managing Director, has been instrumental in driving the Export division and diversifying into the marine sector. He says, “We have achieved remarkable export growth particularly in North America, the Middle East and Europe. Major investments in our international sales team, our branding and overseas exhibitions have raised our international profile and have all been critical to our success. I am pleased to say, however, that we have maintained equal focus on the UK market which has also grown by almost 45% over the same period. Winning this export award is a great honour but it is also confirmation that our product design, overseas sales strategies and all the accompanying hard work are taking us to the forefront of our global industry.”
The Rock desk lamp light fuses clean and stylish design with the latest trends to create a sleek and contemporary piece that works in any setting.
Available as part of a wider collection including table, floor and wall lighting, the Rock desk lamp features a heavy cubed natural stone base supporting a detailed plate and upright column in Black Bronze metalwork.
The adjustable arm features a locking key swivel joint which gives an industrial twist to the piece.
The Berlin wall lightfuses clean and stylish design with the latest technology to create a sleek and contemporary piece that looks equally at home in more traditional settings.
Available as part of a wider collection including table and floor lighting, the Berlin range features a detailed knurled centre section with table and floor models featuring off-centre upright double columns.
Pictured here in Black Bronze, the range is also available in Polished Chrome as a standard option with alternative finishes available to special order for minimum quantities.
The elegant Stockholm table lamp is one of the standout pieces from Chelsom’s new collection, Edition 25.
Epitomising the understated beauty of Scandinavian design, Stockholm is a sleek table lamp featuring seamless joints between glass and brushed metalwork with clean lines at the forefront of the design.
Pictured in Brushed Nickel with iridescent Smoke glass, the range is also available in English Brass with Clear glass and is offered with an alternative cylindrical base.
The words cruise and luxury have been inextricably linked since the days when the mighty liners were the preferred mode of transport for traversing the globe.
Regent Seven Seas have taken those levels of luxury to new higher standards with their recently launched ship Explorer. Christened by Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco in 2016, the ship brings elegance and glamour to the world’s greatest destinations allowing guests to travel whilst viewing Picassos and Segals hanging within the spacious interiors.
International lighting specialists Chelsom worked closely with the three design practices involved in the luxurious interiors- RTKL of Miami, Tillberg of Sweden and ICrave of New York- to create the stunning decor schemes which claim to ‘exceed the loftiest expectations for luxury’.
The main lighting focal point is the spectacular chandelier which hangs in the atrium between sweeping art deco staircases, intricate columns and sculptured architectural features. With a diameter of 3metres and a drop of over 4metres, the chandelier features over 6,000 individual high quality crystal octagon drops, each one attached to a chrome wire frame to prevent movement and vibration when the ship is under way. The drops are suspended from a finely engineered custom brass frame.
Further high quality glass, but in a more contemporary style, is used in the Meridian Lounge where a 5.5metre diameter horseshoe chandelier illuminates the dancefloor and surrounding tables. Three tiers of individually mouth blown teardrop glasses are illuminated from above with LED light sources.
By contrast, in the Canyon Ranch Spa Club, Chelsom created a spectacular modern lighting feature using polished stainless steel and hand sculpted glass cylinder shades. At 2.5metres diameter, the fitting draws the eye as soon as you enter the spa reception and further chandeliers were created throughout the rest of the spa.
Entertaining guests is a high priority on board and the luxurious Constellation Theatre provides the ideal setting for evening performances, many in the true Hollywood style. Chelsom created a striking chandelier to hang in the decadent stairwell which featured hand cut triedri clear glass drops hanging from a polished brass frame. Illuminated from within by a myriad of clear lamps, the chandelier adds just the right kind of sparkle to this theatrical setting.
Having a good time extends beyond the confines of the ship and shore excursions to the various destinations is a big part of the cruising programme. The Destination Centre therefore is a popular area which guests can visit and relax in whilst arranging exciting times ashore. Centred above the opulent sofas hangs a custom made Chelsom chandelier dressed with 350 individual rods each containing 5 or 6 mouth blown glass spheres in a mixture of mirrored and clear crystal glass with the light reflected off the highly polished metal frame.
Were those passengers from the great early twentieth century liners able to come back today and cruise on the Explorer, they would no doubt feel completely at home in the opulent luxury of her magnificent interiors.
The Custom Orion pendant is one of eleven unique and creative designs that form the Chelsom custom lighting range which launched in 2016 as part of the Edition 25 collection.
A true statement centrepiece, Custom Orion features shallow circular LED light sources with Opal acrylic diffusers sandwiched between top and bottom discs supported by randomly positioned arms to give an asymmetric effect.
Clients can specify dimensions and shapes as well as finish. The pendant can be created with a long drop suitable for stairwells and atriums and there is a matching wall light.
LED Dock Combination by Chelsom is a slender hotel guest room or ship cabin wall light ideal for the bedside with main room illumination from within the fabric shade.
A warm white LED reading light is housed within a cylindrical head that swivels 90 degrees and ‘docks’ into a semi recessed backplate. The innovative wall light also features a USB charging port which remains powered even when the lights are switched off.
LED Dock Combination is available in two standard finishes including Polished Chrome and an industrially inspired Black Bronze finish seen as pictured.
Two days before Harmony Of The Seas, the world’s largest ever cruise ship, left the STX shipyard in St. Nazaire where she was built, the Chelsom team were part of the two thousand contractors still on board putting the finishing touches to the magnificent interiors which would be enjoyed by the six thousand passengers she would carry.
At 227,000 tonnes this magnificent vessel boasts 21 restaurants and 23 swimming pools with a vast central open public space- Central Park. With the world’s longest slides for the children and a twelve hundred seat theatre to entertain passengers in the evening, the ship is full of superlatives and has pushed out all the boundaries in cruising, hospitality and entertainment.
Having worked with STX previously on the build of EUROPA2, Chelsom were delighted to be involved in the design and manufacture of the majority of the public area lighting, supplying some 600 fittings covering 74 different designs. Chelsom’s marine experience ensured effective ‘marinisation’ of luminaires to cope with the continual movements on board caused by the sea state or vibration. All component parts were modified to be securely fixed and rattle free with sound engineering whilst still retaining the striking visual impact required by the 12 different designers involved.
The areas within which Chelsom worked include:
The Theatre where they supplied three 3m diameter statement pendants incorporating burlesque style stretch style spandex fabric and lace ribbons to give a Moulin Rouge style;
Wonderland where an entire ceiling lighting structure was created featuring hundreds of delicate suspended porcelain flowers lit with fibre optics;
Central Park where magnificent street lamps housed sound systems inside them, where Jamie’s restaurant featured chandeliers dressed with mouth blown glass balls and Vintages where ceiling fittings and wall lights were gold gilded and dressed with crystal;
The Windjammer restaurant where Chelsom created food whisks with tiny LED lights concealed within to illuminate the servery;
Sorrento’s with its huge central fitting incorporating illuminated acrylic rods;
The Casino with its opulent elliptical crystal chandeliers, each faceted drop being securely fixed and illuminated with LED light sources.
Beyond that Chelsom also manufactured lighting for the Diamond Club, the Jazz Club, the Comedy Club, Pub and Teen Lounge.
There is no doubt Harmony of the Seas will provide the ultimate cruising experience and any company involved in the creation of the stunning interiors will be proud to have been part of the supply team.
Chelsom Head of Marine Sales John Hadley said “It’s always amazing to follow a project from its inception two years previously right up to seeing the finished article. It has been an amazing challenge blending the aesthetic and stringent functional requirements of all the parties involved and I am so proud that Chelsom brought so many components of the project together to make it work successfully.”
The elegant Stockholm table lamp is one of the standout pieces from Chelsom’s new collection, Edition 25.
Epitomising the understated beauty of Scandinavian design, Stockholm is a sleek table lamp featuring seamless joints between glass and brushed metalwork with clean lines at the forefront of the design.
Pictured in Brushed Nickel with iridescent Smoke glass, the range is also available in English Brass with Clear glass and is offered with an alternative cylindrical base.
Chelsom is pleased to reveal its work with Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and the Cardy Group in creating a stunning custom designed lighting scheme for the guestrooms and suites of one of New York’s coolest new hotel openings – Thompson Hotels The Beekman.
The scheme was completely individual in its entirety as to be expected from MBDS and the lighting pieces designed for the project were no exception. Key pieces included Art Deco-themed bespoke ceiling pendants in antique brass and frosted glass with laser cut detailing for the entrance lobbies to the suites, in addition to stunning mouth-blown smoke glass chandeliers adorning all the guestrooms and suites.
Bespoke orb ceramic table lamps in an olive green crackled finish complete with decorative collar were specified for the bedside along with a kitsch foo dog table lamp in imperial blue.
The lighting scheme was further supplemented by the addition of a striking desk lamp in the form of mouth-blown Venetian glass hand-painted egg in a plethora of vivid colours. The guestroom lighting scheme was completed by two floor lamps; the first being a metal fitting finished in matt black with a decorative wooden handle, teamed with a peacock blue French drum shade lined in gold to give a warm ambient light and create a subtle shimmer effect. The second piece was a retro feel angle poised metal floor standard with a solid marble base and brass detailing finished with a coloured can shaped head.
A duo of vintage inspired chrome wall sconces positioned either side of a centrepiece mirror adorn all bathrooms. Dimmable LED light sources are encased in moulded optical frosted glass to create a classic yet eclectic feel, one perfectly in-keeping with both the flawless interior scheme created by the team at MBDS and the historic building itself.
I never cease to be amazed by the vast breadth of knowledge interior designers need in order to cope with all the different strands that need bringing together to create a successful interior design scheme.
They need to realise a harmonised interior which is above all a desirable destination, uses a refined colour palette, incorporates good proportions, is high on attention to detail and quality, has great style and is entirely practical in terms of the use for which the space is intended. The aim is always to give guests a great experience and ensure they look forward to returning.
But that is just the basics. Beyond that the interior designer has to have all the technical knowledge that goes in to the choice process when selecting individual components which go in to the room. Does the upholstery fabric meet relevant flammability regulations? Will the curtains fade through UV exposure? Will the wallpaper pattern repeat match the wall space available? Is the durability of the carpet suitable for contract use? Is all the electrical equipment suitably certified?
These and many other pieces of expert knowledge need to be at the designer’s fingertips to ensure they design a successful project.
That is where added value can come from the product supply chain who should undoubtedly be experts from within their own fields. At Chelsom, there was a time when our mantra of ‘give the client what they want’ meant exactly that, even if we felt the product designed and selected might not give the long term function or desired effect that was expected. Today we are proud that designers appreciate our expert knowledge and do ask us for advice with lighting issues.
Sometimes saying no is a real positive rather than a negative response because we are anticipating lighting problems which may not be immediately apparent.
For example, an aesthetic design may show a small diameter base on a table lamp to which we will say no as our software confirms it will not pass safety regulations for stability. We will advise that we cannot fit the requested dimmer switch because it is not compatible with the hotel’s existing dimming system. Sorry but we don’t recommend the touch switch you have requested because hotel guests will constantly be phoning the concierge to ask how to switch the lights on.
No you cannot have a one-piece ceiling plate on that chandelier because it needs access panels for maintenance and ventilation for the electronics inside. Rather than the crystals hanging on chains in your lobby visual, we would use delicate fixed rods to prevent the glass work swinging when open doors create a gust of wind.
Of course it is essential that if a manufacturer says something isn’t feasible, they have to propose an acceptable alternative based on their own expert knowledge. The interior designer therefore should always consider that he or she is consistently supported by a massive team of experts who can be trusted to give advice and opinions on the suitability of standard product or custom designs from within their own particular specialised area. Those manufacturers may not understand the whole story but they can certainly give added value in their own field.
For further information or to request a catalogue please contact 01253 831400 or email email@example.com.
The catalogue is more than just a product selector, it encapsulates the Chelsom brand image in addition to showcasing a multitude of beautifully designed new products as well as some older classics covering contemporary and traditional styles. Approximately forty percent of the range is completely new and nearly all pieces are available as an LED option to accommodate the latest developments in technology and energy efficiency.
L-R: Manhattan, Portobello and Stockholm
Will Chelsom, Managing Director, comments: “I believe that our clients will not only appreciate the refinements we have made to our collection in terms of even sharper product designs and higher quality levels, but also the continued changes to the Chelsom brand image. Both the catalogue and website illustrate this perfectly and have been carefully designed with our clients’ requirements as a priority.”
Designed with the international hospitality marketplace at the core, Edition 25 is a truly eclectic lighting collection that harnesses and refines the latest trends in finishes and materials. From the retro inspired oversized Reflector floor lamp to the Nordic influence of the Stockholm table lamp, the innovative LED Revolution reading light to the assortment of beautifully sculpted hand crafted ceramic lamps and Georgian hand cut crystal chandeliers there is something to enhance any interior scheme at all price levels.
L-R: Dish, Park and Tokyo
Robert Chelsom, Managing Director, says: “In all my years working within the lighting industry never has there been a more exciting time to be designing lighting products. Triggered by the fashion cycle, interior trends are moving increasingly faster and in doing so constantly stimulate new design directions when it comes to finishes and materials which is something we have given careful consideration to when creating our latest designs.
“Edition 25 has been a fantastic collection to produce, personally I think it’s our most ground breaking to date and Will and I are proud to be able to say that all product has been designed in- house to create a diverse lighting collection that truly caters for all levels of the hospitality and marine sectors.”
Chelsom are delighted to once again be exhibiting at HD Expo 2016 which takes place at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas on 4th-6th May. HD Expo is the USA’s premier trade show and conference for the international hospitality industry, remaining at the forefront by offering the newest and most innovative products and services, providing inspiration and connecting hospitality professionals from all facets of the business.
This will beChelsom’s 5th consecutive year exhibiting at the event and this year will mark the international launch of their exciting new lighting collections, Edition 25.
Designed by Robert and Will Chelsom, the collections harness and refine the latest trends in finishes and materials and have been created with the requirements of the international hospitality marketplace at their core. The Edition 25 collections are the company’s most distinctive to date both in terms of design and technology with nearly all pieces having an integral LED light source or available with a LED option.
“HD Expo is the number one show in terms of interior design for the hospitality market in the USA and we are very pleased to be exhibiting again. As part of our expanding export division we have focussed our efforts on the US market over the last couple of years and HD Expo is a key date in the diaries of many leading hospitality professionals so it’s incredibly exciting to be launching what is undoubtedly our most different and design-led collection yet.” Commented Philip Macaulay,Sales Director.
Chelsom has become one of the leading designers, manufacturers and suppliers of decorative contract lighting to the international hospitality sector working on a number of significant projects in the last 18months including The Beekman and Grace Hotel in New York, a trio of central London Morgans Hotel Group projects including Mondrian at Sea Containers, The Sanderson and St. Martin’s Lane, Four Seasons Bahrain and Six Senses Douro Valley. Supplying both standard and custom designed lighting products, Chelsom has the expertise to enhance any hotel interior, whether 2-star or 6-star, from cutting edge contemporary to period buildings, guestroom to corridor to public spaces.
Chelsom will be on Stand 12100. For more information on HD Expo and to register to attend please click here. . .
Chelsom bolsters its Sales team with the appointment of Karen Brennan as Sales Consultant for the South of England as the company consolidates its position as a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of decorative lighting to the international hospitality and marine markets.
Cementing what has been a particularly successful eighteen months for the company, Chelsom has recently appointed a highly experienced new team member to further enhance the continued expansion of the Chelsom brand. The new appointment accompanies a series of high profile international project wins and a significant increase in sales across the global hotel, marine and leisure sectors.
Chelsom Swing Reading Lamp
With a professional background in the interior design market spanning more than 20 years in both the UK and UAE, Karen Brennan has spent the last 8 years specialising in the contract hospitality marketplace. Her career to date has provided her with a thorough understanding of the decorative contract market and she brings with her a wealth of experience from her previous roles with companies including Decca Furniture, JAB Furnishings and Skopos Design. During her time in these positions Karen has developed a large number of key relationships within the hospitality industry and has completed projects across a wide client base including Langham Hotels, Monaco Yacht Club, IHG Group, Accor, Hilton Worldwide and St. Regis Hotels to name a few.
Chelsom – Esprit Cove Lounge
Brennan says “During my career in the contract market and within the hospitality environment specifically, I have understood that providing first class client service is the corner stone of any business relationship. I want to add that first class service to Chelsom’s enviable reputation for superior design and quality. Having had a sneak preview of the 2016 collection I am even more excited about joining the UK’s leading hospitality lighting specialist.”
Sales Director, Philip Macaulay says: “We have been very diligent in our search for the right person to join the Sales team. Karen understands the Chelsom ethos and all we are looking to achieve and is well respected within the industry. We are delighted to welcome Karen to the team, she’s certainly coming on board at a very exciting time ready to tackle the opportunities ahead in 2016 with the launch of our new lighting collections, Edition 25, around the corner in May.”
Chelsom was recently commissioned to supply bespoke public area lighting on-board Crystal Cruises’ newest addition to the fleet, the luxury 5- star plus Crystal Esprit. The ship marks Crystal Cruises first foray in to the super yacht market as part of a major growth plan for the company.
Chelsom worked closely with the design team at AD Associates to create a unique lighting scheme designed to enhance the striking contemporary interior concept whilst demonstrating not only their ability to bring a designer’s vision to reality but above all else showcasing their superb engineering capabilities.
Stand out fittings include a magnificent ceiling fixture for the Cove Lounge consisting of multiple rows of triedri crystal drops suspended from an Antique Brass rectangular frame and illuminated by LED retrofit lamps to create a truly eye-catching centrepiece. Along a similar design aesthetic, a configuration of nine rings of varying sizes were designed to adorn the ceiling of the contemporary Patio Café, featuring triedri crystal drops suspended from Antique Brass frames and illuminated by LED light sources.
Chelsom created a dramatic waterfall effect statement lighting installation for the Yacht Club which comprised of Antique Brass rods fitted to an Antique Brass frame interspersed with crystal rods of varying heights to create a striking wave aesthetic. Chelsom also created the main lighting feature for the reception area featuring decorative Antique Brass rods from which hang teardrop shaped illuminations positioned at random to emanate a cascade of water.
The Swing Reading Table Lamp by Chelsom is a sleek and contemporary piece fusing clean and stylish design with the latest technology.
Also available as a Floor Lamp and Wall Light, the Swing Reading range features robust detailed hinges allowing arms to swivel and cylindrical heads with ventilation hole that rotate to give efficient directional light for reading and working.
Standard finish options available include Polished Chrome and the industrially inspired Black Bronze both featuring a coordinating push switch in the base. The range is also available in a number of alternative finish options to special order for minimum quantities including the striking Stone with Black Bronze as pictured.