NVC picks up the Dernier & Hamlyn gauntlet

Dernier & Hamlyn has been purchased by West-Midlands based NVC Lighting. NVC has been operating in the UK since 2007 and provides a wide range of lighting products complementary to Dernier & Hamlyn’s custom-made fittings.

The company is in the early stages of planning an exciting way forward, which looks set to make it the most diverse lighting supplier in the UK with the ability to meet the needs of varied clients from one off ultra-high-end through medium level decorative to volume contract lighting.

NVC’s chief executive Joe Clark said: “We feel a tremendous responsibility taking on D&H, which is such a well-respected brand in the lighting industry with a tremendous heritage. However, we believe we are the right people to progress it to the next level and to ensure it flourishes now and into the future.”

Our history is part of our uniqueness

As a company that has been around since 1888, our history makes for fascinating reading. Our archive of materials, products and designs is extensive and often provides inspiration for interior designers’ lighting ideas. In addition, we have comprehensive records of our marketing materials of the past some of which are almost works of art. Take this lovely advert for a revolutionary lighting product of the time which appeared in Punch magazine in 1928. It was part of a multi-faceted marketing campaign to launch this new bedside light that included advertising in national newspapers, Country Life magazine and a large stand at the Ideal Home exhibition!

Featured in Luxury Hospitality magazine

Luxury Hospitality recently talked to our md about trends in hospitality lighting and what inspires him, You can read the article here.

Our views in Interior Designer magazine

Our managing director, Jeremy Quantrill, has been in the lighting industry for more than 20 years. He recently discussed his experience of the creativity of designers and our capabilities with Interior Designer magazine. You can read the article here.

Our lighting contributes to RIBA Stirling Prize

Bloomberg European HQ in London won the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize.  It is a building that is superlative in so many ways and we were proud to have been chosen by Sir Robert McAlpine to help turn Foster + Partner’s concept that combined lighting and audio in a highly sophisticated solution for the private dining room/meeting room into reality. It was great to see the lighting that we had seen take shape in our factory featured on BBC News at Ten. Read more here

Bespoke lighting for hospitality

Our managing director talks to the editor of Hospitality Interiors about trends and challenges in manufacturing bespoke lighting for the hospitality sector. You can read the article here.

Martin Kemp Design calls on Dernier & Hamlyn for specialist lighting for uber luxury apartments

Martin Kemp Design calls on Dernier & Hamlyn for specialist lighting for uber luxury apartments

Clarges Mayfair is an exciting new landmark development in the heart of London’s Mayfair, which comprises 34 premium residences and a luxury spa with unparalleled views of Green Park and Buckingham Palace. Creative design studio Martin Kemp Design brought together timeless colours and lines, a sense of Britishness and influences of Art Deco and Classicism to deliver this unique, ultra-high specification development.

It was vital that lighting in the entrance vestibule and corridors set the appropriate tone for the apartments beyond so Martin Kemp Design’s Associate Oliver Davies chose Dernier & Hamlyn for this important task.

His team’s designs combined LED lighting for clarity and longevity with the need for a range of specialist metalworking techniques including knurling, casting, machining and spinning. Dernier & Hamlyn is one of the few lighting companies in the UK that can provide all of these skills from its in-house team.

More than 70 wall lights featuring plain glass columns inside hand cut glass tubes joined by bronze hand-formed in Dernier & Hamlyn’s London factory to produce unique effects were manufactured to meet Martin Kemp Design’s exacting standards. Dernier & Hamlyn also produced four beautiful wall mounted floor lamps for Clarges Mayfair that feature hand turned vertical rods and silk shades with handmade Tudor ruff style trims giving playful reference to London’s historic past.

Oliver Davies, Associate at Martin Kemp Design says: “At Clarges Mayfair we were keen to keep everything British. The bespoke lighting is a key element of our design so selecting a UK manufacturer that has a reputation for high quality and we could trust was essential. Our team worked closely with theirs to produce light fittings that met the brief in ways that were practical and cost conscious, whilst maintaining the intricacy of the design.  Working with D&H was a real pleasure and seeing our lights develop from drawings to reality in their UK based factory, reinforced the legacy we have instilled in the project.”

Bespoke brass lighting for Edinburgh’s newest brasserie

Working to a Martin Brudnizki Design Studio design, we produced a stunning two-tier chandelier almost 1.5 m across that forms a focal point in Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux.

The bar and brasserie at The Balmoral – a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh – signifies an alliance between the Forte family and legendary father and son chefs Michel and Alain Roux. Opened in June 2018 the menu offers classic French dishes made with the finest Scottish ingredients.

The chandelier was handmade in Dernier & Hamlyn’s London factory. It is finished in antique brass and fitted with ribbed, curved, translucent panels.


Photo credit: The Balmoral