Dernier & Hamlyn has moved to new, premium premises in Chessington that incorporate a state-of-the-art studio where clients can work with the company’s design team to progress their lighting designs from concept to reality.

Significant investment is also being made in manufacturing and finishing capabilities including the latest technology and 3d printing, to ensure that the company’s reputation for the highest quality lighting is maintained and improved.

Experienced experts who previously worked for Dernier & Hamlyn are still part of the team including Head of Production Mark Pye, project manager Lyn Newcombe and Design Manager Adam Coare. Strategic and operational management of the company will be greatly enhanced with the appointment of Michael Mulhall as Director of Sales. Michael was previously head of major projects for Dernier & Hamlyn’s new owners NVC UK where he oversaw large lighting programmes for hospitality and luxury residential clients.

Michael says: “We were attracted to Dernier & Hamlyn by the strength of its brand and reputation in the lighting industry. Feedback from our research with designers and others has shown that the quality of the products manufactured was second to none, but there have been frustrations in the past with lead times and flexibility of delivery.

“Dernier & Hamlyn will operate as a totally autonomous company, but one that is part of a global organisation which made sales of more than $600 million in 2019. This gives us access to varied technical, engineering and design resources that complement our own, backed by sound financial support from shareholders including Schneider Electric. We will continue to deliver the high- quality lighting that Dernier & Hamlyn has always excelled in, but in ways that meet the needs of designers and clients in today’s markets.”

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.”