Nobu London Portman Square

The design narrative for Nobu London Portman Square was focused on an atmosphere of timeless elegance and contemporary luxury.

Lighting was to be an essential element in creating the right ambience and when it came to statement decorative fittings, bespoke lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn was the obvious choice.

Dernier & Hamlyn has been making bespoke lighting since 1888 and their work for David Collins Studio at The Nobu saw their team’s extensive experience and wide-ranging artisan skills brought to bear in a variety of ways to produce more than 100 individual pieces crafted from brass and hand finished in bronze.

Lighting made by Dernier & Hamlyn features in the most spectacular areas of the hotel including wall, ceiling and pendant lights in the restaurant and bar and private dining room.

Particularly noteworthy bespoke light fittings crafted to David Collins Studio’s designs include:

  • In the restaurant’s lobby lounge a pendant some 1600mm square and four square luminaires that sit atop cabinets containing wines and spirits comprise hand crafted brass frames fitted with glass panels on which bespoke parchment shades are fitted.
  • Four bronze pendants finished in antique brass some 1300mm in length are above the sushi bar which were hand cut, shaped and welded fitted with bespoke handmade seeded glass shades.
  • Twelve ceiling lights for the main restaurant feature reeded glass tubular shades and hand formed brass end caps. They are fixed using 1m long handcrafted brass rods fitted with solid brass spheres.
  • Dernier & Hamlyn also engineered an 80m brass track system to accommodate hand folded white paper shades created by Danish bespoke shade maker Le Klint.
  • Twelve colonnade lights wall lights are installed in the lobby ceiling which were formed from brass sheets cut by hand, all pieces all individually silver soldered and finished in a unique bronze shade created by the David Collins team. Light is softly dissipated through the 22 shades created by sandwiching luxury Spanish parchment between glass panels

David Collins Design Studio’s design director Lewis Taylor says: “We have a proven track record of collaborating with Dernier & Hamlyn to create unique lighting pieces that are finished to the highest quality. Their craftsmen and technicians really know the level of detail we will want to go into and the uncompromising quality that we expect. The process of transforming an idea off paper and into reality with them is also an enjoyable one with sampling and mock-ups to ensure the desired finished lighting effect in addition to the finished product.”

Lyn Newcombe, Dernier & Hamlyn’s head of projects said: “This project utilised many of our team’s skills to ensure the lighting we manufactured achieved the quality and attention to detail required. The lighting they produced for Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is even more exquisite than we hoped for and we have no doubt that the hotel’s guests and diners will have their experience enhanced by the mood it helps to create.”

Image credit: Jack Hardy

Designer

David Collins Studio

Nobu London Portman Square

The design narrative for Nobu London Portman Square was focused on an atmosphere of timeless elegance and contemporary luxury.

Lighting was to be an essential element in creating the right ambience and when it came to statement decorative fittings, bespoke lighting manufacturer Dernier & Hamlyn was the obvious choice.

Dernier & Hamlyn has been making bespoke lighting since 1888 and their work for David Collins Studio at The Nobu saw their team’s extensive experience and wide-ranging artisan skills brought to bear in a variety of ways to produce more than 100 individual pieces crafted from brass and hand finished in bronze.

Lighting made by Dernier & Hamlyn features in the most spectacular areas of the hotel including wall, ceiling and pendant lights in the restaurant and bar and private dining room.

Particularly noteworthy bespoke light fittings crafted to David Collins Studio’s designs include:

  • In the restaurant’s lobby lounge a pendant some 1600mm square and four square luminaires that sit atop cabinets containing wines and spirits comprise hand crafted brass frames fitted with glass panels on which bespoke parchment shades are fitted.
  • Four bronze pendants finished in antique brass some 1300mm in length are above the sushi bar which were hand cut, shaped and welded fitted with bespoke handmade seeded glass shades.
  • Twelve ceiling lights for the main restaurant feature reeded glass tubular shades and hand formed brass end caps. They are fixed using 1m long handcrafted brass rods fitted with solid brass spheres.
  • Dernier & Hamlyn also engineered an 80m brass track system to accommodate hand folded white paper shades created by Danish bespoke shade maker Le Klint.
  • Twelve colonnade lights wall lights are installed in the lobby ceiling which were formed from brass sheets cut by hand, all pieces all individually silver soldered and finished in a unique bronze shade created by the David Collins team. Light is softly dissipated through the 22 shades created by sandwiching luxury Spanish parchment between glass panels

David Collins Design Studio’s design director Lewis Taylor says: “We have a proven track record of collaborating with Dernier & Hamlyn to create unique lighting pieces that are finished to the highest quality. Their craftsmen and technicians really know the level of detail we will want to go into and the uncompromising quality that we expect. The process of transforming an idea off paper and into reality with them is also an enjoyable one with sampling and mock-ups to ensure the desired finished lighting effect in addition to the finished product.”

Lyn Newcombe, Dernier & Hamlyn’s head of projects said: “This project utilised many of our team’s skills to ensure the lighting we manufactured achieved the quality and attention to detail required. The lighting they produced for Nobu Hotel London Portman Square is even more exquisite than we hoped for and we have no doubt that the hotel’s guests and diners will have their experience enhanced by the mood it helps to create.”

Image credit: Jack Hardy

Designer

David Collins Studio