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45 Park Lane, London

Light as art at 45 Park Lane

Thierry W Despont’s aim was to use lighting as art in the reception of 45 Park Lane in Mayfair, London. Working in partnership with architects at Paul Davis and Partners, a London-based practice with an international portfolio known for its integration of contemporary architecture within historic environments, we overcame the significant challenges that producing this 5m high, 1.5 ton art installation entailed.

The light comprises around fifty opal acrylic sections of varying sizes with polished stainless steel rods and panels reflecting and complementing the diffused light emanating from the almost 30 cold cathode lamps within.

The finished design was adapted from the original requirement for glass panels, which it was soon clear would not be malleable enough and also would make this weighty piece even heavier.

It was assembled and installed in situ over two weeks by our team and is a striking piece to which visitors to the hotel’s eyes are inevitably drawn.

Designer

Thierry W Despont