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The Wellesley , London

​A wide range of our craftsmen’s skills were demonstrated with the production of a bespoke lighting collection, manufactured to a Dennis Irvine design for The Wellesley, the 1920’s townhouse hotel in Knightsbridge, London. You can see the results by watching this short video.

The building was beautifully restored with a combination of its original art deco and contemporary style. With 36 rooms and suites, it also boasts a Cigar Lounge and Terrace, The Crystal Bar, The Oval Restaurant and a Jazz Room that complements the building’s musical heritage.

The fittings we produced can be seen in the hotel’s bedrooms and throughout its public areas.

They include:

  • Ceiling and wall lights in an octagonal art deco style with antique bronze finish metal frames and opaque white glass shades for the portico
  • A large circular chandelier dressed with stunning blue glass along with wall lights fitted with LEDs made to replicate cigars for the Humidor Lounge
  • A 2m square chandelier for the Crystal Bar that is fitted with tiers of hundreds of faceted crystal beads
  • Six crystal chandeliers for the Colonnade Lobby
  • A1,500mm diameter chandelier in the Oval Restaurant fitted with rods and solid glass balls
  • A large circular chandelier dressed with clear glass for the Jazz Lounge
  • 150 table lamps and floor standards that are in the bedrooms and public and for the portico
  • Externally we produced several large lanterns and a magnificent statement lantern fixed to a solid iron hand cast frame that is 2.5m wide and weighs some 200kg

Our sister companies Louis Montrose and Tindle Lighting were also involved in this project. Louis Montrose produced a bespoke screen for the Jazz Lounge that takes references from a 1930s chanel dress, while Tindle supplied picture lights that have been installed throughout the corridors of the building.

Dennis Irvine comments: “We have worked with Dernier & Hamlyn on numerous hotel projects and call on them whenever we want unique, high quality fittings that respond appropriately to our design briefs. Their vast knowledge and their meticulous way of working combined with their helpful, consultative approach is invaluable to us and our clients.”

Dernier & Hamlyn’s joint managing director Jeremy Quantrill adds: “This was a complicated but highly engaging project that tested our skills and required the various companies within the Dernier & Hamlyn group to contribute their own specialist skills, ultimately resulting in a beautiful, bespoke lighting collection that showcases our expertise.”


Dennis Irvine