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The Arts Club, london
Founded by Charles Dickens in 1863, The Arts Club moved to its present location in the heart of Mayfair in 1896. Its central purpose has always been to facilitate social intercourse between people interested in art, literature or science.

Above the Club is one of London’s finest luxury boutique hotels offering a discreet escape via its 16 elegant rooms and suites. The hotel opened in October 2015 and offers Club members and their guests the ultimate luxury experience where every detail has been carefully considered.

To meet these exacting demands, Dernier & Hamlyn was asked to produce lighting for the bathrooms that met somewhat competing needs. It had to be subtle and complement the art deco styling, while achieving technical requirements and also satisfying budgetary constraints.

Working closely with the hotel’s design team and interior fit out specialists Becks, Dernier& Hamlyn produced cornice lighting with a handcast bronze frame that looks delicate but is actually sufficiently robust to provide the required strength to uphold the concave opal shade diffusers producing illumination that is both effective and restrained.

The Arts Club’s executive director Alice Chadwyck-Healey says: “Our aim with our new hotel was to provide a haven of for guests to relax in a high-quality, glamorous and discreet suite in central London. The lighting is key to realising the appropriate ambience and we are delighted with this unique solution produced by Dernier & Hamlyn.”