8 Top Tips for Sculptural Lighting in Hospitality Environments

By Ian Cameron, Creative Director of Cameron Design House 

Helmi Chandelier by Cameron Design House

                                                                         Helmi chandelier by Cameron Design House

1. Make the design work with your space, rather than the other way around

We always take a design-led approach and allow the project to shape our process. At Cameron Design House, it is really important for us to work hand-in-hand with our clients to create a design that is not only visually beautiful but works with the requirements of the space. Custom sizing, configuration and finishes are available across our collection, however providing a bespoke product is not enough and we always provide a bespoke design service to ensure the piece perfectly complements the individual nature of the project.  

One example of this is the Hilton in Minneapolis, who wanted a specific collection of lighting pieces which would complement their hallway area perfectly. We worked closely with their design team to configure a group of Lohjas which were designed to be the centrepiece of the space. 

Rokua Pendant

                                                                  Rokua pendants by Cameron Design House, on display at the Sleep + Eat bar 2018                                                       

2. Craftsmanship is key 

As all of our pieces are handcrafted with a focus on perfecting the most intricate of details, each design involves a very specialist and creative manufacturing process. There are a number of different fabrication methods used for various designs, including the rolling, shaping or cutting of the metals. Although machinery is used for essential parts of the design process, every piece is assembled by hand, with the crystal profile diffusers all hand laid and every individual piece polished by hand.  

Close up of the Haara pendant by Cameron Design House

                                                                         Close up of the Haara pendant by Cameron Design House

Welcome the next generation of hotel, restaurant and bar design at Sleep + Eat, taking place in the heart of the city at Olympia London. 

3. Support British design 

London is a world leader in design, and always has been. In a world that is becoming more and more automated, British design and manufacturing couldn’t be more important. 

Meticulous attention to detail is applied to each design to ensure the electrical wiring is always hidden and the lighting element is concealed, enhancing the sculptural nature of each piece. As an example of this commitment to detail, each of the lantern diffusers on the Haara chandelier consists of 33 individually positioned, hand-drawn glass rods and for some of the designs like the Haara, two years were spent perfecting the design to ensure the highest quality product and finish. 

Close up of the Alavus pendant by Cameron Design House

                                                                         Close up of the Alavus pendant by Cameron Design House

4. Use lighting to make a statement in your space 

Lighting has the ability to transform a space and choosing a unique piece to compliment your interior scheme can make a big impact.

Alavus pendant by Cameron Design House

                                                                          Alavus pendant by Cameron Design House

5. Explore a variety of finishes  

Use finishes that are in keeping with the space. At CDH we have a diverse range of brushed and polished finishes available. Our pieces made up of hand-blown glass elements, such as the Kuulas chandelier and Helmi chandelier, are available in any colour.

Kuulas chandelier by Cameron Design House

                                                                         Kuulas chandelier by Cameron Design House

6. Sizing to compliment the space 

Consider the dimensions of the space before choosing the pendant. For example having a tall ceiling height would lend itself well to a large chandelier such as our Lohja or Kuulas designs.  

7. Play with the configuration of design 

Due to the bespoke nature of our pieces, clients have the flexibility to play with the configuration of our designs. Our signature Lohja chandelier is typically hung in a vertical configuration however we have recently added a new configuration of the design, the Lohja Tornio, which is horizontally aligned. The right configuration is essential in providing the perfect lighting solution for a chandelier over a dining table.

Lohja Tornio by Cameron Design House

8. Combine different types of lighting 

Use a range decorative pendants combined with accent lighting to create different moods in your space. Combining contemporary and traditional lighting styles can create an inspirational effect.

Cameron Design House are a bespoke sculptural lighting company founded in 2014 by Ian Cameron. All pieces are handcrafted in their St John’s Wood studio by talented artisans, open Monday - Friday by appointment. For Sleep + Eat 2018, Cameron Design House have teamed up with Creme Design to design their Rokua pendant for the bar area.  

Register now for your free Sleep + Eat ticket to discover the “recognisable and the new”, including the Rouka pendant as you network and relax at the Sleeper Bar.