G R E A T . E X P E C T A T I O N S
In the idyllic town of Woburn you'll come across a true hidden gem, Havisham House. Originally an ale house, dating back to the mid-victorian era. This exquisite guest house is situated within walking distance of the historic town centre and all it has to offer, including the Woburn Abbey Estate set within 3,000 acres of Deer Park, home to nine free roaming species of deer. Or if that doesn't tickle your fancy then maybe a trip to the Safari park or a round of golf will.
After a long day of being out and about what is better than being greeted with a warm welcome in a luxury 5* rated stay that gives you the comforts of being in your own home.
The interior of this guest house oozes with its own sophisticated, unique style. The owner, who purchased this property a few years ago, commissioned Prewer & Orsborn to create the lighting design to compliment his vision for his property. We are very please to of added our input into this atmospheric house and to be part of the grand design. The light features that are spread throughout the four floors not only compliment the design and portrayal of the house perfectly but they also give that extra ounce of added character. The lighting helps to accentuate the finishing features and touches that have been so carefully chosen. They not only highlight his privately commissioned art work but they also become a piece of art themselves, for example in the hallway and stairs. Please see the images below.
32 George Street
3 Double Bedrooms
+ 1 twin bedroom
all with ensuite.
Additional lounge and dining room specifically for guests
Use of kitchen and garden area
Weekend Hire available for weddings.
Due to the configurations of the ceilings construction we couldn’t hang one large chandelier in the middle of the room, therefore, in order to create ambient light and to get around the ceilings beam and sky walk obstructions we plotted a layout on Auto CAD and then projected the positions onto the 7m high ceiling with a laser to indicate where the flat inserts would be recesses into the ceiling. To enable us t set the scenes without the need of running switch wires on the surface of the listed beam we made the connections on a board in the loft to a RAKO Wireless Control System. Now we could set the scenes and control it from the App or wall scene switches on the circuits.
2. High adjustable beam spots
3. LED uplighting from the beams to the roof
4. Landing recess dim to warm
5. Integrated LED in gallery balustrade.
On Going Refurb Project of Manor House
Prewer and Orsborn are currently working on a complete refurbishment of a 150 year old, period Manor House in Bedfordshire. We have started off by converting the cellar into a Games, TV and Play Room and the Loft into the oldest Daughters Bedroom, including an Ensuite. In the Cellar we have got the facility of the RGB colour changing LED's into the walls and niches. In the TV side of the cellar, which has a curved ceiling, we have planned for a 'Starry Nights Sky', complemented with LED strips on the walls. The control system used is the wireless Rako Control System with NFC control panels with multiple set scene control which can be altered at your request.
Classic Style Showcased in a Contemporary Surrounding Restored
After spending 10 solid hours up a ladder we have restored two timeless pieces of art. These two Venetian Crystal Chandeliers have been given a new lease of life. Both of these lights have been completely undressed of all their crystal and thoroughly dusted, cleaned and shined before being put back together again. Please see the before and after images attached for a true insight into the difference a good clean can make and how lighting can make all the difference.
Our chandelier cleaning service is available at request only. Please contact our showroom for more information.
One of a Kind...
As seen previously on our 'Bespoke Chandeliers' page is the hand-drawn designs of our Crossbow Range. However, now you all have the chance to see the finish product.
Our client came to us with a vision of having a range of stunning, crystal chandeliers bespokely made for over a table in their kitchen, over the stairs and on the wall of their hallway.
After many conversations on what they wanted the final outcome to look like, we drafted the technical designs of a beautiful, multi-layered crystal chandelier that also had coordinating wall lights. Our client then requested for the original designs to be adjusted so that they were shorter in depth to prevent obscuring the view through the window.
The lights can be designed with several different options of crystals, in both different shapes and colours. By giving our client these options they have the choice in what their final outcome will look like, making it the ultimate bespoke chandelier. With every little detail being adjustable to suit your desires you really can create one of a kind.
When in Venice...
VENICE BIENNALE ARTE 2019
Whilst in Venice, Grant and his wife were travelling up and down the Grand Canal each day passing this magnificent building of a large open facade in which were hanging multiple chandelier arrangements. The art exhibition 'DYSFUNCTIONAL' was displayed at the Ca’d’Oro’. Many artists displayed their recent creations whihc had been inspired by playing with the boundaries of art, architecture and design. On the last day they decided to visit the exhibition to get a closer look. Grants wife turned to him to comment on how magnificent the 'Under A Light Tree' was when they overheard the parents of Nacho Carbonell disclaim that it is their sons work. After congratulating his parents for their sons talents we conversed with Nacho himself about his designs and then gladly posed in some pictures with the three of them, shown below. It was one of those unplanned moments that actually became a highlight of their week in Venice. It is from artworks such as this that generally form the inspiration for lighting design in domestic and commercial enviroments.
'Moment of Happiness' - Vehoeven Twins
Also, in contrasting structural and material design were the meta-acrylic bubbles, found on the top floor of the Ca’d’Oro’, that captured the natural light as well as conveying the reflection from the integral LEDS.
This is the sort of work that inspires product such as this (above), which we have previously supplied from a regular Italian supplier of ours.
'Under A Light Tree' - Nacho Carbonell 2019
Carbonell's designs are made using locally sourced materials he finds near his studio, in Eindhoven. He creates tree-like sculptures help together by steel branches, adorned with 'mesh cacoons'. The cacoons are made using steel mesh and covered in a mix of sand and textile hardener.
“ I like to see objects as living organisms, imagining them coming alive and being able to surprise you with their behaviour. I want to create objects with my hands, then I can give them my personality. I turn them into communicative objects that can arouse one’s sensations and imagination. In short, what I want to create are objects with a fictional or fantasy element, that allow you to escape everyday life.”
- Nacho Carbonell
and his Father.
Grant Orsborn captured
'Under A Light Tree'.
The Ca’d’Oro Courtyard
Grant Orsborn, Nacho Carbonell and Traci Orsborn.
Homebuilding & Renovating Show
Prewer & Orsborn exhibited at the Home Building and Renovating show on the 4th to 5th of October at the Excel London. For us the show was a great sucess, receiving many equires and attracting a lot of attention! We displayed two of our Bespoke Chandeliers, our exclusive POD Recess Lights, Rako Lighting Control and an example of our Lighting Plan and Bill Of Merchandise (BOM).
RGB Acrylic Chandelier
Lighting Plan and BOM
Bespoke Lighting Sculpture
A Unique Request...
A client came to us with a rather unique request. Within their house they currently have a large fish sculpture at one end of an apex and was looking for something that would compliment it at the opposite end of the room. During the consultation for the extensive extension to their riverside property we looked at ways to enhance and personalise the large living space. The client showed us the steel fish sculptures that were to be mounted on the gable end of the entrance to the extension and we wished to balance this feature with a coordinating feature at the opposite, fully-glazed gable window that over-looks the gardens and the river, without obscuring the view. We had in mind a light that we had previously supplied that resembles a metal sculpture and is hand made by Florentine Artisans from a company that we have dealt with for many years and are acommdating on bespoke items and finishes. The client was immediately taken with the design, however, realising this wouldn't be quite big enough we got in touch with the supplier and commisioned them to make the same light but at a diameter of 1m and asked if it could be finished in the same flame-treated way that brings out the different colours on the metal and then sealed with a gloss varnish- in order for the blue finish to match perfectly to the same of the large fish sculpture and to represent a fishes iridesent scales. We then had to create a custom designed hanging system so that the structure could be suspended from the pointed roof of the apex, which was allowed due to there being no ridge beam.
The shape of the lights mimic the slim, matt black pendants that are being used over the kitchen peninsula and have been chosen to minimise their impact on the visual sight lines of the new extension. Also in 2700k and CRI90, the lights will be set into scenes by using RAKO Lighting Controls. Continuing the theme of stylising minimilism with low glare, energy efficient lighting. The entrance to the family living area has three urban grey, adjustable light sources that whilst washing up and down the walls an also be tilted and directed as a reading light for the occasional furniture.
The light is independently lit by the low-glare light box with an adjustable lense so the light can be focused on the sculpture and then either side, two focus-in lenses to be able to light the table below the sculpture to prevent a mirage of shadows beneath. These lights are available in various colour tempertures. We have chosen 2700k to match the warmth of the rest of the scheme aswell as the extremely high colour rendering index of 90+ so there would be no drop in quality of light from our best selling POD Dim to Warm Curve Recess Range. These lights are all finished in RAL9010 so that they all blend into the ceiling.
Prewer & Orsborn’s Latest Garden Lighting Design
A regular client of ours came to us with a garden project in which the outcome was impeccable. From the video below you can see the amount of effort and thought that had been put into the project from both our side and our clients. This is only possible due to the good communication on both behalfs.
Visit To Litchtwoche Sauerland 10/03/2019
Last week Grant was a guest of EuroLamps, Ian Dormer, who has been an acting agent for lighting companies for many years. Two of the companies he represents from Germany were exhibiting at LICHTWOCHE SAUERLAND, a fair where the exchange of innovations and future trends takes place. The Lichtwoche Sauerland is the trade fair and meeting place for renowned manufacturers, dealers and resellers of luminaries and lamps in the Lichtregion Sauerland.
Also on display was the new generation of modern linier lights available in gold leaf as well as chrome black and white. Detail below shows the colour variation’s adjustable from the remote control.
It would seem that the innovative German companies are dealing with the two issues of dimming Leds and controlling the colour Temperature (CT) by providing remote controls with the lights, some have built in Passive sensors to control the lights functions at the wave of a hand. Also functions can be controlled from a standard wall switch by just an on-off-on-set function.
One such light was the bathroom wall lights that could be left on at night time for a low level
courtesy light or can then be raised up to a makeup perfect brightness just by touching any part of the light.
Another light that we could see a great use for was the ceiling light, pictured to the left, that has a Remote function to change the CT and the brightness. Ideal in a kitchen where high variable scenes are used for different situations.
A lot of the Lights seemed to have been designed as wall art style decoration as well as for illumination that can as these three below be combined on one wall.
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