In our last news we alluded to the new product developments that TM Lighting had focussed on during lockdown. Ahead of their official launch we can reveal that these include a new patented system offering great versatility for lighting art; a miniature version of the G150 Gallery Spotlight, ideal for a private collector looking for the performance of a commercial gallery light in a miniaturised form; and the Gallery150 will be relaunched under a new name, having been redesigned to improve the performance, colour rendition and power. All three products are in the final trial stages before being released later this year.
We have recently completed our latest project at Waddesdon Manor, a magnificent French Renaissance château which has been the family seat of the Rothschilds since 1874. In the Bachelors’ Wing, the Armoury Corridor is adorned with historical arms and exceptional artworks. Creating the right harmony of light in a long corridor, using light fixtures that draw attention to the features within the space without distracting because of their size, or create glare because of their location, is always a fine balance.
The artwork and ceiling were formerly lit by large picture lights which have a tendency to be slightly overbearing in a narrow space, so we updated this scheme to incorporate a discreet yet configurable picture light that enabled us to not only ‘downlight’ the artwork, but also ‘uplight’ the ceiling. While the SlimLight Pro would usually be used in a contemporary setting, on this occasion its profile was ideal; allowing it to disappear into the dark background while creating a uniform light to the artwork and the ceiling. We also accented the corridor with our ZeroForty spotlight, custom finished to disappear into the red silk walls and positioned to draw as little attention as possible.
On the Horizon
London’s West End may be quiet, but the day when we will once again enjoy the cultural richness of its hospitality, galleries and theatres is not so far off. In anticipation we’ve been working TM Lighting magic at the magnificent Theatre Royal, Drury Lane during lockdown. The jewel in the crown of the Lloyd Webber Theatre Group, Drury Lane has been closed for two years undergoing a £45 million restoration and will reopen later this year. We’re proud to be entrusted with lighting works of art from Sir Andrew’s personal collection and look forward to the day when members of the public can enjoy them too.
A short stroll across Covent Garden takes one to the site of the new Londoner Hotel, Leicester Square, one of London’s most ambitious hospitality projects by Edwardian Hotels London. The hotel is almost as deep as it is tall with eight floors above ground and six below, presenting different challenges to lighting the art, and we were delighted to collaborate with Inverse Lighting to find solutions to these. When complete, it will boast 350 guest rooms, six concept eateries including a roof top bar, subterranean spa, two cinemas and a 850 capacity ballroom.