Statement-lighting designers to look up

Dynamic studios producing everything from contemporary raw-quartz installations to opulent crystal chandeliers

The Helmi chandelier (from £6,200) by Cameron Design House features hand-blown glass forms inside 24ct-gold-plated nets
The Helmi chandelier (from £6,200) by Cameron Design House features hand-blown glass forms inside 24ct-gold-plated nets | Image: Cameron Design House

Christopher Boots

Melbourne-based Christopher Boots describes himself as “a dedicated craftsman who seeks to elevate and transform materials in ways that highlight their natural beauty”. He does this via striking light installations wrought predominantly in raw minerals, such as the limited edition crystalline, smoky quartz Stalactite pendant lamps ($10,200) made famous by Raffles Hotel in Singapore. His 35-strong atelier – home to glassblowers, coppersmiths, ceramicists and bronze casters – also works to bespoke commissions (from $10,000) that “really push the limits of material and scale”. A bold example is the ceiling-spanning work for David Hicks Design that combines sharp-edged, geometric links of mirror-polished brass with amorphous bulbs of handblown glass and sparkling crystal spheres. christopherboots.com. CHARLOTTE ABRAHAMS 

Christopher Boots quartz Stalactite pendant lights, $10,200
Christopher Boots quartz Stalactite pendant lights, $10,200
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Saint-Louis

With a heritage dating back to 1586, a pedigree that includes an appointment as the Royal Glassworks for King Louis XV, and its current status as part of the Hermès group, crystal master Saint-Louis is a dazzling go-to for those looking for a bespoke chandelier. The Comédie Française and the MGM Grand in Macau are just two of the institutions that have called on its grand, mouth-blown lighting, handcrafted in Moselle. While existing models range from eight-light Arlequin chandeliers (inspired by the colourful commedia dell’arte character) to awe-inspiring 48-light Royal versions, the glassmakers – some of them seventh-generation artisans – delight in daring, opulent commissions; one recent chandelier measured 9m in height and 4.5m in width and weighed 2,500kg, with 220 lights that required 1,700 hours to assemble. saint-louis.com. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS 

Saint-Louis Lustre Arlequin eight-light chandelier, POA
Saint-Louis Lustre Arlequin eight-light chandelier, POA
Column chandelier of 350 glass baubles (€80,000) by Davide Rizzo, suspended above the underground swimming pool of a house he designed in Vienna
Column chandelier of 350 glass baubles (€80,000) by Davide Rizzo, suspended above the underground swimming pool of a house he designed in Vienna | Image: Stefan Korte

Cameron Design House

This London-based lighting specialist creates giant, glamorous pieces that meld Nordic-style sleekness with British craftsmanship. “We work hard to hide all the electrical elements, allowing a sculptural aesthetic to be the focus,” says founder Ian Cameron. “I draw inspiration from sci-fi films, nature and brutalism.” The slender, geometric form of Vesanto (from £4,460), for example, offers a clean-limbed look for contemporary spaces, while Helmi (from £6,200) – meaning “pearl” in Finnish – corrals handblown glass forms within 24ct-gold-plated nets. The “pearls” are available in various colours and internally lit with LED filament bulbs. As Cameron puts it: “Light naturally draws the eye, so what holds that light should always be visually stunning.” camerondesignhouse.com. NICOLE SWENGLEY 

Aqua Creations custom-printed Morning Glory floor lamps, POA
Aqua Creations custom-printed Morning Glory floor lamps, POA | Image: Albi Serfaty
Willowlamp’s chrome and brass Protea lampshade, from £3,033
Willowlamp’s chrome and brass Protea lampshade, from £3,033

Davide Rizzo

“I’ve always wanted to do it all,” says the Italian-Swiss architect, “from designing the house itself to the dinner plates on the table.” And everything in between, with his bespoke pieces gracing the homes, boats and private jets of clients from Miami to Moscow. Rizzo’s showstopping lights often feature Murano glass, as in a striking column chandelier (€80,000) made of 350 delicate glass baubles, which he first suspended above the underground swimming pool of a house he designed in Viennadaviderizzoarchitects.com. JESSICA SALTZ 

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Aqua Creations

Daring, sophisticated, one-of-kind lighting has been Albi Serfaty’s speciality since 1994. The creative director of Aqua Creations oversees anything from freestanding lamps to LED wall installations and massive, attention-grabbing mobiles. The majority of these unique lights (from £2,000) are made from laser-cut metal, hand-formed into a 3D structure then covered with diaphanous silk fabric, felted wool or origami paper. The pieces are produced in the firm’s atelier in Bat Yam, just outside Tel Aviv, by artisans skilled in the latest LED technologies, fine textiles and video art, and typically take between two weeks and four months to complete. aquagallery.com. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS 

Willowlamp

A fine example of Cape Town-based Willowlamp’s dramatic lighting can be found centre stage at the Four Seasons Morocco. With its graduating chrome and brass chains, the statuesque Protea chandelier (similar commissions about £135,000) is also available in a downscaled version (from £2,010) for private homes. “Lighting attracts me more than furniture design because of its magical quality,” says company founder and creative director Adam Hoets, who takes inspiration from nature’s sculptural forms for designs such as Fuschia (from £1,970) and Flower of Life (from £1,610), and brings them to life by combining durable, laser-cut steel frames with soft, cascading curtains of mini metallic spheres, made using a patented notch system. willowlamp.com. Available in the UK through Cameron Peters Fine Lighting, cameronpeters.co.uk. NICOLE SWENGLEY

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