History of Charles Edwards | Charles Edwards


Since its launch in 1992, by its eponymous founder, Charles Edwards has built a reputation as one of the leading designers and manufacturers of 19th and 20th Century inspired English, French and American decorative lighting. From our origins in antiques each light in our collection is inspired by our knowledge and passion for timeless design.

Portrait of Charles Edwards sitting

Our founder

After a courageous and lengthy battle with cancer, we lost our founder and dearest mentor Charles Edwards on Friday 27th November 2020. We, at Charles Edwards, lost not only an inspirational leader, but an extraordinary, wonderful, and kind human being. His legacy continues to guide and inspire us as we pursue his dream of creating beautiful lighting.


The first commision

Charles started his career as an antique dealer in the 1970s, which allowed him to build an extensive knowledge of antique lighting and an eye for significant pieces. In 1992 following a conversation with renowned designer David Easton, Charles agreed to replicate one of his lanterns, leading to the design and manufacture side of the business. Since then, the collection has evolved to over 400 designs and today Charles Edwards is considered one of the leading designers and manufacturers of 19th and 20th Century inspired English, French and American lighting.

The permanent catalogue collection is a testament to the enduring passion of Charles for British heritage and timeless design, and recognisable by its consistency of styles which does not concede to trends or whims. The collection embraces the subtle and achieves a permanent style, characteristic of the English Country House look.

King’s Road

The collection is exclusively displayed at the Charles Edwards showrooms, located at 582 & 575 King’s Road, London. The design studio and workshop are based in South Wimbledon, London. The company remains privatley owned and is led by its long-standing Directors Alastair Hepher and Siobhan Byrne.

Charles’ collection of door furniture and alabaster dish lights are sold through Charles Edwards Heritage, led by Ella Genty.

Charles Edwards distinctive style is regularly featured in notable publications including Architectural Digest, Veranda, World of Interiors, and House & Garden.

The custom size and bespoke services offered by the in-house design studio continues to adapt and expand the collection.

Inspired by Charles’ vision and creative mind we hope to ensure his legacy for years to come.

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