Original Commission Lighting | Charles Edwards

Bespoke commissions

We accept commissions to create an entirely new design not from our collection. Our sales team would be delighted to hear about your project whether you have a specific design in mind or are looking to be inspired. We have worldwide experience of working with discerning individuals and design professionals on high-end residences and public spaces.

The brief

Development can begin with a sketch on a cocktail napkin, to reproducing a design from an antique for a listed building. We will look to you to provide guidance on the budget available for the commission and can provide initial estimates once there is a concept design in mind.

At our showrooms you can view the quality of product we offer along with examples of different production techniques and finishes. Your account manager can arrange a meeting with our designer and product manager to discuss the brief.

 

The image shows Charles with a large antique lantern a private client wished to faithfully replicate for a residential project.

The presentation

We offer a concept package for the design of the fixture. Typically, we offer drawings of three different designs to consider with the option of developing the preferred choice into a 3D drawing. The visuals are supplemented by finish samples. We can confirm quotation against the drawings, with lead times generally around 16 weeks for bespoke designs.

3-D drawings allow for every aspect of the design and scale to be considered. Drawings can be printed at 1:1 scale and elements 3-D printed to ensure the design is just right.

The Antique Lantern had cast details creating a gilt wood look on the metal work. To replicate this cast elements were used on the new design along with a bespoke finish.

The Antique Lantern had cast details creating a gilt wood look on the metal work. To replicate this cast elements were used on the new design along with a bespoke finish.

The elaborate finial of the replica lantern matches the original in every detail, as shown in the drawing and render.

The elaborate finial of the replica lantern matches the original in every detail, as shown in the drawing and render.

The commission

When you are ready to proceed with the commission we require sign off on the drawings and a 50% deposit to start production. Intense effort is required to get the design just right. Along with our in house production we may work with various small makers, such as glass blowers, from around the UK, or Murano, Italy, to create truly unique designs that represent real craftsmanship. Often these workshops are the last remaining specialists in their field and their work along with our workshop’s provides an element of magic that a drawing cannot capture.

Our aim is to exceed your expectations and provide you with a design that delights.

 

Image shows the replica lantern hanging next to the original lantern.

Delivery and install

Your account manager will facilitate shipping arrangements and our workshop will provide installation guides.
Our team will remain on hand to ensure full after sales care.

To start the conversation please contact us at
enquiries@charlesedwards.com.

Previous projects

As well as private residences, Charles Edwards is proud to have worked on many projects for the Heritage Department, Historic Royal Palaces and Royal Parks & Gardens.

In celebration of the late Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, Kensington Palace opened new public gardens. The cast iron Loggia was carefully designed not to detract from the simplicity of the Georgian façade of the Palace. The Loggia, also know as the Diamond Jubilee Loggia, was central in providing a more coherent design to the 10 acre site. Two graveled paths from the Broad Walk, as well as a series of grass terraces studded with clipped yew, guide the visitor to the new entry.

Chris Topp was commissioned to design, manufacture & install the Loggia by Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity that looks after Kensington Palace. The approved Loggia design has a glass roof and required a series of hanging lanterns.

The glass of each lantern is etched with anthemion motifs, an ancient Greek stylized honeysuckle, and an ERII in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.

The glass of each lantern is etched with anthemion motifs, an ancient Greek stylized honeysuckle, and an ERII in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee.

The engraving was sized to the glass and then every petal and line was hand drawn onto the bowl. The next stage was to engrave every detail, down to the vein on the leaves. The entire process was done by hand including the frosting; each bowl took 3 days to engrave.

The engraving was sized to the glass and then every petal and line was hand drawn onto the bowl. The next stage was to engrave every detail, down to the vein on the leaves. The entire process was done by hand including the frosting; each bowl took 3 days to engrave.

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