Davey Lighting

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  • With roots dating back to the shipyards of nineteenth century London, Davey Lighting combines industrial design traditional craftsmanship and the finest raw materials.

    Manufactured in England with the same attention to detail required for their original industrial purpose.

    Simplicity of design and choice of finish includes weathered brass and copper, polished aluminium and galvanised cast iron. This makes Davey lights equally suited to traditional or contemporary schemes.


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    A bit of history

    Founded in 1885 in London’s West India Docks, Davey and Co’s marine lighting and hardware graced many well-known vessels. The list includes the RMS Titanic. As Britain’s maritime heyday faded, Davey and Co found a way to use the skills honed manufacturing ships lighting.

    Davey’s hand-made fixtures are snapped up by the world of architecture and design. They take pride of place in the 1930s Savoy Hotel refurbishment. Their industrial aesthetic and enduring appeal means Davey lights feature in many of the capital’s best interiors. Locations include Shoreditch House, J Sheekey and Jamie Oliver’s 15.

    Despite the brand’s popularity the challenges facing British manufacturing saw Davey under threat of overseas acquisition. With an urgent desire to protect British industry Original BTC founder Peter Bowles fought off international interest and bought the company. This is preserving its niche manufacturing expertise and catalogue of historical designs.

    Today the factory is based in Oxford and is managed by Tim James. Tim’s grandfather joined Davey and Co in 1897. From castings and spinnings to specialist engineering work, all components are made by hand. This is done by small specialist UK suppliers according to centuries-old tradition.

    The full collection is available to view at Davey Lighting’s new Design Centre Chelsea Harbour showroom.


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