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Bert Frank – Bold and Beautiful British Lighting

Bold and Beautiful British Lighting

Bert Frank was founded in 2013 by designer Robbie Llewellyn and factory owner Adam Yeates. Right from the beginning they’ve manufactured their products in the UK, primarily in a factory in the heart of Birmingham where they combine traditional manufacturing methods with cutting-edge technology.

I first came across them at Decorex in 2014 and was immediately smitten by their Sheer wall light (photographed here) which has the makings on a true classic. Since their launch they’ve won several awards, such as the 2016 Elle Decoration British Design Award for Lighting and the Best Product Award at the Design et al International Design Awards.

Their products are definitely high-end and they certainly have luxurious price tags, but to my mind they are way up there with the best.

They have a good website and a showroom in East London, details on their website.

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Our Lighting Design Service post Covid


Hello to everyone and I hope you’re all well and safe. Maybe I’m being a bit optimistic saying ‘post’ Covid but hopefully that will be the case in a few weeks.

Either way, I’ve done a lot of thinking during lockdown (as I’m sure many of you have) and I’ve decided to make some changes to the lighting service:

I’m now offering 3 tiers of my lighting design service ranging from a one hour telephone consultation to the full ‘gold’ service where plans are marked up and a full specification supplied – the same as offered previously. This will ensure the design advice is more appropriate to your needs and budget.

I no longer supply lighting at all for either of our websites. In the past I would only supply to local clients, or if Luxplan clients had difficulty sourcing products. I now only do the lighting consultancy service.

As I’ve rather enjoyed a more relaxed pace of life I will be spacing out my work more so life isn’t so hectic. This means I will take on one large project a week, possibly with a couple of one hour consultations. Everything seems to be waking up again now and work is coming in, so if you have a project in mind please book in your time slot and I will aim to keep it free for you.

Finally, due to reducing my turnover I will be de-registering for VAT which means the service will be cheaper for you. Up until now, VAT could not be reclaimed on my lighting fees but soon VAT won’t be charged at all which should help the bottom line. NB Customs & Excise is currently overloaded with companies de-registering for VAT so this may take some time.

I’ve been meaning to make changes for a while so that my lighting design service is more appropriate to clients’ needs. Please let me know if you think I could add something else that you think would be helpful to you.

Changes will be up on the website shortly.

Meanwhile, thanks to all my clients and I hope you stay safe and happy.

Lighting Designer or Lighting Consultant

What’s the difference between a Lighting Designer and a Lighting Consultant

Your new-build project is progressing and you turn your mind to designing a lighting scheme. Who do you contract to do this work – a lighting designer or a lighting consultant?  Here is a bit more background information.

Lighting Designer – Product Design

A Lighting Designer can be someone who designs the architectural light fittings and the luminaires that we include in our projects. For example Tom Dixon who has a wide range of his own lights as well as other products he designs, Marc Sadler who has designed several renowned luminaires including Foscarini’s Jamaica and of course our own Tom Raffield who creates beautiful bentwood fittings  such as the Butterfly.

These lighting designers concentrate on product design and therefore their speciality is not designing lighting schemes.

Lighting Designers – Theatrical

Lighting Designers can also be specialists in theatrical lighting including opera and rock musical shows. These designers think big and bold and you can’t get much more impressive than Patrick Woodroffe and Adam Bassett who made a lasting impact at the London Olympics and continue lighting rock concerts and classical productions throughout the world.  Other notable theatrical lighting designers are Mark Henderson and Paule Constable to name a few.

Excellent lighting in theatrical productions is absolutely critical – get it wrong and the whole event is lacklustre and dreary no matter how impressive the production itself.

Architectural Lighting Designers

These are designers who primarily design larger projects such as offices, museums, shops, hotels, restaurants and larger residential complexes. For example Stanton Williams who recently carried out the lighting for Musée d’arts in Nantes and Maurice Brill Lighting Design who have done a plethora of international projects such as the Lanesborough Hotel in London and the Gritti Palace in Venice.

These types of lighting designers are very high end and any residential projects taken on would be exceptional as their work schedule is primarily taken up with the larger design jobs.  All lighting designs would closely co-ordinate with other design mediums using BIM and their specialism is design only, not supply.

There are other types of lighting designers who concentrate more on residential lighting and generally work on the premise that they will design the lighting with the assumption that they will also supply the fittings. John Cullen Lighting for example have some of their own products manufactured to their specifications but also supply architectural lights from other suppliers to which they allocate their own codes.  Although this means that ordering is relatively easy it also gives less flexibility for the client if the electrical contractor wants to supply direct from the manufacturer.

At Luxplan we work more as Lighting Consultants as we don’t supply the fittings and all our schemes are produced with full transparency so that clients can purchase the products themselves. However, we will also call ourselves lighting designers as that is the most general term used.