Our Spring/Summer collection for 2017 is salvaged from the mothballed Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, UK. Quite simply, it’s one of the best collections in our history. The factory was built in 1908 to produce the Silver Ghost. But the plant cemented its legacy in the 1940s, by manufacturing the iconic Merlin engine, which powered the Hurricane, the Lancaster Bomber, and the Spitfire. Our reclaimed and restored lights from the factory include sizes and styles to suit most projects.
Posted by: sophie 31.01.2017
With the nights drawing in and shorter days just around the corner, we have put together a selection of images from our recent photoshoot to give you some styling ideas for our Autumn Winter 2016 collection of white opaline glass lights:
Posted by: sophie 05.09.2016
The classic British motorcycle the Douglas is a piece of British history in it's own right. The lights we have sourced illuminated the workshop floor as the 3000 strong team built motorcycles from the early 1920's until the factory closed in the 1950's.
Posted by: Sophie 29.02.2016
We are often asked about bathroom lighting. The fact of the matter is that it's not as straightforward as I Like that light, I'll buy it for my bathroom. Something called an IP rating is rather important in a bath or wet-room. But just because you have fallen for a light that is not IP rated it does not mean you can't use it in your bathroom.....
Posted by: Sophie 09.11.2015
Here at Skinflint we have always been fascinated by the history of British manufacturing. Many of the vintage lights we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England where factories now stand empty. These images show you a few of the settings our lights originally called home.
Posted by: Sophie 02.11.2015
Here at Skinflint we are big fans of Art Deco and the stylish lighting which was produced in what was actually a relatively short era of design history. Art Deco style really began in the post WW1 boom times of the roaring twenties. With electric light becoming widely available designers of lighting, both domestic and street, explored the evolving styles of the day with a new-found freedom...
Posted by: sophie 09.10.2014
REVO lights not only span a large section of history, sixty years and two world wars, but they encompass a huge range of styles from prismatic lanterns and wall mounted bulkheads to an array of enamel shades and even fluorescent tube lights, all looking as stylish and well made today as they did when they were first manufactured. Here is a short history of the REVO company.
Posted by: Sophie 06.05.2014
The latest collection from the Skinflint workshop comprises entirely of lights from one specific location: The National Gas Turbine Establishment, known simply as Pyestock, it was the place the jet engine as we know it was nurtured and grew to supersonic speeds.
Posted by: Sophie 05.03.2014
A short 'behind the scenes' film from our recent workshop photo shoot, showing some of the processes our lights go through from their arrival to the finished product
Posted by: Sophie 07.02.2014
This 19 minute film looks at how seeing earth from space for the first time changed our perspective forever.
Posted by: Sophie 19.11.2013
The team at Skinflint were thrilled to salvage the majority of the lights from the former power station at Cockenzie in Scotland. Many well known lighting brands such as Benjamin, Lacent and Holophane were installed to illuminate cavernous halls that once echoed with the roar of turbines powered by coal fired furnaces.
Posted by: Sophie 05.11.2013
The team at Skinflint were thrilled to salvage the majority of the lights from the former power station at Cockenzie in Scotland. Here we present a small collection of images of the Power station's monumental exterior and evocative interior.
Posted by: Sophie 04.11.2013
As a boy Peter Mitchell loved his 'I Spy' books; this spotters eye granted him a career in graphic design and enabled him to capture a decaying industrial landscape throughout his years 'paying the rent' as a lorry driver in the 1970's
Posted by: Sophie 08.10.2013
Perihel light therapy lamps are a rarity which we are occasionally lucky to find. They were manufactured in many different styles for home use from single head sun lamps to the deluxe twin headed infar red and ultraviolet. With their over engineered elegant detailing, these lamps were developed by Perihel for the once popular light therapy and were used both in hospital settings and at home.
Posted by: Sophie 23.07.2013
TED talks are held over 4 days every year, consisting of anything technology, entertainment & design. They're based from 3 locations, TED at Vancouver, Canada, TEDActive at Whistler, Canada (which runs concurrently with TED at Vancouver) and TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland. TED was created to spread inspiration from attendees & speakers and a well worth a listen.
Posted by: Eddie 25.03.2013
The Benjamin Electric Lighting company was founded in the late 19th Century by Reuben Berkley Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois. The companies success lead to expantion from Chicago to New York, San Francisco, Toronto, London & Birmingham.
Posted by: Eddie 13.02.2013
Light Show opens at London's Hayward Gallery on Wednesday 30th January and explores the experiential and phenomenal aspects of light by bringing together sculptures and installations that use light to sculpt and shape space in different ways. We can't wait!
Posted by: Chris 28.01.2013
Here at Skinflint we love clever sustainable design and the GravityLight is both. Offering a real alternative to Africa's ubiquitous kerosene lamps, the only thing it uses is the force of gravity.
Posted by: Sophie 14.01.2013
'Cosmic Communist Constructions' by Frederic Chaubin, published by Taschen, is a photographic record of ninety buildings from the fourteen former Soviet Republics. We have selected a few of our favourite images for you here.
Posted by: Sophie 16.03.2012
From 2006 to 2009, the photographer Kempenaers used a 1975 map of memorials to tour the ex-Yugoslavia region, now Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, etc. to record these striking monuments. I'm sure you will agree they are certainly striking even though their original meaning is being lost to the dads of time.
Posted by: Sophie 21.02.2012
Architectural photography has never been so subversive as the life works of two of my favorite artists Bernd and Hilla Becher. Here is a small selection of their Water Towers series.
Posted by: Sophie 19.01.2012
Ground breaking art collective NVA have plans afoot for a new piece. Taking place in August 2012 and entitled Speed Of Light it's an intriguing collision of the worlds of Art and Sport and will take place over three weeks bringing Edinburgh's iconic mountain Arthurs Seat to life.
Posted by: Sophie 11.12.2011
Holophane began to manufacture prismatic shades pretty much at the birth of electricity. Prismatic shades break up and spread the beam of light into a myriad of beams using prisms, making a lower voltage bulb a more effective light source.
Posted by: Sophie 29.10.2011
I have been rather in love with Luminaria since visiting one at Somerset House in the early noughties. The Architects of Air tour the world with their five structures allowing visitors from across the globe to experience light and colour as they never have before.
Posted by: Sophie 20.10.2011