David Caddick and Tim Henderson started The Light Corporation in 1993 as a Partnership.
A collaboration was formed between David’s lighting consultancy business (Caddick and Co) and Tim’s lighting product and specials manufacturing business (Electrolite)
establishing a unique multi-disciplined lighting consultant, design and manufacturing business.
Some of their early projects included work for Terence Conran, the first being Le Pont de la Tour.
The influential designer and restauranteur behind the likes of Cantina del Ponte, Butler’s Wharf Chop House and Quaglinos.
During the time we were all wondering where Cotton Eye Joe went; Tim had the pleasure of meeting the
chairman of the Thanos Hotel Group, Thanos Michealides - via an introduction from the Conran Group. This would herald the beginning of a very fruitful relationship designing and
supplying the lighting for several glamourous hotels and resorts on the island of Cyprus, starting with the Paphos Beach Hotel.
Over the years this relationship would continue with The Annabelle and later the Anassa, both were 5-star luxury resorts.
In the year Oasis asked us “what’s the Story…” and MJ pondered “What about us?”;
the Light Corporation went all “cool” and designed the lighting for Sticky Fingers, a restaurant from Rolling Stones’ Former Bassist, Bill Wyman and the fresh-faced Steve and Simon at the newly formed DesignLSM.
In 11 years’ time he would become a household name by judging on Great British Menu, but in the 90’s, Oliver Peyton was busy opening restaurants - one of which was the infamous Coast.
Designed by the influential Marc Newson and lighting by The Light Corporation, Coast aimed itself at the foodies with very deep pockets.
When the 40 years of hurt looked like they may have been finally over, The Light Corporation jumped from rock to pop, designing and supplying the
lighting for the newly relocated Capital Radio Café in Leicester Square.
This was again working with DesignLSM to help create a venue where the pop stars of the day, like the Spice Girls and Peter Andre could perform, but still get a cup of tea.
George R.R. Martin publishes the epic fantasy novel "A Game of Thrones", the first in his series "A Song of Ice and Fire"
Capital Radio Café Various
Draw me like one of your French girls
Whilst the Titanic was sinking again (spoiler!) and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was protecting us from alien invasions,
The Light Corporation landed a huge project with their work on the uber cool and sophisticated Metropolitan Hotel, London.
Working with the United Designers team of Keith Hobbs and Linzi Coppick, they set about designing lighting for all 144 rooms, the Met Bar and the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, Nobu.
This relationship would prove to be ongoing, with help and support through the years, including the Met Bar being relit in 2011.
In ’98, cartoons were no longer just for kids with the arrival of the boys from South Park and we fell in love with the Royale Family again.
It would be the year that our relationship began with Tim Bacon (god rest his soul),
Jeremy Roberts and Dave Hind at Living Ventures by working on Life Café, a chain of live music venues.
Meanwhile, The Light Corporation found its way down the well-tailored Saville Row with Sartoria by Coran Design and working with a future celebrity chef, Gordan Ramsay.
With the predicted "end of the world" looming, The Light Corporation decided to take the red pill and continue down the rabbit hole with Living Ventures, working on their chain of restaurants called The Living Room, rolling it out across the UK.
Working with everybody's favourite Italian celebrity chef, Antonio Carluccio, his wife Priscilla and DesignLSM; his chain of restaurants (Carluccio's!) were rolled out across the UK.
The London Eye is constructed at the height of Millennium Bug fever
Living Room Heddon Street
Smiths of Smithfield Spitalfields, London
Someone let the dogs out
Having survived Y2K and the pull of streaky blonde highlights, the next soon-to-be-iconic restaurant on the London cuisine
map to receive the touch of The Light Corporation was John Torode’s Smiths of Smithfield.
Working with Wells Mackereth, the restaurant had 4 distinctive floors catering for a multitude of tastes - depending on money, mood or time.
From black taxis to yellow cabs, The Light Corporation hit the Big Apple with Conran Design working
on architectural masterpiece and designated New York City landmark, Gustavino’s.
Steve Redgrave wins his 5th Olympic Gold Medal in the coxless 4
Gustavino’s New York, USA
Smiths of Smithfield Spitalfields, London
You’re a wizard, Harry
In the year, we found out that ogres had layers like an onion, The Light Corporation continued to work with their friends at DesignLSM on the achingly cool, Funky Buddha.
Situated in the heart of Mayfair, Funky Buddha blended the modern with the mystical orient. Offering the height of luxury and decadence to the
discerning club goer whilst beaming neon lights on the dance floor.
As part of a “noble experiment” alcohol was illegal in America from 1920-33, it was an attempt to reduce crime and
improve the health of your average American. As a result, booze was driven into the black market and into the hands of
gangsters and bootleggers. Inspired by the many Speakeasy Clubs of the era, Living Ventures developed the Prohibition
Bar Concept with the first opening in Leeds.
4,189 miles away from the drizzle of Leeds, on the West Coast of the tropical island of Barbados, The Light Corporation
lit the only true waterfront luxury restaurant, Daphne’s.
Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states
Just keep swimming
In 2003, Will-i-am wanted to know where the love was and The Light Corporation found some working for the
Golden Lion Group on the extravagant night club, Ebony Room in Brighton Marina. Complete with a golden curved bar,
the Ebony Room was the brainchild of the imitable Dave Day.
The night club theme continued with work on the Eagle Room with the dependable DesignLSM.
Concorde takes to the sky for it's final commercial Flight
Ebony Room Brighton
Eagle Room Rathbone Place
Exchange Bar & Grill Manchester
We were on a BREAK!
2004 was all about long-sleeved tops under t-shirts, hooped earrings and halter necks. The Light Corporation
were experimenting as well with the use of projector installations in the American diner-style restaurant, Exchange Bar & Grill, Manchester.
From coloured lights and projectors to something more traditional, the Bel & the Dragon pub chain in Reading.
Working with PNW to highlight oak beams and produce unique pendants that mirror the stain glass windows in their flagship pub.
Mark Zuckerberg launches Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room
Exchange Bar & Grill Manchester
Bel & Dragon Reading
The doctor will see you, now
Half way through the first decade of the new millennium and humankind decided Uggs were a good idea…
Luckily, The Light Corporation made some better decisions and went all Scottish working on the chain of
30 Loch Fynn restaurants with PNW and Albannach, the whisky bar in Leicester Square.
Stylistically they were both influenced by their Scottish roots but applied that in very different ways.
Big things happened in 2006, Superman Returned, 007 went back to where it all started, Rocky had one more fight
and the Light Corporation began a partnership with Nando’s;
a little known chicken restaurant that would grow to become part of pop culture.
The first restaurant the Light Corporation worked on was in Spitalfields, London and the rest, as they say, is history…
When the girls crushed on Edward Cullen and the boys aspired to be McLovin, The Light Corporation started
work with Harrison Design; a relationship that would develop and grow over the years. Their first venture together
was working on Revolution vodka bars.
The Revolution chain was the brain child of Inventive Leisure. Their focus was vodka and all its variations and possible combinations.
Whilst Christian Bale continued his angst driven crime-fighting in Gotham; The Light Corporation continued their work with Harrison’s.
They took to the skies, designing and suppling the lighting for all the bars and restaurants in London City Airport.
A Living Ventures' favourite, Est Est Est, underwent a facelift and was rebranded Gusto - leading to more work with guys from up north.
59th Formula One WDC: Lewis Hamilton wins by one point
London City Airport London
Live long and prosper (again)
Always striving for innovation, director James Cameron very successfully made us think we wanted to wear goggles
in the cinema, and The Light Corporation successfully designed its first 100% LED lighting scheme for Nando’s at Junction 27, Leeds.
This would prove to be a landmark in both the history of our partnership with Nando’s and the use of low energy
lighting in the hospitality industry. The appeal of cost saving and eco-friendly values of using LED could finally create a
warm and welcoming environment, instead of being cold and stark.
Only drink the 'good stuff'? Visit the Krug Room in the Dorchester.
Barack Obama, inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America, becomes the United States' first African-American president
Nando's Junction 27, Leeds
Krug Room - Dorchester London
Dial Arch Woolwich, London
Willy, sh*t, f**k, and t*ts.
The big headline story of the year involved volcanic ash clouds and air travel nightmares,
and 6 members of The Light Corporation were stuck in the middle of it! A routine visit to a show in Frankfurt
led to a stay in a cabin in the woods, and a very expensive and long taxi ride to the ferry port in Calais, France.
When they weren’t stuck in mainland Europe, The Light Corporation worked with Harrisons for the pub chain, Youngs, on Dial Arch, Woolwich.
Looking for the best steak in the UK? You’re in luck! 2012 saw the opening of Hawksmoor in Spitalfields,
London. Designed by Macaulay Sinclair, Hawksmoor had a mission to be an elegant art deco
escape where you could find a delicious steak and an exquisite cocktail - A refreshing throwback to more stylish time.
Another Harrisons project this year was a funky bar/restaurant called Baroosh - a winner at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards.
Lance Armstrong admits to doping in all seven of his Tour de France victories
Gourmet Burger Kitchen Bath
Big Easy London
Everything is Awesome!
When people were still trying to get Let It Go out of their heads, The Light Corporation were going from strength to strength with Macaulay Sinclair.
If Foxlow wasn’t trying to be cool, then Big Easy simply oozed down and dirty rock ‘n’ roll coolness - with live music and southern style BBQ.
In the same year, our journey with Dishoom began. An evocative and exotic restaurant that strived to transport you to the OLD IRANI CAFÉS of Bombay in appearance and atmosphere, as well the food.
Christopher Columbus's flagship, the Santa María, is discovered off the northern coast of Haiti
Big Easy London
Dishoom King's Cross
A long time ago in galaxy far, far away
As we were reunited with Luke, Leia, Han and Chewie, The Light Corporation worked with old friend’s Design LSM on Beast, London.
With long tables and (LED) candles trays floating over-head, Beast is a unique restaurant reminiscent of a Viking beer hall.
This unusual dining experience helped establish this atmospheric and moody restaurant as the place to go.
From Viking beer hall to art deco Italian chic with Gusto Manchester. Showing their versatility once again, The Light Corporation worked with Macaulay Sinclair
to design a scheme that had an element of glamour and elegance - a world away from Beast.
Another busy year at The Light Corporation, with the 300th Nando's completed and work developing on new relationships with Fuller's and Pizza Hut.
The biggest change this year being the rebranding of the hospitality design team as LC'93 - A name devised to celebrate the long history of The Light Corporation.
With a nod to the past but feet firmly in the future, LC'93 is looking to become a leading light in the hospitality lighting design industry.