Coldharbour Lights

During these late January days when daylight is still in short supply, it seems more than a little appropriate to share a great lighting idea.  Coldharbour Lights‘ theatrical feathered bicycle wheel chandeliers are where Art Deco design meets Baz Luhrmann with just a dash of Boho chic. The perfect concoction perhaps to spice up the darker days of midwinter?

In the spotlight

Theatrical styling is right up my strasse – I have styled and art directed several theatrical/film inspired interiors shoots for magazines such as Marie Claire, The Express and Homes & Gardens – so if ever there is a product with even a hint of greasepaint/backstage drama – then I am immediately drawn to it.

Black coque feather chandelier, £550, Coldharbour Lights

Treading the boards

Brixton-based Coldharbour Lights was launched last September 2017 by Lottie Davies who trained in Drama and Art & Design. This ‘light bulb moment’ also happened to be the time that Lottie saw her 18 year old daughter off to University so it proved to be a rather welcome distraction.

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Peacock feathered 70 cm dia chandelier. Would love to see two of these over a dining table. Coldharbour Lights.

Lottie trained in both theatre and spatial design with Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Most of the nineties were spent performing theatre shows that toured the UK and Europe. “All the while, I was quietly experimenting with interior light designs.”

Comic theatre actress

Lottie performed around Europe as a comic theatre actress. “In our tightknit theatre company, we would hole ourselves up in a borrowed farmhouse, devising, improvising, arguing, writing in a bid to forge our show (from scratch). It was only after many, many weeks, sometimes months, of devising and rehearsing and promoting that we would finally perform to real theatre audiences. That is the moment of truth. When you present your work to an audience and they LAUGH! Only then do you really know you’ve got something that works.

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70 cm dia green feather chandelier, £650, Coldharbour Lights

Break a leg

“It’s a similar trajectory with Coldharbour Lights; I’ve spent 18 months, on a very part-time basis, developing my ideas in the studio on my own. It is only since September 2017 that I have gone ‘live’ with a real ‘audience’ and the response has been wonderful and hugely encouraging. It is good to know that it is not just me and my friends who love my lights. Now I am adjusting my dials for continuing growth, trying to take the right sized step at each stage. Learning as I go!”

No wind machine required

“My work emerges from my theatre background as another way of creating an experience. These lights aim to be a beautiful and playful focal point for an interior. The chains are responsive to movement; they can swing and disrupt their patterns but will always return. The feathers will respond to a breeze or give you the softest stroke if you brush by them.”

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Red feather chandelier, Coldharbour Lights

Decadent utility

“As I enjoy putting together incongruous materials, I wanted to use decadent, luxurious textures alongside functional, utilitarian elements. So I found myself combining bicycle wheel rims and ball chain with feathers and crystal in these unique feather chandeliers. There’s something about them that reminds me of decadent times in Paris.”

Stage lighting

For me, these feathered lights throw up so many ideas from Swan Lake tutus to Moulin Rouge maximalism to the charm of art deco and aesthetic movements. I love how the feathers of this Egpytian blue goose feather chandelier gently flick out – bit like the skirt of a tap dancer – jazz hands facing floor! Would look so lovely in a bedroom/dressing room, adding just a flash of blue. Thank you so much Lottie for sharing – I know of more than one or two readers with theatrical backgrounds who will really enjoy this!

Blue feathered 70 cm chandelier, Coldharbour Lights

Opera exhibition at the V&A

P.S. Before it ends on 27 February, I thought I would mention for any theatre/opera buffs (and even if you aren’t you will be after this wonderful exhibition),  Opera: Passion, Power and Politics at the V&A. It is so well-curated and it’s one of the best exhibitions I have seen in a long while. The dreamy bit is that you wear headphones and listen to opera as you move from one exhibit to another. This is a lifesize mechanical stage from the exhibition.

Mechanical lifesize stage at V&A exhibition, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.  Sweetly the mermaid moves across the stage behind one wave and the yacht goes the other way. Photo: Charis White
Backstage winder mechanisim for seascape at Opera stage at V&A Museum. Photo: Charis White

(Curtain, score, image of opera house, 19th opera ball gown, V&A Opera: Passion, Power & Politics exhibition. Photos: Charis White)

Blog rewind

Just before I sign off, I would like to extend a very warm welcome to several new readers – thank you so much for the follow! If you have been inspired by Lottie’s new creative direction, you might also like to read these previous blog stories featuring ceramicist Vanessa Hogge, as well as wallpaper and fabric designers Anna Jeffreys and Mimi Pickard.

Thank you

Thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget if you or your friends don’t want to miss out on future blog posts, then please just press the large blue ‘Follow’ button either at the beginning or end of a post to receive email alerts! Charis x





7 thoughts on “Coldharbour Lights

  1. Love love love this post Charis ❤️ I have covered lampshades in feathers before but the bicycle wheel idea is truly inspiring …… if only I had high ceilings here at Kitsch mansions 😂 My hubby’s business partner is a mad cyclist & I’m sure he must have some odd wheels lying around !

    Guessing all is well in your world ?….as you seem to be gadding about in a fabulous Interiors way. I appear to be in hibernation mode & need something outrageously exciting to happen!

    Give me a shout if you’re ever free for a coffee catch-up .

    Warm hugs

    Louise x

    Sent from my iPhone



    1. Thank you SO much Louise for leaving such a lovely message! Gadding is a cover for hibernating – truly! Would love, love to have coffee/plot some interiors plans with you too. Will ring you next week. Charis xxx


  2. What a wonderful feast of lighting! I am so lucky to have Bella Luce in my town and their feasts of lighting and shades. I adore the feathery lampshades and I’ve been so tempted but Obi and Leia would have a complete gym workout on anything hanging adorned with feathers and tear them to shreds! So I can only look and wish every time I walk by! Xxx


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