Adrien entered the world of design as assistant to Lord Reilly, founding director of the Design Council in London. He was strongly influenced by his Italian architect stepfather, who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright and who provided his first lighting prototypes for the Adrien Bonaventure Collection with the Arc light. Adrien’s lamps were introduced to the public at Pierre Frey in London. They quickly received a following among interior designers and have been described as “the height of ambient elegance”. In 2004, the collection was merged into Best&Lloyd with designs that have won awards for exceptional beauty in their simplicity and workmanship. The collection won the BIDA outstanding product awards in 2004 to 2008
It was in the midst of a successful pop music career in the 1980s that Anthony Critchlow first discovered his flare for lighting design, making copper wall lights on his kitchen hob. The lights were a hit – swept up by the likes of Liberty and the Conran Shop, as well as Sharon Osbourne and Prince – and Anthony’s design career was born. Inspired by botanical and architectural forms, his unique designs are defined by their elliptical curves and radiant polished finishes. Commissions include the show-stopping chandelier in Prague’s Augustine hotel lobby and the Pugini wall lights in the Trianon Palace, Versailles.
Philip Gorrivan established his New York-based design firm in 2001, opening a London office in September 2013. The firm applies its wide expertise and impeccable taste to the creation of luxury spaces – from private residences to commercial properties – as well as furniture and fabrics. Known for his clever sense of colour and refined eye, Philip’s aesthetic stems from his passion for the decorative arts and the history of architecture, juxtaposed with contemporary art and new techniques and finishes. Phillip brings this combination of fresh modernity and classic elegance to his new lighting collection for Best & Lloyd.
Leo Vaughan Williams
Designer Leo Vaughan Williams studied decorative arts at the V&A before joining the Valuations Department at Christie’s London, specialising in early 19th Century art and furniture. In 1998 he joined Gurr Johns Fine Art Consultants and Valuers in London, and shortly after was appointed Senior Vice President of the New York Office. Finally, after 20 years in the business, he made what he describes as “a natural progression” into furniture and lighting design. His pieces are inspired by his specialist subject – particularly the work of Soane and Hope – but are pared down to create a studied, elegant and modern look.