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A Legacy of Craftsmanship and Design Innovation

Founded in 1998 by Chris and Clare Turner, CTO Lighting launched their first collection on the guiding principles of designing lights of uncompromising quality, using only the finest materials and working with elite British craftsmen. This collection of lighting symbolised elegance and the excellence of British design and manufacturing; the benchmark for all future collections.

Chris, CEO, an engineer by training, gained great technical expertise to design and manufacture lighting with meticulous detail. Clare, Creative Director, formerly worked in fashion and has provided invaluable design and commercial expertise.

Realising there was a demand for more premium, contemporary lighting , Chris and Clare focused on more luxurious materials in their fixtures; hand finished brass, mouthblown glass and artisan crafted stone. This refinement in the use of materials enabled CTO Lighting to be recognised as a contemporary, luxury lighting company, manufacturing in the UK.

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We pride ourselves on our commitment to using noble materials and upholding the tradition of British craftsmanship. Each of our lighting fixtures is meticulously crafted using the finest materials from within Europe, including hand-finished brass, mouth-blown glass, and artisan-crafted stone. Our dedication to quality and attention to detail ensure that every piece we create exudes elegance and sophistication. With a legacy of excellence spanning over two decades, we continue to set the standard for luxury lighting, combining timeless design with the unparalleled skill of British artisans.

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In 2016, CTO Lighting opened its first exclusive Showroom in London, providing a space to showcase its luxurious products. The CTO Lighting collection is now distributed globally to some of the foremost design led retailers and works with leading international interior designers and architects.



CTO Lighting has worked with leading industry figures including: David Collins Studio, Philippe Starck and Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, on prestigious interiors worldwide. CTO Lighting has been commissioned for bespoke lighting for The Savoy Hotel, The Dorchester London, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel and Chiltern Firehouse.

Under the creative direction of Chris and Clare, CTO Lighting has worked with respected and award winning designers, to bring depth to their collection; Autoban, Michaël Verheyden, Stéphane Parmentier.

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