Artist Residence hotels

6 years ago Commercial

Cool, quirky and creative, the inimitable Artist Residence hotel collection offers artist-designed rooms and high-end dining at its four - soon to be five - locations around the UK. The fun and unique design-led interior brings together reclaimed vintage furniture, work from up-and-coming artists and features original skinflint lighting in a variety of settings across its London, Brighton, Oxfordshire and Penzance locations.

A pair of reclaimed 1950s US traffic lights illuminate the counter of the Cambridge Street Kitchen restaurant in London, while polished aluminium machinist lights salvaged from a factory in the former Czechoslovakia provide lighting above the banquette seating in the dining area. A selection of lighting has been used throughout the hotel interior: racing-green machinist lights by British manufacturer Revo make characterful bedside reading lights, and a 1930’s R.A.F. hanger pendant provides statement ambient lighting above an armchair.

In Penzance, blue enamelled Hungarian pendants hang in bedroom and living areas, while a variety of vintage Czech glassware has also been converted for use in the bathrooms. In Oxfordshire, naval passageway lights salvaged from a decommissioned Japanese cargo ship in India have also been converted for bathroom use.

skinflint has been working with Artist Residence for a number of years and - we’ll admit - from its grassroots beginnings to today, it’s a relationship we’re rather proud of.

Read more in our Q&A with Artist Residence founder and ‘accidental hotelier’ Justin Salisbury on the blog.

Photography credit: Artist Residence

Products used in this Project

1950s Eastern Bloc machinists lights

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R.A.F hanger lights. Circa 1930. (M)


Porcelain and glass wall light


Hungarian factory shades (MK2G)


Naval passageway lights by Osaka Tokushu


Retro 1960s Czech wall lights