The Alice Houses – West Hampstead and Queens Park – serve cocktails, craft beer and relaxed dining in an atmosphere of intimate and exciting vintage chic. Both the venues are lit by lighting from the Factorylux range, including many fabric cable and filament bulbs.
Lighting the Alice Houses was the first major bar and restaurant lighting commission for Factorylux founders, Stanley Wilson and Sophie Gollop. And, hair-raisingly, much of the project was specified and organised ‘stateside’ during a road trip from New York to Florida which took in Barack Obama’s first inauguration. It also marked the beginning of a great adventure: when Stan and Soph returned home, work began in earnest on building Factorylux to be one of the UK’s leading lighting brands.
The Alice House in West Hampstead (nicknamed ‘The Den’) specialises in alfresco dining, craft beers, teapot cocktails and extolling the virtues of gin. The Alice House Queen’s Park is big on vintage glamour, urban street art and contains a working library. There’s a vintage charm to both venues which is accentuated by the warm, alluring glow of a throng of traditional filament light bulbs. Many of the bulbs fan out from a central point on dark fabric cable creating a visually arresting sight somewhere between the web of the world’s largest spider and a tented canopy.
The lighting provided by Factorylux is not only still available but has – like Alice did – grown hugely. The Factorylux modular lighting collection now includes over 1,500 products including 50+ colours and finishes of fabric cable and 100+ lamp holder options.
When the restaurant lighting was installed at the Alice Houses, it was available only in component form and required assembly on site by electrical contractors. Factorylux now has a fully integrated high tech production centre based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, which can build, test, certify and dispatch complete ready to install pendant, wall and ceiling lights within 24 hours. The wall and ceiling light range includes options in brass, silver, Bakelite and ceramic. And for pendant lights, there is the groundbreaking Factorylux Made For You bespoke lighting service which puts you in the design driving seat.