Chantelle sails the seven seas for nautical inspiration

Nelson-based lighting manufacturer Chantelle Lighting has helped to light up Liverpool’s hottest new nightspot.

The Smugglers Cove, which is a favourite with celebrities including Alex Gerrard, Coleen Rooney and Jennifer Ellison, is located in a 19th century Grade 1 listed former warehouse building on Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock.

Chantelle Lighting worked with Paul Danson Imagineering to create a theatrical maritime themed interior, with all of the fittings looking like they had been reclaimed from the water, brought back to Liverpool by travellers.

Using genuine maritime materials including driftwood, rope and empty rum bottles to create a treasure trove of naval inspired fittings, we created a number of bespoke light fittings including one using a genuine ship anchor.

Chantelle Lighting managing director Anthony Holly said: “By hanging netting, rope, shells and other items found in the water to the anchor we created a truly unique lighting feature which looks like it has just been pulled up from the water in the Albert Dock.

“The result was a venue which looks like it is full of genuine artefacts brought home by smugglers and sailors.” Sarah de Freitas from Paul Danson Imagineering added: “Anthony is fantastic at listening to a brief and then sourcing the exact items you are imagining, and turning crazy ideas into something realistic. I love the end result, especially the Baronial Room which, with its huge chandelier, would be the perfect location for a ship’s captain returning from his travels to have a drink of rum.”