Besselink and Jones' roots extend back more than fifty years with the foundation of Jack Cadman's original ceramic conversion and brass turning workshops in Surrey.

Hank Besselink, who came from a precision engineering background, began working alongside Jack to develop new designs and techniques.

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Attracting craftsmen in the fields of gilding, woodturning, cabinetry and engineering gave the workshops the skills and experience to handle more delicate and complex projects and before long they became regularly involved in more specialist restoration of everything from chandeliers to furniture.

Nearly a decade later, Hank formed a partnership with designer and accomplished artist Nigel Jones and so Besselink and Jones was born. As with all the best collaborations, our founders brought together contrasting but entirely complementary skills. What they had in common was a desire to create exquisite lighting of the highest calibre. A renewed passion for engineering decorative pieces, which combined the very best of English design and craftsmanship together with a painstaking eye for detail, paid considerable dividends. The initial Besselink and Jones commission was for some stylish library lights destined for Windsor Castle. The Besselink and Jones reputation was growing steadily.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, demand for our ever expanding range continued to increase and our fine lighting became more widely available at premium stockists. Our own dedicated shop opened in Walton Street, Chelsea, offering a select collection of lighting alongside beautiful handpicked antiques and the classic lamps and chandeliers enjoyed considerable success, both at home and overseas. Indeed, the adjustable ‘Smartie’ floor lamp proved to be particularly popular and is still part of our range today. Besselink and Jones continued to go from strength to strength.

Our History

  1. 1959: Jack Cadman opens his first ceramic conversion workshop.

  2. 1965: Surrey-based brass-turning workshops are established.

  3. 1971: Hank Besselink begins working alongside Jack and they produce the library moveable wall light.

  4. 1972: Our distressed brass finish is perfected and the first international orders are received.

  5. 1973: The telescopic desk light is launched.

  6. 1974: The first 'Smartie' adjustable floor lamp is made available.

  7. 1975: Flemish design-inspired range of chandeliers is created.

  8. 1976: Our first order from the USA is received.

  9. 1979: Asia becomes part of our international client base.

  10. 1980: Our first retail outlet is opened in London.

  11. 1984: Successful interior designer and artist Nigel Jones joins forces with Hank Besselink.

  12. 1985: Our current Chelsea retail outlet is opened. We receive a commission for Windsor Castle and take on our first five star hotel project.

  13. 1986: We fulfil our first order bound for the Middle East.

  14. 1987: Our fine lighting becomes available at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

  15. 1989: Our first order from Russia is received.

  16. 1995: We begin working with Nicholas Antiques of New York.

  17. 1997: The 1,000th 'Smartie' is sold.

  18. 1998: We launch our trade showroom in Chelsea Design Centre and Claridges of London commission us to provide lighting.

  19. 1999: We receive a commission from the China Club, Beijing, launch an open concession at Harrods of London and undertake an extensive lighting refurbishment project for the Dorchester.

  20. 2000: We are commissioned for a project by Sandy Lane, Barbados.

  21. 2001: We undertake our first super-yacht commission and provide lighting for the Royal Palace, Oslo.

  22. 2002: A commission is received from the Astoria Hotel, St Petersburgh and we complete our 50th five star hotel project.

  23. 2003: We open our artist studio for gilding and hand-painting projects.

  24. 2004: We are commissioned by Cipriani of London.

  25. 2007: Our new workshop complete with brass and wood-turning facilities is opened.

  26. 2009: We supply lighting for the Savoy Hotel's refurbishment project and celebrate 50 years of creating brass lighting with the launch of our mini 'Smartie' desk lamp.

  27. 2010: New manufacturing facilities are opened in West London, combining brass and wood-turning facilities with extensive traditional workshops for restoration, conversion and rewiring of antique lighting.

  28. 2012: Boat ready version of our popular lights are designed and our workshop starts manufacturing for many clients.

  29. 2014: The workshop is expanded to help meet demand, including a new wood section.

Although today we have an archive of over 750 designs, we are by no means a mass producer of lights and have a small and experienced team of artists and craftsmen working with us.

We have opened another workshop for traditional hand-building techniques, together with artist studios for our gilding and hand-painting projects. Here, our skilled engineers and craftsmen take great pride in incorporating all the elements of traditional quality with modern manufacturing techniques.

Meanwhile, our trade showroom in Chelsea Harbour Design Centre is a regular destination for members of the design community who are seeking the perfect lighting solution for their clients.

Besselink and Jones pieces light the interiors and exteriors of many wonderful private homes along with royal residences, hotels, clubs, galleries, yachts and public buildings located around the globe. We like to think our success is in no small part attributable to our unwavering commitment to maintaining the exemplary standards of design, quality engineering and functionality which our clients have quite rightly come to expect. Besselink and Jones is now one of the leading creators of fine, hand-built English decorative lighting. Our passion lives on.