BORN FROM PASSION
At John Cullen Lighting we believe in enhancing the enjoyment of spaces through light. From the very beginning to the present day, this passion and understanding of the impact of light motivates us to create world-class luminaires and award-winning lighting designs with this ethos at the core.
John Cullen was a pioneer in lighting design. As a lighting designer for BBC screen productions, he was fascinated with the effect of light and his passion led him to found the company in 1981. He struck up a collaboration with lighting designer Sally Storey, and together they forged the basic principles that drive the company to this day, to create understated luminaries capable of inspiring effects. The first showroom opened in Smith Street, London in 1981 designed by Sally Storey and the brand was immediately recognised for its unique approach and philosophy.
Since John Cullen sadly passed away, Sally Storey continues to innovate the brand as Creative Director, with a deep belief to inspire through the power of light. We have grown from our Chelsea roots to be a global team, with offices in London, Dubai, Paris and Mumbai, working on projects across the world.
Founded by John Cullen, a pioneer of lighting design at the height of the tungsten revolution. The first showroom was opened in Smith Street, London demonstrating lighting designed by Sally Storey.
John Cullen sadly passed away and Sally Storey took over as Design Director.
The showroom was moved from Smith Street to Fulham Palace Road.
The introduction of the first John Cullen products that were designed in-house and manufactured in the UK.
The showroom was moved to a single unit on the famous Kings Road, London.
Our warehouse was opened for the storage and dispatch of products. The first of the installation of our lighting products were installed on a Superyacht.
Sally Storey released her first book titled “Lighting: Recipes and Ideas”.
Sally Storey released her second book titled “Lighting by Design” at the start of the LED revolution. Our first LED was launched as the “LED Polestar”.
Sally Storey released her third book titled “Perfect Lighting” whilst the warehouse space was doubled to accommodate the growth of the company. The logo was also updated.
The showroom was moved to a double fronted showroom with a basement design studio along the King’s Road in London. This is where our “John Cullen House” took shape and became an Inspiration Centre for lighting ideas.
A new John Cullen logo was unveiled.
John Cullen Lighting celebrated 35 years and opened the new Middle East office in Dubai with a small team.
Our India division was opened working closely with local architects and interior designers. The business was also ISO 9001 accredited.
Growing our international reach with a European team, doubling our team in Dubai, new worldwide distributors and a new Studio in Paris
With the launch of new offices and distributors in 2020, a new website and new branding was unveiled.