CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF JOHN CULLEN LIGHTING
From 1981 – 2021, we’re delighted to be celebrating 40 years of lighting.
To mark this incredible milestone, as a team we are committing to each contribute and take part in 40 challenges throughout the year. Each will give back in a multitude of different ways, whether fundraising, a focus on wellbeing or planting trees.
We’ll be tracking our progress during 2021 as well as sharing our experiences and stories on Instagram. Look back here to see how this story develops throughout the year.
Our challenges to date
To kickstart our challenges, the team took part in Earth Hour. From London to Dubai, we switched off our lights from for an hour, in support of nature and our planet.
May is National Walking Month, so our team are pledged to walk as much as possible throughout the month by setting themselves individual targets.
For Mental Health Awareness Week, 10-16th May, the focus was on nature. Our team took time out to connect with nature, unwind and raise awareness.
In May, Alice Berry, PA to Sally Storey took on a 70 mile cycle ride around the Isle of Wight, with 7 hours moving time and over 4,872 ft of elevation. Well done Alice!
Our Senior Product Designer, Alex, took part in the Northcoast 500 cycle, consisting of 120km around Loch Ness with over 1.3km elevation. Go Alex!
At our summer party our team cam together to plant a tree to commemorate our 40th anniversary, as a step towards our 40 challenges and goals for the year.
In August our Lighting Designer Elle took on the challenge of a 40Km walk between Newgale and St David’s along the Pembrokeshire coast, raising £340 for Mind, the Mental Health Charity. Great work Elle!
The team took on two challenges during September to raise money for Mind, the Mental Health Charity.
On Saturday 11th September, 15 of the team each took on the Ultra Challenge, 28Km Thames Path Challenge, starting in Fulham and ending in Hurst Park, Hampton.
For the duration of September we also took on our inaugural ‘Perspire With Might’ John Cullen challenge, covering the distance of at least one Iron Man (running, swimming and cycling) as a joint effort over the course of the month.
Between the Iron Man team of 10, we ran, swam and cycled over 720km, completing over 3 full Ironman challenges across the 3 sports. Special mention to the swimmers who collectively swam over 7x the Ironman distance!
We raised a fantastic £2,005 for the Mental Health Charity, Mind. Follow our fundraising here.
On October 13th we took part in The Brilliant Breakfast, bringing together a group of designers in London, hosted by our Creative Director Sally Storey in aid of the Prince’s Trust Women Supporting Women initiative. £825 was raised for young women in the UK who need our support, helping them towards a more positive future.
For Mental Health Awareness Day on the 10th October, our Design Associate Sabrina Fiorina got involved in an event organised by her Psychologist friend to encourage children to get creative. The workshop took place in a park in Turin, Italy where the children created bookmarks with papers, colours and a range of materials.
Our Business Development Manager for Europe, Baptiste Laulhé-Desauw took on the challenge of running the Barcelona Marathon on Sunday 7 November. Well done to Baptiste who completed the route in a fantastic 3hrs, 50 mins!
Our Marketing Director Sarah volunteered for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Collection on Saturday 6 November, collecting outside Clapham Junction station.
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 halogen products that were designed in house and manufactured in the UK.
The 50W Polestar was the smallest downlight on the market, a third of the size of downlights before which used the 80 watt Par 38 lamp. The introduction by John Cullen of the double black baffle – black inner to reduce glare and lamp recessed into the ceiling to prevent even more glare – revolutionised the downlight ensuring a much more discreet unobtrusive way of lighting the home.
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 inspirational 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 aspirational third book titled “Perfect Lighting” whilst the warehouse space was doubled to accommodate the growth of the company.
First LED garden light fittings, the Kew spotlight and Hampton Flood light were introduced into the range. Being just 1W each, this heralded being able to light a small garden for 60 watts, less than a conventional light bulb!
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.
Lighting of Marcus Barnett’s award winning show garden at Chelsea flower show, followed by two award winning gardens for Hay Joung Hwang in 2016 and 2018.
John Cullen Lighting celebrated 35 years and opened the new Middle East office in Dubai with a small team.
The quest to miniaturize our products started when the 50 Polespring downlight range was made smaller and the 40 range was born. This was coupled with the new versatile Vorsa spotlight range with over 200 variations to choose from.
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
We once again reinvented the downlight genre with the even smaller 30 range. The new design has all the functionality and adaptability you have come to expect from the 50 and 40 range but in a new miniature downlight.
With the launch of the British Design House in Dubai with select UK partners and distributors, a new website and new branding was unveiled.