North London is home to recently launched The Light Clinic. The currently small but perfectly formed team of one, Karlijn Bijvoet channels her inner Dutch master’s command of all things luminescent to sustainably source and sympathetically upcycle antique porcelain and lighting to create the perfect combination of aged personality with contemporary finish.
Karlijn studied Fashion Technology and Design at The Amsterdam Fashion Institute before swapping orange for indigo and moving to London in 2002 to work for the then masters of the known universe, Japanese premium denim label Evisu where she was immersed in all things Japanese and first developed an interest in Japanese culture and design. Next stop was Folk with their focus on sustainability, handcrafted materials and the hand -made, all of which fed in to and informed what happened next…to all of us…
Cue global pandemic – having conquered banana bread, rearranged the furniture ad nauseam and managed not to murder the children Karlijn’s sanity hung by the thread until, yes you guessed it, she had her light bulb moment (pun very much intended) - while scouring the internet for sensibly priced interesting lamps the horrifying truth became apparent - there weren’t any, and at that very moment The Light Clinic was born.
All items are selected for their distinctive aesthetic and battle scars from a previous life well lived are celebrated. Lamps are thoroughly cleaned, rewired with The Light Clinic’s distinctive red braided flex cable and PAT safety tested so you can sleep safe in the knowledge that not only will they make your beautiful home look even more wonderful, they won’t burn it down.
All lamps are one offs but should customers wish to request something bespoke all efforts will be made to realise their vision. As well as the obvious sustainability benefits of upcycling, recycled packaging is used wherever possible and delivery by hand in London is preferred.