We Trainspotters Lighting have been doing this since the early 2000s, a dark age when the lighting market was largely bland and generic, the industrial lighting aesthetic being just a twinkle in a few forward-thinking designer’s eyes.
Trainspotters founders Jesse Carrington and Tony Brook first met eyes across a crowded bar in a pre-gentrified Shoreditch. Working for architectural salvage pioneers Lassco they spent their days scouring the underbelly of London for interesting reclamation, filling a crumbling warehouse off the back of Old Street with everything from piles of humble Victorian door handles to reconstructed Georgian panelled rooms.
Alongside the booming architectural reclamation side of the business they started to take an interest in the runs of industrial lighting they would occasionally come across. Back then it could be bought cheap. But then again nobody really wanted it. So it remained something of a labour of love until the pair decided to go it alone in 2005, setting up Trainspotters to break away from the generalized salvage mould and specialise in industrial salvage and lighting.