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With over 20 years of experience and expertise from award-winning, industry-leading companies, Toria and Mike decided to combine forces in 2014 and create Lighting by Plum.

We offer a wealth of skills and knowledge that will be invaluable to any project and our flexible approach, working on an hourly, daily or fixed project rate, allows clients to use the service as much or as little as they may require.

Our philisophy is to:

  • Lead the user through the home with the aid of lighting, subtly wayfinding to a given space, lit sympathetically according to its use
  • Be brave enough not to light
  • Design with the contrast of light as well as dark

"I believe that you instantly 'feel' if a space is comfortable, and this often has a huge amount to do with the way it is lit." says Toria.

"Get the lighting right and you will use the space for what it is intended for, get it wrong and you will not use it!" says Mike.

In the last three years, Lighting by Plum has worked on over 150 residential homes and gardens including listed buildings, new builds, buy to sell developments, flats and apartments, country estates and barn conversions.

The technical knowledge that Toria and Mike have of the fast-paced lighting industry, along with their highly creative approach to lighting, design and control will ensure your project is not only kept on track but also enhanced and compliant with the latest industry standards and regulations.

Toria Thorpe, BA (Hons)

Creative & Design Director, Founder

Since graduating from Loughborough university, Toria has immersed herself in the lighting industry - from designing schemes at SKK Lighting, merchandising and buying lighting for The Conran Shop and The White Company to becoming an associate at one of London's top lighting design consultancies, Sutton Vane Associates. Toria's creative, yet sensitive approach to lighting can quickly transform the feel and mood of any room or garden.

Toria holds a Lighting Industry Association Certificate (formerly the Lighting Industry Federation) and is an Affiliate of the Society of Light and Lighting and CIBSE.

When not at her desk or on site ... you will find Toria at the local tennis club, perfecting that 'ace' serve!

Mike Thorpe, BA (Hons)

Design & Technical Director

With an industrial design degree and over 12 years experience in various disciplines within the design industry, Mike provides an invaluable skill set to any project. He ensures all projects run smoothly, focusing on the detail and technical aspects as well as the delivery of each lighting scheme. Starting out as a keen interest, Mike's passion for lighting has somewhat turned into an obsession with the launch of Lighting by Plum!

When not at his desk or on site ... you will find Mike on his road bike, exploring the Chiltern Hills!