A little of our story

With over 20 years of professional experience and expertise from industry-leading companies, Toria and Mike decided to combine their technical and creative knowledge in 2014 to create the award winning company, Lighting by Plum. Since our inception, Lighting by Plum has worked on over 400 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 compliant with the latest industry standards and regulations

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Our philosophy

We aim to be brave enough not to light and design with the contrast of dark as well as light. We look establish a connection between the user and their home to ensure the lighting enhances the space. This involves using lighting to lead the user through the home, establishing subtle way-finding and lighting a room sympathetically and creatively according to its use and style.

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“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.

Project: Wentworth Mansion

Meet our team

Creative & Design Director, Founder

Toria Thorpe, BA (Hons)

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!

Design & Technical Director

Mike Thorpe, BA (Hons)

With an industrial design degree and over 15 years experience in various disciplines within the design industry, Mike provides an invaluable skill set to any project. Previous roles in product design, car design and application development has enabled Mike to ensure 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!

Designer / Interiors

Victoria Gage, BSC (Hons)

Since graduating from Durham University, design has always been at the forefront of Victoria’s career. Victoria has considerable design experience, ranging from retail product design, jewelry design and house renovation.

She is a recent graduate from KLC School of Design, London, gaining a distinction in Interior Design, as well as winning the World of Interiors Award for Interior Illustration 2018. She brings a deep observation of light, colour, texture and flow to the design process. She believes that good spatial planning is essential to the success of any design. Lighting is her passion, and she is a strong believer in the ability of light to transform a space.

When not at her desk or on site … you will find Victoria upholstering, making chocolates and finding another shade of white paint to add to her collection!

Ben Hooper

Ben Hooper, BA (Hons)

Since graduating from Brunel University, with a degree in industrial design, Ben was drawn to the lighting industry – inquisitive into the impact of lighting.

With both a creative and technical aptitude, Ben prides himself on creating well thought out lighting designs that provide both a practical and ambient result. He finds nothing more satisfying than being able to see the whole design process through from first concept to final delivery!

When not at his desk or on site… you will find Ben in the gym attempting to break that next PB.

Tino Degate

Tino Dagate, BA (Hons)

Since graduating from Brunel University, with a degree in Industrial Design, Tino took to the lighting industry to elevate his knowledge in design and articulate his creativity.

With a keen interest in lighting design, Tino expresses his design thinking through a passion for creativity considering form and function. Nothing tops his satisfaction more than delivering an exceptional lighting scheme from start to finish.

When not at his desk or on site… you will find Tino in the Dojo perfecting his roundhouse kick.