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We offer a wealth of skills and knowledge that will be invaluable to any project

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About us

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.

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.


Our philosophy


Our philosophy 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.



Our work speaks for itself

  • "I have worked with Lighting by Plum on various projects. Their technical knowledge, attention to detail and service is excellent. As well as this, Toria has an impeccable eye for design and incorporates lighting beautifully!"

    Lauren Gilberthorpe Lauren Gilberthorpe Interiors
  • "Lighting By Plum are our go-to team for all our lighting design services. Their comprehensive service offering allows us, and more importantly our customers, to have beautiful living-spaces that enhance their lifestyles."

    Home Technology & Control AVINU
  • "Toria provided us with excellent advice and guidance with a tricky project, blending the old with the new. Her detailed technical knowledge of available products and the effect they would have was invaluable."

    Private Residence Stoke Poges

Meet the team

  • Toria Thorpe, BA (Hons)
    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)
    Mike Thorpe, BA (Hons) Design & Technical Director

    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!

  • Victoria Gage, BSc (HONS)
    Victoria Gage, BSc (HONS) Designer

    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, BA (HONS)
    Ben Hooper, BA (HONS) Designer

    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 Dagate, BA (HONS)
    Tino Dagate, BA (HONS) Designer

    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.

  • Amar Brar, BA (Hons)
    Amar Brar, BA (Hons) Designer

    Having studied Computer Aided Product Design at the University of Wolverhampton, Amar has since worked for various lighting consultants and manufacturers including LDP, DHA, Erco and Concord Marlin. This has allowed him to work on some of the most prestigious lighting projects in the world including the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi and Exhibitions at the Royal Academy as well as high profile residential property in London.
    With over 15 years in the industry Amar enjoys a challenge and designing bespoke products from swimming pool pendants to tuneable white lightboxes in gyms.
    When not at his desk or on site … you will find Amar on the football pitch, still trying the “Rabona”!

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