ShareThis Page
New lighting designs do more than illuminate, they make a statement |
Home & Garden

New lighting designs do more than illuminate, they make a statement

| Sunday, August 6, 2017 9:00 p.m
The bold, colorful statement lighting becomes not only illumination but art in this beach house designed by Ghislaine Vinas Interior Design.

Creative new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art.

“Designs are now not only a source of light, but a distinctive feature of an interior design,” says New York architect West Chin.

Chin recently hung a frothy cluster of LED glass bubbles over a dining table in a minimalist apartment on Manhattan’s High Line. The fixture’s a focal point in an otherwise sparely decorated space. In a Flatiron duplex, he placed a trio of mesh orbs over the staircase; when the lights are on, shadows dance theatrically against a paneled feature wall. ( )

Chin’s also a fan of Stickbulb, a lighting component created by RUX studio in New York City. The “stick” is offered in maple, walnut, reclaimed heart pine, ebonized oak or redwood that’s been salvaged from one of New York’s old water towers. Fitted with an LED, the sticks attach to a central metal element and can be configured into various shapes, like fireworks or cantilevered mobiles. ( )

“I’d guess the design process has been affected in the most liberating way with the development of the LED bulb,” Chin says.

At Milan’s Salone del Mobile this April, the Euroluce lighting exhibition halls showcased LEDs and other technology in imaginative ways. Hungarian firm Manooi used Swarovski crystals to craft sinuous fixtures evocative of infinity symbols. ( ) Bocci showed fixtures made by injecting soda water into hot glass, then folding and stretching it into pearlescent pendants that looked like giant glowing ribbon candy. ( )

Designer Tom Dixon took over Milan’s iconic old theater, Cinema Manzoni, to show his furniture and lighting. One collection was called Cut; the faceted clear or smoky fixtures, with mirrored finishes and metalized interiors, resembled enormous futuristic crystals. ( )

“When we’re planning a room that calls for a large piece of statement lighting, we always start with that piece first, building everything else around it,” say Brandon Quattrone and Mat Sanders of Consort Design in Los Angeles.

“You want it to be the wow factor in a room. If you’re hanging a dining room chandelier, keep the surrounding walls simple, with a minimal piece of artwork or some subtle shelf styling.”

Designer Ghislaine Vinas did that in a Montauk, New York, beach house project. She hung Alvaro Catalan de Ocon’s PET Lamp chandelier in an all-white dining space. The brightly hued lights, hanging on colored cords, bring in an element of playfulness. ( )

Other intriguing fixtures new to the marketplace employ modern technology with a nod to classic design. Corbett Lighting’s Theory ceiling fixture is an ode to midcentury Italian design, with horizontal spokes alternating clear glass and gold-leaf iron rods. Calibrated LEDs gracefully cast light up and down. Metropolis’ interconnecting, hand-forged iron cubes surround an LED light source, and the whole thing is suspended on aircraft cables. The piece melds 21st century and modernist design. ( )

The shape of Humanscale’s Vessel quartz crystal pendant conceals a glare-free LED that makes it seem lit from within. The effect would play well in a hallway or over a long table or island. ( )

Restoration Hardware’s collection of forged brass, steel or bronze pendants in drum, funnel or dome shapes has an industrial vibe. ( )

Jonathan Browning was inspired by 1960s French minimalist design for his Aquitaine series, which features slender brass, nickel or bronze tapers tipped with faceted LEDs, suspended on black cord. And a turn-of-the-century Venetian design is updated in the soft curves of Icaro, with fiberglass replacing Fortuny silk, and gold or silver metal-leaf trim adding romantic flair. ( )

Kim Cook is an Associated Press writer.

Categories: Home Garden
TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.