Large size, bright colors, unusual materials; all of these things are used by lighting makers to help their designs pop in a room. But sometimes, what really makes a lighting fixture stand out is its contrast to its surroundings.
When it comes to room design, there’s rooms with character, and rooms with character. Those with some kind of can’t-look-away, avant garde, wildcard that takes a space from flat to fresh.
If your space is feeling a bit bland, these 10 favorite lighting pieces can crank up the character in no time flat.
There’s just something magical about the way light and shadow can be made to play across a wall or ceiling. It sparkles and surrounds you in unexpected ways. The exact pattern and breadth of the light are dependent primarily on the design of the central light source. To find out more about the phenomenon of shadowplay–and the best kind of lighting designs to maximize the effect–we chatted with a lighting designer who specializes in it, Nicolas Terzani of Terzani.
During our recent trip to Milan Design Week, we took a little detour to Rubí, Spain (a suburb of Barcelona), to tour the studio of Xavier Mañosa, one of the top designers for the Barcelona-based lighting brand, Marset. Rarely do we get the opportunity to see our brands’ designers at work in their personal studios. So it was exciting for us to experience in person a space that regularly produces intriguing and artistic ceramic pieces.
There are many factors that define a successful product. From innovative materials to energy efficiency and even a beautiful silhouette, each of these elements play a part when considering whether a new lighting design is award worthy. They are especially dramatic when it comes to award-winning pendant lights.
It may seem an impossible task to find a vacation spot that is both inspiring enough for modern design-loving adults and entertaining enough for their kids. However, most larger cities in the U.S. offer a great array of options for modern design lovers to think and play, while simultaneously providing activities and attractions for restless offspring.
Lighting designers and architects pay close attention to what materials are incorporated into a lighting fixture, as well as how each material is used to help curate a specific look and feel. Different materials perform better than others when used for different design purposes, thanks to the way factors such as chemistry and workability affect light play, texture, suspension, weight distribution, and more.
Every year, the best furniture, lighting and home accessories designers in the world gather for Salone del Mobile and Euroluce. Taking over the city of Milan for a week, exhibitors introduce their latest designs to the world in a variety of ways.
Multi-functionalism is at the core of BuzziSpace designs. For 10 years, the Belgian studio has created innovative acoustic solutions for the home and office—products that bring quiet, private space back to many open-flow floorplans.
Transparency is hardly a new idea when it comes to design, particularly modern design. Shimmering and bright, this see-through aesthetic has been emblematic of ultra-modern, almost futuristic, style. For nearly two decades now, the trend has been to look backward rather than forward, with styles reminiscent of the 1950s-70s.
A ceiling fan’s top qualities lie in its ability to cool down a room, circulate the air and provide charming ambiance. In cases where air conditioning is not available—or walls—an outdoor fan is an outstanding option for cooling an outdoor space.