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.
Ceiling Lighting Ideas
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.
“Made in the U.S.A.” is a term that comes with a lot of meaning. For some, it implies a higher quality level. Or it can mean certain ethical guidelines were followed, meaning fair wages, cleaner working conditions, etc.
Say goodbye to the traditional light design restrained by supporting the classic light bulb. Today’s modern lighting takes on sculptural shapes and gravity-defying designs to create a new type of light source – one that is functional and a work of art both at the same time. This growing trend has reached across all types of lighting.
Today’s modern pendant lights function not only as ceiling lights, but also as important pieces of home décor. They incorporate a mix of materials and textures to create looks that can range from minimal and industrial to ornate and sophisticated. All the while, they bring the form-meets-function factor, producing direct and versatile lighting using all kinds of possible shapes.
If you are looking to make a statement in your space, you’ll find strength in numbers. A clever, on-trend solution we love is finding a pendant light you love—and pairing it with several more. A lighting design with multiple pendant lights is great because you get to put your creative cap on and make your own work of art that will have a strong effect on your room’s look.
Robert Sonneman, “Lighting’s Modern Master”, has pioneered contemporary lighting design for over fifty years. Since their introduction in the 1960s and ‘70s, many of his designs have become classics of the modern era. Sonneman has gone on to release over 3,000 products you can find in high-end showrooms and galleries. Here, the creative visionary speaks to us about Suspenders Precise, which adds lighting functionality and performance to the Suspenders System introduced in January 2016.
David Trubridge’s lighting designs create maximum impact in any application through shadow patterns that wash across the ceiling and walls, impacting the space well beyond the limits of the fixture itself.
Mini pendants are great for adding ambient lighting in an area, but they’re also ideal for concentrated task lighting elsewhere in the kitchen and office. Hanging multiple mini pendants either in a row or at vary heights can create a stunning lighting display over the kitchen island, dining room table, or in the entryway.
Better yet, there is a wide range of styles to choose from, whether bold, minimal, industrial or luxe. For your inspiration, here are 10 modern mini pendants worth checking out.
2016 put out a lot of beautiful lighting, including some outstanding chandeliers. While we’re always looking forward to the new designs coming to us this year, we can’t help but marvel over these fantastic designs. If these chandeliers weren’t already at the top of your list, here’s why they should be for 2017.
David Trubridge has been making a name for himself in the design world since 2001, when the Italian brand Cappellini purchased the rights to his Body Raft lounger. From there, the New Zealand-based designer has focused mainly on his signature, modern lighting made from sustainably sourced bamboo plywood.
The kitchen island is the heart of the kitchen where we spend countless hours prepping, cooking, and sitting around. We expect it to function on many levels and besides needing it to be well lit, we want it to be the jewel of the space, as it’s often the first thing we see. To make that happen, it’s smart to spend some time considering the pendant lights that will hang above it.