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Top Picks for Modern Lighting Designs

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There’s a common theme to the lighting that captivates me: modern forms crafted with artisanal techniques. And if they’re made with natural materials, like walnut or bamboo, all the better.  I’m drawn to designs that have an architectural feeling and distinctive details. Here are some of my top picks for modern lighting across a mix of categories:

Big Bang Floor Lamp from Stickbulb

Big Bang Floor Lamp from Stickbulb

I like handmade designs that are simple and original. I can see this as the focal point of my entryway, and the 2-foot table lamps would be great on my bedside table. The LED modules for the floor lamp can be switched around and reversed to create a completely different look.

Pleat Box 14-inch pendant light from Marset

Pleat Box 14-inch pendant light from Marset

The Pleat Box collection is a great example of technology and artisanal techniques coming together to form a completely original modern lighting design. The grey finish with the gold interior is my favorite, and the process for applying the gold finish to the ceramic shade is truly impressive.

Mr N LED table lamp from Koncept

Mr N LED table lamp from Koncept

The Mr. N lamp has a cool arch shape and emits ambient light in all directions without taking up a lot of space. Plus, it’s well priced so it would make a great gift.

Corum low voltage pendant light from TECH Lighting

Corum low voltage pendant light from TECH Lighting

This minimalist, low-voltage pendant showcases the LED components in an unusual way and integrates them as a part of the overall design. Its open center makes it appear as if it’s a floating ring of light. This modern lighting design would work well in my kitchen, maybe suspended from a monorail or cable system.

Coral stained pendant light from David Trubridge

Coral stained pendant light from David Trubridge

The Coral Pendant creates a stunning display of light and shadow, but uses a minimal amount of material. I can see one of these in an entertaining area, such as over a bar or concrete kitchen island.

George Nelson Lotus Floor Lamp - Cigar

George Nelson Lotus Floor Lamp – Cigar from Modernica

I bought one of these for my bedroom, so every night I get to go home and feel like Don Draper while enjoying the ambient light it produces. Modern classics speak for themselves—they’ve been around all this time for a good reason.

Claudo pendant light from Cerno

Claudo pendant light from Cerno

“Another excellent example of the union of LED functionality and handcrafted design. I love how the light escapes through small slits on the side of the walnut body. Cerno produces only LEDs and all of their lights are made here in California.”

moooi heracleum light | YLighting

Heracleum II light from Moooi

My favorite thing about the Heracleum is that the frame itself conducts the low-voltage current. It’s suspended and powered from a single point, creating a more minimal look.

LIM 360 task light from Pablo

LIM 360 task light from Pablo

I have one of these on my desk at home. Pablo incorporates USB ports into portable lighting so you can charge your phone without having to occupy a computer USB port or wall outlet. The black finish with the walnut veneer base looks terrific, and the orange is nice for a pop of color.

Scantling table lamp from Marset

Scantling table lamp from Marset

I appreciate designs that showcase the materials—in this case wood and metal—in the construction process. Scantling’s name is a nod to an old unit of measurement, but its silhouette is modern and simple.

Copper Shade pendant from Tom Dixon

Copper Shade pendant from Tom Dixon

I love that the reflective surface was inspired by an astronaut’s helmet and the copper is a great finish that would warm up any room.

Double Axis 206440 vintage platinum led wall sconce from Hubbardton Forge

Double Axis 206440 vintage platinum led wall sconce from Hubbardton Forge

Hubbardton Forge is in a modern lighting category of its own with its sculptural lighting, which is some of the highest quality on the market. The Axis collection, specifically in the vintage platinum finish, is one of my favorites. It has clean lines and LED technology combined with a hand-forged iron body.

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Jared Brannan

Jared is a Merchandiser with a passion for everything related to minimalistic designs. When he’s not dreaming about moving to Dublin, playing in his band or baking he takes long naps in the sunshine.