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Editor’s Picks: Award-Winning Pendant Lights

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.

There are a number of awards in the design industry that serve as a prestigious notch in the belt for brands and designers alike. Here are 10 of the most noteworthy, best-of-the-best in modern pendant lighting:

Nikau Pendant, Paint from David Trubridge

Nikau Pendant from David Trubridge
This eye-catching pendant was recognized with the Red Dot Award for Best Lighting Design in 2015. The Red Dot Awards are giving out by the Red Dot Institute and is an internationally recognized label that indicates quality. I love the tromp d’oleil effect this light creates through the woven pattern, natural wood exterior and bright, colorful interior.

Hope Suspension Light from Luceplan

Hope Suspension Light from Luceplan
The dazzling Hope Suspension Light looks like something out of a sci-fi movie. The innovative feature of this light is that it provides all the beauty of glass without the weight. The design was inspired by the Hope Diamond and comprised from a series of thin, polycarbonate Fresnel lenses that provide the diotropic effect seen with glass. Hope was awarded the Red Dot Design Award and Good Design Award in 2010, along with the XXII Compasso d’Oro ADI in 2011.

The Good Design Award is presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and recognizes the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world.

Established in 1954, the Compasso d’Oro is awarded by the Association for Industrial Design and recognizes superior quality, ingenuity and excellent design.

Spiro LED Suspension Light from LZF Lamps

Spiro LED Suspension Light - Large from Lzf Lamps
Winner of the IIDA/HD Product Design Award in 2012, the Spiro Suspension Light calls to mind microscopic images of flowers. Inspired by latticework, the repeating circles are created from wood veneer spirals putting a modern spin on a classic design element. The IIDA/HD Product Design Award is bestowed on the winner by the International Interior Design Association for innovation, function, and aesthetic advancements in product design for the hospitality industry.

Wireflow 2D 2-Light Pendant from Vibia

Wireflow 2D 2-Light Pendant By Arik Levy, from VIBIA
A quick glance at the Wireflow 2D 2-Light Pendant will certainly cause you to do a double take. Seemingly paper thin, a bold geometric shape and two-dimensional illusion are possible with the flexibility of LED technology. The Wireflow was awarded Interior Design magazine’s “Best of the Year” Award in 2014.

Spiral Nest Cascading 3 Light Chandelier from Ridgely Studio Works

Spiral Nest Cascading 3 Light Chandelier By Zac Ridgely, from Ridgely Studio Works
Is it a notebook scribble or a coiled spring ready to bounce? It’s easy to see either quality in the unique Spiral Nest Cascading 3 Light Chandelier. The process for creating these intriguing pieces ensures that each one is truly one of a kind and earned it “Best in Show” from the Interior Design magazine at the ICFF in 2013.

Archetype Pendant from Luceplan

Archetype Pendant from Luceplan

Don’t let the simple silhouette of the Archetype Pendant fool you. Embodying Danish minimalism, this pendant transforms itself with high technology and innovative light diffusion. These features combined with the elegant style earned the Archetype Pendant a Red Dot Award in 2012.

Ballet Chandelier from arturo alvarez


Surreal and engaging, the Ballet Chandelier is a light and graceful design, thanks to its eye-catching texture. The material is patented SIMETECH, developed by Arturo Alvarez himself from a handmade, malleable blend of stainless steel mesh covered with silicone—an innovative take that surely factored into its win for Interior Design magazine “Best of Year” Award in 2014.

Mountain View Pendant Light from AXO Light

Mountain View Pendant Light from AXO Light

Who knew the concept behind a snow globe could become a fascinating pendant light? The Mountain View Pendant Light captures a mountain range inside a hand-blown glass dome. An LED light source gives the mountain range a glistening effect. Unusual and unexpected, this pendant light won “Best of the Year” from the Interior Design magazine in 2015.

Cyrcus Lavagna Pendant Light from In-es.artdesign

Cyrcus Lavagna Pendant Light from In-es.artdesign
Two unrelated functions come together in the Cyrcus Lavagna Pendant Light for a truly unusual light. The simple dome shape features a pop of color on the shade’s interior that plays nicely off the matte black exterior. As an extra surprise, the matte black exterior finish is a special resin that functions like a chalkboard. Draw, scribble, doodle and write your way into a your own truly unique light, which was the recipient of the German Design Award Special Winner and the Iconic Award: Interior Innovation, 2016.

Swirl LED Pendant Light from Blackjack Lighting

Swirl LED Pendant Light By Stephen Blackman, from Blackjack Lighting

Embodying movement, the design of the Swirl LED Pendant Light takes advantage of flexible LED technology. By mounting LED strips on the inside of the metal stampings, the pendant gracefully disperses light in all directions. This popular light has a bevy of awards to its name: The Lighting for Tomorrow “Honorable Mention” Award in 2014, was recognized in the Indoor Category by the Next Generation Luminaires SSl Lighting Design Competition in 2014, and was recognized by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Progress Committee for providing advancements in lighting in 2014.

To see the latest in notable award-winning pendant lights (and other lighting), be sure to check out the Red Dot Product Design Awards, coming up on July 3, 2017.

Nicole Tatem

Nicole Tatem

Nicole is the Sr. Site Merchandiser for Accessories, Kids, and Textiles at YLiving. She is obsessed with great design in all forms with a special love for jewelry, wine bottle labels, and tableware. When she’s not exploring the many museums and art galleries of the Bay Area, Nicole spends time looking for and visiting obscure and unusual destinations (locally and abroad) while practicing her photography skills.

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