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Lighting in a Pinch

Husband and wife team Russell Pinch and Oona Bannon create simple, elegant objects communicating a “clear, uncluttered philosophy that resonates with how people wish to live today.” The Future Perfect Lighting Edit exemplifies this ethos with several Pinch lighting designs featuring earthy materials and an uncluttered aesthetic. The Anders pendant feeds off the rarefied art of millinery. Designer Pinch was inspired by haute couture to create this multi-layered shade from banana...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Pendant Lights, Future Perfect, Russell Pinch, Oona Bannon, Anders pendant, Banana Leaf Shade, Beata Cluster pendant, Gentle Table Lamp, Pinch Design, Pinch Lighting, Beata Cluster


A Rarified Restaurant: Mãos at Blue Mountain School in London

Reopening this month: Mãos, the restaurant at Blue Mountain School, a rarefied art, craft, and fashion hub in London’s Shoreditch. We visited back in 2018 when the six-story showcase debuted. Today, we’re returning for a new look at the two dining rooms, each filled with design ideas we’d like to borrow—or just stare at. Blue Mountain School takes its name and attitude from North Carolina’s famous experimental art school that flourished in the thirties and forties. It’s the latest project from c...
Tags: Books, Milan, London, James Brown, House, Philadelphia, Michelin, States, North Carolina, Lighting, Shoreditch, Browns, Tiles, Plaster, Whitechapel, Christie


Allegri Crystal’s Captivating Capuccio Chandelier

Allegri Crystal’s Capuccio is described as having an old world aesthetic. Indeed it does, but it also suggests a sense of something indecipherable, like hieroglyphics or an ancient Cyrillic text. The light possesses both streamlined and intricate elements. The bulk of it is made of fine Firenzi crystal, yet these sublime shapes are contained within the geometric confines of a matte black frame. The juxtaposition between contemporary and old world elements creates a tension that...
Tags: Books, Led, Lighting, Chandelier, Pendant Lights, Sconce, Pendant, Wall Sconce, Crystal Light, Allegri Crystal, Capuccio pendant, Allegri Crystal 's Capuccio


10 Easy Pieces: Black Pendant Lights

Black pendant lights add a hint of glamor and sophistication to a room; here are ten we like. Above: A longtime Remodelista favorite, the oversized Caravaggio Pendant Lamp designed by Cecile Manz is available in both glossy and matte black (shown); $523-$1,535 depending on size at YLighting. Above: Shown in matte black, the Verner Panton Topan Pendant VP6, now manufactured by &Tradition, is $360 at Palette and Parlor. Above: From Muuto, the Grain Pendant Light in black is $209 at Design Withi...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Black, Michele de Lucchi, 10 Easy Pieces, Pendant Lights, Fontana Arte, Cecile Manz, Product Discoveries, Acquatinta Pendant


A Real Motive for Out-of-the-Ordinary Lighting

We’ve shown you Landscape Forms’ Motive Pendant. Now it’s time for the entire Motive Lighting family. Because this slick, sophisticated indoor-outdoor lighting solution comes in multiple incarnations. Motive is known for its versatile applications and neutral aesthetic. The Floor Lamp exemplifies this nicely with a streamlined form and broad reach for expansive illumination. Likewise, the path light blends nicely into surrounding architecture. The dark finish evokes classic bou...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Outdoor Lighting, Floor Lamp, Pendant, Landscape Forms, Powdercoat finish, Area Light, Path Light, Motive lighting, Wall-mount Light


High/Low: Elegant Cone Pendant Lamp

We’re longtime admirers of London designer Rose Uniacke’s elegant lighting, first spotted in her London showroom more than a decade ago, especially her Plaster Cone Hanging Light. We couldn’t help but notice a variation on the theme from Thomas O’Brien’s Goodman line for Visual Comfort. Have a look: Above: The Plaster Cone Hanging Light is available in three sizes; prices start at £1,440 for the smallest. Above: From the Rose Uniacke website: “Each pendant is handmade in a British craft worksh...
Tags: Books, London, China, Lighting, Goodman, Pendant Lights, High/Low Design, Rose Uniacke, Thomas O'Brien


A Room of One’s Own: An En Suite Retreat in Paris

Imagine an extra room becoming available in your home? The owner of this little retreat is a single father who lives with his teenaged son and 10-year-old daughter in Paris’s 19th in a small art deco brick apartment building. When the large studio upstairs became available, he and the only other family living in the building went in on it together and divided the space. The Dad envisioned his half as a bedroom/home office with a luxurious bathroom—a conversion that required considerable work. Ha...
Tags: Books, London, Sweden, Normandy, Marseille, Paris, Italy, Apartments, Stephen, Lighting, Antoine, Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Sliding Doors, Remodel & Renovation, Small-Space Living


The Scintillating Sophia Chandelier by Kalco Lighting

Stray away from straight with Kalco Lighting’s Sophia chandelier. This is a piece with personality. Featuring a series of scalloped stems that end in an ethereal nimbus of spherical shades, Sophia defies expectations as it seems to defy gravity. Its execution is modeled on a play of opposites: metal and linen, hard and soft, straight lines and jaunty, joyous undulations. Sophia is definitely an eclectic piece, “exuding a feminine energy with its simple, scalloped silho...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Sophia, Chandelier, Pendant Lights, Pendant, Wall Sconce, Metal Pendant, Kalco Lighting, Sophia chandelier, Kalco Lighting 's Sophia


Flame: A Japanese Lighting Company Embraces the Dark Side

Japanese designer Kenichi Kandatsu would like to cast his country in a softer, kinder light. At Flame, his lighting company in rural Ashiya, Japan, he’s helping to make that happen by presenting his poetic lamps in settings that are moody to the max. N.B.: Flame’s lights are sold at a number of design stores in Japan, but they’re hard to come by outside the country. We consider them inspiration for projects we hope to undertake on our own. Photography by Shinsaku Kato. Above: A ceramic table la...
Tags: Books, Japan, Tokyo, Japanese, Lighting, Osaka, Edward Hopper, Lamps, Antiques & Vintage, Shopper's Diary, Hyogo, Design Travel, Industrial Lighting, Floor Lamps, Pendant Lights, Lampshades


Boom! 32 Pendant from Global Lighting

If the Boom! 32 pendant by Marc De Groot seems to have an old school military ethos, that’s hardly accidental, for the designer’s inspiration was vintage military grenades. Constructed of square and trapezoidal aluminum panes that are puzzled together into a spherical shape, Boom! 32 also evokes the battle-hardened shells of tanks and helmets. What’s more, the illumination it emits evokes the very action of explosion: “when the light ignites the interior of the shade, it glows with down...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Pendant Lights, Pendant, Designer Lighting, Global Lighting, Boom! 32 pendant, Marc De Groot Designer, Metal Lighting, Marc De Groot


10 Easy Pieces: Mod Bath Sconces

Add a note of modernity to your bath with the following sconces: Above: The Up Down Sconce comes in five finishes for $375 at In Common With. Above: Designed by Jasper Morrison for FLOS, the Mini Glo Ball White Light with glass diffuser is $275 at Hive. Above: The Rich Brilliant Willing Pastille 1 Collar is $335 at RBW. Above: The midcentury French Serge Mouille Saturnus Wall Sconce is $2,195 at Horne. Above: White porcelain Wall Sconce 125 C ALAM012CP with opal glass diffuser (also availab...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Jasper Morrison, Horne, Ray Eames, 10 Easy Pieces, Sconces, Wall Lights, Wästberg, Serge Mouille Saturnus Wall Sconce, Alma Wall Sconce in Signal White


Simple interventions could cut violence against women

Measures such as better street lighting, training the police and enforcing gun control can effect real change The post Simple interventions could cut violence against women appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Elections, Guns, Education, Opinion, Police, Women, Rape, Death Penalty, Gun Control, Convictions, Lighting, Firearms, Openaccess, Herman Mashaba, Angie Motshekga, GBV


Object of Desire: Rebekah Miles Floral Ceramic Table Lamp

Lamps can be tricky. They’re capable of imparting both light and character to a room, so it seems odd that so many available options feel so . . . sterile. Enter Rebekah Miles—a longtime Remodelista favorite and ceramic artist based in Ojai, California—and her hand-painted floral ceramic table lamps. Miles conceives of her ceramic pieces as “functional paintings,” and it’s easy to see how these lamp bases, at once practical yet evocative of the long-standing tradition of decorative pottery, will...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Ceramic, Miles, Ojai California, Table Lamps, Nickey Kehoe, Rebekah Miles, Rebekah Miles Floral Ceramic Table Lamp, Rebekah Miles Ceramic Table Lamp, LA Modernist


All At Sea or Just in Your Bathroom

Manufacturer Original BTC is known for their vast collection of Davey Lights—utilitarian lighting with a marine ethos (and seaside durability). The company’s latest is the All At Sea collection, an auspicious updating that brings this industrial style into the 21st Century. No longer only about chrome and steel, “a new warmth has crept in, with interior designers and homeowners creating sophisticated mix-and-match schemes incorporating colour, pattern and texture.” These unique...
Tags: Books, Sea, Original BTC, Lighting, Wall Light, Industrial Light, Wall Fixtures, Bathroom Lighting, Davey light, Ship’s Light, Davey Lights


10 Easy Pieces: Retro Bath Sconces

One of the most daunting tasks in a bathroom remodel is choosing the lighting; it’s dismaying how few good choices exist. While you could opt for a modern version, there are many appealing retro/industrial choices to consider. Here are a few of our favorites. Above: The retro-looking Hannah Sconce in White or Black is $229 at Rejuvenation. Above: The Irvine Single Sconce comes in four different finishes; $199 at Schoolhouse. Above: The Original BTC Hector Medium Wall Light is $299 at Horne. ...
Tags: Books, Belgium, Lighting, SCP, Irvine, Horne, 10 Easy Pieces, Industrial Lighting, Sconces, Wall Lights, Zangra, Hannah Sconce, Kao Wall Sconce, Thomas Hoof Lisilux, Opal Glass Globe


This Bronze-Bedecked LED Illustrates an Artist’s Hand

The LIT Lighting Design Awards have announced that Artist’s Hand, a luminous sculptural piece by Dublin-based Niamh Barry Studio, is the lighting product design of the year. “Based on the concept of drawing with bronze in mid air,” Artist’s Hand has unmistakable echoes of the classic Picasso photo of the artist drawing with light. The output of the latter was an ethereal centaur. For this innovative LED, it’s an even more abstract shape, an undulating and curvaceous form celebr...
Tags: Books, Led, Dublin, Lighting, Pendant Lights, Pendant, Barry Niamh Studio, bronze LED, Lighting Product Design Of The Year, LIT Lighting Design Awards, Mirror-polished Bronze Pendant, Niamh Barry Studio, Niamh Barry


Object of Desire: Handmade Cast Iron Candle Holders from Sweden

As a California transplant living on the East Coast, I’m still charmed by the concept of “winter.” Yes, the endless gray days and biting winds occasionally get old, and I might secretly wish for a freak-weather event that creates a 70 degree day in Brooklyn—during February—but the promise of a lazy afternoon on the couch or a dusting of snow on a tree bough continues to maintain its magic. One particular activity holds endless fascination for me: decorating the hearth. This can look different fo...
Tags: Books, Sweden, California, Brooklyn, East Coast, Lighting, Candle Holders, Product Discoveries, Vage Gustavsson, Carl Samuelsson Vage, Volta Vienna Take


Object of Desire: The Up Down Sconce from a Brooklyn Design Studio

We’re currently admiring the Up Down Sconce from In Common With, a Brooklyn design studio. Founded by Nick Ozemba and Felicia Hung in 2018, the studio assembles everything by hand, using “materials come from all over the place,” as they say. “We search and search and search for the very best partners, and that’s who we work with, even if that person is halfway around the world. Everything passes through our studio in Brooklyn to be assembled, finished, and perfected by us before it’s sent to you...
Tags: Books, Germany, Brooklyn, Lighting, Sconces, Wall Lights, Wall Sconces, Brooklyn Design Studio, Thomas Hoof Produkt, Makié, NYC Japan, Nick Ozemba, Felicia Hung, Reed Green


wht.wal from Impact Architectural Lighting

Readers will recall our feature in 2019 about Impact Architectural Lighting, focusing on an ethereal circular pendant lamp best described as a “luminous donut of light.” Some two years hence we’ve got wht.wal redux, as the fine fixture was recently featured in an inspired installation at CCSD JM Ullom Elementary School in Las Vegas. The pendant does have a bit of an upscale Vegas vibe. It’s eye-catching yet elegant, showy without being ostentatious. It also provides appealing a...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, LED lighting, Las Vegas, Lighting, Pendant Lights, Ullom, Wht.wal Pendant, Acrylic Diffuser, Impact Architectural Lighting, Lighting Installation, Wht.wal, CCSD JM Ullom Elementary School


28 for 2021

Omar Arbel’s 28 Table Lamp is just one of the many incarnations of this inventive and illuminating blown glass fixture for Bocci. At first glance, 28 appears to be a flawless spheroid, but closer inspection reveals slight imperfections —spontaneous distortions intended and achieved via subtle manipulations in temperature and direction of air flow during manufacture. The shade thus manifests an otherworldly aesthetic, with “an interior landscape of satellite shapes, including an...
Tags: Books, Lamp, Lighting, Table & Floor Lamps, Table Lamp, Bocci, Blown Glass Lamp, Bocci 28, Milk Glass Diffuser, Omar Arbel


Lumiere Turns 30!

It’s been 30 years since Rodolfo Dordoni and Foscarini collaborated on Lumiere, a lovely table lamp whose synthesis of elegance and subtlety has made it a living icon. The designer and manufacturer are paying tribute with Lumiere 30, an updating that introduces dual incarnations of the lamp, both of which exemplify classic glass blowing techniques that create decorative elements on the diffuser’s exterior. For Bulles (loosely translated as “bubbles”) the glass was blown into ...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Lumière, Italo Calvino, Foscarini, Table & Floor Lamps, Table Lamp, Bulles, Rodolfo Dordoni, Glass Diffuser, Glassblown Lamp, Lumiere 30, Lumiere 30th anniversary, Lumiere lamp, Dordoni Dordoni


Steal This Look: A Luxurious Bath in Shades of Pale

When a project includes on its roster an architect, interior designer, art consultant, and lighting expert, you know it has to be a special home. And when the client says it’s the main bathroom (and bedroom) that’s her favorite part of the project, you know that bath must be beyond. “The sun floods into the white marble bathroom and…into the bedroom in the mornings—it’s such a beautiful piece of design and feels so serene,” says owner Reema Stanbury, of the space. “I love it.” We do, too—so much...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Modern House, Meraki, Reema, Bathroom Faucets, Steal This Look, Michael Anastassiades, Sconces, Wall Lights, Marble Bathrooms, Steel Windows & Doors, En suite Bathrooms, Iris Hantverk, Bathroom Vanities, Bathroom Cabinets


Tigermoth’s Bronze Fold Linear Chandelier

A bird of prey’s beak, open wide and plunging down toward its unsuspecting quarry; an agglomeration of abstract Origami; a talismanic wooden puzzle, primed to unseal the secrets of the universe… Tigermoth’s Bronze Fold Linear Chandelier has an extravagant aesthetic lending it to fanciful comparisons. In contrast to its intricate architecture, the pendant lamp sheathes a surprisingly simple concept—folded panels of brass concealing a brightly shining bulb suspended from a slick strand of...
Tags: Books, LED lighting, Lighting, Chandelier, Pendant Lights, Pendant Light, Bronze Fold chandelier, Bronze Fold Linear chandelier, Tigermoth lighting, Tigermoth, Bronze Fold


Before & After: A 2,500-Square-Foot Pre-War Brooklyn Apartment Opens Up by Relocating the Kitchen

Dubbed “Brooklyn’s Champs-Élysées” by the New York Times, Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights is a grand thoroughfare that counts among its architectural gems Grand Army Plaza, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brooklyn Museum—all within a half mile of each other. Nestled among these landmarks are elegant pre-war apartment buildings, like Turner Towers, Brooklyn’s first residential high-rise and where we discovered this impressive renovation by Frederick Tang Architecture. Like many pre-war a...
Tags: Books, California, Chicago, Brooklyn, Lighting, Prospect Heights, Barbara, Frederick, Midcentury, Brooklyn Museum, Mosaic House, Vola, Remodel & Renovation, Architecture & Interiors, Bathroom Faucets, Antiques & Vintage


Axolight’s DoDot Does it Well

Axolight’s DoDot, by Simone Micheli, is a compact wall and ceiling lamp that packs an aesthetic and architectural punch. With a simple double-hemisphere form, DoDot fits into small spaces with panache. One half of this dynamic duo tracks up or down the other, achieving a +/- 46-degree variance for directing light. DoDot’s 17.6 W LED light source offers a penetrating brightness of two thousand lumens. And it’s dimmable—for those times when you’d like to tone it down a bit. ...
Tags: Books, Led Light, Lighting, Wall Lamp, Ceiling Lamp, Axolight, Wall Fixtures, Adjustable Lamp, DoDot, Simone Micheli


Luxxbox Motif for a new Look in Acoustical Lighting

Dampen sound and brighten the surroundings with Luxxobx Motif—a new acoustical lighting line that features an engaging geometric aesthetic. The collection features three patterns. Moon is a creative rendering of circles and semi-circles shot through with stripes and solid colors. Dazzle features a profusion of thin intersecting lines for a panoply of shapes against a solid background. Lastly, Lines offers ribbons of juxtaposed diagonal lines, evoking a 70s psychedelic ...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Healthcare, LED lighting, Lighting, Hospitality, Motif, Pendant Lights, Acoustical Lighting, Luxxobx, Luxxbox Motif, Luxxobx Motif


New Directions: The Workstead + Schumacher Lighting Collection

New from NY-based designers Workstead, known for their craft-oriented and monochromatic take on interiors: a line of architectural sconces featuring exuberantly patterned fabric from venerable textile house Schumacher. Here’s a look: Above: In Workstead’s words: “The Schumacher Woodland Silhouette print conjures an arched allée of trees, a gathering of flora and fauna in relief.” Above: The Shaded Vault  features a shade made from Schumacher’s Woodland Silhouette print; $1,150. (The fixture is...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Charleston, Schumacher, Rolling Hills, Workstead, Wall Sconces, Fabrics & Linens, Woodland Silhouette


The Exquisitely Fine-Tuned Keglen Pendant

BIG is Bjarke Ingels Group; BIG Ideas is BIG’s product development division; and the Keglen Pendant is BIG Ideas’ contribution to Louis Poulsen’s 2020 lighting line. BIG Ideas is managed by architect Jakob Lange—one more formidable force among many contributing to the tech-forward Keglen collection, a series of different-size pendants featuring an elegant glass insert, curved and customized to the dimensions of the surrounding shade. Lange elaborates: “the main feature is the o...
Tags: Books, Uncategorized, Led, Big Ideas, Big, Lighting, Lange, Bjarke Ingels Group, Louis Poulsen, Pendant Lights, Pendant Lighting, Blåvand Denmark, Tirpitz Museum, Jakob Lange, Designer Pages Media, Keglen Pendant


Acoustic Lighting looks great with Unika Vaev’s Trumpet

Unika Vaev’s Trumpet is acoustic lighting with contemporary flair. Named for its thin, fluted profile (a cool abstract representation of the instrument), Trumpet offers a welcoming gesture, like a slight parting of the lips to emit subtle targeted light. Trumpet’s designer, Cutu Mazuelos, emphasizes that this is lighting first, not just an acoustic add on that happens to emit light: “It’s a lamp with acoustic properties… contributing not only acoustic function but also a temper...
Tags: Books, Lighting, Trumpet, Pendant Lights, Unika Vaev, Acoustic lighting, Acoustic LED, Trumpet Light, Trumpet Pendant, Cutu Mazuelos


Steal This Look: A Los Angeles Architect’s Low Key but Elegant Kitchen

We are fervent admirers of Reath Design, the LA-based interior design studio founded by Frances Merrill. This past September, we shared their latest completed project, a Mediterranean-style 1920s manse transformed into an elegant but warm home for architect Sherry McKuin and her young family. We took particular note of the traditional-with-an-edge kitchen. Let’s take a tour of the space, then scroll down to learn how to recreate the look. Photography by Laure Joliet, courtesy of Reath Design. A...
Tags: Home Depot, Books, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Ikea, Namibia, Lighting, Mediterranean, Benjamin Moore, Kitchens, Brass, Merrill, San Fernando Valley, Sienna, Steal This Look, Kitchen Appliances



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