Kya deLongchamps is dazzled by ceiling light design possibilities for that summer refresh
Swinging through your eyeline, suspension lighting and even simple pendant lights should brighten your heart, every day, on or off. Ensure the lighting matches not just the mood but the work-load required. Here’s just a glimmer of what’s dazzling the market this season.
This year’s biophilic trend is natural cover for the perennial interest in all things horticultural, tropical and lush with sap green life.
In lighting — fronds, ferns, large palms and cheese plant leaves are showing this year in wood and plastic pendants assembled from a flat pack, table lamps stalked by wild animals, and in lush gilded, shrubby chandeliers with South Beach (Florida) kitsch. For full silly-Baroque, try Sweetpea & Willow for the Eichholtz Hildebrandt — worthy of Louis XIV or at least a Kardashian, €1345.
The Illumi Philo is a relatively tame Scandinavian interior plant in polypropylene, inspired by the layered leaves of Philodendron and ideal for casual family spaces. €133 for a 45cm version with Rosetta ceiling rose and 3m textile wire, dyberglarsen.com.
To seize the 70s look rock out with luxurious architecturally inclined spheres, asymmetry, cages and organic forms straight out of Studio 54. The German industrial designer Ingo Mauer, dubbed the Poet of Light passed away last year. Mauer’s 24 Karat Blau with its movable rods and 24k gold leaf panels is a late 20th-century masterpiece to build to a space. From €640, shop.ingo-mauer.com.
Also seeing a relaunch to the market from 1970, Bertrand Balas’ (DCW Editions) Here Comes The Sun 175 pendant is named for the Beatles’ song.
In white and black combined with a copper interior — the light alchemy and crisp apple form of this French classic is worth every bite of €215. Multiply into a glamorous vertical or horizontal orchard.
There an influencer term going around, Japandi, which I’m told combines a love of the Japanese Wabi-Sabi imperfect and the cool design restraint of the Scandinavian. Irritating, woke, word porridge. Woven lantern pendants channelled from the riads of North Africa and silk lanterns of Far East were once an inexpensive bright-young-things’ stab at styling.
Sustainably grown hemp, abaca, grasses, raw cotton panels and wood curls softly diffuse and rake light, offering an unpretentious charm. Sizes have increased. Go positively huge, 75cm or more.
Also, consider black, and put those lights down low as table anchors. Keep in mind the cleaning challenges of rustic surfaces, trapping dust drawn to a warm bulb.
We love the latticed bamboo Sinnerlig lamp by Isle Crawford, new to Ikea at €50. For the tip-top example of split bamboo crafting look up the globally inspired work of former naval architect David Trubridge, from €335, lampemesteren.com. I really like the Habitat Moxley for Argos with its spun bamboo interior, a steal at €37.
Fabric, plastic and paper offers superb diffusion when chosen in a semi-opaque and considerable direction for illumination when lined. Velvet drum shades with interiors licked in a metallic are a nice entry point for a retrofit. The Cymbal by Jette Scheib combines velvet on its top section, and diffusing fabric in the bottom section in a tight clam style pendant. From €520 for a 50cm diameter, nedgis.com.
Axolight Melting Pot takes on the standard drum, splicing several shades together (inspiration for crafting something yourself) from €1,463, lights.ie.
IKEA offers a huddle of drums, the Sodersvik for just €50. Elsewhere try out looser, bags of lighting in stiffened materials or bulbs set behind frayed cotton panels. Flos offer an Impressive Ariette designed in 1973 by Tobia Scarpa — a collapsed sack of sunshine made of 30% fibreglass reinforced polyamide “organic and airy” as an ascending kite, €280 per unit, flos.com for dealers.
Sostrene Grene, always original and so wonderfully affordable, fold in some origami in their summer collection, with beautified paper shades from just €6.89, Patrick’s Street, Cork.
Staying with Flos, the Gaku is one of a number of lights embedded in other furnishings, but in this case they have managed to swing a little pendant within a shelf.
Designer Nendo Oki was keen to put some irony in his pieces. It’s essentially a box frame in white or black with a small bell-like pendant light and shelf room enough to assemble a few collectable objects. Priced €272, miliashop.com.
Pendants can be set on long cables to be hooked up higher or lower, but the Micro Telescope from Palluco trains its focus on the area below sliding up or down to widen its barrel and resultant beam.
The light can be used as multiples in stalactite arrangements of 2.2m lengths.
Designed by architect Jean Nouvel who gave Paris the Philharmonie de Paris in 2015, it’s something special, Price on application, palluca.com. In glass, the stacked clear jars of Noctambule by Flos are lit by discreet bulbs and licks of LED tubes (fresh, different) screamingly expensive (€1,700 and going up).
Decorative modernism from the 1930s -1950s, including but not limited to flashy Art Deco regularly included polished bar and pipe forms.
Metal tubes, glass bubbles and half-shells dominate this sophisticated look.
The Tribeca by the Soren Rose Studio for Menu is sculptural but elegant with several bars cascading down through space. It’s luxurious witty, and takes bulbs away from simple cables and drums. €540, easmesfurniture.com.
Asymmetry is a daring touch, recalling the bare branches of trees and oddly easy on the eye where a voluptuous shade would get in the way. Habitat’s new Murphy delivers a wavy metal bar blooming with small white globes. Gorgeous over even a scrubbed dining table, habitat.co.uk.
DelightFULL of Spain is the pied piper for mid-century millionaire lighting. Matheny, inspired by the jazz musician Paul Matheny, includes runs of short brass bars in a gold plate with compressed ends.
It features in the home of Khloe Kardashian together with the Galliano Snooker (organ pipe) lights. Prices from €1,177, delightfull.eu.