For some, choosing lighting for a space is an afterthought; for us it is a bit of an obsession. Not only do the lighting choices we make in each room have a huge impact on the function and overall feel of a home, they set the mood and create an atmosphere in a space. Lighting is one of our favourite forms of functional art where you can really add personality.
With so many incredible designers out there both old and new, lighting can also feature as wall art, a sculpture, or a centerpiece. Choosing the right glow for the space, from soft filtered light of a bedside table lamp, or a moody dimmed wall-lamp for the entryway can transform the feel of your home. To inspire your lighting choices, we’ve put together ten of our favourite designs, ranging from mid-century modern to contemporary, to just simply beautiful.
Oscar Piccolo Lampada Cappello (Classica)
As one half of London and Paris based design studio Dello Studio, Oscar Piccolo is the Sicilian born designer behind the Lampada Cappello. Inspired by an old pleated hat he found, the lamp is constructed between England and Italy and features an undulating Sicilian iron base complementing the light lamp cover. The Lampada Capello comes in several colour ways including forest green and coral.
Uchiwa Fan Light by Ingo Maurer
When pictured on its own, the Uchiwa Fan Light looks like a small wall light, but its lightweight materials are misleading, the true size of an Uchiwa is a towering 86 inches high. It’s a large floor lamp connected to the wall with rope for stability. Inspired by Japanese fan, the rare handmade lamp originated in 1977 and is made from bamboo, wicker and Japanese rice paper.
Albert Tormos - Sculptural Limestone Lighting
These hand carved French volcanic luberon limestone or tuff stone lamps feature a minimalist beton-brut architectural bearing. Made in the 70’s, by Vallauris based artist Albert Tormos, each original is incised with the signature “AT” along the bottom edge
Guy Bareff wall lamp
Born in Macon in 1942, Guy Bareff began producing ceramics at a young age and chose clay as his material for his light fittings, making a clear decision to abandon the use of any glazes. The 1970’s were his most productive period, exhibiting in galleries and receiving commissions from luxury hotels. Working from Provence, the wall lamp pictured is made from Chamotte stoneware and is signed and dated Bareff ‘15.
The Snoopy Table Light by Achille Castiglioni
Telling of the playful personas of its designers, this timeless piece was named after the beloved cartoon character Snoopy and originally designed in 1967 by Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. Resting on a white marble base and a thick glass disk with an enameled reflector, The Snoopy Light was reintroduced in 2003 with updated technology.
George Nelson Saucer Bubble Light
Designed in 1952 by the iconic American modernist George Nelson, the elegant bubble pendant light adds softness and luminosity to an interior. Despite the robust steel frame, the lamps have a weightless, floating quality. Inspired by a set of silk-covered Swedish hanging lamps Nelson wanted for his office, but were too expensive, he designed his own using a translucent white plastic spray. This technique was developed by the U.S. military at the time. Inspired by elemental organic shapes, the bubble light diffuses soft light into a space.
Una Lampada da Tavolo ‘Biagio’ by Tobia Scarpa
Designed in 1968 by Tobia Scarpa and carved from a single piece of Carrara marble, the sculptural Biagio table lamp uses an incandescent bulb that emits soft, direct light into a space. Designing some of the first lamps for Dino Giovani’s company Flos, the lamps and the company have become renowned worldwide.
LRNCE Wajah Lamp
A collaboration between Marrakech based designer Laurence Leinhardt, and the artisans she works with, the base of the LRNCE table lamp is ceramic. Handmade by the artisans in Morocco and painted by LRNCE, its inspired by the earthy palettes of the Marrakesh landscape and the pops of colour in the Medinas. Fitted with a Raffia lampshade, it adds texture, warm light and personality to any space.
Audoux & Minet wall lamp
Created by a French couple, Adrien Audoux and Frida Minet, this charming wall lamp is typical of their work during the 50’s and 60’s, which involved using rope to make most of their furniture and lighting, from side tables, armchairs.
Louis Poulsen PH 5 (Poul Henningsen) Pendant
Providing 100% glare free-light, this beautiful diffused pendant lamp was designed by Poul Henningsen in 1958 as a follow-up to his celebrated three-shade system. The fixture emits both downward and lateral light, thus illuminating itself.