Brilliantly creative and boundlessly innovative, we discover the latest in lighting design to see us through winter’s darkest days.
With its strong architectural lines, Prandina’s Chan collection puts a new slant on the contemporary chandelier. Available in multiple configurations, the suspended lamp features white mouth-blown Pyrex glass shades that gently diffuse the light; white linear cables designed to stand out; and an industrial structure, in white or brass galvanised steel that’s not unlike the interior spokes of a conventional lampshade. High ceilings are needed to fully appreciate this spider-like piece in all its glory.
From £1421.06 (dmlights.co.uk)
Part of Italian brand Cappellini’s Meltdown series designed by Johan Lindstén, this is a playful floor lamp comprising eight mouth-blown globes in smoky, sultry tones: amber, tobacco, rose, amethyst, light blue and dove grey. Crafted from pâte de verre glass, a method which uses finely ground glass paste and boasts a malleable aesthetic, the exposed industrial bulbs seemingly melt through the material via gravitational pull, while the bubble-like shades overlap to create further colour combinations.
London-based Joe Armitage has launched his debut lighting collection to mark the 70th anniversary of an original lamp design by renowned architect – and Joe’s grandfather – Edward Armitage. Sculptural references to the original lamp merge with contemporary design
to see Joe’s distinctive conical shades imagined as sconces and chandeliers, as well as floor, table, and desk lamps. Crafted from solid walnut with solid brass rings, and a shade material fashioned from recycled water bottles, the lights are beautifully sail-like and sustainable.
From £675 (joearmitage.com)
BOLD AS BRASS
Made from un-lacquered brass, Alex Price’s new Kyoto table lamp boasts a ‘living finish’, meaning the piece will age beautifully over time. The richly textured lamp forms part of a larger collection including single pendants and the asymmetrical three drop pendant lights, all of which feature hand-blown glass spheres in a choice of three finishes – clear, white and smoked. The compact lamp proves a glamorous addition to the home office desk, as functional as it is decorative.
Adding unapologetic opulence to our interiors this autumn/winter is Matteo Bianchi’s new Donna light. The trio of asymmetrical pendants takes its design cue from cut diamonds and mimics both the texture and shape of the precious gems. Intricately crafted from crystal, the shades contrast in a clear and etched finish, while the oversized metal encasing, in either matt black, iron grey or light gold, offers a cool industrial edge. Prepare to be dazzled – and that’s before the piece is illuminated.
Canadian design studio Bocci recently unveiled a new sculptural pendant at Milan Design Week. The 100 light offers a unique composition of molten glass bubbles, which is both product and performative act: the bubbles are prepared individually before being smashed together
to create irregular interlocking glass forms. Once illuminated, the effect is ethereal. Cloud-like organic shapes seemingly float overhead with no two pieces identical. Choose clear, grey, or a combination of both, and build them up in multiples.
From $695, approx. £510 (bocci.com)
Just launched at Decorex, Torsa is the latest offering from St. John’s Wood’s Cameron Design House. Inspired by the glistening reflections of Finland’s Lake Torsa, the contemporary chandelier features a series of suspended bright brass discs complete with mirrored façades. Once lit, the circular pieces transform into glowing eclipses of light. With the added dimension of the mirrored glass – a first for the design team – the piece plays with the effects of reflection and shine, as much as it does illumination.