Lighting trends

Jun 25, 2017 | Design and Decor, Features

Often the initial focal point, good lighting design has the power to immediately pull a room together

Danish architect and designer Jørn Utzon designed the Utzon pendant in 1947, inspired by his fascination with ships and boats. The structured shape, different angles and smooth surfaces offer a beautiful light play. Available through &Tradition (

“Reflective materials and metallics allow a light fitting to elevate and accessorise a room”

The smoky Walter anthracite glass and satin brass pendant by Original BTC ( is understated in shape but glamorous in finish. Tailored details such as a braided black cotton cable and brass ceiling rose make it ultra-polished

The Inarchi Geo orbs in either onyx or marble celebrate craftsmanship through a simple shape that shows off the material. What’s extra appealing about this particular design is its asymmetry. Available through Euro Nouveau (

  • Lee Broom’s Mini Crescent Three-Piece Chandelier (, available from Crema Design (, plays with levels and geometry: the ‘sliced’ orbs reveal a flash of brass inside. Opaque glass provides a diffused glow – much more sophisticated than bright light
  • The anthropomorphic shape of Arne Jacobsen Bellevue Floor Lamp for &Tradition ( gives it a quirky effect, while the brass finish warms up the room. It’s a good height for reading, too, unusual in a standing lamp
  • The different coloured glass of these Arts and Crafts-inspired Flora pendants by Rothschild & Bickers ( make a feature out of the lighting, which would serve as a focal point in a neutral room or equally, as paired here with Osborne & Little ( wallpaper, which adds depth to a layered space. It’s also a good reminder that a vintage-inspired aesthetic can be design forward. Rothschild & Bickers is available from Newport Lighting (



A return to cultural roots in the creative world has meant there’s a revival of traditional craft, techniques and materials in high design



Achieve maximum drama with lighting that takes strength in numbers



Copper is still having its moment and the Stanley table lamp by Original BTC ( adds immediate warmth

  • The Marble light by Studio Vit, through &Tradition (, is all about purity of form. The different proportions make for an engaging installation – almost art-like, a quality echoed by the luxury of its materials – carrara marble and borosilicate glass
  • For a high-ceilinged space, you couldn’t get a more perfect statement piece than the Plane Drop Chandelier by Tom Dixon ( Multifaceted yet simple, it commands a space and looks good from every angle. Tom Dixon is available from Crema Design (
  • Apparatus Studio’s ( dreamlike Cloud pendant is an excellent example of simplicity of form having a big impact. Completely unadorned, it’s the details – the multiple orbs and milky glass (inspired by 19th century frosting techniques) – that makes this a showstopper
  • Muuto’s Ambit Rail by TAF Architects gives you the en-masse effect of numerous lights with just one unit. A billiard table lamp inspires the linear take on a chandelier, while the matte finish is contemporary. Perfect for above a dining table. Available from Crema Design (
  • Blown glass vessels in varying shapes and sizes make up the whimsical Ceraunavolta suspension lights from Karman ( The different patterns in the glass give it texture and cast interesting patterns as the light shines through. Best used in a space where atmosphere is more important than clarity. Available through Streamlight (

Black light fittings are an alternative to metallics for an equally dramatic but more masculine effect. They can look classic or contemporary – that’s down to the shape and setting

  • 01 These Shadow pendants by Brokis play with texture – matte and gloss – to add interest to what is otherwise a simple silhouette. Hang a few together for extra wow factor. Brokis is available from Crema Design (
  • 02 The Davey Lighting York Pendant from Original BTC ( makes a feature of the filament, a trend that can toughen up a traditional space or fit right in with an industrial look
  • 03 More sculpture than light fitting, the Inarchi D’Arc suspended lights’ slender profile belies their impact on a room. They’re the ultimate statement in minimalism. Available through Euro Nouveau (
  • 04 The Samar pendant from Weylandts ( has an instantly graphic effect. The geometric shape and sharp lines lend it to a contemporary setting
  • 05 FontanaArte Yumi light from Casarredo ( is minimalism at its best. A simple arc, it’s sculptural, functional and subtle all in one. Combining it with a decorative classical sofa such as this achieves perfect balance

A return to cultural roots in the creative world has meant there’s a revival of traditional craft, techniques and materials in high design

  • Karman’s Mademoiselle design plays with soft feminine motifs of lace and decorative moulding to give it an old-world feel despite it being ceramic and completely contemporary – a beautiful balance of old and new. Available through Streamlight (
  • The Tutu 2.0 by Mash T Design Studio ( is the perfect marriage of traditional beadwork and contemporary expression. Designer Thabisa Mjo’s graphic interpretation takes the medium from ethnic to edgy – a total statement piece
  • The natural texture of timber juxtaposed with modernist-inspired curved bands make Minima’s ( Fusion light an interesting contrast of rough and polished. Made from sustainable birch plywood and bamboo veneer, it comes assembled or, taking crafting to the next level, in a flat pack you can put together yourself without fuss
  • Simple but so effective, the Hemp pendant from Weylandts ( would be at home in a laidback beach house or a super-modern apartment. The shape is organic but universal and the lack of a shade makes it modern

      Credits: Photographs: Supplied, Text: Julia Freemantle