Well, we’re officially back to the shorter days of Fall and Winter. So it’s time to focus on the beautiful modern lighting options out there to brighten up those modern homes. Here are some stunning interior lighting options for all budgets to get you started:
Architect George Nelson, who was Herman Miller’s design director from 1945 to 1972, once said, “Every truly original idea seems to find its most important expression in a chair.” And then he blew the doors off lighting design. While outfitting his office, Nelson discovered a silk-covered Swedish hanging lamp that he coveted but found too expensive. He then recalled seeing a photo in the paper of Liberty ships being mothballed “by having the decks covered with netting and then being sprayed with a self-webbing plastic,” which got him thinking. “And then, Whammo!” Inspiration struck, and by the next night, Nelson had designed his first Bubble Lamp® (1952) by spinning a skeleton of steel wires on a turntable and shooting it with translucent plastic until it was covered in a smooth, washable film. “When you put a light in it, it glowed.” This is the authentic Bubble Lamp, produced in partnership with the George Nelson Foundation.(Design Within Reach)
A groovy classic with a twinkly twist. The Sputnik Chandelier is perfect for making your pad feel like a Parisian parlour. Jonathan Adler’s riff on the design staple features custom laser-cut crown cups that halo the bulbs for a modern glow. Tiny stems with crystal accents further reflect the galactic light and lend a ladylike grace to any room. Available in antique brass or polished nickel.(Jonathan Adler)
A Rejuvenation exclusive, the Cedar & Moss 8in. Pendant was created in collaboration with the innovative Portland-based lighting designer and retailer. Combining classic modern lines and unparalleled texture and shine, this posh lighting look makes an elegant statement aglow on its own or in multiples.(rejuvenation.com)
Pared down to the elements of line and light, the Ellerbe Sconce retains a delicate, structural quality. Minimalist construction is juxtaposed with basic shapes for a form that transcends time, giving a gentle nod to the lighting found in midcentury lounges and eateries.
Seated atop an L-shaped arm, the globe shade provides a wash of illumination ideal next to vanity mirrors, in foyers and spanning the length of corridors.
Like all of Schoolhouse Electric’s fixtures and shades, the Ellerbe Sconce features handcrafted materials that are manufactured in their Portland factory to exacting specifications. A Schoolhouse Electric Original.(schoolhouseelectric.com)
West Elm’s modern take on their signature Overarching Floor Lamp, this smoke-finished acrylic shade version still sweeps up from its base into a graceful gravity-defying arc. Its smart design allows overhead light to be cast anywhere in a room.(westelm.com)
hello, sir. Metallic and black edge masculine in this sculptural table lamp. Linen shade adds texture and filters light while the base reflects a warm gold glow. Arrives ready to go with CFL bulb included (13W).(cb2.com)