Here’s to bigger, brighter, bolder lighting
Innovative lighting can be the difference between an impactful interior or dreary decor. But there’s no better time to get creative, and with an expanding use of technologies and materials you can turn a limp lamp from drab to fab.
Plastic is the new paper when it comes to light fittings. It’s a malleable and sturdy structure, which is perfect for creating brilliant spectacles with jaw-dropping effects.
Ciara O’Neill is the ideal example of the unexplored possibilities of corrugated plastic. The London-based designer creates breathtaking sculptures that magically diffuse light. Her Spine pendant comes in round, drop and vault designs, which excite the eye by powerfully projecting the light out and around the shapes of the plastic.
The contemporary nature of the light means it’s a great focal point for the room. Alternatively, if you’re feeling brave, group it in clusters with other designs at assorted heights for that truly dazzling display.
Add accents of creativity around your abode with these plastic Ribboned table lamps. A striking geometric look with a pioneering approach to design, they have a clever construct using minimal materials. Finished in linen chintz they sit beautifully in an urban apartment adding a hint of culture.
Plastics often get a bad reputation - they’re non-recyclable and non-biodegradable - but British company Kaigami lights have changed that. Sculpted out of a recycled polypropylene sheet their lights ignite the imagination, drawing inspiration from aquatic life. The Nautica pendant uses spirals and folds to beam silhouettes of lined light across the ceiling and walls. The recycled rivets are what hold the light together and make it the pivotal part of the design.
Recyclable materials make perfect statement lights as they tell a story with an organic elegance. American company graypants individually hand make their pendants using a layering of repurposed cardboard so each light is unique.
The eco-friendly Disc Pendant design lets the light dance out of the waved pattern, breaking and cracking through the natural gaps in the cardboard. Available in two sizes, it’s a gorgeous feature for any sized rustic room with a natural look.
Organic lights create a pure atmosphere within the home, especially using wholesome woods that retain their natural qualities. They provide a soft luminosity while still making a grand statement.
The Secto Vinto ceiling light is hand made entirely using Finnish birch trees which have been PEFC-certified - a forestry system of sustainability, which seeks to manage the global use of the environment. The laminated slats give off a warm glow when lit and are a great centrepiece for a comfy country look.