Seeing the Light
The clocks going back at the end of this month really marks the onset of the nights drawing in. Beat the winter blues with our bright lighting ideas...
Lighting design seems to have taken a huge leap forward in recent years and lighting for the bedroom is in the spotlight (if you’ll pardon the pun) at the moment. For example, Nulty Bespoke has recently completed installation of several fabulous, custom-made lighting pieces in a luxury apartment in London’s Belgravia, including a glamorous, otherworldly chandelier consisting of two interconnected bronze-plated rings in one of the sumptuous bedrooms.
More than 1,000 triangular glass prisms hang from the rings and refract light inside, producing a warm colour temperature that’s perfect in a sleep space. It would be quite something to wake up to, too!
Less dramatic, but equally as stylish, is the Mini Globe wall light from Original BTC. Small but perfectly formed, it’s the latest addition to the British manufacturer’s first in-house manufactured glass collection. With its clean lines and mix of materials, the neat little light adds a glamorous Art Deco flavour. Hand-blown, the highly-skilled, labour and time-intensive process results in a particularly lovely glass and the Globe shade – available in opal, anthracite or clear glass – is held in place with a glossy polished brass or chrome fitting.
We love the Oldhurst chandelier from Christopher Wray, too. The company’s MD, Chris Jordan, has some useful advice if you are about to choose new lighting for a bedroom. He suggests using dimmer switches where possible and combining both flush-mounted ceiling lights or pendants along with wall-mounted lights and lamps, as well as using soft, diffused shades. He advises against using too many lights, and recommends never placing lights directly above the bed.
At this year’s luxury interiors exhibition, Decorex, new lighting brand Gestalt, under the creative direction of Christopher Jenner, launched Aquiline. Designed in London, and crafted in Europe, Aquiline combines precision-cut crystal, sculptural tubular brass and ceramic, connecting traditional materials and crafts with contemporary design. The collection includes two eye-catching signature chandeliers.
Christopher says: “Beauty, heritage and function are at the heart of the Aquiline collection. I wanted to create a collection that would sit perfectly in my own home where natural materials crafted with care add a sense of style and quality to an environment.” The twin-arm wall light and eight-arm chandelier both epitomise this thinking.
Table lamps are invaluable for spot lighting and if you’re looking for a lovely, versatile lamp that would work as well in a bedroom as it would in pretty much any other room in the house, how about the hand-painted porcelain Double Gourde ceramic table lamp with spiral and spots design in black and gold with a lovely white cotton shade from L’Atelier Natalia Willmott? Designed by Frederic De Luca, who is also a fabric designer, it combines two of his loves: painting and geometrical composition.
For form as well as function, Formagenda’s ET table lamp has a playful inspiration, and comes in a choice of seven colours. ET’s swivelling head emits a warm, directional light, and sits on a useful in-built penholder – an ideal accent piece for a desk space, entrance table or modern kitchen. There’s also the luxe Gold Edition ET lamp.
For a floor lamp, we love the Ellisse, designed by Federico Palazzari and produced by Italian lighting brand NEMO. The large, elliptical design contains concealed linear LEDs, projecting a stunning glow onto the wall behind it. The metal body of the lamp is finished in either black or polished gold, and sits on a stylish base in solid black Marquina marble. Ellisse can also be used as a wall light, by fixing to the wall on a sleek gold hanger.
Ceiling pendants are as popular as ever and there are now some truly stunning designs around, perfect for setting the whole style and tone of a room. Innermost Bubble, from The Longest Stay, for example, is available in five colours. Designed by co-founder Steve Jones and inspired by a simple earring, it works well as a cluster, or as a single statement piece. Or Garden Trading’s Soho Three-Light Pendant would be striking above a dining table or in a hallway.
The trio indoor light is ideal for use with the same company’s range of LED E27 Globe Bulbs, which are fully dimmable, letting you choose the perfect level of brightness. Its 2.5m cables are attached to a central circular powder-coated steel ceiling rose and the set comes with three matching ceiling hooks, to loop each cord over, giving you a multitude of options for hanging, from tightly grouping together directly over a side table to draping softly over the length of a dining table and more.
Images: Cover Image - Double gourde porcelain table lamp, £295 from L'Atelier Natalia Willmott