Blog posts tagged with 'chandelier'

A Study of Art Nouveau Lighting Designs

People often confuse Art Deco with Art Nouveau, believing in many cases that the terms are interchangeable. If you want a truly integral design theme for your home or office interior, it's important to understand the key difference in styles. Whereas the Art Deco style was purely concerned with decorative geometry, Art Nouveau attempted to capture the elegance and beauty of nature and express this in the design.

In the section below, we'll look at some examples of Art Nouveau style lighting designs from the Christopher Wray collection and examine some of the points that make this style able to transcend the bounds of time and fashion.

 "Ampula" Chandelier

The natural inspiration for Ampula is much more obvious. Having a strong resemblance to hanging flowers such as fuchsia, the tendril-like flutes and floral light shades are as beautiful as they are bold.

Making a design as intricate and large in scale as the Ampula chandelier requires expertise in many skills, and focused attention to the finer details.

If too much pressure is applied to any one component during the crafting process, the delicate glass could shatter and ruin the whole piece.

Because each piece must be made by hand, there are numerous options here that can be customised, from the number of flutes to the colours and materials used in the fabrication. Ampula is different from the typical chandelier design, and beautifully so.

"Aria" Chandelier

 A more contemporary style of Art Nouveau that evokes thoughts of the mysteries of the deep sea. Scientific knowledge of this area has only expanded during the later half of the twentieth century, so earlier lighting design artists did not have access to the information required t make these kinds of designs.

The beautiful organic simplicity is cleverly offset by the straight edged geometric lines, making Aria a unique conversation piece.

"Azure" Chandelier

The intense yet sparse colouring and intricate glasswork of the Azure design make it a striking addition to any room.

The detail, when you look closely, is impressive. This is made from hand blown Murano glass, and everything must be done quickly and precisely.

The glass must be worked while it is at exactly the right temperature, and care must be taken not only in the handling but also in management of temperature. If the glass cools too quickly, there is a risk it will shatter. If it cools too slowly, it may warp or lose some of the precious detail.

The colouring is also important. Colour must be applied in exactly the right place, in the right way, at the right time.

Beautiful and functional, Azure is a fine example of classic Art Nouveau design.

"Corbet" Chandelier

The design of the Corbet chandelier is reminiscent of the Spring season, with its cheerful colours, finely crafted floral motifs, and breezy hanging bell-like tassels.

The apparent simplicity is deceptive. Take a closer look and you'll notice the careful twists and turns that appear to defy gravity. Surely such delicate glass should not be able to hold its shape, and yet indeed it does. The flowers are available in a range of colours, as well as multicoloured flowers.

As in many of nature's wonders, the chandelier is constructed in a series of tiers. At the very bottom is an assortment of hanging decorations. Above this is a succession of sculpted layers. Overall the effect of conveying an aspect of nature in the springtime is achieved successfully by the Corbet design.

"Daffy" Chandelier

For those who like to make a big statement, there's no bigger way to do it in the interior decoration context than with Daffy. This is a positively huge multi-layered chandelier with enough individual light points it will actually help to warm the room on a cold winter night.

As the name implies, the design is inspired by daffodils, and all the necessary colours and shapes are there to create the right impression.

The colossal size and bold colouring mean this chandelier will command attention, and it will dominate the overall décor scheme unless strategically placed. Large cavernous rooms such as hotel lobbies, ball rooms, or libraries would probably be the most suitable places for Daffy to be featured.


"Farington" Chandelier Pendant

Farington pays homage to the classic Tiffany style that started off the whole Art Nouveau movement in lighting design.

Elegant, yet minimalist, the design is comfortable to look at and will give a room a more cheerful and cosy aspect.

This is also a very simple hanging light to install because it has so few parts. It's certainly much easier to clean and maintain than the typical chandelier design.


"Florello" Chandelier

The name says it all with Florello. A distinctive floral design is dominant here, with bright reds and greens that will catch attention even when the light is unlit. Switch it on, and the real elegance shines through. You can experience the way the light plays delicately through the carefully folded leaves and petals of the design.

This is a very distinctive Art Nouveau piece, and the exquisite detail is simply a joy to behold. There are no exposed light points, which makes this more suggestive of the Edwardian era than most of the other chandeliers which tend to allude to earlier times.


"Garthurst" Chandelier Pendant

Another design that will remind the viewer of the Tiffany style, Garthurst is similar in concept to Farington, except that by opening at the bottom it combines the elegance of a chandelier with the focus of a downlight, so it's good for areas that need more than average illumination.

The larger surface area provided by the "pyramid" walls allows for more detail to be added in the floral part of the design. Hanging three or four of these over a kitchen counter would provide plenty of light for food preparation tasks.

This concludes the first instalment in our series on Art Nouveau lighting designs. We hope you found it illuminating and inspiring.


From Remembrance to Festive Cheer in London

Light has the ability to affect us in more ways than just visually. It also has psychological and biological effects that can have an impact on our health and wellbeing. Light can improve or disrupt our sleep. It can affect our cognition skills, and it can heighten emotions.

Light’s ability to affect our emotions has been much in evidence in recent weeks in London, where various forms of lighting have been cleverly used to not only help us remember and reflect but also to give us hope for the future and something to look forward to.


Light as a powerful symbol of remembrance

November 11th, 2018 marked the centenary of the end of the First World War. All over the UK and beyond, people came together to commemorate and remember the millions of people that gave their lives throughout the conflict. In London, the fallen were remembered in many different ways, but perhaps none more poignant than through the new installation at the capital’s iconic Tower of London.

Anyone who was lucky enough to brave the crowds to see ‘Beyond the Deepening Shadow: The Tower Remembers’ will have been struck by the moving ritual where 10,000 individual candles were lit to acknowledge the lives lost during the conflict and the ultimate sacrifice made by so many; a spectacle which took four hours to evolve into a breathtaking display of flames and a powerful symbol of remembrance.

Despite the enormous crowds, anyone who attended couldn’t help but be touched by the flickering lights. By lighting these candles as symbols of eternal life, it meant that their lives wouldn’t be forgotten, and that their sacrifice would always be respected.


Light as a symbol of celebration and hope

During the same week, London was bathed in more twinkling lights as the city’s Christmas lights were turned on. From Oxford Street to Carnaby Street, the famous London thoroughfares became awash with festive cheer, and over the next few weeks, more and more lights will appear as darkness falls.

During holiday periods, we love to fill our homes with shimmering lights, but the tradition started centuries ago when people lit candles during ancient winter solstice celebrations as a way of remembering that spring would soon be on the way.

As Christianity took hold, candles were lit to represent the star of Bethlehem, but other religions also use light to add cheer during the winters, including the Jews who light up a menorah during Hanukkah and the Hindus who have their own Festival of Light, Diwali.

And so, when special celebrations come around, we feel the need to fill our homes with light, both inside and out.


Lights are not just for Christmas

In modern times, battery and solar powered lighting ensures that we can illuminate our homes during the holiday season without needing to light candles. But, of course, lights are not just for Christmas or other religious celebrations; they’re an integral part of modern living and interior design.

So why not ring the changes this Yuletide by installing lighting that will last longer than the advent period? From traditional antique brass finish star lanterns to magnificent chandeliers and pendants that glisten and glitter as the light catches the crystals, there are so many beautiful light fittings to choose from which will give your home a festive feel all year round.

Whether you prefer a modern or traditional aesthetic in your home, or your tastes are flamboyant or minimalist, you’ll find an impressive array of stunning centrepieces that will illuminate your home in style throughout the year. So why not visit your local lighting store in London, choose a new light installation and dedicate it to someone you love this Christmas?

Autumn Lighting Trends

There’s something magical about autumn. A chill begins to creep through the air, the trees turn to blazing triumphs of colour and there’s a softer quality to the sunlight that foretells the approaching winter.

If you’re absolutely in love with this time of year, you’re not alone! This year you can celebrate the changing of the seasons in style with some of the top lighting trends for autumn 2018.

We’re excited to share this year’s amazing autumn lighting trends, and it seems that history is making a comeback. Classic and vintage aesthetics are the focal point of the season and a little nature rounds out the look.

Here’s more of what you can expect to see in terms of lighting over the coming few months;

Amber Lighting Makes for a Cosy Room

The first important thing to consider when choosing a new lighting fixture is the light it gives off, and this Autumn it’s all about warmth and comfort. Forego the bright lights and find something that gives off amber tones with a warm glow.

If you’re looking for a good guiding principle, think of the way a crackling fire plays with the night or how a candle’s glow illuminates the space around it.

This gives you a good starting point for the general colour of your lighting as well as the way it should radiate outward to fill a space. Autumn is all about cosying up with your loved ones as the cool winter weather begins to settle in around you.

Choose lighting that casts the same glow as a crackling flame and you’ll be right on target for the season. The Dorney is a beautiful modern dome shaped suspension with a sculptural design that would be ideal for creating that warm glow.

Copper Tones Are the New Gold

Golden hues are still in for autumn, but they’re quickly moving aside for the next big thing: copper tones. This season is all about a vintage, old-world feel. Metallic copper is the quickest way to bring a little old-world charm to your lighting.

Choose fixtures and lamps that have copper and brass tones for the base. If you’re using candles to illuminate your space, look for old-fashioned metal candle-holders in these shades. If you really want to add an extra touch of creativity, choose a modern lamp with a copper finish. This will sit neatly between the present and the past; giving your design a truly unique flair that still fits nicely with contemporary trends.

Other top colour trends for the season are jet blacks and neutral tones with a vintage twist. We recommend that you play with this colour palette to find just the right balance to maintain that overall sense of comfort.

Add a Little History With Folk Artisanal and Scandinavian Vintage

If you’re looking for something to complement the copper hues and warm lighting, artisan folk is a perfect choice. It adds a little rustic charm that fits nicely with the other top trends for autumn: natural design elements and florals.

The other major trend is in designs featuring a vintage Scandinavian look and feel. This uses bold vintage colours such as seafoam green paired with the simple modern designs that dominated the 60s and 70s. Think clean lines and rounded shapes with a rich look and feel.

Bring in the Florals and a Little Bit of Nature

Nature is a mainstay for the season and florals are a must have for your autumn decorating palette. While you can incorporate this into other elements of your design, such as accent pillows, it’s also a fun idea for your lighting.

Think of choosing lamps with a floral pattern such as the Calypso, or go for basic shapes found in nature. One of our favourite choices this autumn is the Chantal chandelier that gives off a warm, honey-toned glow with a body that mimics the natural shape of beehives.


Curl Up with Cosy Design for Autumn

If thinking of the approaching autumn puts a little smile on your face, cosy up with some cocoa and pull out the design catalogues as it’s time to pay homage to the best season of the year. This season it’s all about warmth, comfort and an old-fashioned charm so choose your new lighting fixtures wisely.  

5 Designer Tips for Choosing A Statement Chandelier for a Dining Room

If your dining room is feeling a little empty, it might be time to flood that space with light! Not just any light, though. A chandelier is the best way to create a signature look for your dining room. It can be that one element that ties everything together or the standalone statement that makes your decor pop.

Your design tells a story about who you are and a well-chosen chandelier can be the plot twist that makes your guests sit up and take notice.

There are so many ways you can use a chandelier to enhance your design and you’re really only limited by your imagination. However, there are a few things you should know before you begin browsing for that perfect piece to complement your dining room.

1.  Choose a Style Based on the Experience You Want to Evoke

Have you ever noticed how different it feels to be in a well-designed room? The overall aesthetic of a space evokes different emotions and creates a general atmosphere. Many people will tell you to consider the design of your room when choosing a style for your chandelier, but we think it’s wise to focus on the atmosphere you’ll be creating.

If you have a classic aesthetic, for instance, you can add a little fun by contrasting your design with a contemporary style of chandelier. When you make the experience of your space the focal point, you’re no longer limited by style or design.

2.  Figure Out What Size You Prefer

There’s a general rule of thumb for Chandelier sizing: it should be three-quarters to one-half the size of your table or its diameter should be the sum total of the width and length of your room. That said; size doesn’t matter as much as style.

Instead of using size to create emphasis, look towards the overall shape of your chandelier. There are designs with a natural aesthetic that mirror the shape of branches and hug the ceiling, hanging pendants featuring simple lamps or complicated geometric shapes and even asterisk-shaped lights that look like a burst of stars. It all comes back to the story you want to tell and the atmosphere it will create.

3.  Consider How the Quality of Light will Affect Your Overall Room Design

When it comes to a chandelier, the kind of light it produces depends on the type of bulbs it will use as well as the overall shape of the fixture. You can purchase chandeliers that allow you to adjust light levels so you can set your ambience accordingly. So, when it comes right down to it, it’s more about how your chandelier spreads light through the room than brightness levels.

Domed chandeliers with internal lighting create a glow effect that diffuses light across a limited space. Branching chandeliers have more shadowing in their overall light effect and cause a wider glow.

The shape of your fixture determines what direction light travels so think about how you want to illuminate your space to bring out different elements of your design while creating the right atmosphere.

4.  The Chandelier is a Centrepiece, but What About the Accents?

If you’re really going for something that makes a statement, more can be better. Consider using multiple small chandeliers that complement one another or choose something larger and rely on track lighting as an accent.

There are endless opportunities here for design but it all comes back to the story you want your dining room to tell. Is it a place for family gathering, romantic dinners or the epicentre for entertaining among your group of friends? If it’s a little bit of everything, multiple lights allow you to blend styles and have far better control over light levels.

You can turn off the track lighting that’s sunk into your ceiling and rely on the romantic glow of your chandelier for those quiet dinners at home. When guests are over or your table becomes a place to work, you can turn up all the lights and illuminate the entire room. Mixing and matching is a great way to create a truly versatile space.

5.  Remember that Good Design Tells a Story

When it comes to design, it should always tell a story. That story is about who you are and how your space is used. The layout of your furniture and the style of your design aesthetic should all come together to reveal aspects of your personality.

A chandelier is the perfect way to make a statement with your design. Don’t make a choice based on what’s popular, trending or what fits neatly with the style of the room. A statement isn’t meant to go unnoticed so your new chandelier should stand out whilst complementing every other design element of your space.

Light Up Your Rooms: Decorating with Chandelier Lighting & Wall Lights
Whatever style of home you’re decorating, whether it’s modern or older, a combination of chandelier and wall lighting can add a beautiful decorative touch. It is important to attempt a match between the style of the room and the lighting installed in it.
The History of Chandelier Lighting
When considered separately, neither ordinary light nor glass is particularly remarkable, however when combined in the right ways, it's possible to create exquisite effects. The chandelier provides an excellent demonstration of this.