Blog posts tagged with 'chandeliers'

Lighting Choices to Suit a Modern Décor

The modern era tends toward minimalism and simplicity. In earlier times, people favoured sophisticated designs that were highly decorative and complex. Both styles have their respective merits, but one thing that can be said in favour of the modern design style is that cleaning and maintenance are usually much easier tasks to accomplish.

In this article we'll look at some of the choices from the Christopher Wray collection that will help you achieve better lighting results to complement a modern décor.

"Aglio" Chandelier Pendant

This modern chandelier pendant design combines all-round light diffusion with soft downlighting to create a nice comfortable atmosphere.

It's ideal for work or study areas, and could also be good for the living room or even the dining room.

The clear crystal glass features soft ribs or ridges around the exterior, which helps to more effectively diffuse the light without scattering it or casting ugly shadows.

For a simple light that doesn't sacrifice anything in the way of elegance, Aglio fits the bill. 

"Alderbury" Hanging Light Strip

Some of the best modern designs are influenced by the classic styles, and Alderbury is no exception.

Designed as a row of three downlights supported by a cleverly engineered suspension system, this light strip is as ideal in the workplace as it is in the home.

Use it in any place where you need effective, focused downlighting. With good lighting you can be more productive and will be less likely to make errors.

As shown in the picture above, the lights are fantastic to use over an office desk, but are equally at home in the kitchen, or at a workbench.

The central arch that supports the main bar is the key to the strength of this design. The downward force is distributed evenly, allowing a wide base to be supported from a smaller central mounting area.

"Alumino" Hanging Light Strip

 Here is another very simple light strip that would be excellent to use in a home office. This design could also be effective in a shop such as a jewellers, an art gallery, or even a museum. Anywhere, in fact, that you'd like to show off whatever is placed under it as an exhibit.

For the office setting, Alumino provides simple direct focused task lighting with protection against glare. There is ample light emission at full power, and you can also add a dimmer switch to adjust the output according to your needs at any given time.


"Asteroid" Chandelier Pendant

Make your artistic statement with the Asteroid chandelier design from Christopher Wray.

Perhaps it's a bit ironic that this would also be a great choice for a retro 70s style café. Add a Galaga machine in the background, and it will take you right back to those dreams of the 21st century.

Well, not everyone owns a flying car or a personal jet pack yet, but fortunately you can buy yourself an Asteroid chandelier just by visiting Christopher Wray Lighting in London. At least one of those dreams of a better future can be fulfilled today.

"Bellatrix" Hanging Light Strip

Owning something like the Hope Diamond is not a realistic goal for most people, but the Bellatrix hanging light strip with the beautiful "diamond cut" Swarovski crystal can help satisfy your craving for a sophisticated modern lighting scheme.

It makes an especially strong statement in the Board Room, with its suggestion of class.


"Cabildo" Suspension Lamp

A simple eye-shaped lamp made from painted die-cast aluminium, the Cabildo suspension lamp will look great in such a wide range of different settings. It's ideal for home use, but could easily also be used for lighting a commercial exhibit or artistic display.

"Chevreaux" Suspension Lamp

One of the more stunning pieces in the Christopher Wray collection – and that's really saying something – is the Chevreaux suspension lamp. This one is very different from the typical hanging lamp design. If you like modern design with a futuristic twist, look no further than Chevreaux.

This design is inspired by the famous Möbius band, discovered by German mathematicians in 1858.

The properties of this band make it something of a physical conundrum. Every object that exists in our three dimensional universe should have at least two sides, but with the Möbius band it is practically impossible to determine one side from the other, even though we know logically both sides must exist.

"Connesso" Suspension Lamp

The Connesso lamp has similarities in design to the Chevreaux, but it is much larger and a bit less "illusiony".

This is another design that would be a great addition to the Board Room, as it conveys a certain aura of strength and power. It would be perfect in the Board Room of a bank or investment house, for example.

It looks far heavier than it actually is, so you need have no fears of it falling if it is installed properly.

"Denzey" Chandelier Pendant

The charm of the Denzey design is in the way it gives off such a warm and cosy look, which is unusual for a modern lighting design.

This makes it ideal for use in living room or bedroom, though it's also suited to large open shared spaces in commercial environments such as bookshops, cafés, or communal areas in schools and colleges. The picture makes it look almost like it is made from paper, but actually it is a solid wood construction with a pyrex glass core, so it is very strong and safe.

You can complement this light with some matching table lamps that are also available from our London shop.

This concludes the first instalment in our series on modern lighting design innovations. As always, we hope it was an illuminating read, and thank you for joining us on our journey through some of the standouts among more than 1200 lighting choices provided at Christopher Wray Lighting.


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.


Lighting Trends for Spring Summer 2019

Spring is just around the corner and that could mean an update on your home’s decoration and design. One of the simplest and most effective ways to give your home a wonderful update without having to do anything too drastic is simply by changing up your lighting.



Lighting can make your house ooze in character and sophistication, or it could make it a drab and character-less space. It really is as easy as swapping out those old lamps with something more contemporary to give your house a whole new fresh look.

If you’re thinking about changing up the lighting in your home, these are just some of our favourite trends for Spring Summer 2019:


Au Naturale

There has been a massive shift to sustainable, eco-friendly materials throughout the interior decorating industry and that also applies to lighting trends.

Natural textures and raw materials are the new in thing. Thanks to a growing awareness of the dire straits we have landed our planet in, green living has become an ever-popular trend and an opportunity for designers to create some truly beautiful lights.

You can give your home an organic, earthy feel using lighting fixtures made of materials such as wood, bamboo and even concrete.



The one thing that we love about the current place we find ourselves in at the moment in the interior design industry, is that sleek, minimalist trends seem to have found common ground with more contemporary looks.

There is going to be an increasing demand for signature lights or lights that really stand out in a room. These awesome designer light features are really making waves this year and are an excellent way to add something a little different to your home.



Chandeliers and pendants had a massive resurrection in 2018 and in 2019 so we only expect them to grow in popularity. Whether you put a chandelier in the bathroom, the bedroom, the kitchen or in the lounge, it’s going to look right at home.


Chandeliers come in so many materials these days, from glass and metal to beaded, natural and crystal - there’s simply something for every taste and to suit the look you want for your home.


Future modern

It was always a given that even though we have embraced some of the styles of the past - a nostalgic trip back down memory lane - there was always going to be those designs looking to break the mould and cater for those looking for the ultra-modern lighting designs.

These come in shapes that are sleek, minimalistic and futuristic. Everything from floor lamps to painting lights, hanging bulbs and reading lamps has been tinkered with and these modern and mystifying representations of the new age will fit seamlessly into any modern, minimalist home.


Landscape lighting

No, we aren’t talking about lighting that is going to make your garden look spectacular, but rather lighting that is veering away from the traditional vertical hanging fixtures that we know and love.

Vertical lighting spans the width of the room and creates a contemporary, yet clean look to any room in your house. Use exposed bulbs for extra emphasis on the effect that they can have on the lighting in your home.



We seem to be pushing our creative abilities to their absolute peak at this stage of the lighting industry and some of the designs coming out are simply breath-taking. Sculptural fixtures or lamps make a statement in a room and can often be viewed more as art than as lights.

These are some of our favourite lighting trends for 2019. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you upgrade the lighting in your home, please give us a call or simply browse through the amazing ranges on our online lighting store.