This month, we’re celebrating all things modern design, thanks to The Design Event, our semi-annual sale happening now at Lumens.com. We’ll be highlighting pieces that have made design history, new and buzzworthy introductions and the stories behind contemporary work from all over the globe.
Tom Dixon’s resume might give you a bit of a complex. A young Dixon first found his creative stride in pottery and life drawing during his schooling years. He later entered the music biz as a professional bass guitarist in a disco band. Then, he uncovered his skill in welding working in a car body repair shop in South London. And soon after, a simple doodle of a chicken turned into an idea for a chair, which led to the now-famous S-Chair for Cappellini, which has a home in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
It’s clear Tom Dixon was born to be a creator. After the S-Chair’s success in the late 1980s, Tom Dixon spent the next decade and a half designing for various companies, serving as a design leader, and even receiving a medal for services to design at Buckingham Palace. And finally, in 2002, the Tom Dixon brand was born in London, with ambitions to revitalize the British furniture industry with a new take on design. We’ll go ahead and say he succeeded–several of Tom Dixon’s designs quickly shot up to world-famous status, and every year they introduce fresh new pieces that never fail to surprise and delight. The company has now forayed into interior design, a gifts and accessories line and even a partnership with Adidas to create design-driven kicks.
And if you’re wondering whatever happened to that disco band, fear not—Dixon still channels his talents into music, as he did in his early years. Here’s Dixon rocking out with his band at the Museum of Modern Art during NYC’s Design Week:
But, illumination enthusiasts as we are, we especially love the edge that Tom Dixon brings to his lighting designs. They’re the perfect blend of raw and rugged materials with clean silhouettes. Not to mention, these are light fixtures with a story behind them—unique inspirations and purposeful production that adds up to a look that has become quintessential Tom Dixon.
Here’s a look at our favorite Tom Dixon lighting designs:
Etch Web Pendant: Sure, it makes beautiful shadows when lit, and a minimal-but-blingy statement when not. But math nerds, this pendant’s design is just for you. Tom Dixon has long loved exploring mathematics and geometry in his designs, and this irregular pattern is repeated 60 times onto photo-etched sheets of metal, resulting in a total sphere.
Beat Lights White: The Beat Light collection has seen several iterations–it’s original black and brass finish, plus gray and all brass–but we love the cool, crisp white against the shiny brass interior best. The silhouettes have become instantly recognizable, but we love the subtle, light finish with just a wink of metallic coming through.
Melt Pendant: Molten. Hot. Lighting. The distorted sphere of the Melt Pendant is unique from every angle, thanks to Tom Dixon’s experimentation with vacuum metalization to create lighting designs. When lit, the pendant is translucent and lava-like, true to its name. And when off, the surface appears smooth, shiny and reflective.
Want more? Tom Dixon lighting, furniture and accessories are 15% off, now thru October 18, during The Design Event at Lumens.com.
All eco-friendly lighting fixtures from Varaluz are on sale now at Lumens!
Fascination Chandelier by Varaluz
The founder of Varaluz, Ron Henderson, takes pride in designing contemporary light fixtures that are manufactured with recycled materials in unusual and unheard of ways. Henderson, a seasoned veteran of lighting design with experience dating back to his time with Kalco, introduced Varaluz in 2006 with the philosophy of using recycled materials to promote sustainable design.
He often equates his lighting designs to turning one man’s trash into treasure and does so with pieces like the Pinwheel Pendant (made from recycled aluminum), the mid-century inspired Capsule Chandelier (made from recycled steel), the Fascination collection — chandeliers, sconces, bowl pendants, mini pendants, bath bars and portable lamps (made from recycled glass bottles) — and the customer favorite Urchin collection (made from hand-forged recycled steel).
Capsule Chandelier by Varaluz
Anything in the Varaluz collection is guaranteed to make a statement and you will be supporting sustainable design practices too.
Pinwheel Pendant by Varaluz
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Save 15% on all indoor and outdoor lighting designs by Varaluz by shopping here.
Here at Lumens, we see a lot of drool-worthy furniture, and modern dining room sets are among our favorite picks. Below are five of our all-time faves, just in time to start thinking ahead to holiday dinner parties.
Stone-T 200 by Domitalia
This contemporary dining set by Domitalia is designed and made in Italy, and it is a beauty with its white finish and barrel-shaped top. You will love its clean lines and durability. Yes, as gorgeous as this contemporary dining set is, it is weather resistant and equally at home on the patio or in a modern dining room. The Stone-T 200 seats up to eight people and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Pair it with any of Domitalia’s dining chairs and you will have a well-rounded, contemporary dining room.
Invisible Table by Kartell
Truly unique, the Invisible Table by Kartell has captured our imagination. This is a one-piece, molded plastic dining set that blends Japanese minimalism with Italian-made quality. The Invisible Table is made in Italy. It is strong and durable thanks to its one-piece, PMMA construction. The Invisible Table is available in two transparent colors and two solid colors. The crystal transparent color is by far the most invisible of the choices. Amber, Smoke, and White Matte colors are also available, each with its own unique aesthetic. Whether you want to make a small space appear larger and less crowded or simply love the idea of an invisible table, a modern dining set from Kartell is sure to make a positive impression.
Sarah Table by Copeland Furniture
Who doesn’t love solid cherry hardwood dining room table sets? The Sarah Table from Copeland Furniture is a modern dining set made from solid cherry hardwood in the United States. This beautiful table is available in five warm cherry finishes and several different sizes. If you love the warmth of hardwood dining sets but crave the modern aesthetic, you are going to fall in love with the Sarah Table just like we did.
Strut Table by Blu Dot
Ah, the Watermelon Strut Table by Blu Dot, what’s not to love? Though the Strut Table is also available in Ivory, Navy, Slate, and White, we can’t resist the fresh color of the Watermelon version. Whichever color strikes your fancy, the Strut Table is a bold and beautiful urban dining set that makes a statement. It features a powder-coated steel frame and a lacquered engineered wood substrate top. Pair it with any of the chairs in the Blu Dot furniture assortment for a welcoming dining room your friends and family will love.
Discovery Extension Table by Domitalia
The Discovery Extension Table solves the age-old problem of what to do with table leaves. This elegant beauty extends from just over five feet to more than eight feet long, and the leaves are built in. Whether you have a smaller dining room or prefer the ability to adjust your dining room table as needed, you will appreciate the flexibility the Discovery Extension Table offers. While we love it for its convenience, there is so much more to love starting with the table’s sand-etched, tempered glass top and its gorgeous steel base.
When it comes to furniture, we all have our own personal favorites. Which dining room sets have made your top five all-time faves list?
For additional options, check out our full selection of modern dining room furniture.
Happy #NCFD to you and yours, friends. Today, September 18th, marks the third annual National Ceiling Fan Day.
It’s true. In fact, we’re celebrating National Ceiling Fan Week Sept. 13-21 with a big Fan Sale: 15% off select fans over at Lumens.com. But that wasn’t why #NCFD was created. In fact, the annual tribute to our favorite air movers began in 2013 as a collective effort to power down cooling systems and rely on fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption. We’re into that. If it’s still a little roasty toasty in your part of the world, take at least today to put that energy-efficient air mover on your ceiling to work (or stock up on fans for the whole house!).
1. Raising your thermostat +2 degrees and regular ceiling fan use can lower energy costs by about 15% (says the EPA).
2. Which way should your ceiling fan spin? The answer depends on the season:
In warmer months like spring and summer, rotate the fan blades counter-clockwise to cool a room.
In the fall/winter (cooler months), rotate the blades clockwise to push warm air down into the room.
3. UNLESS you have a very high ceiling (2 stories or taller), in which case, reverse those rules.
4. Fans cool people, but not the temperature of the air. Having a ceiling fan on in a room can make a person feel up to 8 degrees cooler. (Image via)
5. If you’re really feeling this holiday, Real Simple has a great idea for a Halloween costume. (Via)
6. Plus a smart tip on how to clean ceiling fan blades without getting a face-full of dust. (Via)
7. Hate the look of ceiling fans but love the functionality? There’s a fan for that. There are plenty of ultra-unique fan designs that make your ceiling fan a cool design element in a room. Above: Enigma Ceiling Fan by Fanimation Fans
8. How to know if you installed your fan wrong. (Via)
9. Fans work outside! Putting a ceiling fan in your outdoor room has the same cooling effect as you’d find inside, so it’s ideal for moving still, stagnant air (summers at Lumens HQ know this all to well). Look for a damp-rated ceiling fan if you’ll be using it in a fully covered area like a covered porch or sun room. For an exposed area like a pergola or a deck, look for a wet-rated ceiling fan.
10. Our favorite way to kill the lights on your ceiling fan. (Via)
Happy #NCFD, everyone! Be sure to shop our fan sale for up to 15% off thru September 21, 2015.
This is an update from an original post published on September 18, 2014.
Adding a touch of Italian style to your home is easy with a piece of furniture from the Calligaris collection. Calligaris has a rich history of furniture designs fit for the modern living room, bedroom and the dining room with an expansive selection of chairs, stools, dining tables, beds and more.
Although new to Lumens, modern furniture from Calligaris has been around for more than 90 years now. At its inception in 1923, Antonio Calligaris started the company as an artisanal furniture brand with his first design being the classic Marocca Chair. The sturdy wooden Marocca Chair opened the door to the design and creation of several more furniture pieces that have found their home in contemporary spaces all over the globe.
Today, the Calligaris brand is based out of Milan, Italy and has subsidiaries all over the world in places including the US, Japan and France.
In today’s spotlight, we bring you five of our favorite Calligaris chairs.
Hero Chair by Archirivolto
In outdoor settings and colorful dining rooms, look to the radiant Hero Chair by Archirivolto for Calligaris. The Hero Chair is made from a single piece of injection-molded polypropylene and features an airy design from a series of rounded holes on the chair’s seat and back. It’s stylish, playful and available in a range of colors including light green, black, white, orange and red.
Chicago Chair by Adriano Balutto
In modern dining rooms, you will love the tall and slender look of the Chicago Chair by Adriano Balutto for Calligaris. This slender dining chair features a solid beechwood back and upholstered seat with a design that pays tribute to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Chicago Chair is offered in either walnut or wenge wood finishes with a leather or soft fabric seat.
Alchemia Chair by Archirivolto
Furniture design meets chemistry in the Alchemia Chair by Archirivolto for Calligaris. The Alchemia Chair features a distinctive design that is reminiscent of a molecular model with an airy, triangular backing that is at once thought-provoking and comfortable for you and your dinner guests. It’s made from a single piece of durable thermoplastic and is offered in either glossy black or glossy white.
Area 51 Chair by Luca Pevere & Paolo Lucidi
For an out of this world chair that excels at comfort and style, look to the Area 51 Chair by Luca Pevere and Paolo Lucidi for Calligaris. This unique seating design is made from a single piece of injection-molded polypropylene that is at once strong and lightweight, making it the perfect chair for indoor and outdoor spaces. The Area 51 Chair is offered in multiple color options including light green, white, orange, red and taupe.
Gossip Armchair by Edi & Paolo Ciani
The Gossip Armchair by Edi & Paolo Ciani for Calligaris will give you a reason to sit and chat at the dining table long after dinner has ended. This elegant dining room chair is made from solid beechwood and covered in plush upholstery. It works well in contemporary dining rooms and is comfortable enough to be used as a living room lounge chair. The Gossip Armchair is available in walnut or wenge finishes and is upholstered in coffee or sand fabric colors.
This is just a small fraction of the complete Calligaris furniture offering at Lumens. Be sure to check out all of the available chairs, benches, dining tables, counter and bar stools, coffee tables, beds, storage furniture and decorative accents in the collection.
The reason we love modern ceiling fans is that they push the boundaries of traditional ceiling fan design. Five wooden blades surrounding bell-shaped lights with a couple of pull chains is hardly the standard for today’s fans. In fact, you’ll find fans with anywhere from a sleek single blade all the way up to 9 blades (those are some biiiig fans).
So what does the form mean for a fan’s function? Generally, more blades mean more air movement, but deciding on the number of blades you want often lies more in aesthetic preference.
The number of blades on a ceiling fan can vary greatly. Here are a few you’ll find at Lumens.com, and what you can expect from each:
Single-blade ceiling fans: This isn’t the most common ceiling fan design, but you’ll find a few of our favorites that function on a solo blade. And can they really move air all on their own? The easy answer is a resounding yes. In fact, fewer blades can mean less drag on the ceiling fan’s motor, making it faster and more efficient in producing airflow. The Enigma Ceiling Fan by Fanimation, shown above, boasts an airflow easily comparable to that of 3- and 4-blade fans.
3-, 4- or 5-Blade ceiling fans: Fans with 3, 4 or 5 blades are sort of the Goldilocks of ceiling fans. They’re just right for most spaces. This is the magic number of blades to balance optimal airflow with a tolerable amount of noise and chances are, the number of blades alone won’t present a noticeable difference. If you have an average sized room, a 3-blade, 4-blade or 5-blade fan will likely give you what you need. Customer favorites shown above (from top to bottom): The Artemis Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans, the Ball Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company and the Discus II Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans.
6 or more blades: Like Fanimation’s Odyn Ceiling Fan shown above, 6-plus blades make for a large fan, both in size and presence. The increased number of blades are ideal for larger and/or tall rooms where more blades (and a large fan size) are needed to get a sense of air movement in a big space.
So what’s the conclusion? There isn’t a hard and fast rule about the number of blades a fan has, and you’ll want to consider all of a fan’s features—blade size, pitch and span, among others—to know what would work best for your space. The great thing about today’s technology and design advancements in residential ceiling fans means any number of blades is capable of producing air movement, so you can focus on the fun stuff: a fan that’s exactly your style.
You already know we’re ceiling fan’s biggest cheerleader for keeping air moving through a space (especially in summer months, if you’re having a week like we are here at Lumens HQ). But a ceiling fan might not always be a near-term possibility, depending on your home.
For this week’s Fan Facts, we have a few favorite table fans that merge modern style with perfectly portable functionality. Whether you need to cool down at your desk or bring a breeze to your living space, here are 5 of our top picks that are ready to go where you go:
Urbanjet Fan By Fanimation Fans
Shiny and speedy, just like the ’57 Chevy it was modeled after. Its vintage vibes come through in the glossy paint job, a chromed “grill” and a fin-shaped carrying handle. But it doesn’t skimp on function, fitted with an adjustable tilt and oscillation plus three speed settings.
Otto Fan By Carlo Borer for Stadler Form
Ideal for the modernist who didn’t think a fan could be handsome. This Swiss design pairs high-grade steel with African Saeple wood with a whisper-quiet operation and height-adjustable feet to control the angle of airflow.
Cinni Table Fan By Atlas Fan Company
Another throwback to retro design, the Cinni pays tribute to the industrial aesthetic found in the 1930s with its cage and blades, while the double curve of the arm gives it a contemporary edge. Three monochromatic finishes ensure that it fits into a variety of spaces and styles.
Fargo Fan By Fanimation Fans
This top rated (4.8 out of 5 from our customers!) love this fan for its unique air movement. The top and bottom of the fan’s globe-shaped cage pulls air in, then pushes it out laterally. The design makes it ideal for a desktop, where you can move air without creating a cyclone of papers off of your desktop.
Max Fan/Heater By Matti Walker for Stadler Form
This fan is anything but a summer fling–it can move from keeping you cool in the warmer months right into being a handy heater in the cooler months. The cheerful, modern color palette also make it easy to incorporate the fun design into your decor.
Fan Facts is a weekly series brought to you by Lumens’ resident fan expert Hugh Prosser. With 20 years of experience in the lighting and fan industries, he’s our go-to guy for fan-related questions.
For any questions about table fans, ceiling fans or how to find the right one for your space, please call us at 877.445.4486.
Jonathan Adler’s Ventana Chandelier is one of the NYC designer’s most recognized early lighting designs—and one of the most versatile. With clean lines, a refined silhouette and crisply tailored linen shades, it’s no surprise that this is one of our customer’s go-to fixtures, no matter your taste or room in the house. It’s a classic-meets-modern, bold-meets-refined style that looks as good in a ’50s ranch house as it does in a sleek NYC loft.
Here are five different room styles where Jonathan Adler’s Ventana Chandelier fits right in.
Bright & Modern
Designer Emily Henderson stripped the shades off this Ventana Chandelier for this master bedroom makeover. The result? A room that is equal parts masculine and modern, tied together with the finishes on the chandelier that can be found through other parts of the room. The mix of clean lines and textures in a calm, airy space make for an envious retreat at the end of the day.
Image via Emily Henderson
Ventana’s clean shape contrasts well with the traditional/vintage cues of this dining room. The homeowners told Design*Sponge that their home mixes fun, bohemian style (her style) with a more modern aesthetic (his style), and this room expertly showcases that balance.
Image via Design Sponge
Cool & Coastal
The bold pops of ocean blue in this living room take center stage, and the chandelier blends seamlessly with the easygoing gray walls. With a 42” diameter, this chandelier often becomes the focal point of any room, but the coordinating colors and tones of this space compared to the fixture keep it from being overwhelming.
Image via Cardea Building Co.
Contemporary & Feminine
A refined space like this calls for a refined fixture overhead. The Ventana Oval Chandelier looks dressed for the occasion in this sunny space, anchoring the neutral tons and subtle floral accents. The end result is a comfy space that’s pretty and polished, and can easily be changed up with a swap of art and accessories.
Image via Linda McDougald Design
While Adler’s designs fit in to a wide range of styles, this signature aesthetic. Here, the Ventana Ivory 2-Tier Chandelier is showcased among the intrepid features that mark an Adler space: Subtle combinations of shapes and materials, elegant detailing, with bold color sprinkled throughout.
Which style is your favorite? Visit Lumens.com to see the entire Ventana Collection from Jonathan Adler, with several chandelier styles, plus wall sconces, table and floor lamps.
Today’s modern dining room is composed of eye-catching lighting, decorative accents and of course, furniture in the form of a dining table and chairs. While we love the modern furniture designs from brands like Kartell or Domitalia, we have also been loving the luxurious hand-finished wooden designs from Vermont’s Copeland Furniture.
Who is Copeland Furniture?
Since the company’s inception in 1976, Copeland Furniture has been a praised manufacturer of well-made and well-designed furniture. Hailing from Bradford, Vermont, Copeland utilizes the plentiful natural hardwood resources to make high-quality wood furniture fit for the bedroom, the office, the living room and the dining room.
Take a look at three of our favorite pieces in the Copeland dining room furniture collection.
Made from solid American black walnut or cherry hardwood, Estelle is the perfect companion to any modern dining table. The Copeland Estelle Chair features curved and tapered lines in an elegant design with a hand-applied finish in autumn cherry, cognac cherry, natural cherry, natural walnut, saddle cherry or smoke cherry.
We couldn’t mention dining room furniture without the Copeland Audrey Table. This unique dining table features a double-X leg design, providing stability and plenty of leg room for you and your guests. It pairs well with any of Copeland’s dining chairs and is also offered as an extension table for larger dining rooms. Audrey is made from solid American black walnut or cherry and is finished in autumn cherry, cognac cherry, natural cherry, natural walnut, saddle cherry or smoke cherry.
The Copeland Sarah Chair is a comfortable chair design that can fit into a variety of dining room styles. It features a clean design, crafted from solid cherry hardwood that is extracted from the best hardwood Vermont has to offer. Sarah is available in finishes ranging from cognac cherry to a smoke cherry and its fabric seat is offered in cafe microsuede, ebony leather, sand microsuede, white leather, celedon microsuede, oyster microsuede or coffee leather.
Browse the complete collection of modern furniture from Copeland Furniture at Lumens to find everything you need to furnish your dining room, living room, office and more.
Providing ample lighting over a kitchen island is a necessity in modern kitchens. A well-lit kitchen island can act as a workspace while cooking, a place for friends and family to gather or simply a functional element of the kitchen. From a cluster of contemporary mini pendants to an energy efficient LED fixture, you are sure to love these five options for your kitchen island.
Larmes Collection by ET2
The Larmes collection from ET2 Lighting is an assortment of ceiling fixtures that take their name from the French word for teardrops. These decorative teardrop fixtures are available as a linear suspension, a multi-pendant cluster or a single glass pendant and they are guaranteed to make a statement in modern kitchens.
Flute 3 Pendant by FontanaArte
Designed in 1999 by Franco Raggi for FontanaArte, the Flute 3 Pendant has been one of our favorite fixtures for kitchen islands for over a decade. This 3-light design features polished chrome reflectors cloaked by clear borosilicate shades that can fit into any style of kitchen.
Long & Hard by Flos Lighting
From acclaimed designer Philippe Starck comes the Long & Hard Suspension for Flos Lighting. Designed in Italy, this 58.5″ linear fixture is constructed from a durable, die-cast aluminum frame and features bright-white LED as its light source. It’s fit for modern spaces and adds an eye-catching element to kitchen islands.
Brevis LED Linear Pendant by Cerno
For the energy efficient kitchen, look to the Brevis LED Linear Pendant by Cerno. Designed by Nick Sheridan, this minimalist, clean-lined suspension packs a lot of light output into a thin linear frame. It features five integrated LEDs and is available in black anodized or brushed aluminum finishes to fit contemporary settings.
Bling Linear Suspension by LBL Lighting
The LBL Bling Linear Suspension makes a dramatic statement with a series of transparent crystals hanging at varying heights and angles. Composed of 26 round crystals with sandblasted interiors and decorative metal accents, this suspension is sure to add a bit of bling to your kitchen island.
These are just five of our favorites to hang over the kitchen island. Be sure to shop the complete kitchen lighting selection for more options.
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