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10 Dining Spaces We Love

2015 November 25


With all of the houseguests and dinner parties and Thanksgiving celebrations happening this week, we’ve got the dining room on the mind. Whether you have a cozy breakfast nook that you squeeze all the friends you can around, or a grand entertaining space, we love the idea of a room that’s dedicated to gathering ‘round.

So, in true pre-holiday-weekend fashion, we’ve been cruising the web for a little inspiration to take home with us. From minimalist designs to sculptural light fixtures, here are 10 dining spaces we can’t get enough of:


This white and tan stunner is the epitome of minimalism done right. With a sleek banquette flanking the dining table on one side, and casually comfortable chairs on the other, Secto Design’s Magnum Pendant 4202 can cast its presence over the entire ensemble. (via)


Speaking of sleek and sexy, going all-black in the dining room can be a little unexpected, but here it works particularly well, keeping the look minimal and elegant with black flooring, overhead lighting, table, and chairs. Plus, keeping things monochromatic is one way to let your food take center stage. (via)


The juxtaposition of natural wood against modern sculptural seating is irresistible in this organic dining room featured in Apartment Therapy. Nestled up against an old fashioned library, it’s as fit for curling up with a book as it is for hosting a comfortable get together. We love the curvy lines of the Panton Chairs brushing up against the masculine, rough edges of the more rustic table. (via)


And speaking of unexpected…if you’re short on space, investing in furniture that does double duty is a great way to make the most of it. This one works as part modern dining table and part billiards table for a quintessentially cool piece that will take you from Sunday suppers to side pockets and snooker in no time. (via)


If you love color, pick one or two areas to punch it into a room for the most impact. In this case, Homepolish’s Orlando Soria brightened up this dining nook with a fresh coat of bright paint and a statement-making wall print. The combo is reminiscent of a weekend beach pad. (via)


For styles that meet somewhere between eclectic and funky and modern, this dining room is right up your alley. A mismatched chair collection, ample accessories and bold artwork make this room feel like a collector’s dream, like a showcase for all of their favorite things. Even with plenty going on here, the Patrick Townsend chandelier makes a big statement and brings a modern edge to a somewhat traditional room. (via)


We love this unexpectedly modern room that has a big of a bohemian vibe, thanks to rattan pendants and imperfect wood finishes. All of that up against a white backdrop feels warm and lived-in, and the stools look prime for pulling up a seat around a good meal. (via)


Spotlighted in Milk Magazine, this shapely copper table provides the perfect accompaniment to Achille Castiglioni’s Taraxacum 88 Suspension by Flos Lighting. We love the mix of shiny metal with rustic wood on a bright white backdrop. (via)


Oh, cobalt blue. You’re beautiful in every form, but especially in this surfboard-like tabletop. It’s such a fun mix of styles happening here: bold color? Check. Traditional chandy? Check. Exotic woodwork in that modern bench? Check and check. Designed by Francis O’Haene, this delightful dinette is both stunning and simple at the same time and together, just works. (via)

A collection of Hans J. Wegner’s Wishbone Chairs is a surefire way to bring modern style to the kitchen—we love them here since the space lets the signature shape of the chairs take center stage, with an open layout that makes the chef part of the party. (via)

The takeways? Start with a single piece: a bold lighting fixture, or a showstopping table or even an unexpected textile to start building a modern look you can call your own. If it feels like you, you can’t go wrong. Which of the above modern dining spaces inspires you?

Lumens + ELLE DECOR: 2015 Modern Life Concept House in Miami

2015 November 23

2015 ELLE DECOR Modern Life Concept House

Bold color. Stunning architecture. Lux interiors. A vibrant art scene.

Welcome to Miami.

Lumens is thrilled to have partnered once again with our friends at ELLE DECOR on the 2015 Modern Life Concept House. This is our 4th showhouse with ELLE DÉCOR, having joined forces with the designers in 2010 in San Francisco, 2012 in New York City, and in 2013, a 7-bedroom, 10,000 square foot waterfront stunner on Miami’s Sunset Island.

The 2015 showhouse is in fact a 6,000 square foot, one-of-a-kind condominium in the new development 250 Wynwood, which sits in the heart of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. The Modern Life Concept House will make its debut to the public next week, in conjunction with Art Basel Miami (the art world’s biggest festival and party).

Lumens and several other living and lifestyle brands worked with 4 top interior designers from all over the country. The group was selected by the magazine’s editorial team and have been collaborating on the space to create the ultimate expression of what ELLE DECOR style looks like today.

In the next several weeks, we’ll be giving you an inside look at the spaces in this year’s Modern Life Concept House and how they came to be. If you’re in Miami or attending Art Basel, the Concept House will be open for public tours December 2 through December 5, with ticket sales directly benefiting the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. To purchase tickets, call 305.243.9088.

10 Iconic Design Gifts for Giving and Getting

2015 November 12

The season for giving and gifting is upon us. For the design aficionados in your life, we’ve rounded up 10 gifts that are right up their well-appointed alley—well. These are 10 well-recognized, celebrated, totally gift-worthy icons of design, each with a story behind them. So not only are they perfect for design-minded friends, they’re each a great option for that person on your list who “really doesn’t need anything.” There’s much more to explore in the name of good design gifts, but here are our favorites to get you started:

Eames House Bird by Vitra
The Eames House Bird by Vitra was taken from a piece of folk art that resided in the home of mid-century design duo Charles and Ray Eames. Where the original came from remains a mystery, but this recreation of it brings a slice of the Eames home into yours.

Etch Tea Light Holder By Tom Dixon

A quintessential design from British designer Tom Dixon, this in perfectly giftable form. Like many of Dixon’s designs, the Etch Candleholder was inspired by mathematics, with acid-etched square and hexagonal panels that fit together and create a beautiful light and shadow pattern when a candle is lit inside.

Wooden Dolls By Alexander Girard for Vitra

Also a mid-century designer, Alexander Girard is famous for the color and textile work he produced in the 1950s and 1960s. With sculptural shapes and semi-abstract styling, his collection of Wooden Dolls reflect Girard’s interest in Folk Art, with visual elements inspired by cultures all over the globe.

Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer

Is it…a bug? Something supernatural? A little reminiscent of an other-worldly creature, designer Philippe Starck’s Juicy Salif is one of the icons of design in the 1990s. The unconventional design earned it a spot in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York’s MoMA, and a number of other collections around the globe. Although it’s fully functional as a citrus squeezer, its intriguing physique makes it a display-worthy piece for the kitchen as well.

Kettle with Bird Whistle By Alessi

The Kettle with Bird Whistle by Alessi is one of the most well-known icons from architect Michael Graves, which he designed in 1985. The design mixes classical and pop influences, with simple geometry and a playful bird that whistles cheerfully when the water is ready. This year, Alessi also introduced a fierce new version of Grave’s famous kettle in honor of the design’s 30th birthday. The Tea Rex Kettle, replaces the happy songbird with a dragon in shiny copper or lively green.

Cast Mini Jack By Tom Dixon

Back in 1994, Tom Dixon designed a “sitting, stacking, lighting thing,” a light inspired by the children’s toy and made from polyethylene so it could withstand said sitting and stacking. The far-more-wrappable Cast Mini Jack is less than 5 inches tall and made from hefty cast iron, making it an ideal paperweight, doorstop or simple objet in ode to Dixon’s design brilliance.

Menu Wine Breather Carafe

Danish design house Menu offers a number of designs for the bartender or budding sommelier, and this is one of our favorites. Designed by Norm Architects, the Wine Breather Carafe aerates wine in an instant. Simply connect it directly to the bottle and invert it for a fully aerated bottle in under 2 minutes.

Anglepoise Original 1227 Task Lamp

This gift of light is more than just that. The Anglepoise Original 1227 Task Lamp is British icon, originally created in the 1930 by George Carwardine, an automotive engineer and inventor of the 3-spring mechanism seen in this very lamp. The mechanism allows the lamp to be smoothly repositioned to focus light on the task at hand.

Alessi Anna G. Corkscrew

Yet another famous piece from the Italian design factory. The Anna G Corkscrew by Alessi was originally introduced in 1994 and maintains a strong cult following today. Designer Alessandro Mendini created this lovely lady as a tongue-in-cheek homage to a real woman and spun off into a number of likenesses in objects for the tabletop and kitchen.

Cylinda-Line AJ Cocktail Shaker By Stelton

The Cylinda-Line AJ Cocktail Shaker first debuted in 1967 as part of a comprehensive barware collection, but it fits right into an at-home bar today. The sleek and minimalist cylinder in matte stainless steel is part of a tea/coffee/bar collection that was awarded the ID Prize (now known as a Danish Design Award) in 1967.

8 Ways to Get the Guest Room Ready

2015 November 9


We hate to break it to you—it’s November already. Whether you’re busy shopping for the perfect holiday gifts or getting your front yard ready for seasonal decorations and lawn adornments, it can be tough to make time to get your guest room ready for holiday visitors. We’re happy to lighten your load just a bit, and have curated a list of top tips to help you get that long-forgotten spare room ready for company. If you want your guest space to be warm, welcoming, and showcase your impeccable taste, here are 8 easily executable ways to get there:

1. Layer linens. Whether you adorn the foot of the bed with an additional cozy comforter or stack extra blankets in a storage bin in the corner, ensure your guests never want for warmth by providing plenty of layering options. Plus, there’s something about a well-edited textile pile that feels cozy and inviting.


2. Provide storage. This is important for helping your out-of-towners feel settled, even if it’s just for a few days. No one wants to spend their holidays living out of a suitcase. Add a storage rack (we love the Anker Wardrobe Rack by Menu, above) ( to your guest room to make sure your visitors can hang their clothing and feel at home while enjoying this special time with you.

3. Make it festive.  A little holiday decor can go a long way in making a guest feel at home. While your living room and entrance way might receive the bulk of your seasonal decorations, a little flare in the guest room can keep your visitors in the spirit. If you really want to make an impression on your visitors, consider using personalized decorations your guests can take home with them when they depart.

4. Luxe up the linens. Plump towels and face cloths are essential. Refresh these linens on a regular basis to ensure your guests have all the creature comforts of home.

5. Be scent sensitive. Some sort of fragrant decor might be tempting to set the tone of the room, but we suggest something adding a scent-free soap or candle—a little extra something that’s pretty, but not overpowering.

6. Make it feel like a spa retreat. While the most spa-like this visit gets is a hot shower, a few small spa items could go a long way to make guests feel pampered. A small basket with a loofah sponges, nail files, cotton balls, and extra hand lotions all make an unexpected yet lasting impression.

7. Get the light right. A properly-lit bedroom includes both an overhead flushmount light for bright light, as well as bedside table lamps that provide in-bed task lighting and are easy to shut off when your guest is ready for some zzzzs.

8.  Add a mirror. A large modern mirror in the room serves as an easy way to decorate the walls, plus it’c certainly convenient for guests getting ready for the day.

Getting the guest room just right doesn’t have to be a chore; simple tips and a focus on good design are all you need to ensure both you and your guests have a fabulous holiday season.

Best of Blu Dot Furniture (on sale now!)

2015 November 6


Blu Dot Furniture was founded almost two decades ago by three young friends who wanted access to interesting furniture that wouldn’t cost them a bundle. Putting that passion into top-notch construction and lighthearted design sensibility, the company is thriving today, with dozens of designs as prices that are much more accessible than other major designer furniture. Better yet, Blu Dot’s 20/20 sale is happening right now, so you can save 20 percent on some of the brand’s most popular products thru November 8th.

The team behind Blu Dot—still led by two of the co-founders, Maurice Blanks and John Christakos—doesn’t believe in taking design too seriously. They weren’t impressed by the stuffy furniture industry when they graduated from college, so they set out to create a brand that wasn’t afraid to have fun.

In 2009, the company made headlines with a unique experiment in human behavior. Blu Dot scattered GPS-enabled Real Good Chairs across New York City and then kept track of the people who used them on the street, as well as those who picked them up and brought them home. Another viral ad campaign featured videos of a man in a giant squirrel costume (known as Mr. Squirrel, naturally) assembling Blu Dot furniture. Humor doesn’t just dictate the manufacturer’s marketing techniques, however; it also contributes to the design aesthetic in general, with a sort of cheeky irreverence inspiring more creative pieces.

Straight from the Midwest

Most people don’t think of Minneapolis as a major design center, but Blu Dot’s founders have said that their location helps contribute to the brand’s philosophy. The Midwest is known for its pragmatism, and keeping pieces affordable has always been one of Blu Dot’s major goals. Having company headquarters removed from New York and L.A. also allows the creative types to spend their time innovating rather than worrying about what competitors are up to. This mentality comes through in the fact that Blu Dot doesn’t credit the creation of pieces to individual designers–the company focuses instead on collaborative efforts that combine the strengths of multiple contributors.

Top Products We Love

Real Good Chair by Blu Dot

The Real Good Chair that was part of the street marketing campaign a few years ago is humble, dynamic, and comfortable. Shipped flat, the chair features laser-cut lines along a powder-coated steel frame.

Hot Mesh Chair by Blu Dot

For the Hot Mesh Chair—one of the brand’s first indoor/outdoor pieces—designers looked at the bent wood café chairs that have been around for more than a century and then created a modern interpretation in bright colors.


The quirky Rook Table Lamp can be oriented in a number of different positions—inspired by a game of chess.


Another classic innovation is the Toro Lounge Chair with a saddle leather sling and comfortable wood frame.

There’s a lot to love about Blu Dot—whether you’re a design aficionado or not, they are simply a fun company to watch. But Blu Dot products exude personality in every piece, and it manages to keep all of its designs fresh and on trend without ever going out of style.

Designer Spotlight: Why We Love Marcel Wanders

2015 October 15


This month, we’re celebrating all things modern design, thanks to our semi-annual Design Event happening now at 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.


From bold lighting and furniture designs, to baroque-meets-modern interiors, to glam cosmetic cases—powerhouse Marcel Wanders has brought his provocative style to designs both big and small.

He’s considered a bit of an anomaly in the design world, dubbed by the New York Times as the “Lady Gaga of design.” Sure enough, Wanders balances a mix of modern silhouettes with touches of traditional baroque style, moving from simple and functional design to avant-garde statement makers.

The Dutch designer honed his skills first at the Eindhoven Design Academy and then at the ArtEZ Institute of the Arts (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten) in Anhem. His education and work eventually led to opening his own Amsterdam studio in 1995 and then to co-founding Dutch design house Moooi, where he is still art director. The company name alone offers a glimpse into the playfulness behind it. Mooi translates to “beautiful” in Dutch—but an extra “o” was included to express an extra beautiful aesthetic.

Since he began, Wanders has embraced the novelty of imperfection in design, eschewing the monotony of the sameness created by industrial techniques. Many of his works have been influenced by the Memphis movement, an incredibly exciting point in the world of design when artists recognized the importance of incorporating individual originality in every aspect of a creation.

Here are a few of the most well-recognized lighting and furniture designs from our favorite “wandering” designer:


Knotted Chair: Quickly gaining attention from designers around the world, the Knotted Chair for Cappellini sent Wanders into design stardom. His use of a low-level technique (macramé) with high-quality materials led to the creation of a not-so-perfect-exactly-perfect creation that portrayed a unique twist on an everyday object. It’s a perfect blend of simplicity and complexity into a design that remains famous today.


Set Up Shade: Wanders readily admits that he is easily bored, so exploring new materials and processes is a key part of his quest for new and inventive designs. In 1989, that exploration led to his Set Up Shade, in which he aimed to bridge contemporary design with traditional functionality. The portrayal of multiple lamp shades is playful and perspective-bending, diffusing a gradient of light from top to bottom.


Egg Vase: This porcelain vase is recognized as one of Wanders’ most elegant pieces—though its origination is perhaps a bit unconventional. The playful form is achieved by stuffing latex condoms with hard-boiled eggs.


Dressed Collection: This expansive collection of tableware is a beautiful expression of Wanders’ subtly in design. Traditional “rules” would mean the decorative part of a design is in plain view, applied to the most important part of a product. With the Dressed collection, however, the rich flowery/baroque pattern is tucked on the underside or delicately used in the silhouettes. The result in a pattern that is overall elegant, light, and distinctly Marcel.

Marcel Wanders is a true pioneer for his innovative use of materials and the creative techniques he utilizes as he borrows hints of historical styling and blends them with inimitable twists in design. His acknowledgement of traditional methods, modern techniques, and innovative design ideas, has earned him notoriety in museum exhibits around the world, collaboations with lighting, furnishings and consumer appliance brands and interior/architectural projects like the Mondrian South Beach hotel in Miami and the Kameha Grand hotel located in Bonn, Germany.

Are there other products or spaces you’d like to see Wanders put his stamp on?

Designer Spotlight: Why We Love Philippe Starck

2015 October 7


This month, we’re celebrating all things modern design, thanks to our semi-annual Design Event happening now at 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.

Where do humor, politics, controversy and design all come together? These tenets can be seen in the work of one Mr. Philippe Starck, one of the world’s best-known modern designers. Since his career took off in the 1980s, Starck has made major contributions to interior design, architecture, product creation, technology, and much more, having designed everything from a flyswatter to a custom yacht. His wide reach and willingness to try new things have defined his life in the industry.

Starck’s father was an aeronautical engineer, so the young Parisian was endlessly fascinated by how things worked—he even spent much of his childhood disassembling everyday objects. Starck studied at the Ecole Nissim de Camondo, where he started to develop a reputation for his off-the-wall designs. One of his first radical creations was an inflatable house, which caught the eye of some major pros in the industry.


Café Costes in Paris

In the 1980s, Starck got his first taste of notoriety when he was chosen by the French president to redesign the Elysee Palace. He also took on the interior of the Café Costes in Paris and infused it with simple design elegance—his lacquered wood and leather chairs for the coffee shop continue to be popular today (which is something to be said for ’80s design, right?). Starck approached all of his restaurant designs by finding a way to match up his unique aesthetic with the soul of each venue. He put the same technique to use when designing hotel interiors, such as the Delano Hotel in Miami, the Mondrian Hotel in Hollywood and the Clift Hotel in San Francisco.


The Clift Hotel


The Delano Hotel

Lucky for us, Starck’s talents can also be found in a number of everyday objects to infuse his edgy elegance into any space in your home. A few of our favorites include:

Starck unveiled his iconic Louis Ghost Chair in 2002, which combined the simplicity of plastic furniture with a nod to classic design. Based on the French Louis XVI armchair, this Kartell product is manufactured from a single-mold form injection polycarbonate. The stackable indoor and outdoor chair is streamlined in its design, and it’s also essentially indestructible. A big hit among design aficionados and not, more than 1.5 million Louis Ghost Armchairs have been sold to date.


The Juicy Salif is an everyday juicer that can serve equally as a functional piece in the kitchen and a beautiful objet to display. Since it was designed in 1990, its become one of the signature pieces for Italian design factory Alessi. The spindly legs are quintessentially Starck, who first conceived the idea on a pizzeria napkin during an Italian holiday.


Starck’s Miss K Table Lamp for Flos Lighting is a modern take on a classic lamp shape, with a transparent polycarbonate shade, through which an inner diffuser just barely peeks through when unlit. When lit, the shade is transparent, with the bulb shining through the metallic shade.

Beyond interior products, some of Starck’s most famous designs are everyday technological items you might not associate with the Starck name. His Optical Mouse for Microsoft was one of the brand’s first pieces of equipment designed primarily for aesthetics. He also created an artistic toothbrush for Fluocaril, headphones and speakers for Parrot, and plenty of other products that bridge great design with technology. He even partnered with Target to create a line of household accessories. Starck is committed to putting humanity at the heart of progress, so he wants his designs to bring beauty to everyday objects. He was even the first designer ever to take on a TED Talk, where he waxed poetic on “Why design?”

Starck is sometimes called “overexposed,” but that’s one reason why modern design aficionados love him. His design brings art to the masses, with each new design promising something unseen.

Save on Philippe Starck designs during The Design Event at, now thru October 31, 2015.

Fave 5: Best Bets for Industrial Pendant Lighting

2015 October 5

There’s no doubt the industrial look continues to be hot. Industrial pendant lighting brings light down to where you need it in a simple, yet elegant fashion. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite and best-selling pendant lights — each with a decidedly industrial look that would add a vintage touch to your home or office.


Lustre Pendant Lights by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon Lustre Pendant lights have a distinctive metal-like, iridescent finish unlike any other.

Tom Dixon Lustre Pendant Light
Surprisingly, these industrial pendant lights are actually made from stoneware, not metal. Best of all, we have an entire family of these beauties.

Lustre Pendants by Tom Dixon

Choose from the Lustre Round Pendant, Lustre Square Pendant, Lustre Flat Pendant or the Lustre Wedge Pendant.


Chelsea Pendant by SONNEMAN Lighting

Chelsea Pendant by Sonneman
Nothing reminds us more of Thomas Edison than SONNEMAN Lighting’s Chelsea Pendant lights. Though these distinctive industrial pendant lights honor the past, they are decidedly modern.

Chelsea Multi-Light Pendant by Sonneman

Several variations of the Chelsea Pendant are available including a 3-light pendant, a multi-light pendant and a 3-arm pendant.


Vintage 4130 & 4133 Mini Pendants by Savoy House

Vintage 4130 Mini Pendant by Savoy House
Whether tinkering in your workshop or chopping veggies in the kitchen, the Savoy House Vintage 4130 Mini Pendant or the 4133 Mini Pendant is sure to put a smile on your face while providing abundant light on your work surface.
Vintage 4133 by Savoy House

With a wire cage shade, the Vintage 4130 and Vintage 4131 are an ideal choice for charming industrial ceiling lights.


3-Light Pendant by Minka-Lavery

3-Light Pendant by Minka-Lavery
Minka-Lavery’s 3-Light Pendant features three reproduction carbon filament bulbs and a decorative, flared steel metal shade.

3-Light Pendant by Minka-Lavery

This industrial pendant light is available in brushed nickel and copper patina bronze finishes.


Raleigh Outdoor Pendant by Troy Lighting

Raleigh Pendant by Troy Lighting
Bring the factory-inspired aesthetic outdoors with these stunning outdoor pendant lights. You’ll love the details like the faux-riveted Troy Lighting plaque and decorative valve handle.

Raleigh Island Pendant by Troy Lighting

Raleigh Outdoor Pendant lights are available in small and medium sizes or as a 3-light island pendant.

These are but a few of our favorite industrial pendant lights currently available. Be sure to browse our complete selection of pendant lighting to find your own favorites.

Designer Spotlight: Why We Love Tom Dixon

2015 October 1

This month, we’re celebrating all things modern design, thanks to The Design Event, our semi-annual sale happening now at 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


Announcing Varaluz Sale at Lumens

2015 September 28

All eco-friendly lighting fixtures from Varaluz are on sale now at Lumens!

Fascination Chandelier by VaraluzFascination Chandelier by Varaluz

About 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 Collection by VaraluzCapsule Chandelier by Varaluz

Anything in the Varaluz collection is guaranteed to make a statement and you will be supporting sustainable design practices too.

Varaluz Pinwheel PendantPinwheel Pendant by Varaluz

Learn More About Varaluz

Check out the links below to learn more about why we love Varaluz:

  • Behind the Design of the Clout Collection
  • Behind the Design of the Slatisfaction Pendant
  • A Closer Look at the Capsule Collection
  • Top: 10 Green Designs We Love

  • Save 15% on all indoor and outdoor lighting designs by Varaluz by shopping here.

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