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New at Lumens: Boyd Lighting & BEGA

2015 January 21

We are always excited to introduce new products and new brands at Lumens.com. While we will be introducing a lot of new products in 2015, this week are excited to announce the arrival of Boyd Lighting and BEGA Lighting.

Boyd Lighting – Exclusively at Lumens

Started in 1921, the Boyd Lighting Company is a San Francisco family owned custom lighting manufacturer that caters to architects, interior designs and the residential segment. Born of an era when modernist sensibilities were becoming a predominant part of American culture, Boyd Lighting bridged the gap between streamlined industrial designs and fine craftsmanship.

Boyd Lighting Steampunk Wall Sconce

Steampunk Wall Sconce

The Steampunk Wall Sconce from Boyd Lighting is at once nostalgic and futuristic in its design as it features a vintage-looking bulb in an industrial styled fixture. Available in Antique Brass or Satin Nickel.

Boyd Lighting Globe Pendant

Globe Pendant

The Globe Pendant from Boyd Lighting is fine craftsmanship at its best. The fixture is a large aluminum frame that wraps around a bright white spherical shade, available in multiple finishes and sizes to accommodate your space.

Boyd Lighting Mar Vista Sconce

Mar Vista Sconce

The Mar Vista Sconce from Boyd Lighting is a wet-rated, functional sconce that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. It’s available in clear or rippled glass and multiple finishes.

BEGA Lighting

Founded in 1945, BEGA is a family held lighting company based out of Germany. The company prides itself in creating the best lighting technology through rigorous quality checks that expose its fixtures to the inherently harsh conditions of outdoor environments. As a result, BEGA consistently produces some of the most durable and aesthetically pleasing outdoor lighting in the world.

BEGA LED Pathway Light

LED Garden & Pathway Luminaire

BEGA’s LED Garden and Pathway Luminaire (7218) is a discreet, yet modern fixture that can really dress up your outdoor decor without taking away any attention from your landscape. It’s available in Bronze or Graphite finishes and uses a 166 Lumens LED lamp.

BEGA LED In-Ground Floodlight

Symmetrical LED In-Ground Floodlight

You can discreetly blanket your outdoor space with bright uplighting with the Symmetical LED In-Ground Floodlight by BEGA. It’s available in a modern, stainless steel trim and uses a 320 Lumens LED lamp.

BEGA Impact-Resistant LED Wall Light

Impact-Resistant LED Ceiling/Wall Light

BEGA’s Impact-Resistant LED Ceiling/Wall Light is an innovative design that complements any outdoor area. It can be flush-mounted on the ceiling or wall and is available in Bronze or Graphite finishes.

Make Mine Modern: Bathroom Accessories

2015 January 13

We’d all love to have a private spa in the home, but the bathroom is usually the closest thing. While often overlooked, you can easily transform your bathroom into a contemporary, relaxing retreat with some well-designed bathroom accessories. Here are a few of our favorite ways to accessorize your bathroom:

Birillo Towel Stand With Top by Alessi

Alessi Towel StandThe Birillo Towel Stand by designer Piero Lissoni for Alessi is a stylish way to dry your towels, especially when you don’t have a wall mounted towel rack.

The stand has a sleek, chrome-plated steel frame and a lightweight, shatter resistant transparent thermoplastic. The stand can support two large towels and a guest towel. Its top is made of lightweight, shatter-resistant transparent thermoplastic, allowing you to place a few small items on it.

For additional items matching this towel stand, see the complete Alessi Birillo Collection.

Blomus SLICE Laundry Hamper

SLICE Laundry Hamper by Blomus

The SLICE Laundry Hamper is designed by stotz-design for Blomus in Germany. The hamper has five hidden wheels for convenient rolling while maintaining a sleek appearance. The hamper also features a natural wood lid in Black or Natural finish which contrasts nicely with the matte stainless steel body for a versatile and contemporary look.

Available in two sizes, the SLICE Laundry Hamper is a chic solution to your practical laundry needs.

Shelfish Shelf by Kartell

Shelfish by KartellIf you’re looking to add some storage capacity to your bathroom, the Shelfish Shelf by Ludovica e Roberto Palomba for Kartell is the perfect solution.

The shelves are made in Italy from transparent PMMA plastic and come in a variety of colors to fit your decorating scheme, including Amber, Crystal, Smoke, Sunset Blue, and Tangerine Orange. The shelves are easy to mount to the wall and have a sleek appearance that works well on their own or arranged in multiples.

Submarino Bathroom Accessory Set

Submarino Bathroom Accessory Set by Seletti

For something a little quickly but thoroughly contemporary, the Submarino Bathroom Accessory Set by Hector Serrano for Seletti is a fun addition.

The set is broken down into four individual porcelain modules that can be combined to form a submarine shape on the countertop, keeping things organized when they’re not in use. The set includes a piece for cotton balls, a soap dispenser, a toothbrush holder, as well as another container for miscellany like hairbands and other small items. The modules contain magnets to ensure they hold their place in the submarine shape. The set is available in bright colors like Light Blue and Yellow or White.

With these four fun and functional style additions, your bathroom will look like a completely new space.

Other Great Options

While these great accessories will address the little odds and ends in your bathroom’s design, you will want to find ways to improve the lighting of your bathroom too. Look to our selection of bathroom light fixtures and follow these Three Tips for Better Bathroom Lighting.

Statement Sofas: 3 Designs for the Modern Home

2015 January 9

All sofas were not created equal. At Lumens, we’re more than aware of that and we like to offer modern pieces from the top furniture design brands like Gus Modern, the Republic of Fritz Hansen and Vitra. If you’re in the market for a piece to make a design statement in your home, look no further than these three modern sofas we love.

Swan Sofa by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen

Gray Swan Sofa by Fritz HansenBlack Swan Sofa by Fritz Hansen

The Fritz Hansen Swan Sofa was designed by famed Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the historic SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The iconic sofa has no straight lines, instead embracing an organic yet thoroughly modern silhouette.

The mid-century modern piece is a worthy addition to any style-conscious home. The shell is made from cold cured polyurethane foam with fiberglass reinforcement, with fabric upholstery available in a wide range of colors from which to choose. The sofa is still made in Denmark and is eligible for our White Glove Delivery service.

Jane Bi-Sectional by Gus Modern

Jane Sectional by Gus ModernThe Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa by Gus Modern is a beautiful piece that can rearranged in a few ways to fit your space. The chaise component can be placed on either the right or left size depending on your living room’s arrangement. The polyester fabric upholstery is top-stitched and button-tufted with easily flippable seat and back cushions.

The fabric is available in your choice of Laurentian Tundra, Totem Pebble, Totem Storm, Urban Tweed Ink, or Urban Tweed Truffle. The sofa’s base is made from stainless steel with mitered corners and a brushed finish.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa:

Really smart design making it so the sectional can be configured to right or left orientation. This sofa looks great and is extremely comfortable – love that our whole family fits comfortably for movie watching.

Polder Sofa by Vitra

Polder Sofa by Vitra

For a bold impact on your living room, the Vitra Polder Sofa is a great choice. Hella Jongerius designed the modern sofa to evoke the landscape of her native Holland through its emphasis on the horizontal and its variety of cushion sizes, textures and hues.

The seat of the sofa is made from polyurethane foam and polyester, with a polyurethane and microfiber back. It has a wood frame with upholstery webbing and unique combination of six fabrics in each cushion. The sofa is available in multiple colors including Anthracite, Cream, Green and Red.

Any of these modern living room sofas is bound to make a big impression in your living room. For other great pieces you will love, be sure to see the complete living room furniture selection.

2015 Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

2015 January 6

Sultry Marsala. Embrace the hearty warmth of Marsala, the 2015 Color of the Year from the Pantone Color Institute.

When selecting the Color of the Year each year, the Pantone Color Institute takes into account several factors like how the color can be used in fashion, interior design, graphic design and for a variety of beauty products. For 2015, Marsala was seen as the most prominent shade to represent these different categories in a stylish and comforting manner. According to Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of Pantone:

Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.

Whether you see it as a dark shade of red or a maroon, Marsala is here for 2015 and we have picked out a few of our favorite ways to give this infinitely versatile shade a try.

Delta Table Lamp by Robert Abbey

Delta Table Lamp by Robert Abbey The Delta Table Lamp is the perfect table lamp for adding a splash of color to any room, especially in this particular shade of red.

It features an Oyster linen shade, a ceramic body and polished nickel accents.

While we love this lamp in a Marsala finish, it is available in multiple finishes to match your decor.

Bell Jar Pendant by Niche Modern

Bell Jar Pendant by Niche Modern

Jeremy Pyle’s Bell Jar Pendant for Niche Modern is a contemporary take on the classic bell jar shape and is stunning in this shade of red. Much like other Niche products, this pendant’s shape is made from hand-blown glass and creates a warm dagger of incandescent light.

The Bell Jar is the ideal fixture for modern commercial and residential spaces and is sure to shine in this Color of the Year finish.

Bamboo Set of 4 Tablemats by Chilewich

Chilewich Bamboo TablematsStylish, very light, easy to clean and durable.

Add a hint of Marsala to your contemporary dining room table with this set of Bamboo Tablemats from Chilewich.

The placemats are made of woven vinyl to resemble the natural look of bamboo and are at once both stylish and functional.

Birdie Wall Sconce

Birdie Wall Sconce by Foscarini

The delicate design of the Birdie Wall Sconce by Foscarini is intended to resemble the natural look of a bare tree branch.

It is the perfect modern wall sconce for living rooms, entryways and hallways. You will love it in this red finish, however, it is available in a number of other finishes to accommodate your space.

Jalwa 3 Rug by Mat-The-Basics

Jalwa 3 Rug by Mat The BasicsAdd Marsala to your living room with the Jalwa 3 Rug by Mat-The-Basics.

This contemporary floor covering is made from a restored piece of wool and hand-stitched to perfection. It is available in a smaller size or larger size to fit your space.

Achille Castiglioni Record Watch

Record Watch by Achille Castiglioni for Alessi

Designed by Achille Castiglioni for Alessi, the Record Watch is the perfect personal accessory to show off your love for the Color of the Year.

Its design is rather simplistic, but it presents pure style with a face that harkens back to grammar school clock-watching.

If you love these picks, you will want to see all of the designs available in the Pantone Color of the Year at Lumens.

Keep On Giving With Gus Modern

2015 January 5

Gus Modern Keep On GivingThis month only, Lumens will be donating to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services with every Gus* Modern furniture order. As an official retailer of Gus Modern, Lumens is proud to participate in this promotion once again this year and we are happy to partner with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.

Take a look at the Gus Modern selection of contemporary furniture at Lumens and Keep On Giving through January 31, 2015.

Sleek Bedroom Style with Gus Modern

2015 January 2

For your bedroom furniture, the Toronto-based Gus Modern design firm has plenty of attractive options to breathe some fresh style into your room. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite bedroom furniture designs from Gus Modern.

Gus Carmichael Bed

Gus Carmichael BedThe Carmichael Bed by Gus Modern is a distinctive bed that blends traditional and contemporary styles for a sleek yet comfortable result. The clean-lined bed is available with fabric options including Urban Tweed Potash or Urban Tweed Ink, and in either Queen or King sizes.

The Carmichael bed has a 100% polyester upholstered headboard, footboard and side rails and well as a reinforced steel mattress suspension system with bent plywood slats so there’s no need for a box spring. The durable and comfortable mattress has bumpers on the bottom of the legs to protect hardwood floors when you move the bed. The bed also fits any mattress height, including pillow-tops, so you can continue to use your existing mattress.

The Carmichael design from Gus Modern also includes the Carmichael Chair and Carmichael Loft Sofa.

Gus Wilson End Table

Gus Wilson End TableYou’ll of course need sleek new end tables to go with your new Gus Modern bed, and the Wilson End Table is the perfect choice.

The bedside table is a warm Walnut cabinet with a recessed platform base and a single multi-coat white lacquer drawer. There is an additional open compartment underneath for more storage.

The table is a great accompaniment to the Carmichael Bed and most furniture pieces from Gus.

See What Shoppers Are Saying About the Wilson End Table:

I had been searching for a while for a nightstand for our guestroom. We just put a platform bed in there so the end table had to be low height. All the nightstands I came across were either too tall, or they didn’t have any drawers for storage. I was losing hope. I forget how I came across this one from Gus Modern but it is perfect! It arrived yesterday already assembled! The dimensions work perfectly. It is solidly built. We love the white drawer–it’s quite deep and quietly self-closes so try as you might, you can’t slam it. For the price, you can’t beat the construction or the modern style.

Gus GT Rocker Chair

Gus GT Rocker ChairFor a unique addition to your bedroom’s design, the Gus Modern GT Rocker is a contemporary update on the traditional rocking chair.

The GT Rocker is inspired by the interiors of 1970s muscle cars like the Ford GT and seating design found in classic airport lounges. The three angled cushion panels come in either Cabana Husk or Laurentian Citrine.

The frame of the rocker is solid steel and includes felt strips to protect hardwood flooring.

Your bedroom will look like a brand new space with some of these contemporary furniture accents from Gus Modern. Gus also provides a lot of great options to furnish your office, living room and more. Browse the complete furniture collection from Gus Modern here: Lumens.com/Gus-Modern

Best of 2014 Lighting, Fans & Furniture

2014 December 29

Our favorite lighting, furniture and fans from the past year include imaginative looks from some of the best names in modern design. Here are a few of our favorite design picks from 2014.

Circa Pendant by Pablo Designs

Circa Pendants by Pablo Designs

Unidentified lighting object. Designed by Pablo Studio for Pablo Designs and made available in 2014, the Circa Pendant is a contemporary, yet unconventional pendant design that you would not necessarily think of when you think of a ceiling light. Circa’s super-thin LED flat-panel saucer offers a consistent output of warm, even glare-free illumination that has proven to be perfect in commercial spaces as well as living rooms and kitchens of modern homes. Circa is available in either a white or graphite finish and offers an adjustable suspension length.

Not only is Pablo Designs a favorite of the Lumens team, but they are also a local studio operating out of San Francisco who is loved by the city’s official tourism association, San Francisco Travel. They love Pablo Designs so much that in August 2014, they furnished their entire office with the Circa Pendant (pictured below).

San Francisco Travel & Pablo Designs

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Circa Pendant:

Wonderful minimalism. A disk of light hovers over my conference table without calling attention to the actual fixture.

This pendant is an excellent task light for my application, both form and function. I am very happy with this purchase.

Cage Suspension by Diesel for Foscarini

Cage Suspension by Diesel LightingFoscarini Cage SuspensionFoscarini Diesel Cage Suspension

Underground in the real sense of the word, the Cage Suspension by Diesel for Foscarini was inspired by lamps used by miners and empowers any space with its industrial strength design. Its protective metal cage around the lamp’s shade not only helps secure the light fixture, but it is also an attractive design element that grew in popularity in 2014. Cage is available in two sizes and multiple finishes to accommodate your space.

S7 LED Floor Lamp by Structures

S7 LED Adjustable Floor LampSerpentine, stylish, state of the art.

The S7 LED Floor Lamp by Structures was new to Lumens in 2014 and became an instant favorite.

Its patented composite body is at once flexible and rigid, resulting in a poseable silhouette that needs no tools to adjust. The S7 is the perfect floor light for smaller office spaces, living rooms and bedrooms.

S7 is available in white and titanium gray, black and titanium gray or black. Simply S7 into any wall outlet and adjust it as you see fit.

Ipparco Table Lamp from Artemide

Ipparco Task Light by ArtemideOh-so adjustable, the Ipparco Table Lamp from Artemide features a magnetic connector that enables its diffuser to be positioned not only anywhere on the fixture, but on any other metal surface within reach of the cord.

It also offers the ideal amount of light output with its ring of focused LED light that can easily be adjusted.

Designed by Neil Poulton and made available in 2014, Ipparco is modern task lighting at its finest.

Parallax Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting

Parallax Linear Suspension by TECH Lighting
Tech Lighting is a customer favorite at Lumens and with contemporary fixtures like the Parallax Linear Suspension, it’s easy to see why. The embodiment of futuristic functionality is found in the Parallax suspension as it features thirty tiny, high-impact LED diodes in a pattern reminiscent of the circuit board it was inspired by. At just over half an inch thick, Parallax is the perfect ceiling light for modern dining rooms, as kitchen island lighting or suspended in your office’s conference room.

Cornelia Chandelier by Bover

Cornelia Chandelier by Bover
Asymmetric, adjustable, articulate. The Cornelia Chandelier from Spain’s modern lighting designer, Bover, is easily one of our favorite decorative chandeliers from 2014. Designed by Joanna Bover, Cornelia features exposed hardware that allows it to stand out as a mechanically decorative element in any commercial or residential space in which it is placed. It has 12 asymmetric light shades on two tiers of adjustable arms, offering an ideal amount of downward focused light that contrasts well with the fixture’s exposed chrome finished hardware.

Torsion Ceiling Fan by The Modern Fan Company

Modern Fan Torsion Ceiling FanTorsion Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company

Crank it up! With a uniquely light-industrial design, the Torsion Ceiling Fan from Modern Fan Company features blades that split as they join its body like a huge wrench twisting on the head of an enormous bolt. With sleek, modern designs like the Torsion fan, it’s obvious why the Modern Fan is a favorite at Lumens. Torsion is available in a wide variety of finishes and control options, as well as light kit options.

Drop Chair from Fritz Hansen

Fritz Hansen Drop Chairs
The Drop Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen was first introduced over fifty years ago and was re-introduced to the design world in July of 2014. It’s re-introduction excited many modern furniture design enthusiasts, including our friends at Design Milk – see Drop Chair Re-Introduced by Jaime Derringer. The re-introduced version of this iconic Scandinavian design is offered in its classic colors to complement any room it is placed in and it is available in a plastic version or upholstered version. Needless to say, Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair is a small side chair with with a big personality.

What are some of your favorite designs from the past year?

Shaping Your Interiors with Modern Rugs

2014 December 18

When you’re decorating a room, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the major furniture pieces that anchor the room. While those are undoubtedly important, your flooring makes a big visual impact. Using well placed modern rugs can help you to create distinct sections of the room that keep everything grounded.

Particularly in large space like the living room, a good area rug can delineate different seating spaces and help to visually guide your guests to the spaces you’d like to highlight. Apartment Therapy describes the spatial tactic, “When we think of room dividers, we usually imagine screens, shelves, or some other kind of vertical partition, but horizontal planes can just as effectively define “rooms” within a larger space. Without creating a physical barrier, rugs help to separate living rooms from dining rooms, foyers from halls, and bedrooms from open spaces.”

As far as interior design is concerned, a good rug is essential. Let’s take a look at three of our favorite contemporary floor coverings available at Lumens.

Jalwa 3 Rug by Mat-the-Basics

Jalwa Rug by Mat-the-BasicsIf you’re looking for an exotic look, the Jalwa 3 Rug from Mat-The-Basics, is a great option.

Available in Dark Red, Light Beige, or Orange, the Jalwa 3 is a unique addition to any modern home.

This handmade statement piece is a 100% restored wool rug that has been hand-stitched using reclaimed leftover dyed yarns with rough edges to give it its unique appearance.

Skinny Stripe Shag Mat by Chilewich

Chilewich Skinny Shag MatChilewich Indoor / Outdoor Mat

We just love the Skinny Strip Shag Indoor Outdoor Mat from Chilewich. This versatile piece is just perfect. With a neutral appearance that works for any color scheme and a shaggy texture that lends character to the room, the mat is perfect for your kitchen, the bathroom, or your back door. Best of all? The rug is quick to dry and resistant to mildew so it’s easy for it to retain its contemporary appearance over time.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Skinny Stripe Shag Indoor / Outdoor Mat:

I am using this mat inside my back door. It is a practical, durable mat of outdoor material and construction, but it looks like a stylish indoor mat. I’ve found Chilewich products to be pricey but worth the extra money. The mat cleans up beautifully after soiling. I expect to get years of use out of this and will probably order another one for my mud room.

Kalahari Velours Rug by Missoni Home

Kalahari Velours Rug by Missioni HomeIf you’re looking for a modern rug with a little bit more personality, the Kalahair Velours Rug from Missoni Home is a great addition to a modern room.

The multicolored rug has fluid contours that create a flowing dynamism to your room. Made from a blend of wool and viscose, the Kalahari is available in two different options for sizes and color patterns.

The handmade rug is a custom product made to order in Italy and usually ships within six to eight weeks.

With these three contemporary rugs, you can transform your floors from bottom of the barrel to top of the heap.

Fave Five: Gifts With Design In Mind

2014 December 15

It’s gift-giving season and at Lumens, you will find gifts and home accessories that were crafted with modern design in mind. Much like the lighting and furniture we offer, we know what we are talking about when it comes to holiday gifts and design. From gifts for the contemporary kitchen to gifts for the home maker and everyone else in your life, these are five of our favorite modern and unique gifts this holiday season.

Michael Graves Tea Kettle from Alessi

Michael Graves Kettle for AlessiAlessi Tea KettleAlessi Michael Graves Kettle

It’s no surprise that the Kettle With Bird Whistle by Michael Graves for Alessi is a top-selling gift at Lumens. Not only is the tea kettle the perfect home accessory for the kitchen, but is also very functional as its simple geometric and stainless steel design allows it to heat faster than most other kettles. And what you will really love about the kettle is that the Michael Graves’ signature bird whistle will sing as soon as water has finished boiling.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Michael Graves Kettle:

I’ve had an Alessi teapot for over 20 years. That is until it was recently fried. Now, I have a new one and it’s more fabulous than the last.

Works very well – whistle is strong and easily heard. Kettle sits on our island cook top and is a piece of art too!

QLOCKTWO Wall Clock from Biegert & Funk

Biegert & Funk ClockQLOCK Wall ClockQLOCKTWO Clock

Tell time with a timeless design from German design studio, Biegert & Funk. The QLOCKTWO Wall Clock features a quadratic matrix of letters to allow you to tell time in the most unique way possible. Instead of looking to the hands on a traditional clock or numbers on a digital clock, QLOCKTWO spells out the time for you with illuminated words. It’s available in multiple colors to match your decor and in multiple languages including English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

The QLOCKTWO design is also available in a Touch Table Alarm Clock and a Watch version.

Whisky Lover Set from Teroforma

Teroforma Whisky StonesWhiskey Stones by Teroforma

The Whisky Lover Gift Set is an instant classic for the whiskey enthusiast. Designed by Andrew Hillman for his Connecticut based company, Teroforma, the Whisky Lovers gift set is perfect for after dinner parties, late summer nights and of course, for the whiskey connoisseur. The set includes six soapstone whiskey stones (available in either a natural soapstone color or black) and two mouth-blown glass tumblers that will hold eight ounces of liquid each.

Wobble Chess Set from Umbra

Wobble Chess Set Umbra Wobble Chess Set

Who doesn’t love a chess set? As another best selling gift at Lumens, the Wobble Chess Set by Adin Mumma for Umbra features a profoundly wobbly landscape for its chess pieces, making a regular game of chess that much more fun. Each chess piece and the board itself is made from walnut and it measures 15″ x 15″.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Wobble Chess Set:

I bought this chess set for my husband’s birthday. It is well constructed, beautifully designed and highly functional. He was so happy with the gift. It’s also beautiful enough to leave out as a design piece.

There are multiple reasons I purchased this chess set: minimalist design of wood and metal; interesting kinetic sculpture movements…most important, the pet-friendly nature of the set! I have cats who love to knock over my chess pieces, and with this set it is not only impossible to knock them over, it’s difficult for cats to push the pieces into the neighboring squares. This chess set might be a little pricey, but it is well worth the money for everything I get out of it!

Eames House Bird from Vitra

Eames BirdBird by Charles & Ray EamesVitra House Bird

The House Bird by Charles and Ray Eames is a classic piece perfect for anyone who loves modern design. While its exact design origin is unknown, we know it was a delightful accessory Charles and Ray Eames kept in their home and has since been replicated in a black-lacquered version by the design firm, Vitra.

Other Great Options

Can’t decide which gift is right for the design lover in your life? Get them a Lumens Gift Card! And as always, look to our complete Holiday Gift Guide for gifts and accessories perfect for everyone this holiday season.

Scandinavian Icons: Iittala

2014 December 8

What started as a small glass factory in Finland has become one of the most iconic brands in modern design. We’re excited to introduce glassware and more from Iittala, just in time for the holidays. Iittala pieces make an especially great gift for design-junkie clients and colleagues.

Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck are two well-recognized names behind many of Iitala’s dinnerware, cookware, vases and other home accessories, each of which adheres to a solidified design aesthetic: simple, functional and darn beautiful. The collection has expanded into other materials–wood, porcelain, stainless steel–while still retaining the Scandinavian design aesthetic its been known for since the 1930s.

Here are a few of our favorite Iittala pieces perfect for holiday and beyond:

Rain Aalto Vase By Alvar Aalto for Iittala

Alvar Aalto VaseIittala Vase

Creating one Alvar Aalto vase takes a bit of an army: specifically, 7 skilled craftsman, 12 work stages, 1100 degrees Celsius and 30 hours until a single vase is ready for prime time. This blue-gray version of the popular glass-blown Alvar Aalto vase is dynamic and moody while accommodating any flowers or plants you want. It is available in three sizes (3.75″, 4.75″ and 6.25″) to fit a variety of greenery.

Teema Collection by Kaj Franck for Iittala

Teema Mug by IittalaThe Teema collection of dinnerware is the perfect example of simplified, super functional, high quality design that Iittala is known for.

Designed by Kaj Franck in 1952, each piece of the Teema collection is made with durable porcelain that not only looks great, but also meets all of your dinnerware needs.

This contemporary collection includes a serving set, serving bowl, salad plate, dinner plate, pasta bowl, milk jug, coffee mugs, a teapot and more.

Ruby Toikka Bird by Oiva Toikka for Iittala

Ruby Red Toikka Bird by IittalaToikka Birds

Designed originally in 1996 by Oiva Toikka, the Iittala Ruby Bird was re-released in 2014 in a new, deep cranberry finish. The Ruby Bird, as well as every bird from Oiva Toikka, is handmade from mouth-blown glass, making it a unique and one of a kind design accessory. You will want to see the complete Toikka Bird collection for Iittala for designs similar to the Ruby Bird.

Be sure to see all of the unique dinnerware, cookware, vases and home accessories available from Iittala.




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