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Exclusively at Lumens: New Hubbardton Forge

2016 January 22

At the beginning of every calendar year, new product designs are introduced and we happily pass along our new favorites to Lumens’ shoppers. While we will be introducing a lot of new light fixtures, ceiling fans, furniture and home furnishings in the coming year, we want to highlight the new designs from one of our favorite manufacturers of modern and decorative lighting, Hubbardton Forge.

Known for its hand-forged iron and steel lighting designs, Hubbardton Forge has now emerged itself in energy-efficient lighting design, offering a number of designs that feature an LED light source. Although energy-efficient, these new fixtures are also stunning pieces that are guaranteed to make an awe-inspiring statement in any space.

Check out five of our new favorites from Hubbardton Forge:

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Cityscape LED Wall Sconce

Hubbardton Forge Cityscape LED Sconce

The Cityscape design from Hubbardton Forge was introduced in 2015 and the collections’ new wall sconce is a welcomed addition. Much like other pieces in the collection, the Cityscape LED Wall Sconce is composed of vertical cylinders that draw the appearance of a big city’s skyline from a distance. It’s offered in a soft gold finish or vintage platinum and works well in a wide variety of spaces.

Hubbardton Forge Cityscape LED Wall Sconce

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Flux LED Large Pendant

Hubbardton Forge Flux LED Large Pendant

Hubbardton Forge also previously introduced the Flux collection and this new size of the exotic Flux LED Pendant is another welcomed addition.

READ MORE: Hubbardton Forge Partners with Legrand

It features the same design and construction of its predecessor, the Flux LED Pendant, but in a substantially larger size (40″ diameter) that makes it a statement piece in entryways or large dining rooms. It’s offered in gloss white, soft gold or vintage platinum finishes.

Hubbardton Forge Flux Large LED Pendant

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Switchback LED Linear Suspension

Hubbardton Forge Switchback LED Linear SuspensionTaking its inspiration from curvy ski slopes in Vermont, the Switchback LED Linear Suspension is at once a minimalist and contemporary fixture that finds its home in the modern dining room. The LED light source is integrated into the fixture and is rated at 2500 Lumens.

The Switchback LED Pendant is offered in black, bronze, burnished steel, dark smoke, mahogany or natural iron finishes and it is available for purchase in short, standard or long sizes.

Hubbardton Forge Switchback LED Linear Suspension

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Spring LED Linear Suspension

Hubbardton Forge Spring LED Linear SuspensionGeometry and dramatic design come together in this eloquent new linear suspension from Hubbardton Forge. As part of the Four Seasons Collection, the Spring LED Linear Suspension takes its inspiration from springtime raindrops falling on flower beds and garden planters.

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It is composed of a hand-forged iron grid with hand-blown glass drops by Burlington, Vermont’s AO Glass Works. It’s offered in black, bronze, burnished steel, dark smoke, mahogany or natural iron and is available for purchase in short, standard or long sizes.

Hubbardton Forge Spring LED Linear Suspension

Hubbardton Forge Spring LED Linear Suspension

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Encounter LED Table Lamp

Hubbardton Forge Encounter LED Table Lamp

We couldn’t mention Hubbardton Forge without spotlighting a new, hand-forged portable lamp. The Encounter LED Table Lamp is a curvy lamp design featuring a hand-forged piece of steel winding around an LED-injected acrylic light source. It follows the same unique style as that of Hubbardton Forge’s Corona collection and is the perfect conversation piece in modern living rooms. It’s offered in black, bronze, burnished steel, dark smoke, mahogany or natural iron finishes.

Hubbardton Forge Encounter LED Table Lamp

Other Great Options

These are just a few of our favorites in the new assortment from Hubbardton Forge. Be sure to check out the complete new selection for more options and keep an eye out for all of the other new lighting designs being introduced in 2016.

Grow Modern with Gus Modern & Lumens

2016 January 8

Gus Modern Grow Modern

January is a great time for giving back and this year, one of our favorite designers of contemporary furniture and home accents — Gus Modern — is giving back to the environment by planting a tree for every product purchased through January 31st.

Start giving back and #GrowModern with these 5 favorites in the Gus Modern furniture collection.

Gus Modern Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa

Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa

Add some mid-century modern flair to your living room with the Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa from Gus. This retro-inspired sofa has a simple appearance, but it is well-designed, full of comfort and available in a number of stylish fabric colors that are guaranteed to fit in with your existing decor.

Read More: 10 Mid-Century Modern Furniture Pieces We Love

Gus Modern Thompson Chair

Thompson Chair

Taking its inspiration from the Eames Plywood Chair, the Gus Modern Thompson Chair is a similarly fashioned seating option with soft upholstered cushions on the seat and the back. It’s available in a natural oak or walnut with black or white vinyl upholstery options.

Gus Modern GT Rocker Chair

GT Rocker

In the living room or bedroom, the GT Rocker from Gus will add a design element reminiscent of 1970s muscle cars (think of a Ford Gran Torino). It’s the perfect modern approach to a rocking chair and it’s offered in color options you’re guaranteed to love.

Read More: Sleek Bedroom Furniture from Gus Modern

Gus Modern Fruit Trough

Fruit Trough

The perfect accessory for the kitchen or for use in outdoor living areas, the Fruit Trough from Gus adds a welcomed decorative element in these spaces (in addition to being a great looking planter). It’s made from solid stainless steel, is easy to maintain and is very versatile.

Gus Modern Atwood Sofa

Atwood Sofa

If the size of a sectional is not an ideal option for your living room, you’ll love the Atwood Sofa. Made with the signature Gus take on mid-century modern furniture design, the Atwood Sofa makes a lasting impression in any space. It is a well-made and well-tailored sofa with top-stiched upholstery covering high density foam on a natural walnut frame.


Shop all Gus Modern on sale at Lumens through January 31st and be a part of Gus’s #GrowModern initiative.

Design Spotlight: Tom Dixon Beat Lights

2016 January 6

Tom Dixon Beat Lights

Former funk bass guitarist and art school dropout, Tom Dixon is one of the United Kingdom’s most influential light and home furnishing designers. And the Beat Light collection of pendant lighting, floor lamps and table lamps is an excellent example of both his inspiration and his influence.

Each light in the Tom Dixon Beat Light collection evokes images of brass cooking pots and traditional vessels from India. These simple items provided the inspiration for the shape and aesthetic of what is now an iconic collection of modern lighting.

History of the Beat Light Collection

To further reflect the collection’s India roots, these lights are made in Moradabad, India. Skilled craftsmen from Northern India bring Tom Dixon’s vision to life as each light is spun from brass and hammered by hand. The result is both elegant and dramatic. The exterior of each Beat Light design has a smooth, spun brass surface while the hammer marks are left visible in the interior.

Tom Dixon Beat Lights

Because each Beat Light is handmade by skilled craftsman in India, no two lights are completely identical. Each has its own charm, yet the quality control is exceptional.

Choosing the Right Materials

Tom Dixon has long been obsessed about choosing the right materials for his lighting and home furnishing collections.

I know quite a lot about how you make things, and the decisions about materials for the collection really come from an obsession.

I’ve worked through quite a few of these obsessions. Copper was a big deal for a while. Cast iron is obviously the symbolic material for the industrial revolution.

And now he’s working through brass in the Beat Light collection. In the fat version of the Beat Light brass pendant, he used a lovely brushed brass finish. This same brushed brass finish is found across most of the collection including the stout and tall versions of the brass pendant light, as well as on both the floor and table lamps.

Tom Dixon Brass Beat LightsBrass Beat Light Collection

He used the same hand-spun and hand-beaten brass designs in other fixtures in the collection, but with a stunning twist: color and/or plating. He used several neutral colors – grey, white and black – for exterior color choices, as well as silver plating or a clear lacquer finish for the interior. Both the grey and black fixtures have a matte powder-coated finish while the white fixtures have a high gloss lacquer finish.

Tom Dixon White Beat LightsWhite Beat Light Collection

Though inspired by the past, these lights are decidedly modern in their appeal.

Where Beat Lights Work Best

Like the traditional cooking pots and water vessels of India, Tom Dixon’s Beat Lights come in a variety of distinctive shapes, each of which evokes its own charm and adds a touch of personality to the room.

Beat Lights Over Kitchen TablePhoto via Dwell.com

The wide version would look lovely gracing a breakfast table while a grouping of tall lights would illuminate a kitchen island brilliantly. The fat and stout versions have a graceful fullness to them and would be a welcome addition to any area of your home.

Read More: 5 Ways: Tom Dixon’s Beat Lights

The Beat lights are also stunning in the living room or office, especially the table and floor lamps. These feature the same elegant vessel shape as the tall brass pendant light. Offered in black or gold finishes, their bases feature a distinctive Tom Dixon stamp giving these lights a slightly industrial feel.

Tom Dixon Beat Table Lamp

Finally, you’ll want to consider Beat Lights in commercial spaces like restaurants, professional offices and retail locations.

Tom Dixon Brass Beat Lights in RestaurantPhoto via ArchDaily.com

Whether you want a single pendant light for your breakfast room or would like to use different shapes from the Tom Dixon Beat Light collection throughout your home, you’re sure to be impressed with the grace and beauty Dixon incorporated into this collection.

10 Modern Pendant Lights to Rival the Times Square Ball

2015 December 31
Times Square Ball

Times Square balls from 1907, 2007, and the current ball in 2009 and 2012.

There is perhaps no place more spirited than Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The flashing lights, the fluttering confetti, and the star of the show, Ryan Seacrest the Times Square Ball (which has its own website and rather fascinating history here, by the way. Oh, and its own Twitter account, natch).

The Times Square Ball has seen a number of changes since it debuted in 1907. The current (6th) iteration sports 32,256 LEDs around the 12-foot-wide ball, which weighs nearly 6 tons. But gargantuan numbers aside, there’s something to be said for the beauty and the energy that they ball represents for us once a year.

To capture that festivity year round, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite modern ceiling lights that rival the glitz, shine and essence of the Times Square Ball – you know, in case your space can’t quite accommodate a 11,000-pound light fixture. Here are our 10 favorite fixtures that give the Times Square ball a run for its money:
Taraxacum 88 Suspension by Flos Lighting
The old-school Edison bulbs and vintage appeal of Achille Castiglioni’s Taraxacum 88 Suspension for Flos Lighting reminds us of the very first Times Square Ball, which was fitted with 100 incandescent bulbs.

Prop Light Round Floor Lamp by Moooi

Also reminiscent of the early Times Square Ball designs, Moooi’s Prop Light Round Floor Lamp is a bubbly design that merges old and new—the 48 bulbs have an Edison aesthetic, but are in fact warm LED lamps housed in round glass bulbs.

Glimmer Chandelier By Maxim Lighting

This is a light that’s ready for a rockin’ New Year’s Eve. The Glimmer Chandelier by Maxim Lighting showcases hundreds of clear, beveled beads, creating stunning refracted lighting on nearby surfaces.

Spiral SP1 Pendant By Verner Panton for Verpan

Designed in 1969, Verner Panton’s Sprial SP1 Pendant for Verpan rocks a similar colorful look as today’s Times Square Ball, using individual strands of twisted plastic to merge light, color and materiality into a cohesive play of light and shadow.

Orten'zia Small Pendant By Bruno Rainaldi for Terzani

Tightly clustered, sculpted metal flowers come together in Terzani’s Orten’zia Small Pendant, creating light and shadow play with a dazzling effect.

Artemide Copernico 500 Suspension

Artemide’s Copernico 500 Suspension was inspired by a heliocentric model of the universe, but rivals the New Year’s Eve superstar with it’s bright color and 384 LEDs.

Hope Suspension By Francisco Gomez Paz, Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan
It’s no wonder the Hope Suspension by Luceplan has its own Time Square-worthy glam factor—the Paolo Rizzato design was inspired by the Hope Diamond.

Raimond LED Suspension By Raimond Puts for Moooi
More than 250 brilliant LEDs emanate from the Raimond Suspension by Moooi, which was created by a dutch mathematics professor.

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Encircled by Swarovski Crystal precision-cut jewels, the Da Vinci Suspension by Schonbek Lighting is one festive showstopper. Not to mention, the crystal globe is dishwasher safe (take that, Times Square Ball!)

Etch Web Pendant By Tom Dixon
The irregular pentagon pattern of the Etch Web Pendant by Tom Dixon reminds us of the crystal triangles that surround today’s ball.

This is an update from an original post published on December 31, 2013.

How to Make Any Space Ideal for Entertaining

2015 December 17
Spun Vinyl Tablemat By Chilewich
Spun Vinyl Tablemat By Chilewich

If you’re one who likes to entertain, the holidays probably have you bursting at the seams to be the host with the most this season, whether it’s at an open house, a dinner party or a simple gift exchange. Unfortunately, most of our homes are probably without a grand banquet room or White House-esque dining room that’s built for entertaining large groups, but that doesn’t mean we need to shy away from inviting your crew over for a celebration big or small. The size and makeup of your space doesn’t matter—there are several simple steps you can take to easily make your home feel spacious and welcoming no matter what you’re working with.

1. Fake an Open Concept

The “open concept” floor plan is highly coveted among homeowners, but is probably more the exception than the rule. During your party prep, take a look at your space and see what can be opened up. Maybe it’s moving a couch that serves as a room divider, propping open a door between two rooms, or pushing furniture to the outer perimeters of a space. You don’t need to knock down the walls to encourage wandering and congregating in different areas of your home.

2. Group Furniture to Facilitate Conversation

Your guests are much more likely to enjoy your gathering if they you give them the opportunity to have more intimate conversations with small groups. Rather than arranging all your furniture into one big circle, therefore, it’s a good idea to create multiple seating areas in clumps.

3. Emphasize Function Over Form

Don’t feel self-conscious about the fact that all your couches and chairs don’t match. Arranging different types of furniture actually makes your home look more lived in and less like a showroom. Using all the pieces at your disposal will also give more people the ability to sit down if they prefer, and there’s no shame in showcasing your eclectic taste.

4. Work the dimmers

When you are hosting friends for dinner or a cocktail party, lighting counts! The right light sets the mood and tone for your event, so put those dimmers to work. If your lights aren’t dimmable, fear not—sources like corner lamps and candles have the same effect to create a more intimate environment than a bright overhead light would.

5. Let Guests Serve Themselves

Use a small corner for a bar or a multi-tiered snack tray so guests can fix themselves a plate or a drink as they please. This allows you as the host to do more socializing than catering, and encourages guests to spread out in the space, rather than gathering in the kitchen where you’re hard at work.

6. Think About Circulation

The ideal entertaining space has a flow so that people can walk around without pushing through groups or feeling trapped. Make sure that you create paths for circulation so that your guests can easily make it to the front door or the restroom. Open doors between rooms and do some slight furniture rearranging if this helps facilitate.

7. Minimize the Need for Questions

You’re going to be busy during your party, so you should do what you can to answer guests’ questions before they even arise. Label foods so guests can identify what they’re eating (along with any ingredients that might need an ID). Have a place everyone can store jackets, purses, etc. when they walk in the door.

Even if your floor plan is not ideal, these tips will help you maximize your hosting prowess and let guests focus on the most important part—enjoying your company. Happy holiday hosting!

A Closer Look at the Moooi Random Light

2015 December 4

MoooiCreated in 2001, Moooi was cofounded by Casper Vissers and Marcel Wanders as an exploration of modern lighting designs and innovative creations with a goal of bringing more beauty to the world of design. The name, Moooi, is taken from the Dutch word “mooi,” which means beautiful.

Wanders and Visser simply added an extra “o” to reflect their goal of delivering the highest level of uniqueness and beauty through their brand. The Moooi collection is expansive and exciting, providing lots of innovative selections.

Moooi Random Light

The Moooi Random Light, which was designed by Bertjan Pot in 1999, is a suspension light fixture that offers an attractive and airy appearance. As is typical with many of his projects, the Random Light began as an experiment involving the use of different materials. His fascination for using non-traditional materials and designs blended with his natural curiosity in restructuring traditional forms and colors to create an innovative, highly prized lighting design.

Moooi Random Light in Black

For this particular design, he attempted to knit the fiberglass at first. When that task did not go as planned, he chose to wrap his resin-coated fiberglass around an inflatable mold. The result was perfect! Once the mold was removed by popping it, the globe retained its shape.

The exterior of the Random Light features a cocoon-like surface, while the entire piece is crafted from fiberglass and epoxy. Despite its fragile appearance, it offers superior durability due to the materials used in its design. Of particular importance is the fact that the body of this Moooi lighting design is crafted from a single piece. When necessary, access to the bulb is achieved through an opening in the top of this modern lighting design.

A long length of wire is used with the light, providing flexibility in placement. This modern lighting design utilizes an incandescent bulb featuring a 100W medium-sized base and the glow from the bulb creates a glow that permeates the air around it. It is available in three sizes, small, medium and large, as well as in two colors, white and black.

Ten years after the original design, Bertjan transformed his suspension light into the Random Light LED Pendant, which is available in two colors and two sizes. The pendant makes use of a bulb-shaped diffuser placed over LED points to deliver the same level of attractiveness in lighting as the original design.

He also designed the Random Light LED Floor Lamp approximately ten years after the original design of the Random Light. It is sold in black or white and includes an integrated touch dimmer.

Moooi Non-Random Light

A playful twist on Bertjan’s famous “Random Light,” the Moooi Non-Random Light received its inspiration from a Japanese green tea whisk. Although its shape is somewhat ball-shaped, it offers a flat, open bottom that delivers an attractive diffusion of light suitable for any space. You can choose a single size or select multiples to create a unique and appealing display.

Bertjan PotBertjan Pot, who studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven, is a top designer for Moooi. He appreciates unusual twists on conventional design standards, resulting in his proclivity for intriguing pieces of furniture and lighting fixtures.

Learn more about Bertjan Pot and his designs by visiting bertjanpot.nl.

Best Bets: Versatile Lighting by Ultralights

2015 December 1
Genesis Drum Pendant By Ultralights

Genesis Drum Pendant by Ultralights

When it comes to shopping for your home, one size rarely fits all. Between your own unique space, style and nuances of your home’s design, it’s important to have options when you’re choosing a light fixture for a room to ensure it looks and functions as you want it.

Lighting by Ultralights has the answer to that, with a number of versatile collections that offer a variety of sizes, finishes and colors so that finding the just-right light is a little simpler. This is a collection that is all about the finishes. Rich metal finishes pair seamlessly with contemporary and transitional forms in everything from wall sconces to bath bars to pendant lighting. Plus, every piece is made right here in the USA.

All Ultralights lighting is on sale at Lumens through Monday, December 7 as part of our Cyber Week Sale. Ready to start saving? Here are a few of our favorite collections from Ultralights to get you started:

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Genesis Collection: A simple form with so many possibilities, the best-selling Genesis collection really shines in its various pendant options. Different techniques and textures like swirling acrylic, cut metal and geometric accents bring a boldness to each fixture, which can then be customized to the shade color and finish option of your choosing.

Ellipse

Ellipse Collection: Another customer favorite, the timeless design of the Ellipse collection is minimal and comfortable, allowing it to work in a variety of spaces. The various glass shade options allow it to work with a range of styles, from modern to more traditional. We love the Linear Pendant over a dining table or kitchen island.

Modelli

Modelli Collection: If you’re looking for a wall light, chances are you’ll find it among the Modelli Collection. With more than 20 styles, options for both indoor and outdoor and a bevy of options for shade and finish colors, finding the perfect lighting for your space is a cinch.

Clarus

Clarus Collection: These simple shapes with a bold design are made from hand-forged metal (13 finishes to choose from) that showcases an ever-so playful pattern all the way around. The design offers three cut-patterns to choose from: Angles and Cloverleaf are more decorative stamp-like styles, while Squares is a straightforward, contemporary design.

Which is your favorite? Save 20% on all lighting by Ultralights, exclusively at Lumens through Monday, December 7.

10 Dining Spaces We Love

2015 November 25

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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:

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.




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