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
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
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.
Whisky Lover Set from 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
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
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.
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
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
The 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
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.
Modern Forms by WAC Lighting has quickly become a favorite of Lumens shoppers. Known for its design of sophisticated LED bathroom and outdoor lighting, Modern Forms has provided many contemporary fixtures at a budget friendly price shoppers love. Now, the company has introduced a line of LED task and floor lamps that are new and exclusively available at Lumens.com.
Flip LED Lamps by Modern Forms
Flip by Modern Forms proves that function and aesthetic can easily be joined as one while still achieving a great design. Available in a floor lamp model and a task lamp model, Flip combines energy efficient LED technology with a simplistic design that can fit almost anywhere in the home including the office, the bedroom or the living room. The LED lamp is built to last up to 80,000 hours and a 5-year manufacturer warranty is offered just in case. Flip also features fingertip touch dimming on the head of the lamp and it is available in either titanium or bronze finishes.
Flat LED Lamps by Modern Forms
Minimalistic composure is the key element in the Flat collection of LED lamps from Modern Forms. Perfect for smaller areas, the Flat floor lamp and task lamp fold up into a flat form to be easily stored and kept out of the way when necessary. However, with how stylish these lamps are, we doubt you will want to store them anytime soon. Both models are available in brushed aluminum or a black finish and feature a fingertip touch dimmer on the head of the lamp.
Balance LED Lamps by Modern Forms
The Modern Forms Balance lamps provide form and function by way of an elegant, contemporary design that fits well in the home office, bedroom or living room. These lamps will make any space bright with their 630 Lumens output (see tips for measuring Lumens) and are also built to last up to 80,000 hours. Balance is available in a task lamp model or a floor lamp model in brushed aluminum, black or a multicolor finish.
Boxie LED Lamps by Modern Forms
Less is more with the Boxie LED Task Lamp by Modern Forms. Continuing with a simplistic design similar to the Flip, Flat and Balance lamps, Boxie further emphasizes minimalism with its sleek and sophisticated design.
It offers a 900 Lumens output to easily brighten any space and also has an estimated life of 80,000 hours.
Boxie features an adjustable arm, a fingertip touch dimmer and is available in black, brushed aluminum or a red finish.
With all of the new options from Modern Forms, we are sure you will have no problem finding an energy efficient LED lamp that fits your space.
They say it’s the little things in life that count. Well, we think that applies to your interior design as well as life’s moments. When your rooms are lacking that special je ne sais quoi, the best solution might be the simplest. Adding one of two unique touches to an uninspired room can go a long way toward creating a positive impression that really wows your guests.
We know what we’re talking about when it comes to lighting. And we also know that adding a modern floor lamp to your living room can make a huge difference in its overall appeal. Lighting is the key to creating a welcoming environment that invites you and your guests to relax. Let’s take a look at some of the unique floor lamps from Lumens that can take your interior style from bland to grand.
Bristol Floor Easel with Lamp by Jonathan Adler
The piece has adjustable brackets along its stem to securely hold a frame. It has a heavy base made from natural stone to ensure balance and stability.
Available in either Polished Nickel with White Carrera Marble or Antique Brass with Honed Travertine, this style floor lamp is sure to make an impression.
See what shoppers are saying about this Jonathan Adler lamp:
The ease of lamp is exactly as pictured. It is beautifully designed and the mechanics allow for a great deal of flexibility in regard to size of artwork that can be displayed and positioning of lamp and arms.
Wo-Tum-Bu Floor Lamp by Ingo Maurer
Available in 33, 47, or 74 inch heights, this lamp is perfect for anyone looking for a sculptural additional to their interior.
See what shoppers are saying about this Ingo Mauer floor lamp:
We were looking for a floor lamp that was able to up a dark corner and at the same time look like it was a piece of art to complement our environment. Buying things online is not always easy when you can’t touch and feel it. We were extremely happy with the result. Great light, Great look, Great art… Happy Customer.
Z-Bar Gen 3 Floor Lamp by Koncept
The Z-Bar lamp collection from Koncept lighting is a favorite of the Lumens team.
Like the rest of the Z-Bar collection, the Z-Bar Gen 3 Floor Lamp is designed to be a flexible fixture that makes for the perfect reading light.
It also features a touchstrip dimming switch and has a couple of LED color temperature options.
See what shoppers are saying about this Koncept lamp:
We were frustrated looking at “styles” of floor lamps! Needed something modern to illuminate a corner AND convert to a reading/work lamp by a sofa…this does both AND it’s LED! The dimmer allows us to use it as a nightlight or cast light onto a fireplace wall, as well. The cost should be offset by the LED savings and that this is just plain FUNCTIONAL, hopefully. The material #gray# is neutral and lightweight for the cost and sturdy, so that’s what matters most to us.
Whatever modern floor light fixture you need, you are bound to find an option that fits your style at Lumens.
Other Great Options
Why not complement your new floor lamp with a table lamp? Many of our floor lamp options can be paired with a similar table lamp from the same designer.
Tango is known for bringing contemporary Spanish lighting to the U.S., from brands like Carpyen and Axis 71. A few new introductions embody the modern style and smooth composition Tango Lighting is known for. Check out a few of our brand new favorites:
Atmosfera Pendant: Light like a stack of clouds, with five aluminum cap shades offset in a sculptural form that bounces light off of every surface. Available in 4 cord colors.
Tree Light Floor Lamp and Table Lamp: The natural flexibility of tall trees is called on in this adaptable floor and table lamp, which sports a foldable Beech wood frame that can be easily moved from room to room.
Vintage LED Chandelier: While this design echoes a classic chandelier shape, its design is anything but traditional. Flattened arms swing around a center stem, tipped with flat round LEDs that complement the curves of the frame. In Anodized Aluminum and Matte White.
See the full Tango Lighting collection at Lumens.com.
One of the cornerstones of mid-century style is the Sputnik Lamp. Named after the first satellite to orbit the earth in 1957, the Sputnik silhouette quickly took off as homage to space-age/atomic objects, and its iteration as a pendant light has been popular since.
Today’s versions come in all sorts of configurations, but the foundation is the same: Long arms bursting out like an explosion of light. The starburst look is a great statement maker over a dining table, in an entry way or even in a bedroom with tall enough ceilings.
Here are five of our favorite “new” lights that take inspiration from the much-loved satellite shape:
Orb 10-Light Pendant By SONNEMAN Lighting
Sonneman’s Orb collection takes the mid-century style of the Sputnik and gives it an urban edge, thanks to a black metal frame and clear globe bulbs that are somewhere between Edison and Mad Men.
Hanley Chandelier by Arteriors
An ultra-lux eruption of light, with fluted glass rods that add a crystalline opulence to the Sputnik shake. The fixture’s bulbs sit in the center between the glass rods, reflecting the light between the glass and the metal center to create jewel-like shadows.
Capsule Chandelier By Ron Henderson for Varaluz
This fixture from Varaluz goes to the groovy side, with ‘70s-inspired glass shades in funky torpedo shapes. We love that it takes on two totally different looks depending on the finish: Chrome with Smoke Glass for a darker, more mod look, and Champagne with Champagne Glass for a touch of vintage style.
Shelly Chandelier By Currey & Company
We love the retro-inspired elegance of this pared-down Sputnik-style chandelier from Curry and Company. The wrought iron frame is wrapped in a Washed Gold Leaf finish, with just six globe-style lights orbiting around.
Sputnik Chandelier by Jonathan Adler
This iteration is pretty true to the beloved Sputnik’s of the vintage era, but swathed in the retro-meets-luxury aesthetic that Jonathan Adler is known for. Available in a warm Antique Brass or a glossy Polished Nickel.
In 1974, George Chandler and Reed Hampton first started working in their blacksmithing forge in an old barn in Hubbardton, Vermont. Fast forward to 2014 and Hubbardton Forge now employs a team of over 200 people, making them the oldest and largest commercial forge in the US. With their commitment to artistry and the craftsmanship of hand-forged metals, they’ve distinguished themselves in design circles. At Lumens, you can order Hubbardton Forge lighting for your own home, whether you’re looking for wrought-iron chandeliers, table lamps or bathroom lighting. Check out some of our favorite Hubbardton pieces below:
Dining Room – Sweeping Taper Five Arms Chandelier with Water Glass
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The Hubbardton Forge Sweeping Taper Five Arms Chandelier with Water Glass features hand-forged wrought iron, hand-blown glass, and translucent, powder-coated finishes, making it the perfect dining room chandelier. Available in Black, Dark Smoke, or Natural Iron, you can choose the finish that best suits your dining room’s aesthetic.
See what shoppers are saying about the Sweeping Taper Five Arms Chandelier:
The chandelier is gorgeous. The glass is beautiful and elegant. I get a lot of compliments on it. And it looks great in and older home and dining room. It added a lot of ambience to the room.
Living Room – Corona Wall Sconce
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Taking more contemporary design cues, the Corona Wall Sconce combines rustic materials like hand-forged iron and modern organic curves. These wall sconces are the perfect addition to your living room walls, giving off warm, diffuse light.
See what shoppers are saying about the Corona Wall Sconce:
We purchased three of these sconces for our remodeled bathroom. They are beautiful. They have that handmade look, and seem like one-of-a-kind pieces of art. We really like them. We cannot attest to the illumination yet… they will be installed next week. We are looking forward to lighting them. Lumens offers such a wonderful variety and great quality of items, I”m happy to have found this website. We’ll be back again for purchases for other rooms in our home.
Bedroom – Erlenmeyer Table Lamp
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Using the Erlenmeyer Table Lamp on your bedside table is a great way to add some character to your bedroom. Hubbardton designed the lamp to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their company, celebrating four decades of quality craftsmanship and design. The heavy blown-glass shade takes the shape of Erlenmeyer flasks for an authentic look. The lamp’s horizontal support bar lets you tilt the shade to either side for adjustments. Choose from Black, Bronze, Burnished Steel, Dark Smoke, Mahogany, or Natural Iron finishes.
Bathroom – Arc Ellipse Bath Bar Vanity Lighting
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For vanity lighting, the Arc Ellipse Bath Bar is a simple yet elegant solution. The hand-blown glass shades and hand-forged wrought iron supports come together for spectacular results. Using environmentally responsible finishing practices, this fixture demonstrates durable and thoughtful craftsmanship. Choose from Black, Bronze, Burnished Steel, Dark Smoke, Mahogany, or Nature Iron, with an option for either fluorescent or incandescent lights.
See what shoppers are saying about the Arc Ellipse Bath Bar:
Love the brand, top quality product. Can order unseen with confidence. Lumens brings it to me at the best price and delivery knowledge. This is the third lighting purchase from this company and all have been fabulous.
Interested in Hubbardton Forge’s finishing processes? You can watch them in action below.
You can also learn more about Hubbardton Forge with this Lumens exclusive behind the design interview.
Beat Lights, the ever-recognizable collection from Tom Dixon has made itself anew again; this time in a matte grey powder coat with a contrasting silver plated interior in the same familiar shapes.
The first Beat Light Pendant debuted in 2007, and since then has reinvented itself into a number of new incarnations (white, brass, table and floor lamps). The latest is an exercise in expressive minimalism, as the subtle color fades into a space while the strong, iconic shapes bring a signature Tom Dixon spin. Each of the Beat Lights are hand-spun, braised and hand-hammered, modeled after traditional Indian cooking vessels. The varying shapes make the collection a go-to design favorite on their own, and also works well hung in multiples of different shapes.
Check out the full Beat Light collection right here.
Fine Art Lamps have been defining luxury lighting since the late 19th century, but their designs have continued to have a place in modern interiors. The company’s new introductions are as refined and impeccable as ever, with bold designs and fresh takes on traditional style.
What started out as a small glass-making shop has grown to one of the top glass making companies and makers of luxury lighting fixtures. All Fine Art Lamps are made in the USA, and the company is known for its high-quality materials and attention to detail in their designs as well as their custom work.
Here are a few brand-new favorites we’ve got our eye on:
Black + White Collection: Black, white and elegant all over. The bold contrast and geometric lines of the Black + White collection are a stylish juxtaposition of hard and soft. The line includes round pendant shapes that stay true to Fine Art’s original style, but also a selection fresh, modern shapes like those found in the Black + White Chandelier or the Black + White Wall Sconce.
Grosvenor Square Collection: The blend of contemporary and traditional in this collection has created sleek iterations modeled after the classic chandelier of Grosvenor Square, a large garden square that is the centerpiece of London’s Mayfair District. Available in polished nickel for a more modern take and antique brass for a more classic look. The wall sconces in this collection are especially stunning, with sharp angles and a long, statement-making silhouette.
Constructivism: Emblematic of Russian futurism, the Constructivism collection is centered around individual pieces of pillow-shaped cast glass. The individual lenses create an intriguing sculptural form, plus a beautiful diffusion of light through the cobblestone pattern. Each piece (3 pendants, 3 wall sconces and a linear suspension lamp) is available in 3 glass shade colors.
Learn more about Fine Art Lamps and these new introductions at Lumens.com.
Staying on task can be difficult, particularly when you’re trying to work with poor lighting. One of our biggest pet peeves is trying to get something done without the right lighting to stay on task. Check out three of our favorite desk lamps to keep you motivated and ready to tackle anything that comes your way!
CSYS Task Lamp by Jake Dyson – $990.00 + Free Shipping!
Exclusively available through Lumens, the CSYS Task Lamp is a compact lamp that will look great sitting on any desk. Designed by London-based designer, Jake Dyson, the CSYS allows smooth adjustment with three different axes. By using heat pipe technology, the lamp can last for more than 37 years of use!
The lamp is made with aluminum and polycarbonate in an anodized and glossy finish. It features light level memory and an integrated touch sensitive dimmer switch on the base for your convenience. Available in Black, Industrial Blue, Industrial Red, Putty Grey, or White, you’re guaranteed to find a look that suits you.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the CSYS Task Lamp:
We first discovered this task lamp at the Design Junction venue which took place during London’s Design Festival 2012. Its inventor, Jake Dyson is the son of Jack Dyson, best known for the Dyson vacuum cleaner line of products. Like his Father, Jake has a flair for functional design that not only looks good, but also outperforms traditional LED lighting. I was thrilled to learn that Lumen’s distributed these unique products in the US, and ordered one as soon as the new color range became available. While a bit pricier than most task lamps on the market, the bulbs long lifespan (claimed to be 37 years), cutting edge design, and smooth clean lines make this product worth every cent. Lumens customer service, fast shipping and ease of ordering made the sale all that much easier. Highly recommended!
You can check out the versatility and fluidity of the CSYS in this demonstration:
Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp by Robert Abbey – $222.75 + Free Shipping
If you’re looking for a more traditional aesthetic, the Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp by Robert Abbey is an elegant revival of old-world style. The desk lamp has an articulated arm, pivoting neck, and rotating dome-shaped shade for easy adjustment. Available in either Deep Patina Bronze or Patina Nickel, this adjustable height fixture can keep you on task in style!
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp:
I saw a lamp like this one on a television show and had to find it. I searched all over in stores and on line for quite a while. I then stumbled on to Lumens and looked at a whole bunch of lamps until I found it! I had to order it. The information said it would take 2-4 weeks to ship but it arrived in just over a week. I was so surprised to see how good the packing was, and how well it is made. It is very sturdy and looks perfect on my desk. This is a lamp that I will keep for a very long time. It uses regular 60 watt light bulbs and that is more than enough for my desk.
Brazo Table Task Lamp by Pablo Designs – $420.00 + Free Shipping
Designed by Pablo Pardo for Pablo Designs, the Brazo Lamp is a thing of beauty. The sleek, minimal design is a no-nonsense approach to your desktop. With a 97% recyclable frame and a 90% more efficient fixture than comparable halogen light sources, you can save the earth while you’re staying productive. The desk lamp features 360 degree adjustability, a 90 degree arm tilt, and an adjustable height. Choose from a Black, Bronze, Silver, or White finish to fit with your office space.
What Shoppers Are Saying About The Brazo Task Lamp:
This sleek LED lamp is a thing of beauty, and functions beautifully too. The illumination is very even, and the light level and angle of the beam are highly adjustable. The height, rotation, and angle of the arm are adjustable too. The lamp is constructed of aluminum, and feels very durable. In terms of its design, quality, and functionality, this LED lamp is hard to beat. And of course, the service from Lumens was excellent!
Whatever task lighting you may need, you are sure to find the perfect lamp for your space in our selection.
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