We’re excited to welcome Resident Studio to Lumens.com! This New Zealand-based design studio boasts a refined lighting collection centered on craft, engineering and innovation. We especially love the Tri Pendant, a combination of two of our favorite looks: geometry and brass. The triangular-shaped pendant is made from brass channel, with three intersecting lines and a diffused, warm LED light. It’s a perfect blend of form and function—a striking shape for over a dining table with light ambient enough for a dinner with friends or family. The studio is just a few years old, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what else they bring to the design scene.
Faceted designs have surged this year, from cut crystal to edgy silhouettes made from unexpected materials. One such introduction is Tom Dixon’s Gem collection, a set of side tables and mirrors made from sand-cast aluminum in sharp, angular shapes. With a rough texture and muted shimmer, the Gem Tables bring Tom Dixon’s signature industrial-meets-glam aesthetic and work as a side table or coffee table. The collection also includes a set of mirrors with dramatic, angular frames that serve as an elegant focal point in any space.
Generally speaking, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to set your furniture on fire. However, in the case of the line of modern contemporary furniture called ‘Smoke’, a little fire goes a long way. The charred pieces are a fabulously dark addition to any contemporary home in need of a conversational piece. The line is from design company, Moooi, founded by Marcel Wanders in 2001. The brand prides itself on creating ultra-unique pieces for discerning aesthetes, featuring works from designers like Ross Lovegrove and Erwin Olaf. The Smoke designs in particular are by the Dutch designer, Maarten Baas.
Since their release, the furniture in the Smoke collection has won Baas numerous honors and awards, among them nominations for the René Smeets Award and the Melkweg Award. After Moooi adopted the collection, well known designers like Phillippe Starck began to buy pieces.
The furniture has been featured in museum exhibitions around the world like the Victoria & Albert in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. As their reputation spreads worldwide, Smoke furniture has grown in demand. The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York even commissioned Baas to create pieces for each of its rooms.
The pieces are created by burning wood until it becomes charred black and then preserved by coating the burnt wood in a transparent layer of epoxy resin glaze to create the iconic look. Here at Lumens, we’re bringing our customers four of the incredible pieces from the Smoke line so you can fire up your home’s style with the uniquely modern contemporary furniture.
Smoke Chair by Moooi
$4,779.00 + Free Shipping!
The Smoke Chair is a comfortable lounge piece which blends the intricately burned wooden frame with matching black leather upholstery. Because all of the pieces are burned individually, no two chairs are alike, giving owners a truly one of a kind piece. The seat, backrest and arm cushioning is made from fire retardant foam for comfortable seating. In terms of size, the Smoke Chair is 40.9 inches tall with a width of 29.5 inches and a depth of 31.5 inches.
Smoke Chandelier by Moooi
$1,266.00 + Free Shipping!
Giving your room a bit of a gothic element, the Smoke Chandelier is a perfect way to totally alter the appearance of a room with just a single piece. The chandelier has a smoked black ceiling canopy and a black cord to complete the look. It has three elegant limbs and a forth that is burned short, making it look as if it could have been extracted from a crumbling manor in an Edgar Allen Poe story. Place it in a contemporary setting and you’ve got a knockout chandelier and all around stunning accent for the room. As for sizing, the fixture has a height of 21.7 inches, a diameter of 25.6 inches, and the cord hangs 14.8 inches.
Smoke Dining Armchair by Moooi
$2,635.00 + Free Shipping!
If you want to spice up a dining room with something unusual, the Smoke Dining Armchairs will definitely give your guests something to remember. Even if you end up burning dinner, your burned chairs will take the spotlight. The elegant chairs adhere to the same look of regal remains as the rest of the collection. The black leather upholstery provides a comfortable seat for you and your guests while the charred off top of the frame is a fun element. The chair is slightly taller than the lounge chair at 41.7 inches tall, but narrower at 23.6 inches wide, and has a depth of 24.8 inches.
Smoke Dining Chair by Moooi
$1,900.00 + Free Shipping!
For the last item in the Smoke collection, the Smoke Dining Chair follows the same burning process as the other pieces but its relatively simpler frame makes it easy to integrate into a room. Gathering a collection to put around the dining table or using one as a desk chair is a fun way to inject some style into your space. The dining chair is 41.7 inches tall, 18.9 inches wide, and 22.4 inches deep.
You can see some of what the burning process is like by watching this video.
As far as modern furniture is concerned, Maarten Baas is ahead of the curve with the fantastic pieces from the Smoke collection for Moooi.
Choosing an appropriate style of vanity lighting can go a long way toward improving the overall appearance of your bathroom design. Whether you want to go with something contemporary or traditional, bold or understated, the fact remains that you need some type of light.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the options you could use as inspiration for decorating your bathroom. Whether it’s a single light floating above the mirror, a pair of bars lining either side, or something with a bit of attitude, there are plenty of Lumens vanity lighting options to suit your taste.
Vanity Lighting Above and Beyond
If you have higher ceilings in your bathroom, try lighting your vanity by mounting the Jewel Box Bath Bar on the wall above. Designed by George Kovacs, the Jewel Box Bath Bar is a popular design for a bathroom that already includes some chrome and glass elements. The fixture has clear glass surrounding light boxes with aluminum stripes to give a sparkling gemstone appearance to the fixture. The design comes with options of either 3, 4, or 5 lights in a row. The glass is mounted onto a chrome wall plate for additional light reflection. Glam up your bathroom with the Jewel Box and your morning routine will get just a little bit brighter.
See what customers are saying about the Jewel Box Bath Bar:
I am IN LOVE with this bath bar. It has really classed up our cute bathroom in ways I didn’t even anticipate. It looks great when the lights are off, in its artsy aesthetic. But when the lights are on, it is just gorgeous. I love the way the light reflects through the metal boxes that enclose the light, for lack of a better description. See my picture for a clearer description. I seriously love it. My bathroom looks so great with this addition. Really thankful I was able to find something simple and modern but also provides the perfect amount of light for my bathroom. Beautiful and practical!
Vanity Lighting Side by Side
Placing lights on either side of the vanity is a stylish way to illuminate a narrow mirror. Try a fixture like the Jedi Indoor/Outdoor LED Wall Sconce by Modern Forms. This intergalactic fixture is perfect for getting an even glow on both sides of the face and eliminating shadows while you’re getting ready in the morning. Available in either bronze or brushed aluminum finish, we love the versatility of this fixture. Try the bronze in a warmer space with wood accents, or the brushed aluminum in a bathroom with more chrome. The vanity lighting fixtures have a downward facing light on the bottom to create an attractive vertical column of light.
Vanity Lighting That Makes A Statement
If you’re not satisfied with the sleek styles of a contemporary fixture or the classic lines of traditional lighting, there are some fun ways to inject some color and pizzazz into your bathroom décor. Try the Firefly Bath Bar or the Fascination Bath Bar.
The Firefly Bath Bar by Oggetti Luce is a colorful fixture made from mouth-blown glass. This bath bar is part of a Firefly collection from the company which uses a unique glass grinding technique to get that multilayered glass appearance. It’s available in Mocha, White, or Red so you can decide how bold you’re willing to go with your vanity lights.
Varaluz designed the Fascination Bath Bar and boy, have they caught our fascination. The organically arranged bubbles of recycled colored glass and hand-forged steel are simply gorgeous. Available in hammered ore with clear, golden Kolorado with amber, or silver Nevada with clear, this vanity light is destined to become the centerpiece of any bathroom it inhabits.
See what our customers are saying about the Fascination Bath Bar:
This fixture is everything that I had hoped it would be and more. Gives a beautiful light to our powder room walls and is SO SO SO gorgeous. What a great conversation piece. Well made and super easy to install. It’s expensive, yes, but totally worth it. Why settle for something ordinary?
Find the best vanity lights for your bathroom with our selection at Lumens. For additional tips to make the most of your bathroom lighting, be sure to see Three Tips For Better Bathroom Lighting.
Working on a bathroom remodel for a commercial lighting space? We can help you there too! See our Trade Advantage program and call us with any questions.
Even though Lee Broom launched his furniture and design collection in the last decade, he’s quickly become a regular collector of British Design Awards. In 2011, he was recognizes as Designer of the year, thanks to his knack for designs that embody British style yet present something new, modern and unexpected. One of our favorites is his Crystal Bulb, a seemingly simple bulb pendant with hand-cut decorative crystal detailing.
Lee Broom started out in theatre school, and notes that his beginnings have played a large role in the drama and narrative presented by his designs. After winning a fashion design competition at the mere age of 17, Broom went on to work for Vivienne Westwood, eventually studying fashion design and moving onto to interiors and furniture design. He now boasts a number of awards and collaborations, plus a portfolio that spans lighting, accessories and furniture designs.
Deceptively simple, the new Flos String Lights are equal parts minimal and bold. Designed by Michael Anastassiades, a Cypriot designer based out of London with a penchant for simple geometric shapes, the String Lights were inspired by European outdoor café lights and telegraph lines. Anastassiades’ version uses the wiring to “draw” sleek, clean lines across a space, making the wire as much a part of the design as the light itself (Wallpaper* Magazine likened it to an Etch A Sketch, which is pretty spot on).
The lights can be hung in infinite configurations, creating geometric shapes and clean lines between the walls of a space. Anastassiades said using the wire creates a relationship with the architecture of a space, becoming part of the lines that define it (i.e. the walls, doors, windows and ceiling).
Emitting warm LED light, the Flos String Lights are available both with a wall/ceiling canopy that allows you to control te light by touching the cable directly above the light (see the video below). A base version has an electronic on/off floor switch or can also be controlled via Bluetooth from an Android or Apple application.
We had a great time celebrating National Ceiling Fan Day yesterday, thanks to our friends at Fanimation. While we love our ceiling fans, we don’t want to forget about other types of fans like desk fans, wall fans and especially floor fans.
Floor fans seem to carry a bad reputation of simply being cheap plastic devices lingering in the corner of a room. As it turns out, there are many modern floor fans that can add quite a bit of style to any room, while still performing their primary function. Here are our top three favorite floor fans that will help you cool off in style.
Old Havana Floor Fan by Fanimation
$729.75 + Free Shipping!
From its humble beginning in a Pasadena garage in the 80s, Fanimation Fans has grown substantially over the years as people have begun to see the beauty of a fan that actually contributes to a room’s style instead of detracting from it. Of the selection, the Old Havana Floor Fan stands out in particular, giving an old world element to any room.
The Old Havana Floor Fan has an overall height of 48 inches and a width of 19 inches, so it has a fair amount of cooling power to blow some breeze into your indoor or outdoor space. The motor and base are die cast construction to ensure durability and the motor may be swiveled up or down.
In addition to the technical elements, the fan’s aesthetic design is highly detailed, with a black pedestal base finish, a carved post column with a contrasting brown mahogany finish, and an antique copper finish on the grill, the motor, and the logo.
Max Fan/Heater by Stadler Form
$129.08 + Free Shipping!
For the decorator who prefers the bright colors of Sherman Williams to the Victorian style of Sherlock Holmes, the colorful Max Fans by Matti Walker for Stadler Form give a punch of personality to any space. Available in bright red, white, or yellow designs, this multifunctional piece of furniture will control the temperature of your room without taking control of the room’s style as well.
The pop of color provided by the Max Fan is a great way to turn climate control into a piece of art, disguising functionality with funky style. Whether you’re heating a room in the dead of winter or cooling down from a hot summer day, this Matti Walker design has you covered.
The fan has a metal body with three black blades and three options for adjusting the fan speed. When you’re using the heating functionality, it has two different settings at either 750 or 1500 watts. In addition to the fan’s disguised appearance, it also runs ultra-quietly so you’ll never need to shout over a loud whirring noise.
Otto Fan by Stadler Form
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For another huge jump in style, the Otto Fan by Carlo Borer for Stadler Form seems to take its style cues from mid-century modern aesthetics. The round fan has an industrial style and pairs high grade black steel with richly textured African Saeple wood and Bamboo.
The fan sits on the floor but the feet have adjustable heights for changes in the direction of air circulation. The air flow has three speed settings to ensure maximum comfort. Martin Stadler of Stadler Form is a bit of a hero when it comes to attractive floor fans, as his philosophy is all about coalescing style and function. Just like his other Max Fan, the Otto Fan runs as quietly as a mouse and adds positive decorative interest to a room.
So there you have it! Three floor fans that are attractive and modern in style, proving that floor fans don’t have to be a device in the corner of the room you would rather ignore.
Happy National Ceiling Fan (#NCFD) to you and yours, friends. This is the second annual commemoration of the ceiling fan, a day that began as a collective effort to power down those cooling systems and rely on fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption. We’re into that. If it’s still a little roasty toasty in your part of the world, take at least today to put that energy-efficient air mover on your ceiling to work.
1. Raising your thermostat +2 degrees and regular ceiling fan use can lower energy costs by about 15% (says the EPA).
2. Which way should your ceiling fan spin? The answer depends on the season:
In warmer months like spring and summer, rotate the fan blades counter-clockwise to cool a room.
In the fall/winter (cooler months), rotate the blades clockwise to push warm air down into the room.
3. UNLESS you have a very high ceiling (2 stories or taller), in which case, reverse those rules.
4. Fans cool people, but not the temperature of the air. Having a ceiling fan on in a room can make a person feel up to 8 degrees cooler. (Image via)
5. If you’re really feeling this holiday, Real Simple has a great idea for a Halloween costume. (Via)
6. Plus a smart tip on how to clean ceiling fan blades without getting a face-full of dust. (Via)
8. What not to do when you install a ceiling fan. (Via)
9. Fans work outside! Putting a ceiling fan in your outdoor room has the same cooling effect as you’d find inside, so it’s ideal for moving still, stagnant air (summers at Lumens HQ know this all to well). Look for a damp-rated ceiling fan if you’ll be using it in a fully covered area like a covered porch or sun room. For an exposed area like a pergola or a deck, look for a wet-rated ceiling fan.
10. Want a fan, without the light? Let the cat get that. (Via)
Since its inception in 1987, Mark Moussa and his Texas based design firm, Arteriors have provided the world with their signature look of luxury light fixtures with a contemporary twist. We can’t get enough of these fabulously unique fixtures and the Caviar collection of pendant lighting is no exception. As one might guess, the name of the collection stems from their resemblance to the culinary delight as a cluster of incandescent orbs.
See the six different styles available from the Caviar collection here, and finally see for yourself why everyone finds caviar so delicious.
Classic Caviar Pendant
$312.00-$660.00 + Free Shipping!
The classic Caviar Pendant comes as a single glass orb surrounding a perforated metal shade for a stunning result. Available in small, medium, or large sizes, the pendant will work for any sized space. The Caviar Pendant looks exceptional in either polished nickel with a clear glass orb or brown nickel with smoke colored glass.
5 Star Review:
This lovely Arteriors pendant light is beautiful, functional, and the star of the kitchen, where two are installed. Both the clients and design team are in love with its uniqueness and timeless design!”-DesignObsessed, Ormond Beach FL
Caviar Multi-Light Pendant
$1,920.00-$3,120.00 + Free Shipping!
Perfect for the entryway or foyer space, this bouquet of caviar-shaped orbs are a beautiful statement piece. Designed by New York based sculptor and artist, Laura Kirar, the Caviar Multi-Light Pendant is available in two sizes. For a smaller space, there is an option with a height of 44 inches and a diameter of 18 inches, or for a larger space, the fixture has a height of 47 inches and a diameter of 28.5 inches.
5 Star Review:
This is an absolutely gorgeous large pendant in my entrance, and really makes the entrance special. It was first recommended by a friend as an entrance statement piece. I finally saw it in person at a restaurant, and was then convinced… Two of the bulbs arrived with cracks, but no problem, Lumens/Arteriors replaced the bulbs. We also really enjoy how the light spreads in the entrance as a result of the balls directing light into different directions.” – LuckyChoice5, Marin County, CA
Caviar Adjustable Multi-Light Pendant
$2,268.00-$3,360.00 + Free Shipping!
Similar to the other multi-light pendant in the collection, the adjustable pendant allows a greater flexibility in hanging height depending on your ceilings. The adjustable chain can range from 52-88 inches on the small size, 48-84 inches on the medium, or 51-87 on the large. The number of orbs in each fixture also depends on the size you choose, with 13 uniform orbs on the small, 9 orbs in two different sizes for the medium, as well as 8 orbs in two different sizes for the large.
Caviar Linear Suspension
$2,760.00 + Free Shipping!
The Caviar Linear Suspension fixture from Arteriors is a different take on the Caviar line. Hung in a horizontal row in staggered heights, the line of seven suspended orbs is perfect for hanging above an island counter in a contemporary kitchen. The fixture has a rectangular ceiling canopy and a height of 40.5 inches.
Caviar Bouquet Multi-Light Pendant
$2,760.00 + Free Shipping!
Laura Kirar has a penchant for designing sea life inspired pendant lighting, and brings the sturgeon fish delicacy into the home with this gorgeous clustered multi-light pendant. There are 18 six inch glass bubbles hanging from a uniform length chain, providing a fantastic result. The perforated metal inner shades help to diffuse the light for a soft, warm glow emanating from the pendant. This piece would look great above a dining room table or in the entry hall of a contemporary home.
Caviar 5-Light Linear Suspension
$1,200.00 + Free Shipping!
For the final fixture in the Caviar collection, the five light linear suspension is a more orderly approach to the look. Kirar designed each of the five glass orbs to hang from an equal length cord, a few inches apart from one another to give the light a clean, symmetrical appearance. Another perfect option for illuminating a modern kitchen bar or island counter, the caviar linear suspension fixture is one piece of pendant lighting we’d love to just eat up.
Regardless of which fixture from the Laura Kirar for Arteriors Caviar Line you choose, your updated room is going to look incredible with its new pendant lights.
If only form and function always went together so seamlessly. The contemporary collection from BDI furniture includes media and office furniture that’s discreetly engineered for a sleek aesthetic. The Corridor Media Stand, for example, hides what’s inside but leaves subtle openings for remote control and sound to go through the doors.
Formally named Becker Designed Inc. after CEO and design director Bill Becker, BDI is known for function—concealing less-attractive components like cables, wheels, etc.—and form: high-quality modern design that fits in well in any space.
Here are a few of our favorites from BDI furniture:
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