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8 Ways to Get the Guest Room Ready

2015 November 9


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best of Blu Dot Furniture (on sale now!)

2015 November 6


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

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

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

Straight from the Midwest

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

Top Products We Love

Real Good Chair by Blu Dot

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

Hot Mesh Chair by Blu Dot

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


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


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

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

Designer Spotlight: Why We Love Marcel Wanders

2015 October 15


This month, we’re celebrating all things modern design, thanks to our semi-annual Design Event happening now at We’ll be highlighting pieces that have made design history, new and buzzworthy introductions and the stories behind contemporary work from all over the globe.


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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

Designer Spotlight: Why We Love Philippe Starck

2015 October 7


This month, we’re celebrating all things modern design, thanks to our semi-annual Design Event happening now at We’ll be highlighting pieces that have made design history, new and buzzworthy introductions and the stories behind contemporary work from all over the globe.

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

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


Café Costes in Paris

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


The Clift Hotel


The Delano Hotel

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

Fave 5: Best Bets for Industrial Pendant Lighting

2015 October 5

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


Lustre Pendant Lights by Tom Dixon

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

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

Lustre Pendants by Tom Dixon

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


Chelsea Pendant by SONNEMAN Lighting

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

Chelsea Multi-Light Pendant by Sonneman

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


Vintage 4130 & 4133 Mini Pendants by Savoy House

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

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


3-Light Pendant by Minka-Lavery

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

3-Light Pendant by Minka-Lavery

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


Raleigh Outdoor Pendant by Troy Lighting

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

Raleigh Island Pendant by Troy Lighting

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

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

Designer Spotlight: Why We Love Tom Dixon

2015 October 1

This month, we’re celebrating all things modern design, thanks to The Design Event, our semi-annual sale happening now at We’ll be highlighting pieces that have made design history, new and buzzworthy introductions and the stories behind contemporary work from all over the globe.

Tom Dixon’s resume might give you a bit of a complex. A young Dixon first found his creative stride in pottery and life drawing during his schooling years. He later entered the music biz as a professional bass guitarist in a disco band. Then, he uncovered his skill in welding working in a car body repair shop in South London. And soon after, a simple doodle of a chicken turned into an idea for a chair, which led to the now-famous S-Chair for Cappellini, which has a home in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

It’s clear Tom Dixon was born to be a creator. After the S-Chair’s success in the late 1980s, Tom Dixon spent the next decade and a half designing for various companies, serving as a design leader, and even receiving a medal for services to design at Buckingham Palace. And finally, in 2002, the Tom Dixon brand was born in London, with ambitions to revitalize the British furniture industry with a new take on design. We’ll go ahead and say he succeeded–several of Tom Dixon’s designs quickly shot up to world-famous status, and every year they introduce fresh new pieces that never fail to surprise and delight. The company has now forayed into interior design, a gifts and accessories line and even a partnership with Adidas to create design-driven kicks.

And if you’re wondering whatever happened to that disco band, fear not—Dixon still channels his talents into music, as he did in his early years. Here’s Dixon rocking out with his band at the Museum of Modern Art during NYC’s Design Week:

But, illumination enthusiasts as we are, we especially love the edge that Tom Dixon brings to his lighting designs. They’re the perfect blend of raw and rugged materials with clean silhouettes. Not to mention, these are light fixtures with a story behind them—unique inspirations and purposeful production that adds up to a look that has become quintessential Tom Dixon.

Here’s a look at our favorite Tom Dixon lighting designs:


Etch Web Pendant: Sure, it makes beautiful shadows when lit, and a minimal-but-blingy statement when not. But math nerds, this pendant’s design is just for you. Tom Dixon has long loved exploring mathematics and geometry in his designs, and this irregular pattern is repeated 60 times onto photo-etched sheets of metal, resulting in a total sphere.


Beat Lights White: The Beat Light collection has seen several iterations–it’s original black and brass finish, plus gray and all brass–but we love the cool, crisp white against the shiny brass interior best. The silhouettes have become instantly recognizable, but we love the subtle, light finish with just a wink of metallic coming through.


Melt Pendant: Molten. Hot. Lighting. The distorted sphere of the Melt Pendant is unique from every angle, thanks to Tom Dixon’s experimentation with vacuum metalization to create lighting designs. When lit, the pendant is translucent and lava-like, true to its name. And when off, the surface appears smooth, shiny and reflective.

Want more? Tom Dixon lighting, furniture and accessories are 15% off, now thru October 18, during The Design Event at


Announcing Varaluz Sale at Lumens

2015 September 28

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

Fascination Chandelier by VaraluzFascination Chandelier by Varaluz

About Varaluz

The founder of Varaluz, Ron Henderson, takes pride in designing contemporary light fixtures that are manufactured with recycled materials in unusual and unheard of ways. Henderson, a seasoned veteran of lighting design with experience dating back to his time with Kalco, introduced Varaluz in 2006 with the philosophy of using recycled materials to promote sustainable design.

He often equates his lighting designs to turning one man’s trash into treasure and does so with pieces like the Pinwheel Pendant (made from recycled aluminum), the mid-century inspired Capsule Chandelier (made from recycled steel), the Fascination collection — chandeliers, sconces, bowl pendants, mini pendants, bath bars and portable lamps (made from recycled glass bottles) — and the customer favorite Urchin collection (made from hand-forged recycled steel).

Capsule Collection by VaraluzCapsule Chandelier by Varaluz

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

Varaluz Pinwheel PendantPinwheel Pendant by Varaluz

Learn More About Varaluz

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

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

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

    Fave 5: Modern Dining Room Sets

    2015 September 26

    Here at Lumens, we see a lot of drool-worthy furniture, and modern dining room sets are among our favorite picks. Below are five of our all-time faves, just in time to start thinking ahead to holiday dinner parties.

    Stone-T 200 by Domitalia

    Domitalia Dining Set
    This contemporary dining set by Domitalia is designed and made in Italy, and it is a beauty with its white finish and barrel-shaped top. You will love its clean lines and durability. Yes, as gorgeous as this contemporary dining set is, it is weather resistant and equally at home on the patio or in a modern dining room. The Stone-T 200 seats up to eight people and is suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Pair it with any of Domitalia’s dining chairs and you will have a well-rounded, contemporary dining room.

    Invisible Table by Kartell

    Kartell Invisible Dining Table
    Truly unique, the Invisible Table by Kartell has captured our imagination. This is a one-piece, molded plastic dining set that blends Japanese minimalism with Italian-made quality. The Invisible Table is made in Italy. It is strong and durable thanks to its one-piece, PMMA construction. The Invisible Table is available in two transparent colors and two solid colors. The crystal transparent color is by far the most invisible of the choices. Amber, Smoke, and White Matte colors are also available, each with its own unique aesthetic. Whether you want to make a small space appear larger and less crowded or simply love the idea of an invisible table, a modern dining set from Kartell is sure to make a positive impression.

    Sarah Table by Copeland Furniture

    Copeland Furniture Sarah Dining Set
    Who doesn’t love solid cherry hardwood dining room table sets? The Sarah Table from Copeland Furniture is a modern dining set made from solid cherry hardwood in the United States. This beautiful table is available in five warm cherry finishes and several different sizes. If you love the warmth of hardwood dining sets but crave the modern aesthetic, you are going to fall in love with the Sarah Table just like we did.

    Strut Table by Blu Dot

    Blu Dot Strut Dining Table
    Ah, the Watermelon Strut Table by Blu Dot, what’s not to love? Though the Strut Table is also available in Ivory, Navy, Slate, and White, we can’t resist the fresh color of the Watermelon version. Whichever color strikes your fancy, the Strut Table is a bold and beautiful urban dining set that makes a statement. It features a powder-coated steel frame and a lacquered engineered wood substrate top. Pair it with any of the chairs in the Blu Dot furniture assortment for a welcoming dining room your friends and family will love.

    Discovery Extension Table by Domitalia

    Domitalia Discovery Dining Table
    The Discovery Extension Table solves the age-old problem of what to do with table leaves. This elegant beauty extends from just over five feet to more than eight feet long, and the leaves are built in. Whether you have a smaller dining room or prefer the ability to adjust your dining room table as needed, you will appreciate the flexibility the Discovery Extension Table offers. While we love it for its convenience, there is so much more to love starting with the table’s sand-etched, tempered glass top and its gorgeous steel base.

    When it comes to furniture, we all have our own personal favorites. Which dining room sets have made your top five all-time faves list?

    For additional options, check out our full selection of modern dining room furniture.

    10 Things to Know on National Ceiling Fan Day

    2015 September 18


    Happy #NCFD to you and yours, friends. Today, September 18th, marks the third annual National Ceiling Fan Day.

    It’s true. In fact, we’re celebrating National Ceiling Fan Week Sept. 13-21 with a big Fan Sale: 15% off select fans over at But that wasn’t why #NCFD was created. In fact, the annual tribute to our favorite air movers began in 2013 as a collective effort to power down 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 (or stock up on fans for the whole house!).

    In honor of this holiday, we rounded up 10 things to know about ceiling fans. It’s almost as good as Fanimation’s (the torch-carriers of #NCFD) celebration in 2014—I mean, they had cake.

    Discus II Ceiling Fan By Monte Carlo Fans

    Discus II Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans

    1. Raising your thermostat +2 degrees and regular ceiling fan use can lower energy costs by about 15% (says the EPA).

    Torto Ceiling Fan By Fanimation Fans

    Torto Ceiling Fan by Fanimation Fans

    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.

    Contemporary Living Room by Eugene General Contractors Jordan Iverson Signature Homes

    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)

    Fanimation Enigma Ceiling Fan

    7. Hate the look of ceiling fans but love the functionality? There’s a fan for that. There are plenty of ultra-unique fan designs that make your ceiling fan a cool design element in a room. Above:  Enigma Ceiling Fan by Fanimation Fans

    8. How to know if you installed your fan wrong. (Via)

    Modern Patio by Austin Home Builders Foursquare Builders

    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.

    cat fan light

    10. Our favorite way to kill the lights on your ceiling fan. (Via)

    Happy #NCFD, everyone! Be sure to shop our fan sale for up to 15% off thru September 21, 2015.


    This is an update from an original post published on September 18, 2014.

    Fave 5: Calligaris Chairs

    2015 August 27

    Adding a touch of Italian style to your home is easy with a piece of furniture from the Calligaris collection. Calligaris has a rich history of furniture designs fit for the modern living room, bedroom and the dining room with an expansive selection of chairs, stools, dining tables, beds and more.

    About Calligaris

    Although new to Lumens, modern furniture from Calligaris has been around for more than 90 years now. At its inception in 1923, Antonio Calligaris started the company as an artisanal furniture brand with his first design being the classic Marocca Chair. The sturdy wooden Marocca Chair opened the door to the design and creation of several more furniture pieces that have found their home in contemporary spaces all over the globe.

    Today, the Calligaris brand is based out of Milan, Italy and has subsidiaries all over the world in places including the US, Japan and France.

  • See also: a timeline of Calligaris
  • In today’s spotlight, we bring you five of our favorite Calligaris chairs.

    Hero Chair by Archirivolto

    Calligaris Hero Chair
    In outdoor settings and colorful dining rooms, look to the radiant Hero Chair by Archirivolto for Calligaris. The Hero Chair is made from a single piece of injection-molded polypropylene and features an airy design from a series of rounded holes on the chair’s seat and back. It’s stylish, playful and available in a range of colors including light green, black, white, orange and red.

    Chicago Chair by Adriano Balutto

    Calligaris Chicago Chair
    In modern dining rooms, you will love the tall and slender look of the Chicago Chair by Adriano Balutto for Calligaris. This slender dining chair features a solid beechwood back and upholstered seat with a design that pays tribute to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. The Chicago Chair is offered in either walnut or wenge wood finishes with a leather or soft fabric seat.

  • See also: Complete the look in your dining room with any of the available Calligaris dining tables
  • Alchemia Chair by Archirivolto

    Calligaris Alchemia Chair
    Furniture design meets chemistry in the Alchemia Chair by Archirivolto for Calligaris. The Alchemia Chair features a distinctive design that is reminiscent of a molecular model with an airy, triangular backing that is at once thought-provoking and comfortable for you and your dinner guests. It’s made from a single piece of durable thermoplastic and is offered in either glossy black or glossy white.

    Area 51 Chair by Luca Pevere & Paolo Lucidi

    Calligaris Area 51 Chair
    For an out of this world chair that excels at comfort and style, look to the Area 51 Chair by Luca Pevere and Paolo Lucidi for Calligaris. This unique seating design is made from a single piece of injection-molded polypropylene that is at once strong and lightweight, making it the perfect chair for indoor and outdoor spaces. The Area 51 Chair is offered in multiple color options including light green, white, orange, red and taupe.

    Gossip Armchair by Edi & Paolo Ciani

    Calligaris Gossip Armchair
    The Gossip Armchair by Edi & Paolo Ciani for Calligaris will give you a reason to sit and chat at the dining table long after dinner has ended. This elegant dining room chair is made from solid beechwood and covered in plush upholstery. It works well in contemporary dining rooms and is comfortable enough to be used as a living room lounge chair. The Gossip Armchair is available in walnut or wenge finishes and is upholstered in coffee or sand fabric colors.

    This is just a small fraction of the complete Calligaris furniture offering at Lumens. Be sure to check out all of the available chairs, benches, dining tables, counter and bar stools, coffee tables, beds, storage furniture and decorative accents in the collection.

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