It’s no secret we’re a big fan of the craft behind lighting designs. Our latest exclusive from Hennepin Made is the perfect showcase of that: an impeccably designed collection crafted by hand just outside of Minneapolis. The small studio is led by Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert, whose keen design vision and fascination with materials led them to the Parallel Series, a stunning new series of pendants made with a perfect pairing of smooth metal and artisanal glass in a palette of subtle colors.
One of the things we love about Hennepin Made is their connection to their hometown roots–the studio is located on Hennepin Avenue (hence the name) and the midwest provides a unique inspiration you don’t find from many other designers.
“We don’t feel the pressure that exists on both coasts to try and fit quick trends,” Jackson said. “It’s a little more geographically isolated, which we believe allows for better reflection and focus.”
That reflection has led them to a perfectly curated collection of pendant lighting, including our latest exclusive. The Parallel Pendants are meant to be clustered together, with various shapes and colors that mesh well in a group despite the contrast between them. The Hennepin team spent several years looking into the right materials, design and engineering for the collection.
How did they…? This new introduction from Corbett Lighting brings a touch of magic to a space. Featuring a mini chandelier suspended in “mid-air” with a single, double or triple shade, the Houdini Pendants by Corbett Lighting are truly an escape from the ordinary. The Houdini pendants house two contrasting crystal chandeliers inside and open frame, each secured at an offset angle so they appear to be tumbling down from the ceiling.
Marrying traditional elements like mini ornate chandeliers and a silver leaf finish with the clean lines of the frame, the Houdini pendants are a unique blend of styles. Available as a single, double or triple pendant, the pendant is suspended by discreet aircraft cable, adding to the illusion that the boxes are floating all on their own. Check out the entire Houdini Pendant collection at Lumens.com.
Some days, finding the motivation to sit down and put your nose to the grindstone is difficult enough. But one essential for a productive space is a good lamp. We consider an A+ desk lamp to be a must-have for any workspace, whether it’s for burning the midnight oil in a college dorm or illuminating your 9-to-5 office space. Here are five go-to favorites our customers say haven’t let them down.
5-Star Review: “It’s a beautiful finish and so minimal it’s not intrusive at all…the light spreads to nearly the entire desk when higher and…is good for lighting up a desk while staring at a computer screen.”
Koncept has led the way in LED task lamps, and one of their more recent introductions, the Equo, has continued to well, show us the light. Adjusting the tilt of this lamp is light and easy, and a touch strip along the stem makes it especially simple to control power and brightness. Available in 3 finishes and warm or cool light option.
Pixo Task Lamp By Pablo Designs, $199-$205
5-Star Review: “This desktop lamp is probably the best investment I’ve made thus far. It has a classic timeless design that I love. The simplicity and lines make it easy to place in every room not just your desk.”
The Pixo Table Lamp is simple, yet everything you need in a desk lamp: a moveable arm and head to direct light where you need it; a handy USB charging port in the base; warm, bright, LED light; and a subtle rainbow of 7 colors to choose from. With base just 5 inches in diameter, it takes up little desk real estate and is sleek enough to fit in with any office style.
Tizio Classic Task Lamp By Artemide, From $565
5-star review: “Had Tizio lamps in the 80’s and unfortunately sold them when we moved offices. Have tried several other desk lamps since but nothing beats a Tizio.”
This Richard Sapper design from 1972 has earned its place as a favorite among architects and designers. Never-out-of-style features like a smooth, feather-light adjustability and a sleek, industrial form ensure it’s a welcome addition to the desktop, no matter what the era. It’s also a true modern classic, included in the permanent 20th century design collections at the New York MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum.
5-star review: “Like everything else that Dyson produces, Jake Dyson seems to have the inherent family trait of creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing product. Simply stunning and outstanding quality.”
What James Dyson did for vacuums, his son Jake Dyson did for desk lamps. The designer spent six years deep in the research and mechanics that led to the CSYS LED Task Light, which bring together sleek design and the latest technology. He even nailed the mechanics involved to keeping the light right where you position it (no more dropping lamp shade) for ultra-precise, seamless movement.
5-star review: “The lamp is a perfect example of form meeting function. The lamp arm’s reach is long and the heavy base lets you take advantage of that reach without worrying the lamp will tip over.”
Designed by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, the Kelvin Lamp was made with industrial design in mind, but works wonders on the everyday desk space. With a pantograph arm, 2 steel cables and 30 LEDs, it sounds like it was built for a machine shop. Also available in a mini version and a “Green Mode” version, which includes an integrated daylight sensor that allows the lamp to project only what light is needed.
With a look reminiscent of a big-city vista, Hammerton Studio’s new Skyline Collection is a clean, contemporary ode to the modern skyscraper.
This new line juxtaposes smooth layers of precision-cut metal, Hammerton’s impeccable artisan glass and crisp linen for a cool, urban appeal. You’ll also notice a bit of Asian influence in the design—that look was inspired by pagoda-style outdoor lighting that was made popular in the mid-20th century.
The style is available as an indoor and outdoor wall sconce, pendant, chandelier and semi-flushmount light in addition to the linear suspension shown above. Check out the whole Skyline Collection by Hammerton Studio right here.
You may not even look twice now when you see one in coffee shops, public parks, and even your own backyard. But Fermob’s Bistro Chair is the bistro chair that started it all, originally designed in Europe in 1889. They became especially popular among lemonade and mobile food vendors, and today you’ll still spot them in places like Bryant Park and Times Square in NYC and in cafes all over Paris.
The Bistro Chair has become somewhat of a cult icon in its time. It’s a rare day-to-day design that is exactly the same as it was over a century ago, with the exception of adding a rainbow of available colors). The timelessness of it—simple, functional design—has kept it well in style for all of these years. Along with the rest of Fermob’s outdoor furniture collection, the Bistro Chair comes in a rainbow of 24 bright, cheery colors.
To commemorate its 125th year, Fermob created its own Eiffel Tower in Paris, constructed entirely out of cherry red bistro chairs. The “Bistro Tower” was on display right in front of the international landmark, and for the rest of this week, can be seen at Paris Plages, an area in the city that creates temporary artificial beaches along the river. The reproduction uses no fewer than 324 chairs to reflect the Eiffel Tower’s 324 metres in height. Quite a beauty, isn’t it?
Next time you spot a Bistro Chair (we bet it’s sooner than you think), feel free to wish it a very happy birthday!
We’re excited to introduce a brand-new exclusive collection from Varaluz: The Capsule collection, a sputnik-inspired silhouette with curvy ’70s-esque shades that showcase the exposed bulbs inside. To create this latest collection, its designer and company founder Ron Henderson took a little trip back in time to age three, to what he calls “space-age memories”:
“I was lucky to be just old enough to remember watching the takeoff and subsequent lunar landing,” he says. “I think I was three, but it has stayed with me.” The memory has endured well enough to inspire a pretty compelling new lighting collection. Elongated glass spheres shoot out in every direction, evoking a classic mid-century aesthetic. “The idea was a more atomic-era take on our Pinwheel cluster pendants,” says Henderson, “and it got a little carried away from there. Cocktails and requisite discussions of a highly personal and inappropriate nature may also have contributed.” (Editor’s note: Ha!)
Not one to be limited by the utter appropriateness of a three-year-old’s sense of awe at the moon landing, Henderson drew on some other inspiration as well for the collection (which includes three pendants, one ceiling/wall fixture and one wall sconce). Add some hallucinogens and health food and—BAM!—you have a light: “It’s a clever play on drugs, vitamins, space exploration and time,” Henderson adds. “And really, aren’t those captivating themes to work into a light fixture?” We think so.
Equally captivating is Henderson’s dedication to the environment. In keeping with his commitment to create “super fun fixtures for you that are kind to good old Mother Earth,” the Capsule collection is made using 70% recycled steel and 100% recycled glass.
It’s also available in two distinctive finishes, to suit all kinds of interiors. “The chrome is expected,” says Henderson of the finish options, “although the smoke glass may not be—but as a fan of the ’60s and ’70s it’s hard not to love it. Meanwhile, the Champagne is gorgeous and bright and fun and warm. I will probably find uses for both in my living spaces.”
Which one will you use? Check out the whole Capsule collection, only available at Lumens.
We’ve yet to meet a Rich Brilliant Willing design we didn’t love. This Brooklyn design studio was founded in 2007 and has been experiencing international design accolades ever since. A few new introductions perfectly showcase the group’s distinctive approach: simple and intelligent design that brings out the very best in modern environments.
Take the new Radient collection, for example. The Radient Wall Sconce is at once architectural and minimal, with a circle of solid wood backlit by energy-efficient LEDs. The design is also available as a sculptural table lamp, in 3 wood shades and 2 geometric shapes.
We also love the ultra-industrial Branch Triple Chandelier, a tripod-shaped pendant with three bent plywood “branches,” each wrapped in a perforated metal shell in a trio of warm metal options.
You’ll find Rich Brilliant Willing designs in a number of swanky interiors, including Yelp’s San Francisco headquarters, New York’s Conrad Hotel and Bo London Restaurant in the UK. We love that the Rich Brilliant Willing team always keeps up guessing, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
We love a good it-started-in-a-garage story, and Copeland Furniture is one such tale. The company started out in the 1970s as a one-man operation and grew to the contemporary furniture manufacturer they are today, staying true to their east coast roots. Each piece comes from Bradford, Vermont, down to its design, manufacturing and even sometimes its inspiration.
Copeland Furniture is the real deal: solid, natural hardwood furniture that is modern and minimal, pulling influences from arts & crafts, shaker and Scandinavian design influences. Each piece is impeccable, from the mid-century modern look of the Astrid bedroom collection to the clean style of the Japanese-style Kyoto dining furniture. We also especially love the Audrey dining room set, with mid-century simplicity meshed with Asian-influenced curves.
Not to mention, the hardwood used to produce Copeland’s collection is harvested within 500 miles of their facilities and is FSC-certified and the winner of a number of awards for their sustainable practices. Check out the full collection from Copeland right here.
As much as we love something fresh and new, a well-done design revival can’t be beat. Our friends at Gus* Modern have re-introduced the Spanner Chair, an original 1950 design by Russell Spanner. This unique silhouette is a classic among Canadian mid-century modern furniture, and went out of production a number of decades ago.
The Spanner Chair features a seat made from woven cotton strapping, in 3 colors, and a sturdy, solid birch frame with exposed bolts and finger-joint details available in both a light and dark finish.
The first 100 chairs that were produced were released as a numbered, limited edition series. At Lumens, you’ll find these special edition chairs in Black and Light Birch and Green and Dark Birch.
Are there any design icons you’d like to see make a comeback?
Confession: We like big fans and we cannot lie.
There’s big fans, and then there’s biiiiig fans. We’re talking air movin’, statement-makin’ behemoths for your ceiling—those with a blade span anywhere from 60 inches up to a 80+ inches. But oversized ceiling fans aren’t just for turning heads. The utility of these bad boys is perfect for high ceilings, large rooms and big, open spaces.
If you have a space calling for a grand fan, here are a few of our favorites:
Lehr Ceiling Fan by Kichler: A dramatic design with 7 blades reaching 80 inches across. It’s also rated for wet locations, which means it’s good for big interior rooms OR an outdoor patio or deck space. The DC motor means the six speeds run at a fraction of the power consumption of typical fans.
Slipstream XXL Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans: The blades stretch a whopping 7 feet across. It’s wet-rated for outdoor use, so would be ideal for moving air on a big deck, patio or gazebo. It’s also runs on a DC motor, so the extreme airflow is extremely energy efficient as well.
Artemis XL5 Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire Fans: The big brother of the much-loved Artemis Ceiling Fan, this reiteration features a wide 62-inch blade span and DC motor. You’ll know its part of the Artemis family by the five signature “flying vanes” (blades) that artfully wrap around the center.
Dragonfly Patio Ceiling Fan by Quorum: Stagnant summer air got ya down? Enter the Dragonfly, with water resistant canvas blades to add a little summer breeze to your covered outdoor area.
Odyn Ceiling Fan by Fanimation: Big in diameter, but small in height. While Odyn’s arms stretch a big 84 inches across, the overall height of the fan is just under a foot and a half. A powerful DC motor uses minimal electricity and if needed, an energy-saving LED provides overhead light.
As they say: Go big or go home.
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