Outdoor wall sconces provide your home with welcoming light making porches, driveways and exteriors inviting to your guests. As we approach warmer weather for spring and summer, now is the time start thinking about updating your outdoor wall lights to something modern, energy-efficient or to something that will strike up a conversation.
We’ve gathered five of our favorite contemporary outdoor wall lights for you to browse:
Shelter Outdoor Wall Sconce
by Hinkley Lighting
A best-seller and favorite among Lumens’ shoppers, the Shelter Outdoor Wall Sconce is the perfect light fixture for contemporary outdoor spaces. Whether it is placed on the front porch, the sides of the garage or as a light source for your deck, this sconce will meet all of your expectations. Its warm and welcoming light is powered by either an incandescent bulb or an LED. To maintain energy-efficiency in your lighting design, we recommend the LED version of this sconce.
Shelter is available in Black, Bronze or Hematite finishes to match your exteriors.
dweLED Steampunk Outdoor Sconce by WAC Lighting
The Steampunk Outdoor Wall Sconce is part of the dweLED collection from WAC Lighting, a collection that emphasizes the use of energy-efficient LED in modern lighting design. Steampunk fits perfectly in nautically-themed outdoor areas, but it also works well in living rooms, entryways and hallways. Its available in Bronze or Graphite finishes, allowing it to fit in well with contemporary color schemes. For more information about this collection from WAC Lighting, go Behind the Design of dweLED in our exclusive interview.
Redding Station Outdoor Sconce
The Redding Station Outdoor Sconce from Feiss is a replication of old-time fixtures you would commonly find in railroad stations.
This sconce allows you to re-create a restoration-style look on your front porch or patio that is welcoming to guests. The Redding Station Sconce is available in Bronze or Tarnish finishes and two separate sizes to fit your space.
Luna Outdoor Wall Sconce
by Hinkley Lighting
The Luna Outdoor Sconce is another design from Hinkley Lighting that works well in contemporary outdoor spaces. Luna is a simplistic design, made from a die-cast aluminum that allows it to be durable for exteriors. When placed at the front porch or on the back patio, Luna will provide ample lighting through its incandescent or LED light source. It is available in Bronze, Satin Black or Titanium finishes and two distinct sizes.
Rain LED Outdoor Wall Sconce
by Modern Forms
Modern Forms is another division of WAC Lighting that emphasizes the design of modern light fixtures available at a friendly price point. Modern Forms excels with its selection of outdoor lighting including the Rain LED Outdoor Wall Sconce. This fixture creates the look of a rain shower through the use of its clear, seedy glass and LED light source. It’s ideal for welcoming guests on your front porch or for guiding light when used on the sides of your garage. It is available in Graphite or Bronze finishes and two sizes to accommodate your outdoor space.
Other Great Options
Whatever your outdoor style may be, there is a sconce you are sure to love. You’ll also want to see other ways to welcome your guests with the addition of an outdoor chandelier, pendant or post lights. Take a look at all of the outdoor lighting we have available.
Easter Sunday is this weekend and it is one of the many upcoming holidays where you will likely be entertaining guests in the dining room. And what better way is there to entertain than with glassware, serveware and decorative table top accessories? We gathered a few of our favorite pieces from Iittala that we think you’ll love for entertaining accessories.
Iittala began in a little town in Finland as a glass-production factory dating back to the late 1800s. The company’s glass-work was of high quality and quickly became highly sought-after in the design world after Finnish designers Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck became involved with Iittala. With the help of Aalto and Franck, Iittala emerged as a leader in modern dining sets and now today produce beautiful dinnerware, serveware, vases and other accessories for home decor.
Here are some of our favorite Iittala products that we think you’ll love for any entertaining occasion.
The Taika Collection by Klaus Haapaniemi
Inspired by the Finnish word for magic, the Taika collection from Iittala is a great assortment of entertaining accessories that will help add a little magic to your dining table. This delightful assortment from Klaus Haapaniemi includes the Taika Mug, a matching dinner plate, a pasta bowl and more. Every piece of the collection complement each other and they are ideal for any get-together among friends and family. Take a look at the full Taika collection here.
Aalto Vase Alvar Aalto
The Iittala Aalto Vase is a classic piece from Alvar Aalto that embraces the principles of Scandinavian design.
Originally designed by Aalto in 1936, this glass-blown vase is made available today through Iittala. The Aalto Vase is available in Clear, White, Rain and Cranberry glass stains to accommodate the color scheme of your space. See all of the variations of this iconic vase in the Aalto collection from Iittala.
Nappula Candleholder by Matti Klenell
As a perfect decoration for the tabletop you and your guests will adore, the Nappula Candleholder by designer Matti Klenell is a decorative powder-coated steel candleholder with a slim body and a wide, round base. It is a modern, yet vintage candleholder design that fits well in contemporary spaces.
Toikka Birds by Oiva Toikka
The Toikka Birds are gorgeous glass decorations that are sure to start a conversation among your dinner guests. Designed by Oiva Toikka and made in Finland, each Bird is created from mouth-blown glass making every item in the collection unique. Toikka Birds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to help you fit your interior design. Add a few pieces of the collection to your home or considering collecting them all!
Essence Glassware by Alfredo Haberli
Finally, you’ll need glassware to serve your guests drinks and whether you are celebrating Easter, Thanksgiving or any special occasion, the Essence collection from Iittala is the perfect choice. Designed by Alfredo Haberli and made in Germany from blown glass, the Iittala Essence collection includes a variety of beautiful drinking glasses including wine glasses, champagne flutes, beer glasses, cocktail bowl glasses, tumblers and a wine decanter. Add a few items from the Essence family to your existing glassware or collect the entire set for your next dinner party.
Make your next holiday party memorable with any of these options from Iittala and save 20% on all products by Iittala through April 7, 2015.
We’re giving away a new ceiling fan of your choice (up to $500 value) for subscribing to our email list. Head over to our contest page on Facebook to enter for your chance to win and read the sweepstakes rules here. Enter to win now through April 30, 2015.
We’ll be announcing the winner in mid-May, so be on the lookout for an email from Lumens.com!
In the meantime, take a look at a few of our favorite new ceiling fan designs:
Skylon Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans
Inspired by scissor sheers, the Monte Carlo Skylon Ceiling Fan is a modern designed fan that can really cut through air with its quiet, energy-efficient DC motor. It also features an integrated LED light kit to provide ample downlighting.
Irene 5-Blade Ceiling Fan by Atlas Fans
The Irene design from Atlas Fans / Matthews Fan Company has been a favorite at Lumens and it is now available in a 5-blade version. The Irene 5-Blade Ceiling Fan features wooden blades that match perfectly with its cylinder body and it is powered by an energy-efficient DC motor.
Torsion Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company
Although the Torsion Ceiling Fan was introduced in 2014 from Modern Fan Company, it’s still a relatively new design we are loving. Torsion is designed to resemble huge wrenches twisting on an enormous bolt. It’s an industrial design that has been finding its home in modern residential spaces.
With the warmer weather on the way, you will likely start spending more time outdoors and with holidays like Memorial Day and the 4th of July on the way, you’ll want to have an outdoor furniture set that is inviting to your friends and family. In addition to a BBQ, a gazebo and decorative lighting in this space, modern furniture like outdoor-friendly chairs, dining tables and benches are a great way to help you entertain outside.
We’ve gathered a few of our favorite contemporary patio furniture designs that will complement your outdoor living area with a great sense of style.
Why We Love Modern Outdoor Furniture
It’s easy to express yourself with furniture and lighting indoors, but you are equally able to express your design style outside. Modern outdoor furniture from the likes of Kartell, Fermob, MAMAGREEN and Cane-line allow to you easily show your contemporary side and the furniture from these design-oriented brands pair well with barbecues, gazebos and other accessories you may have on your deck or patio.
Bubble Club Sofa by Kartell
Perfect indoors or out, the Kartell Bubble Club Sofa has the same composure and shape as a classic sofa, but it is made of durable, batch-dyed polyethylene. This material allows it to be the perfect seating furniture for your deck or patio area. The Bubble Club Sofa is available in black, green, gray, yellow, terracotta and white to help accommodate a variety of colors in your outdoor living space. Take a look at all of the furniture available from Kartell to create a cohesive look outdoors.
Allux Armchair & Twizt Dining Table by MAMAGREEN
Although MAMAGREEN is new to Lumens, we are already loving some of their outdoor-friendly dining and lounging furniture. The MAMAGREEN Allux Armchair is an ideal outdoor dining chair that is a simple enough design to complement nearly any patio dining table, while being durable enough to withstand a variety of weather conditions. When paired with a MAMAGREEN dining table like the Twizt Glass Top Dining Table, you will have an outdoor dining set friends and family will love.
Luxembourg Bench by Fermob
Inspired by a scattering of elegant chairs and benches in Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, the Fermob Luxembourg Bench embraces minimalist design with its clean lines and materials. To withstand outdoor conditions, the Luxembourg Bench is made from a durable tubular frame supporting curved aluminum slats. It’s the perfect bench when paired with dining chairs, when used as a decorative element in the garden or standing alone on the front porch waiting to greet your guests.
Pure Dining Table & Core Armchairs by Cane-line
Cane-line is another new collection of outdoor furniture we are loving. Cane-line uses a variety of materials including wood, aluminum and fabric to create furniture to support an exciting outdoor living area. For a contemporary outdoor dining table, look to the Cane-line Pure Dining Table – this dining table is composed of a concrete table top supported by stainless steel legs, making it durable and ideal for outdoor situations. Pair the Pure Dining Table with couple of Cane-line’s Core Armchairs and you will have one of the most contemporary outdoor dining sets available.
Other Great Options
Keep the conversation going into the later evening hours with an outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces will provide the warmth you need while also complementing your outdoor furniture and accessories.
Fanimation is among the elite in contemporary and modern ceiling fan design. The company thrives on innovation and designs a variety of products that fit a multitude of interior design styles. The company is also responsible for complementary ceiling fan technology like its FanSync application – a smartphone app that allows to control the functions of your ceiling fan and lighting from the palm of your hand.
This month, Fanimation has been awarded the 2015 ADEX award for its Beckwith and Zonix LED designs. The ADEX award, the Award for Design Excellence, is granted to companies that display design excellence in their products.
The award is selected by a panel of professionals representing a cross section of the design industry who recognize the best product and project designs of the year.
Take a look at the why the Beckwith and Zonix LED ceiling fans are worthy of the ADEX award.
Beckwith Ceiling Fan
Winner of the Platinum Award, the Fanimation Beckwith is the perfect combination of a drum pendant and a ceiling fan in a very unique design. Instead of a traditional ceiling fan design with fan blades to move air, Beckwith is a round fixture that simply circulates the air around it.
It’s available in a Brushed Nickel or Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish and uses four ceiling fan bulbs for its light output.
Zonix LED Ceiling Fan
Modern, clean and energy-efficient? Its no wonder why the Fanimation Zonix LED Ceiling Fan received the ADEX Gold Award. This version of the popular Zonix fan features an integrated LED downlight that provides a significant amount of light output while also allowing you to conserve energy. It’s 54-inch blade span is perfect for living rooms, great rooms, large bedrooms and a variety of commercial applications. The Zonix LED fan is available in a Brushed Nickel or Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish and can be used in outdoor settings as it is rated for damp locations.
Other Great Options
If you prefer a version of the Zonix without the LED downlight, you’ll want to check out the original Zonix Ceiling Fan. And be sure to take a look at all of the innovative designs from Fanimation available at Lumens.
We recently had the chance to catch up with former New York entertainment attorney Michael McHale to discuss his industrial approach to lighting design. Michael McHale started designing lighting by complete accident, but quickly picked up the key points of contemporary design and now offers a unique selection of products that combine industrial elements like galvanized plumbing pipe with luxury-exuding European crystal. The result is an awe-inspiring collection of lighting that can best be described as industrial-chic.
Following this same design aesthetic, Michael McHale Designs introduced a chandelier and a linear bar fixture that are both unapologetic in their straightforward industrial design. Appropriately named the Raw collection, these fixtures are made with steel pipes and a symmetric grid of steel cabling with points of light protruding from all angles. One of the best features of the new collection is that every Raw Chandelier or Raw Linear Bar can take on a different personality depending on the type of bulb you choose to use. Both fixtures display a lot of character and can fit a variety of commercial or residential applications.
Read the full Michael McHale interview and take a look at the photos of the new Raw lights below.
Starting back in 1994, lighting designer Arturo Alvarez set out to create handmade, contemporary light fixtures that could not only stand out in a space, but would also evoke emotions from people due to their craftsmanship and elegance. Today, the lighting designer and the Arturo Alvarez Lighting line is synonymous with innovation and emotion in lighting design.
Arturo Alvarez – Emotional Light
Arturo Alvarez designs some of the most decorative, emotion-inducing ceiling and wall lights available today and they have become favorites among the Lumens’ team. Here are five pendants and ceiling suspension designs we love from the Arturo Alvarez line.
As if it was taken directly from a science-fiction novel, the Arturo Alvarez V Pendant by Hector Serrano stands out above other ceiling light designs with its spatial biconcave shape. Designed from injection-molded plastic and a Polycarbonate glass diffuser, the V Pendant is durable and at the same time, very light. V is available in a white or black finish and requires a single 100 Watt bulb.
Natural lines become the focal point of the Arturo Alvarez Shio Pendant, as it is designed with layered plywood that just barely allows light to peak through its slim openings. Shio is available in three distinct laminate finishes – white, brown and yellow. The Shio pendant is also available in a dimmable option that is ideal for decorative mood lighting.
Nevo Grande Pendant
The Arturo Alvarez Nevo Grande Pendant resembles a cloud that is about to burst with rain. This elegant design, from Arturo Alvarez himself, utilizes patented SIMETECH technology. SIMETECH is a handmade material composed of a stainless steel mesh and a silicone covering that allows for a range of opacity. The handmade mesh material facilitates the emotional, expressive light delivered by the Nevo Grande.
The Aros Pendant successfully employs polypropylene strips to create a heavenly body of light that fits well in contemporary dining rooms or decorative entryways. The layered hoops of the material allow it to cast graceful rings of light through the open spaces of the fixture that will, again, prompt emotion in people. The Arturo Alvarez Aros Pendant is available in a white or black finish and requires a single 57 Watt bulb.
Vento LED Linear Suspension
The Arturo Alvarez Vento Suspension is shaped as if it were crafted naturally from gentle gusts of wind. This contemporary design from Alavarez is made from a curved piece of awe-inspiring stained glass that is softly illuminated by a hidden LED. Vento exudes peaceful serenity and is available in a number of stained glass options to fit the decor of your space.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day and the color green is popular everywhere today. We’re fans of the color green like anyone else is, but we are also fans of green in the sense of using eco-friendly and sustainable products. There’s no doubt that eco-friendliness has become a trend in modern design as seen in the materials used and light sources being upgraded to use energy-efficient LEDs.
Here’s ten of our favorite green light fixtures and furniture pieces by some of the most eco-friendly names in design.
Coral Pendant by David Trubridge
David Trubridge Design prides itself on designing with materials that are friendly to the eco-system and this is seen in the Coral Pendant. From its design to the package it is shipped in, the Coral is environmentally conscious to help preserve ocean and land environments.
Arca LED Pendant by Cerno
The Arca LED Linear Pendant from Laguna Beach’s Cerno is an elegant open-aired wood atrium with an energy-efficient LED light bar positioned in the center of it. The pendant is available in two stains of Walnut and you’ll love it hanging over the kitchen island.
Deck Chair by Loll Designs
Minnesota’s Loll Designs is well known for manufacturing contemporary outdoor furniture from recycled milk jugs. In fact, chairs like the Loll Designs Deck Chair are made from over 300 recycled milk jugs. The result of this manufacturing process is a beautiful chair that is not only environmentally friendly, but it is also durable to withstand outdoor use and variant weather conditions.
Moon Scraplight by Graypants
The Graypants MOON Scraplight is designed from recycled cardboard, giving it an eco-friendly composition paired with a great source of warm downlighting. It fits well in contemporary spaces and has even been used to light many Starbucks locations across the country.
Z-Bar Gen 3 Desk Lamp by Koncept
Koncept is a design brand we love for modern, LED-driven task lighting. Koncept’s line of energy-efficient LED desk lamps, including the Z-Bar Gen 3 Desk Lamp, have earned the company critical acclaim and can be found in many contemporary office spaces around the world.
Acapulco Chair by Innit Designs
The design of Acapulco chairs has been around since the 1950s and has recently been re-introduced by Innit Designs. The Innit line of Acapulco chairs are made from a recycled galvanized steel frame supporting a seat comprised of multiple strands of vinyl. This environmentally friendly chair will allow you to modernize your space and is perfect indoors or out.
Octo Pendant 4240 by Secto Design
Finnish-design brand Secto Design crafts all of its handmade lighting from environmentally friendly materials including one of our favorites, the Octo Pendant. Octo is a handmade work of art whether it is illuminated or not and fits well in both modern residential and commercial spaces.
Fascination Chandelier by Varaluz
Varaluz is another lighting firm that prides itself on eco-friendly design, emphasizing the use of environmentally friendly materials. This concept is seen with the Varaluz Fascination Chandelier as it is made from numerous recycled glass discs to create a look similar to the ends of wine bottles. The Fascination Chandelier is also made from hand-forged steel that is comprised of 70% or more recycled content. If you really want to maintain a green approach to your lighting design, Varaluz is the way to go.
Recycled Tube Suspension by Castor
What do you do when a light bulb burns out? If you asked Canadian-design firm Castor Design, they would tell you to recycle the bulb and fashion it into a new light fixture. The Recycled Tube Suspension does exactly that as it is composed of multiple, burnt out fluorescent light bulbs, re-incarnated into a suspension that works well hanging over dining tables, conference room tables or kitchen islands.
Stix Fireplace by EcoSmart Fire
Your campfire probably never looked like this. The EcoSmart Fire Stix Fireplace features “sticks” made from stainless steel tubes, giving this non-traditional campfire an ultra-contemporary look. The best part about the Stix Fireplace (and any other product from EcoSmart Fire) is that it uses eco-friendly bioethanol fuel for a warm flame without any smoke, soot or ash.
Other Great Options
If you love the intention of these products, you might also want to check out our LED lighting category for a full assortment of decorative, energy-efficient LED-driven fixtures.
It’s no secret that we are fans of the modern Danish lighting designs from Louis Poulsen. Louis Poulsen started back in 1924 in Copenhagen and got its start in lighting design by partnering up with designer Poul Henningsen to participate in an art exhibit in Paris. Henningsen was able to design the Paris Lamp (now commonly known as the PH Lamp) for Louis Poulsen for the exhibit and from that point on, they maintained a working relationship to design some of the most iconic pieces in modern lighting.
Poul Henningsen is responsible for the PH Collection of pendant lighting, sconces and lamps for Louis Poulsen and although the company offers lighting from other noteworthy designers like Arne Jacobsen and Anu Moser, we especially love the PH Collection. Here’s three of our favorite pieces from Poul Henningsen’s iconic collection for Louis Poulsen.
PH 50 Pendant
Poul Henningsen’s pendant lighting comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they all follow the same design aesthetic that Danish design enthusiasts love.
PH 50, re-issued in 2008 by Louis Poulsen to mark the 50th anniversary of the mid-century classic, shares the same silhouettes as the PH 5, but is available in additional finishes including Chili Red, White, Mint Blue, Olive Black and Wasabi Green. Instead of the classic White option of the PH 50 Pendant, these finishes allow the pendant to be used in more colorful spaces.
Another iconic design from Poul Henningsen, the PH Artichoke, was originally designed more than fifty years ago and still stands out as one of the most noticeable mid-century modern pieces. It’s seen in hotels, restaurants, hospitals and in entryways of residential spaces.
The Artichoke chandelier features 72 precisely positioned leaves across 12 unique rows that provide a lighting effect that is unlike any other. The Artichoke is available today at Lumens in the form of a small pendant rather than a grand chandelier shape, but it is still just as contemporary and beautiful now as when it was originally designed.
Following a similar form and fashion as other designs in the PH Collection, the PH Snowball is the perfect combination of the PH 5 Pendant and the PH Artichoke as it successfully takes elements from each. Snowball was initially designed by Poul Henningsen and made available in 1958, then it was re-introduced to the design world in 1983 with a slight modification – instead of the entire fixture being illuminated, only the bottom half is lit. The result of this design is a wash of diffused light that cascades down the entire fixture. PH Snowball is beautiful in commercial spaces and also works well in great rooms and large living rooms.
Other Great Options
In addition to the PH Collection, Louis Poulsen offers a great selection of other Danish pieces you will love. For a simple and timeless cylindrical globe design, look to the Wohlert Pendant and for a table lamp that shouts Scandinavian design, check out the AJ Table Lamp.
Our Semi-Annual Design Event sale is in full swing and will be running through the end of the month. In case you are having trouble finding the right ceiling light for your space, we gathered five of our favorite pendant lamps that are on sale during the Design Event from Louis Poulsen, Pablo, Marset, Niche Modern and Tom Dixon (sale starts 3/16). Take a look below and let us know what you are loving about our Design Event!
PH Artichoke by Louis Poulsen
The Artichoke chandelier by Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen is an iconic fixture that has a history dating back to 1958. The Artichoke has been seen in a number of TV shows and movies, as well as in residential and commercial spaces all over the world.
The PH Artichoke is available today in a smaller version to accommodate a wider variety of spaces. It’s available in Stainless Steel, Copper or White finishes and is just as contemporary now as it was when Henningsen first designed it in 1958.
Swell Pendants by Pablo Designs
The Swell series from San Francisco’s Pablo Designs has become an instant favorite at Lumens.
This collection of pendant lamps are not only elegant and infinitely flexible, they are also driven with an energy-efficient LED light source and are rated to work in either indoor or outdoor spaces. There are multiple lamps in the collection that can be connected to one another depending on the size and layout of your space. Swell is available in a Black and Brass finish or a White and Brass finish.
We also went behind the design of the Swell collection in this exclusive Pablo Pardo interview.
Discoco Pendant by Marset
The Marset Discoco is another favorite of the Lumens team and is also a top seller.
Designed by Christophe Mathieu for Marset, the Discoco chandelier is a series of lacquered discs floating around a chrome semi-sphere. The result of this unique design redirects and reflects light off the discs in a manner that fills and enriches any space where the light is placed.
Discoco is popular in hotels, restaurants and even in hospitals, however, it is also perfectly applicable in residential spaces.
What Shoppers Are Saying About Discoco:
I ordered 3 and placed them above the kitchen island. They also look amazing at night when the light is on. Loved the fact that is designed by one of my country men. Gracias Ghristophe. Que luces mas bonitas.
Solitaire Pendant by Niche Modern
Niche has made its name in modern lighting design by creating gorgeous glass pendant lights from its studio in New York. The company prides itself on creating designs that are made, not manufactured and the Solitaire Pendant proves this mentality with its unique design.
Designed by Jeremy Pyles, the Solitaire Pendant is a crisp, glass-blown bubble of light surrounding a single light bulb that looks fantastic on its own or in a cluster. The Solitaire Pendant is available in a variety of glass colors including Amber, Chocolate, Clear, Smoke and Sapphire.
Etch Pendant by Tom Dixon
(Sale Starts 3/16)
Designed by the famous British designer himself, the Tom Dixon Etch Pendant is a beautiful piece that will not only light the room in a substantially modern way, but it will also cast playful shadows on the wall due to its geometrically patterned design.
Etch is available in Black, Brushed Brass, Copper or Stainless Steel finishes.
Other Great Options
There are many design-driven pieces in our semi-annual sale from the pendants featured here to wall lights, table lamps, beautiful Danish furniture pieces from Fritz Hansen and more. Take a look at everything in the sale here.
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