It is always fun to get a little creative with your design efforts and go for a look that isn’t so reigned in. While we might not want to go overboard with areas of the home where we tend to do the most entertaining like the living room or dining room, kids’ rooms are a great spot to go for that whimsical look and give your children a fun room that they’ll always remember. And, just because it’s a room for kids, it doesn’t mean it can’t have some seriously elegant style.
We gathered three of our favorite distinctive kid’s chairs for some design inspiration in the play room:
Lou Lou Ghost Chair by Kartell
The translucent polycarbonate chair is a petit 25 inches tall, and comes in fun kids’ colors like Transparent Lilac, Transparent Pink, or of course, the traditional Transparent Crystal. It’s the perfect addition to any young sophisticate’s room.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Lou Lou Ghost Chair:
These chairs were a great addition into making my little girl’s room look modern. We got the pink color for her after we noticed how much she liked the clear normal sized ghost chairs we have in the dining room.
Junior Bean Bag by Fatboy
For the modern kid who wants something a little bit more relaxed but still stylish and fun, the Fatboy Junior never disappoints. One of the standard childhood dream pieces, this modern take on the classic bean bag chair is a cool compromise between casual fun and contemporary style. It comes in a wide selection of vibrant colors and features a durable, easy to clean, coated nylon fabric exterior.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Fatboy Junior Bean Bag:
Purchased the junior Fatboy chair for my 3 year old granddaughter, the construction is extremely durable and the quality is excellent. She loves that she can lay down on it and still fits. Excellent value for the price (you get what you pay for) this chair should last her for years.
Baba’-Jr Illuminated Kids
Armchair by Domitalia
Looking for a way to light up your kid’s room that goes above and beyond the standard wall plug-in nightlight? The Baba Junior Illuminated Kids Chair by Orlandini & Radice for Domitalia is a fun and youthful piece. The surprisingly comfortable chair is made from translucent roto-molded polyethylene to give it a durable structure that’s kid and cleaning friendly. But the real fun of this piece is of course the diffused light that comes from inside! It’s energy efficient, a-ok for outdoor use and 100% Italian. What more could you ask for?
Go ahead, be a little playful designing the kids’ play room with some fun modern kids furniture.
Other Great Options
Looking for something a little different than these options? Not to worry, we have a ton of other options from which to choose. You’ll also want to check out the adult versions of these designs in our modern furniture selection.
The 2015 Oscars took place last night and like most award shows, the celebs were dressed to the nines. While there is no doubt the Oscar nominees were well dressed at last night’s 87th award show, we were busy noticing similarities between the outstanding dresses and lighting designs. Here are five dresses that really caught our attention.
Jennifer Aniston & The Refrax Wave by Schonbek
Jennifer Aniston’s Versace dress was sparkling at the 2015 Academy Awards yesterday and we found it oddly reminiscent of the glimmering shine from the crystals in the Refrax Wave by Schonbek. Schonbek, known for elegant crystal lighting designs, embodies luxury in its Refrax Wave suspension. Much like Jennifer’s dress, the Refrax Wave shines with luxury anywhere it is placed.
Laura Dern & The Etch Pendant by Tom Dixon
Laura Dern was wearing a black and silver gown last night from well known Italian fashion designer, Alberta Ferretti. The black and silver of her dress was stunning and we saw many similarities with the black finish of the Etch Pendant by Tom Dixon. This pendant is no doubt a favorite among the Lumens team and we loved seeing Laura Dern in a similarly-patterned dress.
Reese Witherspoon & The Circle Pendant by Louis Poulsen
Best actress nominee Reese Witherspoon was wearing a black and white gown designed by American fashion designer, Tom Ford. Its clean lines and simplistic black and white design is familiar in the Circle Pendant by Louis Poulsen. The LP Circle Pendant reinforces the modernist lineage of clean and minimalist lines that were also captured in Reese’s dress last night.
Jamie Chung & The Zanadoo Chandelier by Arteriors
Jamie Chung arrived at the award show in a beautiful dress designed by Yanina Couture that featured a Sputnik pattern we adore. The Sputnik pattern in the dress is very similar to one of our favorite chandeliers, the Zanadoo by Arteriors. Both the Zanadoo Chandelier and the Oscars rookie show off a design that is opulent, futuristic and bursting with retro flair.
Marion Cotillard & The Dandelion Pendant by Moooi
French actress Marion Cotillard arrived to the 87th Academy Awards in a remarkable gown from Dior with a circular pattern that is also found in the Dandelion Pendant by Moooi. Although Richard Hutton’s design for Moooi was not actually at the award show, we loved seeing a dress that resembled it.
Think about your favorite styles of homes, the ones that fill the pages of Architectural Digest, Dwell and Better Homes. While their aesthetics and design schemes might differ from home to home, one thing is consistent – attractive homes are all well-lit. A good lighting scheme is essential to a comfortable and inviting home. While chandeliers and pendant lights are funky and fun, lower ceilings can prohibit these additions. But fear not, finding flush ceiling lights with a contemporary design is easy with us. Check out these four modern flushmounts we love.
Joy PL Flushmount by Leucos
With its contemporary honeycomb design, the Joy PL Flushmount is both unique and striking. Designed by Paolo de Lucchi and Giorgia Paganini for Leucos Lighting, this whimsical fixture is large yet lightweight, made from clear methacrylate with metal supports and a chrome finish.
This Italian-made fixture creates a dazzling prism effect, making it the perfect statement flushmount ceiling option.
We installed this ceiling fixture in an Edwardian style living room and it casts a beautiful chrysanthemum looking image onto the ceiling. We used a clear incandescent bulb so you don’t see it and the amount of light is fine for the 24’x14′ room. I got a second fixture for the master bedroom.
Meurice Flushmount by Jonathan Adler
For a contemporary flushmount that draws inspiration from retro chic styles, the Meurice Flushmount is your light. Designed by Jonathan Adler for Jonathan Adler Lighting, this dramatic ceiling fixture lends a Broadway-meets-Hollywood look to any space. Available in Antique Brass, Deep Patina Bronze or Polished Nickel finish, this attractive ceiling light is sure to spark conversation.
This fixture has been used in both a front hall with a low ceiling and a glamorous walk in dressing room, it’s both versatile and beautiful.
Fluid Round Flushmount by Tech Lighting
For something a little more subtle yet still undeniably contemporary and unique, the Fluid Round Flushmount by Tech Lighting is a great option. The undulating shape of the fixture is due to the way it’s made, by pouring molten glass into a contoured mold. The organic form is then fire-polished for its glossy finish. The Fluid Round Flushmount is available with an Antique Bronze, Chrome or Satin Nickel finish and supports Halogen, Fluorescent or LED bulbs.
I love these Fluid lights from Tech Lighting. I originally bought four of the large squares for my front entry, laundry room, stairs, and bathroom. The way the light comes through the glass is beautiful and very organic looking and so when I went to replace our spare bedroom light, I opted to make just a minor change in adding a round fixture. It is equally as beautiful. These are very expensive looking fixtures that draw attention in their simplicity. Worth every penny.
Muse Ceiling Light by AXO
To add a pop of color to your ceiling, the Muse Ceiling Light by Sandro Santantonio for AXO Light is bright and eye-catching. The ceiling lights have silken elastic fabric wrapped around a metal frame and come in four different size options and a range of colors. The Italian-made fixture is a recipient of the Good Design Award (2009), and would be a whimsical addition to any home.
Other Great Options
For a classic choice and customer favorite at Lumens, look to the Boxie Flushmount by Tech Lighting. And if you want to combine the look of a modern flushmount with the functionality of a fan, be sure to see the selection of hugger ceiling fans. There are flush ceiling fan options available with a light, without a light, with remotes, etc.
Is your nightstand looking a little lackluster? Missing that bit of style that could take your bedroom from a space for sleeping to a place to enjoy? Try one of these three of our elegantly designed bedroom table lamps that stand out from the pack. With any of these table lamps, you will light up your room with a touch of high design.
Anisha Table Lamp by Foscarini
The Anisha Table Lamp by Alberto Lievore for Foscarini is a bold statement for your bed stand. Foscarini is an Italian brand offering contemporary lighting with a playful twist.
This energy efficient LED lamp with a touch dimmer is a unique fixture that would add contemporary flavor to any bedroom. The lamp is available in Red or White and in two different sizing options.
This light has very elegant and simple lines. It gives unexpected amount of light, so it is very useful for book reading. Very happy with the purchase and customer service.
Bourgie Table Lamp by Kartell
The Bourgie Table Lamp by Ferruccio Laviani for Kartell is a stunning fixture that comes in a variety of colors to fit well in any bedroom.
Made from transparent or batch-dyed polycarbonate, the unique lamp has three adjustable heights and has a yearlong warranty.
With its Baroque-style base and pleated, flared shade, this lamp is a veritable piece of art.
I saw this lamp in a store and loved it! After thinking about it a while, I decided to purchase it, but it was gone. I immediately got on the internet to search for it. I found it through Lumen’s and the price was even better than the store! I absolutely love my new lamp and it makes my room look fantastic!
Delta Table Lamp by Robert Abbey
The Delta Table Lamp by Robert Abbey is a fun geometric design that adds a splash of color to enliven your bedside table.
The lamp comes with polished nickel accents and has a three-way switch to adjust the light level. Available in fun colors like Apple, Ash, Egg Blue, Butter, Oxblood, and more, you can find the piece that fits your personality and matches your décor. The lamp comes with an Oyster linen shade.
I purchased this lamp in Oxblood to add some warm light and a little color in one corner of my fairly white basement den/child’s playroom. I like the quality of the ceramic and glaze, there is a bit of variation in the glaze color that makes it look more crafted. The facets in the lamp base are perfect for adding some texture to the space. The lamp was easy to assemble, and seems sturdy and not cheaply made.
Other Great Options
If you love the style of these decorative table lamps, you will want to see all of the bedroom lighting options including pendants, wall sconces, ceiling fans with lights and more.
In honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday today, we want to share our take on the evolution of lighting as it applies to the history of the light bulb and the benefits of new lighting technology. Ever since Thomas Edison invented the first ever incandescent light bulb 133 years ago, lighting has evolved to a whole new level and now, LEDs have brought about a revolution in the efficiency of lighting.
If you’re feeling like your living room is stuck in 2014, it’s time for some fresh inspiration with a new look for the New Year. One of the hallmarks of good design is an attention to the shifting design tides and that means periodically taking steps to refresh your interior look, whether it’s through a few new pieces of art, updated lighting or some different modern living room furniture.
At Lumens, we pride ourselves in always being able to give you the inspiration you need for a successful redesign. So take a look, see if you like anything and get started, because the beginning of the new year is the best time to get going on a fresh new look for your living space.
Check out our ideas for modern living room furniture changes below.
Carmichael Loft Sofa by Gus Modern
If you’re really looking for a style change, start with the anchor piece in every living room, the sofa. The Carmichael Loft Sofa by Gus Modern is a great piece that lends its sleek design and clean lines to any space, for a deliberate, contemporary chic. The piece has solid ash wood legs with a walnut finish, crisply tailored upholstery and a high, subtly angled back for a structured look. This modern living room sofa is available in three fabrics choices, Laurentian Citrine, Totem Storm and Urban Tweed Potash.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Carmichael Loft Sofa:
We were looking for a sofa that was modern with a classic touch. When the Gus arrived we were a bit unsure, it seemed a little too severe. Then we added the fur and hemp pillows and viola! It looks great. We placed a small chesterfield in the room and a furry rug and we love it!
Drop Coffee Table by Skram
If you’re going with the sleek and structured look of the Carmichael Loft for your sofa, you have some room to be a bit edgy with your choice of coffee table. The Drop Coffee Table by A. Jacob Marks for Skram Furniture is a highly unique piece, a teardrop-shaped slab of Volakas marble held off center by a three-point steel frame.
It’s a thoroughly modern piece that instantly transforms a room with its elegant yet bold design.
Heart Cone Chair by Vitra
A well-chosen and distinctive accent chair can really add a great textural layer to a room. The Heart Cone Chair, designed by Verner Panton for Vitra, has a distinctive, exaggerated silhouette that serves as a contemporary interpretation of the classic wingback chair. First designed in 1959, this classic lounge chair adds personality to a living room without overwhelming the space. It’s also available in Black, Chocolate, Green, Matt Blue, Red, Rust and Truffle, but we like it in Golden Yellow as it complements the color of the Carmichael Loft Sofa and the organic curvature of the Drop Coffee Table.
Blow Up Table by Alessi
With such a bold color choice, you might want something visually light for your side table.
The Blow Up Table by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Alessi is a stunning, architectural piece with a stainless steel base and a clear glass top. This Italian table is stylish, playful and perfect for your living room.
I had a side table that was an eyesore, and wanted to replace it with something cool and timeless. The Blow Up Table is perfect for this. It brings a surprise element into an otherwise well structured room, and looks very “light” and “transparent”. This means, it doesn’t take much “visual” space, making it ideal for small to medium sized spaces. It comes well packed; all you have to do is unpack, and put the glass on top of the base. It couldn’t be easier.
Breathing some fresh air into your living room isn’t too difficult, all you need is a few key pieces and you’ve got a totally new space. These items not really your style? Don’t worry, we have plenty of other living room furniture from which to choose.
Tired of the same old office space and need a refresh? Setting up your home office requires putting some thought into creating the space that will be most conducive to your productivity and concentration. To help you create that ideal working environment, we’ve put together a guide to some of the exceptional home office furniture from Italian-based Kartell, including items from your office desk to your storage cabinets. Take a look a few of our favorites below.
Getting the Perfect Desk
The right office desk is a combination of sufficient space, a comfortable height and the right aesthetic match for your office area. In our furniture department, we have the perfect assortment of modern office desks from which to choose.
The Four Table by Ferruccio Laviani is an elegant modern office desk from Kartell. The desk’s table top is 0.98 inch thick stratified laminated with varnished steel structure. The thin office desk comes in three size options and color combinations of Black, White and Aluminum.
Finding the Right Chair
When you spend most of your day sitting at a desk, you need a comfortable desk chair. There are plenty of desk chair options like the Maui Swivel Armchair by Vico Magistretti or the Spoon Chair by Antonio Citterio.
The Maui office chair is a great combination of function and style. The chair is made from smooth batch-dyed polypropylene and has a chrome-plated steel frame with castors.
As per the name, the height is adjustable using a gas lift pump and it comes in a variety of a colors like Anthracite, Milky Yellow, Navy Blue, Pale Grey, Scarlet Red and Zinc White.
I wanted this Kartell chair as soon as I sat down in it. It’s molded plastic but extremely comfortable. It’s very functional (swivels, adjustable height, and casters) but doesn’t look like I stole it from someone’s corporate office. It has a delicate lightweight aesthetic which is good with my small writing desk. Very happy with it and the price point is reasonable, especially given that it’s licensed modern design from Kartell, meaning if it breaks down they’ll stand behind the repairs for a long time in the future.
Meanwhile, the Kartell Spoon Chair is another comfortable option with a design that will suit most any office area.
The chair is also made of smooth batch-dyed polypropylene and its height is adjusted with a handle concealed inside the trunk. It’s available in a variety of colors including Black, Blue, Gray, Orange and White.
The Finishing Touches with Storage Cabinets
The Componibili Round Storage Modules by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell are the perfect way to store your office supplies in style. These storage modules have been in production for more than thirty years now, staples of the contemporary furniture world. They are so noteworthy that they are even on display in the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Made from ABS plastic, the Componibili Storage Containers are durable and attractive additions to your home office. You can stack them depending on your storage needs or just keep one under your desk for the essentials. The storage modules are available in Black, Red, Silver or White.
What Shoppers Are Saying About Kartell’s Componibili:
Works great for home or office. I use these as bedroom end tables and they offer great style, good storage and high quality material. I assume everyone knows these well so you know what you’re getting. Lumens is a reliable source for these classics.
With the right office desk, chair and storage solution from Kartell, your home office will have the perfect touch of modern.
Other Great Options
Who doesn’t love to accessorize? Be sure to see the selection of office desk accessories for a stapler, tape dispenser, decorative pencil sharpener and more.
Finally, look to the selection of office lighting to find the right suspension, flush ceiling light or desk lamp to light up your office space.
We are always excited to introduce new products and new brands at Lumens.com. While we will be introducing a lot of new products in 2015, this week are excited to announce the arrival of Boyd Lighting and BEGA Lighting.
Boyd Lighting – Exclusively at Lumens
Started in 1921, the Boyd Lighting Company is a San Francisco family owned custom lighting manufacturer that caters to architects, interior designs and the residential segment. Born of an era when modernist sensibilities were becoming a predominant part of American culture, Boyd Lighting bridged the gap between streamlined industrial designs and fine craftsmanship.
Steampunk Wall Sconce
The Steampunk Wall Sconce from Boyd Lighting is at once nostalgic and futuristic in its design as it features a vintage-looking bulb in an industrial styled fixture. Available in Antique Brass or Satin Nickel.
The Globe Pendant from Boyd Lighting is fine craftsmanship at its best. The fixture is a large aluminum frame that wraps around a bright white spherical shade, available in multiple finishes and sizes to accommodate your space.
Mar Vista Sconce
The Mar Vista Sconce from Boyd Lighting is a wet-rated, functional sconce that is perfect for both indoor and outdoor applications. It’s available in clear or rippled glass and multiple finishes.
Founded in 1945, BEGA is a family held lighting company based out of Germany. The company prides itself in creating the best lighting technology through rigorous quality checks that expose its fixtures to the inherently harsh conditions of outdoor environments. As a result, BEGA consistently produces some of the most durable and aesthetically pleasing outdoor lighting in the world.
LED Garden & Pathway Luminaire
BEGA’s LED Garden and Pathway Luminaire (7218) is a discreet, yet modern fixture that can really dress up your outdoor decor without taking away any attention from your landscape. It’s available in Bronze or Graphite finishes and uses a 166 Lumens LED lamp.
Symmetrical LED In-Ground Floodlight
You can discreetly blanket your outdoor space with bright uplighting with the Symmetical LED In-Ground Floodlight by BEGA. It’s available in a modern, stainless steel trim and uses a 320 Lumens LED lamp.
Impact-Resistant LED Ceiling/Wall Light
BEGA’s Impact-Resistant LED Ceiling/Wall Light is an innovative design that complements any outdoor area. It can be flush-mounted on the ceiling or wall and is available in Bronze or Graphite finishes.
We’d all love to have a private spa in the home, but the bathroom is usually the closest thing. While often overlooked, you can easily transform your bathroom into a contemporary, relaxing retreat with some well-designed bathroom accessories. Here are a few of our favorite ways to accessorize your bathroom:
Birillo Towel Stand With Top by Alessi
The stand has a sleek, chrome-plated steel frame and a lightweight, shatter resistant transparent thermoplastic. The stand can support two large towels and a guest towel. Its top is made of lightweight, shatter-resistant transparent thermoplastic, allowing you to place a few small items on it.
For additional items matching this towel stand, see the complete Alessi Birillo Collection.
SLICE Laundry Hamper by Blomus
The SLICE Laundry Hamper is designed by stotz-design for Blomus in Germany. The hamper has five hidden wheels for convenient rolling while maintaining a sleek appearance. The hamper also features a natural wood lid in Black or Natural finish which contrasts nicely with the matte stainless steel body for a versatile and contemporary look.
Available in two sizes, the SLICE Laundry Hamper is a chic solution to your practical laundry needs.
Shelfish Shelf by Kartell
The shelves are made in Italy from transparent PMMA plastic and come in a variety of colors to fit your decorating scheme, including Amber, Crystal, Smoke, Sunset Blue, and Tangerine Orange. The shelves are easy to mount to the wall and have a sleek appearance that works well on their own or arranged in multiples.
Submarino Bathroom Accessory Set by Seletti
The set is broken down into four individual porcelain modules that can be combined to form a submarine shape on the countertop, keeping things organized when they’re not in use. The set includes a piece for cotton balls, a soap dispenser, a toothbrush holder, as well as another container for miscellany like hairbands and other small items. The modules contain magnets to ensure they hold their place in the submarine shape. The set is available in bright colors like Light Blue and Yellow or White.
With these four fun and functional style additions, your bathroom will look like a completely new space.
Other Great Options
While these great accessories will address the little odds and ends in your bathroom’s design, you will want to find ways to improve the lighting of your bathroom too. Look to our selection of bathroom light fixtures and follow these Three Tips for Better Bathroom Lighting.
All sofas were not created equal. At Lumens, we’re more than aware of that and we like to offer modern pieces from the top furniture design brands like Gus Modern, the Republic of Fritz Hansen and Vitra. If you’re in the market for a piece to make a design statement in your home, look no further than these three modern sofas we love.
Swan Sofa by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen
The Fritz Hansen Swan Sofa was designed by famed Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen in 1958 for the historic SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The iconic sofa has no straight lines, instead embracing an organic yet thoroughly modern silhouette.
The mid-century modern piece is a worthy addition to any style-conscious home. The shell is made from cold cured polyurethane foam with fiberglass reinforcement, with fabric upholstery available in a wide range of colors from which to choose. The sofa is still made in Denmark and is eligible for our White Glove Delivery service.
Jane Bi-Sectional by Gus Modern
The Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa by Gus Modern is a beautiful piece that can rearranged in a few ways to fit your space. The chaise component can be placed on either the right or left size depending on your living room’s arrangement. The polyester fabric upholstery is top-stitched and button-tufted with easily flippable seat and back cushions.
The fabric is available in your choice of Laurentian Tundra, Totem Pebble, Totem Storm, Urban Tweed Ink, or Urban Tweed Truffle. The sofa’s base is made from stainless steel with mitered corners and a brushed finish.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Jane Bi-Sectional Sofa:
Really smart design making it so the sectional can be configured to right or left orientation. This sofa looks great and is extremely comfortable – love that our whole family fits comfortably for movie watching.
Polder Sofa by Vitra
For a bold impact on your living room, the Vitra Polder Sofa is a great choice. Hella Jongerius designed the modern sofa to evoke the landscape of her native Holland through its emphasis on the horizontal and its variety of cushion sizes, textures and hues.
The seat of the sofa is made from polyurethane foam and polyester, with a polyurethane and microfiber back. It has a wood frame with upholstery webbing and unique combination of six fabrics in each cushion. The sofa is available in multiple colors including Anthracite, Cream, Green and Red.
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