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Accomplishing More With Task Lighting

2014 November 6

Staying on task can be difficult, particularly when you’re trying to work with poor lighting. One of our biggest pet peeves is trying to get something done without the right lighting to stay on task. Check out three of our favorite desk lamps to keep you motivated and ready to tackle anything that comes your way!

CSYS Task Lamp by Jake Dyson – $990.00 + Free Shipping!

Jake Dyson Lamp

Exclusively available through Lumens, the CSYS Task Lamp is a compact lamp that will look great sitting on any desk. Designed by London-based designer, Jake Dyson, the CSYS allows smooth adjustment with three different axes. By using heat pipe technology, the lamp can last for more than 37 years of use!

The lamp is made with aluminum and polycarbonate in an anodized and glossy finish. It features light level memory and an integrated touch sensitive dimmer switch on the base for your convenience. Available in Black, Industrial Blue, Industrial Red, Putty Grey, or White, you’re guaranteed to find a look that suits you.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the CSYS Task Lamp:

We first discovered this task lamp at the Design Junction venue which took place during London’s Design Festival 2012. Its inventor, Jake Dyson is the son of Jack Dyson, best known for the Dyson vacuum cleaner line of products. Like his Father, Jake has a flair for functional design that not only looks good, but also outperforms traditional LED lighting. I was thrilled to learn that Lumen’s distributed these unique products in the US, and ordered one as soon as the new color range became available. While a bit pricier than most task lamps on the market, the bulbs long lifespan (claimed to be 37 years), cutting edge design, and smooth clean lines make this product worth every cent. Lumens customer service, fast shipping and ease of ordering made the sale all that much easier. Highly recommended!

You can check out the versatility and fluidity of the CSYS in this demonstration:

Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp by Robert Abbey – $222.75 + Free Shipping

Robert Abbey Ant Bee Pharmacy Lamp

If you’re looking for a more traditional aesthetic, the Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp by Robert Abbey is an elegant revival of old-world style. The desk lamp has an articulated arm, pivoting neck, and rotating dome-shaped shade for easy adjustment. Available in either Deep Patina Bronze or Patina Nickel, this adjustable height fixture can keep you on task in style!

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Ant Bee Pharmacy Table Lamp:

I saw a lamp like this one on a television show and had to find it. I searched all over in stores and on line for quite a while. I then stumbled on to Lumens and looked at a whole bunch of lamps until I found it! I had to order it. The information said it would take 2-4 weeks to ship but it arrived in just over a week. I was so surprised to see how good the packing was, and how well it is made. It is very sturdy and looks perfect on my desk. This is a lamp that I will keep for a very long time. It uses regular 60 watt light bulbs and that is more than enough for my desk.

Brazo Table Task Lamp by Pablo Designs – $420.00 + Free Shipping

Pablo Designs Brazo Table Lamp

Designed by Pablo Pardo for Pablo Designs, the Brazo Lamp is a thing of beauty. The sleek, minimal design is a no-nonsense approach to your desktop. With a 97% recyclable frame and a 90% more efficient fixture than comparable halogen light sources, you can save the earth while you’re staying productive. The desk lamp features 360 degree adjustability, a 90 degree arm tilt, and an adjustable height. Choose from a Black, Bronze, Silver, or White finish to fit with your office space.

What Shoppers Are Saying About The Brazo Task Lamp:

This sleek LED lamp is a thing of beauty, and functions beautifully too. The illumination is very even, and the light level and angle of the beam are highly adjustable. The height, rotation, and angle of the arm are adjustable too. The lamp is constructed of aluminum, and feels very durable. In terms of its design, quality, and functionality, this LED lamp is hard to beat. And of course, the service from Lumens was excellent!

Whatever task lighting you may need, you are sure to find the perfect lamp for your space in our selection.

Prop Lights by Moooi

2014 November 4

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Presented this year in Milan, Bertjan Pot’s Prop Light collection was a standout among Moooi’s ever-stunning exhibition. The bulbous prop lights are a group of go-anywhere, light-anything fixtures that work hanging from the ceiling, propped against a wall, on the floor or practically any other way you can think of, thanks to its numerous variations.

Each Prop Light uses anywhere from 18 to 96 lights, depending on the shape and configuration. While the aesthetic is a bit more old-timey (recalling the look of vanity lights in a Hollywood dressing room), each fixture uses energy-efficient LEDs under clear globe bulbs.

Designer Bertjan Pot has created a number of masterpieces for Moooi, including the well-recognized Random Light in 1999. His designs tend to start out as an experiment of materials, and in the end combine technique, structure, pattern and colors that push the boundaries of modern design.

Prop Light Floor Lamp By Moooi

Prop Light Floor Lamp By Moooi

Prop Light Wall Light By Moooi

Prop Light Wall Light By Moooi

Prop Light Round Wall Light By Moooi

Prop Light Round Wall Light
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Check out from Moooi and Bertjan Pot at Lumens.com.

 

Cielo Chandelier by Pablo Designs

2014 November 4
Cielo Chandelier by Pablo Designs

Cielo Chandelier by Pablo Designs

Ah, the beauty of a good thing that just keeps getting better. We love the LED Cielo Pendant from Pablo Designs, and a few updates and additions have made it more versatile than ever, now with additional finishes and a multi-pendant canopy for clustering them into a small group or into a statement-making chandelier.

The Cielo collection began as an LED pendant, a minimal shape with glare-free, dimmable LED light. While the silhouette is simple, there’s the option of a hint of punchy color around the rim of the flat-panel LED and/or the fabric cord. But at the request of Cielo fans, Pablo Designs recently introduced the same sleek shape in a satin aluminum finish, making it even more versatile for contemporary spaces.

And if one Cielo isn’t enough, the new Cielo Multi-Light Pendant and 13-Light Chandelier are clean-lined, statement making fixtures for over a dining table, in a grand entry way or a number of commercial applications. The groupings each feature a choice of 3, 5, 7 or 13 lights in the same finishes found in the individual pendant, including white with moss, tomato or turquoise or gray, silver, black nd and all-white.

Re-introduced: Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair

2014 October 28

Drop Chair by Fritz Hansen

Because so many memorable designs emerged in the mid-century, we’re big fans of reviving some of our favorite’s for today’s living. One of those is Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair, which he designed in 1958 alongside the Egg Chair and Swan Chair. This recognizable teardrop shape is back, and dare we say, better than ever?

The Drop Chair was an exclusive design for the legendary Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Copenhagen. The unique shape was inspired by the human form and the contours of the body. But while about 200 Drop Chairs graced the hotel’s bar and lobby, they were never put into mass production or available for purpose.

Fritz Hansen’s re-introduction of the Drop Chair was a tedious process, requiring 3D scans to ensure it was modeled exactly after the original design (of which there weren’t any drawings to work from). It’s now available in several options: plastic in six finishes, or upholstered in a range of canvas fabric or walnut leather.

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New from Baccarat

2014 October 28

Perfect, crisp tailoring, sparkling crystal and statement-making chandeliers are a few signs of luxury—and no one knows those details better than Baccarat. With 250 years (you read that right) of crystal work under their belt,  the French legend is well-versed on creating lighting that transforms the elegance of a room, and we’re excited to introduce a few new beauties to the collection.  Here are a few of our favorites:

Lady Crinoline Chandelier by Baccarat

Lady Crinoline Chandelier: A modern rendition of the 19th century Crinoline Chandelier, one of Baccarat’s most classical pieces. This new iteration from Jean-Marc Gady showcases Baccarat’s tradition of luxury with a minimalist edge, with a ring of 42 spiked crystals catching the light reflecting down from a stainless steel ring.

Tuile

Tuile De Crystal Suspension: Designed by Arik Levy, this stately piece features layers of crystal tiles resembling roofing. Each tile is hand cut by master French artisans, marked by two distinct designs: one, with chaotic, overlatpping cuts into the crystal that playful diffuses and reflects the light within; and two, vertical etchings that recall the tradition of crystal design.   Levy created the Tuile to be more “architecturally friendly,” i.e. more harmonious in a space than many ultra-delicate chandeliers. (designboom has a great video and Baccarat studio tour with Mr. Levy explaining more about his design).

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Torch 4-Light Suspension: Another Arik Levy design, this mobile lamp was inspired by Alexander Calder sculptures, floating like a feather with the crystals reflecting the surface below.

Check out all of the new additions from Baccarat at Lumens.com.

New Arrivals from Jonathan Adler

2014 October 21

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Oh, Jonathan Adler. Let us count the ways. Mr. Adler continues to surprise and delight with every new lighting fixture he designs, and these latest introductions are no exception—blending luxury with retro and a hint of playfulness.

Check out some of the new statement-making chandeliers that just arrived from Jonathan Adler:

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Vienna Chandelier: This beauty looks like it’s ready for a Great Gatsby party–and we like it. Paying homage to Italian glass artisans, the delicate “cloud” is made from clusters of white pulegoso glass, dangling from a brass chain. Each glass panel has countless bubbles in the molten glass, which gives it a spongey, irregular texture that creates the opaque appearance that is the pulegoso signature.

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Puzzle Chandelier: An inventive wow piece that blends ’60s modernism with ’70s Italian glamour. This fixture is strong and architectural, with a cluster of brass sheets geometrically composed together around its light source, for warm, reflective light.
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Rio Chandelier: This one would be right at home over Don Draper’s dining table, right? That’s the mastery of Jonathan Adler, who has many designs that bring a little retro flair while still being chic and modern enough for today’s interiors. This one in particular has an upbeat mid-century vibe, with 8 globes emerging from a central stem. A choice of 3 finishes–brass, polished nickel and bronze–changes the look and makes it a versatile fixture for many different spaces.
Be sure to check out all of our Jonathan Adler lighting favorites at Lumens.com.

New at Lumens: Iacoli & McAllister

2014 October 21
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This Seattle-based design duo met in 2007 and quickly bonded over a shared design aesthetic—and we’re thrilled that said aesthetic has now made its way to Lumens.com. Blending minimalism, beauty and functionality, Iacoli & McAllister has designed lighting and much more with a “never-seen-that-before” edge, primarily fabricated through welding, laser cutting and etching.

The pair takes a reductive approach to design, balancing positive and negative spatiality while keeping proportion, scale and color in mind. Iacoli & McAllister also pays special attention the fabrication of each product, exploring different mediums and industrial processes. The result is clean and chromatic pieces that tow the line between minimal artistry and major wow factor.

Here’s a look at a few of the new additions for Iacoli & McAllister:

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Spica Large Pendant by Iacoli & McAllister: This modern fixture takes contemporary minimalism to another level. Named after the brightest star in the Virgo constellation, it showcases a simple, standard incandescent light bulb inside a powder-coated steel frame. Available in 3 finishes: black, brass, copper and white wrapped in thin brass wire (swoon).

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5-Piece Frame Cluster: One of the designs that shot Iacoli & McAllister to the top of design minds, the Frame Cluster Pendants group together open volumes of plated steel, clustered in sets of 2 all the way up to 11 in one bunch. These bold fixtures are available in a variety of metal finishes, and also in vibrant aqua, mint or tomato if color is more your thing.

To see all of the new additions from Iacoli & McAllister, visit Lumens.com.

Fave Five: Furniture Picks in the Design Event

2014 October 21

Our Semi-Annual Design Event Sale is fully underway and not only are we offering the best sale in modern lighting, we also have a huge selection of contemporary furniture on sale. With so many design-oriented brands on sale with products from noteworthy craftsmen like Philippe Starck, Arne Jacobsen and Verner Panton, there can be a lot of options to choose from — here are our five favorite furniture picks included in the sale.

Masters Chair from Kartell – ON SALE TODAY

Masters Chair by Philippe Starck

The Masters Chair from Kartell is by far one of our favorite pieces of modern furniture. Designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet, the Masters Chair pays tribute to iconic designs before its time — the Series 7 Chair by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip armchair by Eero Saarinen and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames. The Masters Chair combines pieces of these designs to form one ultra-contemporary chair.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Masters Chair:

These are perfect dining chairs, indoors or out. They are extremely comfortable as well as stylish. Light-weight and easy to care for (even with pets), they are a fun addition to a dining table especially in the interesting colors which offer accent to the room. They also are not overbearing with the open lattice backrest, without detracting from comfort.

For not a lot of money, you get a statement piece. It’s plastic but the ergonomics are really nice. This chair serves as my daily office chair. I spend hours at a time in it with little to no fatigue or soreness. Unlike my previous chair, this one is elegant, durable and lightweight. It’s so stylish and comfortable that I’m thinking about getting the bar height version for my dining area.

Panton Chair Classic From Vitra – ON SALE TODAY

Panton Classic Chair by Vitra

We can’t discuss our favorite modern furniture without mentioning Verner Panton’s most celebrated design — the Panton Classic Chair for Vitra.

The Panton Classic Chair was designed in 1959, went into production with Vitra in 1967 and has been a classic piece ever since. The chair is designed with one solid piece of molded plastic and is available in three distinct colors: white, black and red.

A version of the chair was re-engineered in 1999 to be molded from a single piece of dyed polypropylene and features a matte finish instead of the Classic’s glossy lacquer finish. It’s also available in a version suited just for kids — the Panton Junior Chair.

Series 7 Chairs From Fritz Hansen – ON SALE TODAY

Series 7 Chairs by Fritz Hansen

Designed by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen, the Series 7 Collection of chairs is an iconic family of modern furniture. Often called the father of mid-century modern Danish design, the collection of chairs in Series 7 embody classic Danish design Arne Jacobsen was known for. Series 7 is available in a variety of finishes and veneers, ranging from armchairs to stools intended to be used at the kitchen counter.

Gel-T Chairs From Domitalia – ON SALE TODAY

Gel T Chair by Domitalia

The Gel-T Chairs from Domitalia are relatively new to Lumens, but they have quickly become a favorite of ours. Designed and made in Italy, the Gel-T Chair by Domitalia is light colored and lightweight — a perfect touch for the modern dining room. And if space is an issue, these chairs can easily be stacked and pushed aside when they are not being used. They are made with a durable steel frame and the seat is available in a variety of colors: white, black, transparent blue, transparent green, transparent orange, transparent red and transparent smoke (pictured above).

Stool 60 With Colored Top From Artek – ON SALE TODAY

Stool 60 by Artek

Designed in 1933 by Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, Stool 60 is a classic piece of furniture and is available today through Artek. Stool 60 by Alvar Aalto for Artek is famous for its incredibly simple, yet impactful design — three L-shaped wooden legs supporting a round wooden seat.

Aalto’s classic design celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2013 and in honor of its anniversary, Artek released a colored top version (pictured above) as well as a full color collaboration with designer Mike Meire. Both Stool 60 Colored Top and Mike Meire’s Stool 60 are available at Lumens.

You can see Mike Meire’s take on Stool 60 below:

Whether you are shopping for an iconic piece of furniture or something new for the upcoming holidays, be sure to check out the selection of furniture in the Design Event.

New from Artemide

2014 October 14
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Never one to disappoint, Italian lighting leaders Artemide have introduced a few new fixtures we’re really excited about. From head-turning suspension lamps to lights that double as works of art, here’s a look at a few of our favorite new introductions.

Scopa Suspension By Neil Poulton for Artemide

Scopa Suspension By Artemide

Scopa Suspension by Neil Poulton for Artemide
This stunning, semi-absent sphere changes its silhouette depending on the angle from which you look at it—from one side it may resemble a crescent moon, and another a sphere with a bite taken out of it. The sphere is made up of round LED plates that creates 360 degrees of illumination. The piece was originally designed with 12 modules to create a round shape; Scottish designer Neil Poulten removed six of them to create a balanced between what was there and what was not.

Ilio Floor Lamp by Artemide

Ilio Floor Lamp by Artemide

Ilio Floor Lamp by Ernesto Gismondi
A perfect punch of saturated color is at the heart of this simple floor lamp from Ernesto Gismondi. The fixture uses a basic shape and design, letting the 7 color variations draw attention to the aluminum cylinder, which supports a 39-watt LED optical engine at the top. Almost 6 feet tall, the light provides enough indirect light to provide the general illumination of a room.

Hoshigame Table Lamp by Artemide

Hoshigame Table Lamp by Artemide

Hoshigame Table Lamp by Issey Miyake
One of our favorite introductions for Artemide last year was the IN-EI collection from fashion icon Issey Miyake. Each lamp is made using 3D mathematical principals, resulting in a fixture that’s appears as fine as paper and draws on the play between shadow and light. The newest addition to the collection is the Hoshigame Table Lamp (star tortoise), which can the folded flat or expanded into a three-dimensional half star shape over an LED bulb.

Just in: Vitra Furniture

2014 October 14

We’ve long loved Vitra for its breadth of modern accessories, including Nelson clocks, the Eames House Bird and the many quirky designs from Alexander Girard. Now, you’ll find much more from Vitra at Lumens.com, as we’ve added a number of new and classic furniture pieces, including lounge chairs, dining furniture, tables and more. Here’s a look at a few new additions we’re especially excited about:

Grand Repos Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Vitra

Grand Repos Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Vitra

Grand Repos Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Antonio Citterio
With “wings” wrapping around the head and seat, this recent design from Antonio Citterio is a contemporary take on the classic wingback chair. But it’s not just all looks: the Grand Repos collection was built for supreme comfort. Generous padding, inviting armrests and a high backrest make this chair ideal for a lazy afternoon. Plus, a synchronized mechanism under the upholstery that adjust automatically to the user’s weight provides support to let the sitter move from upright to reclined smoothly and seamlessly. Available in 26 upholstery options.

Wood Table by Vitra

Wood Table by Vitra

Wood Table by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby
This new introduction from Vitra takes it back to basics, with minimal parts and ornamentation that make it a stable, easy piece for a variety of spaces. But while the Wood Table might appear simple, its fine detailing is what makes it stand apart: the oval profile of the solid wood legs; the rounded underside edge of the tabletop; and the aluminum bridges that connect the legs to keep the tabletop from warping. Available in 3 finishes and 4 sizes.

Heart Cone Chair By Verner Panton for Vitra

Heart Cone Chair By Vitra

Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton
One of the most famous Vitra designs, created by Verner Panton in the late 1950s. Panton spent some time experimenting with bright colors and geometric silhouettes (just ahead of the pop art movement), and one of the results was this almost cartoonish, heart-shaped chair that some interpret as a take on the classic wingback chair. Available in 8 fabrics, from subtle black or brown to a vibrant yellow or grassy green.




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