When selecting the Color of the Year each year, the Pantone Color Institute takes into account several factors like how the color can be used in fashion, interior design, graphic design and for a variety of beauty products. For 2015, Marsala was seen as the most prominent shade to represent these different categories in a stylish and comforting manner. According to Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of Pantone:
Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.
Whether you see it as a dark shade of red or a maroon, Marsala is here for 2015 and we have picked out a few of our favorite ways to give this infinitely versatile shade a try.
Delta Table Lamp by Robert Abbey
The Delta Table Lamp is the perfect table lamp for adding a splash of color to any room, especially in this particular shade of red.
It features an Oyster linen shade, a ceramic body and polished nickel accents.
While we love this lamp in a Marsala finish, it is available in multiple finishes to match your decor.
Bell Jar Pendant by Niche Modern
Jeremy Pyle’s Bell Jar Pendant for Niche Modern is a contemporary take on the classic bell jar shape and is stunning in this shade of red. Much like other Niche products, this pendant’s shape is made from hand-blown glass and creates a warm dagger of incandescent light.
The Bell Jar is the ideal fixture for modern commercial and residential spaces and is sure to shine in this Color of the Year finish.
Bamboo Set of 4 Tablemats by Chilewich
Add a hint of Marsala to your contemporary dining room table with this set of Bamboo Tablemats from Chilewich.
The placemats are made of woven vinyl to resemble the natural look of bamboo and are at once both stylish and functional.
Birdie Wall Sconce by Foscarini
The delicate design of the Birdie Wall Sconce by Foscarini is intended to resemble the natural look of a bare tree branch.
It is the perfect modern wall sconce for living rooms, entryways and hallways. You will love it in this red finish, however, it is available in a number of other finishes to accommodate your space.
Jalwa 3 Rug by Mat-The-Basics
Add Marsala to your living room with the Jalwa 3 Rug by Mat-The-Basics.
This contemporary floor covering is made from a restored piece of wool and hand-stitched to perfection. It is available in a smaller size or larger size to fit your space.
Record Watch by Achille Castiglioni for Alessi
Its design is rather simplistic, but it presents pure style with a face that harkens back to grammar school clock-watching.
If you love these picks, you will want to see all of the designs available in the Pantone Color of the Year at Lumens.
This month only, Lumens will be donating to Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services with every Gus* Modern furniture order. As an official retailer of Gus Modern, Lumens is proud to participate in this promotion once again this year and we are happy to partner with Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services.
Take a look at the Gus Modern selection of contemporary furniture at Lumens and Keep On Giving through January 31, 2015.
For your bedroom furniture, the Toronto-based Gus Modern design firm has plenty of attractive options to breathe some fresh style into your room. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite bedroom furniture designs from Gus Modern.
Gus Carmichael Bed
The Carmichael Bed by Gus Modern is a distinctive bed that blends traditional and contemporary styles for a sleek yet comfortable result. The clean-lined bed is available with fabric options including Urban Tweed Potash or Urban Tweed Ink, and in either Queen or King sizes.
The Carmichael bed has a 100% polyester upholstered headboard, footboard and side rails and well as a reinforced steel mattress suspension system with bent plywood slats so there’s no need for a box spring. The durable and comfortable mattress has bumpers on the bottom of the legs to protect hardwood floors when you move the bed. The bed also fits any mattress height, including pillow-tops, so you can continue to use your existing mattress.
Gus Wilson End Table
You’ll of course need sleek new end tables to go with your new Gus Modern bed, and the Wilson End Table is the perfect choice.
The bedside table is a warm Walnut cabinet with a recessed platform base and a single multi-coat white lacquer drawer. There is an additional open compartment underneath for more storage.
The table is a great accompaniment to the Carmichael Bed and most furniture pieces from Gus.
See What Shoppers Are Saying About the Wilson End Table:
I had been searching for a while for a nightstand for our guestroom. We just put a platform bed in there so the end table had to be low height. All the nightstands I came across were either too tall, or they didn’t have any drawers for storage. I was losing hope. I forget how I came across this one from Gus Modern but it is perfect! It arrived yesterday already assembled! The dimensions work perfectly. It is solidly built. We love the white drawer–it’s quite deep and quietly self-closes so try as you might, you can’t slam it. For the price, you can’t beat the construction or the modern style.
Gus GT Rocker Chair
For a unique addition to your bedroom’s design, the Gus Modern GT Rocker is a contemporary update on the traditional rocking chair.
The GT Rocker is inspired by the interiors of 1970s muscle cars like the Ford GT and seating design found in classic airport lounges. The three angled cushion panels come in either Cabana Husk or Laurentian Citrine.
The frame of the rocker is solid steel and includes felt strips to protect hardwood flooring.
Your bedroom will look like a brand new space with some of these contemporary furniture accents from Gus Modern. Gus also provides a lot of great options to furnish your office, living room and more. Browse the complete furniture collection from Gus Modern here: Lumens.com/Gus-Modern
Our favorite lighting, furniture and fans from the past year include imaginative looks from some of the best names in modern design. Here are a few of our favorite design picks from 2014.
Circa Pendant by Pablo Designs
Unidentified lighting object. Designed by Pablo Studio for Pablo Designs and made available in 2014, the Circa Pendant is a contemporary, yet unconventional pendant design that you would not necessarily think of when you think of a ceiling light. Circa’s super-thin LED flat-panel saucer offers a consistent output of warm, even glare-free illumination that has proven to be perfect in commercial spaces as well as living rooms and kitchens of modern homes. Circa is available in either a white or graphite finish and offers an adjustable suspension length.
Not only is Pablo Designs a favorite of the Lumens team, but they are also a local studio operating out of San Francisco who is loved by the city’s official tourism association, San Francisco Travel. They love Pablo Designs so much that in August 2014, they furnished their entire office with the Circa Pendant (pictured below).
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Circa Pendant:
Wonderful minimalism. A disk of light hovers over my conference table without calling attention to the actual fixture.
This pendant is an excellent task light for my application, both form and function. I am very happy with this purchase.
Cage Suspension by Diesel for Foscarini
Underground in the real sense of the word, the Cage Suspension by Diesel for Foscarini was inspired by lamps used by miners and empowers any space with its industrial strength design. Its protective metal cage around the lamp’s shade not only helps secure the light fixture, but it is also an attractive design element that grew in popularity in 2014. Cage is available in two sizes and multiple finishes to accommodate your space.
S7 LED Floor Lamp by Structures
The S7 LED Floor Lamp by Structures was new to Lumens in 2014 and became an instant favorite.
Its patented composite body is at once flexible and rigid, resulting in a poseable silhouette that needs no tools to adjust. The S7 is the perfect floor light for smaller office spaces, living rooms and bedrooms.
S7 is available in white and titanium gray, black and titanium gray or black. Simply S7 into any wall outlet and adjust it as you see fit.
Ipparco Table Lamp from Artemide
Oh-so adjustable, the Ipparco Table Lamp from Artemide features a magnetic connector that enables its diffuser to be positioned not only anywhere on the fixture, but on any other metal surface within reach of the cord.
It also offers the ideal amount of light output with its ring of focused LED light that can easily be adjusted.
Designed by Neil Poulton and made available in 2014, Ipparco is modern task lighting at its finest.
Parallax Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting
Tech Lighting is a customer favorite at Lumens and with contemporary fixtures like the Parallax Linear Suspension, it’s easy to see why. The embodiment of futuristic functionality is found in the Parallax suspension as it features thirty tiny, high-impact LED diodes in a pattern reminiscent of the circuit board it was inspired by. At just over half an inch thick, Parallax is the perfect ceiling light for modern dining rooms, as kitchen island lighting or suspended in your office’s conference room.
Cornelia Chandelier by Bover
Asymmetric, adjustable, articulate. The Cornelia Chandelier from Spain’s modern lighting designer, Bover, is easily one of our favorite decorative chandeliers from 2014. Designed by Joanna Bover, Cornelia features exposed hardware that allows it to stand out as a mechanically decorative element in any commercial or residential space in which it is placed. It has 12 asymmetric light shades on two tiers of adjustable arms, offering an ideal amount of downward focused light that contrasts well with the fixture’s exposed chrome finished hardware.
Torsion Ceiling Fan by The Modern Fan Company
Crank it up! With a uniquely light-industrial design, the Torsion Ceiling Fan from Modern Fan Company features blades that split as they join its body like a huge wrench twisting on the head of an enormous bolt. With sleek, modern designs like the Torsion fan, it’s obvious why the Modern Fan is a favorite at Lumens. Torsion is available in a wide variety of finishes and control options, as well as light kit options.
Drop Chair from Fritz Hansen
The Drop Chair by Arne Jacobsen for Fritz Hansen was first introduced over fifty years ago and was re-introduced to the design world in July of 2014. It’s re-introduction excited many modern furniture design enthusiasts, including our friends at Design Milk – see Drop Chair Re-Introduced by Jaime Derringer. The re-introduced version of this iconic Scandinavian design is offered in its classic colors to complement any room it is placed in and it is available in a plastic version or upholstered version. Needless to say, Arne Jacobsen’s Drop Chair is a small side chair with with a big personality.
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When you’re decorating a room, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the major furniture pieces that anchor the room. While those are undoubtedly important, your flooring makes a big visual impact. Using well placed modern rugs can help you to create distinct sections of the room that keep everything grounded.
Particularly in large space like the living room, a good area rug can delineate different seating spaces and help to visually guide your guests to the spaces you’d like to highlight. Apartment Therapy describes the spatial tactic, “When we think of room dividers, we usually imagine screens, shelves, or some other kind of vertical partition, but horizontal planes can just as effectively define “rooms” within a larger space. Without creating a physical barrier, rugs help to separate living rooms from dining rooms, foyers from halls, and bedrooms from open spaces.”
As far as interior design is concerned, a good rug is essential. Let’s take a look at three of our favorite contemporary floor coverings available at Lumens.
Jalwa 3 Rug by Mat-the-Basics
If you’re looking for an exotic look, the Jalwa 3 Rug from Mat-The-Basics, is a great option.
Available in Dark Red, Light Beige, or Orange, the Jalwa 3 is a unique addition to any modern home.
This handmade statement piece is a 100% restored wool rug that has been hand-stitched using reclaimed leftover dyed yarns with rough edges to give it its unique appearance.
Skinny Stripe Shag Mat by Chilewich
We just love the Skinny Strip Shag Indoor Outdoor Mat from Chilewich. This versatile piece is just perfect. With a neutral appearance that works for any color scheme and a shaggy texture that lends character to the room, the mat is perfect for your kitchen, the bathroom, or your back door. Best of all? The rug is quick to dry and resistant to mildew so it’s easy for it to retain its contemporary appearance over time.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Skinny Stripe Shag Indoor / Outdoor Mat:
I am using this mat inside my back door. It is a practical, durable mat of outdoor material and construction, but it looks like a stylish indoor mat. I’ve found Chilewich products to be pricey but worth the extra money. The mat cleans up beautifully after soiling. I expect to get years of use out of this and will probably order another one for my mud room.
Kalahari Velours Rug by Missoni Home
If you’re looking for a modern rug with a little bit more personality, the Kalahair Velours Rug from Missoni Home is a great addition to a modern room.
The multicolored rug has fluid contours that create a flowing dynamism to your room. Made from a blend of wool and viscose, the Kalahari is available in two different options for sizes and color patterns.
The handmade rug is a custom product made to order in Italy and usually ships within six to eight weeks.
With these three contemporary rugs, you can transform your floors from bottom of the barrel to top of the heap.
It’s gift-giving season and at Lumens, you will find gifts and home accessories that were crafted with modern design in mind. Much like the lighting and furniture we offer, we know what we are talking about when it comes to holiday gifts and design. From gifts for the contemporary kitchen to gifts for the home maker and everyone else in your life, these are five of our favorite modern and unique gifts this holiday season.
Michael Graves Tea Kettle from Alessi
It’s no surprise that the Kettle With Bird Whistle by Michael Graves for Alessi is a top-selling gift at Lumens. Not only is the tea kettle the perfect home accessory for the kitchen, but is also very functional as its simple geometric and stainless steel design allows it to heat faster than most other kettles. And what you will really love about the kettle is that the Michael Graves’ signature bird whistle will sing as soon as water has finished boiling.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Michael Graves Kettle:
I’ve had an Alessi teapot for over 20 years. That is until it was recently fried. Now, I have a new one and it’s more fabulous than the last.
Works very well – whistle is strong and easily heard. Kettle sits on our island cook top and is a piece of art too!
QLOCKTWO Wall Clock from Biegert & Funk
Tell time with a timeless design from German design studio, Biegert & Funk. The QLOCKTWO Wall Clock features a quadratic matrix of letters to allow you to tell time in the most unique way possible. Instead of looking to the hands on a traditional clock or numbers on a digital clock, QLOCKTWO spells out the time for you with illuminated words. It’s available in multiple colors to match your decor and in multiple languages including English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.
Whisky Lover Set from Teroforma
The Whisky Lover Gift Set is an instant classic for the whiskey enthusiast. Designed by Andrew Hillman for his Connecticut based company, Teroforma, the Whisky Lovers gift set is perfect for after dinner parties, late summer nights and of course, for the whiskey connoisseur. The set includes six soapstone whiskey stones (available in either a natural soapstone color or black) and two mouth-blown glass tumblers that will hold eight ounces of liquid each.
Wobble Chess Set from Umbra
Who doesn’t love a chess set? As another best selling gift at Lumens, the Wobble Chess Set by Adin Mumma for Umbra features a profoundly wobbly landscape for its chess pieces, making a regular game of chess that much more fun. Each chess piece and the board itself is made from walnut and it measures 15″ x 15″.
What Shoppers Are Saying About the Wobble Chess Set:
I bought this chess set for my husband’s birthday. It is well constructed, beautifully designed and highly functional. He was so happy with the gift. It’s also beautiful enough to leave out as a design piece.
There are multiple reasons I purchased this chess set: minimalist design of wood and metal; interesting kinetic sculpture movements…most important, the pet-friendly nature of the set! I have cats who love to knock over my chess pieces, and with this set it is not only impossible to knock them over, it’s difficult for cats to push the pieces into the neighboring squares. This chess set might be a little pricey, but it is well worth the money for everything I get out of it!
Eames House Bird from Vitra
The House Bird by Charles and Ray Eames is a classic piece perfect for anyone who loves modern design. While its exact design origin is unknown, we know it was a delightful accessory Charles and Ray Eames kept in their home and has since been replicated in a black-lacquered version by the design firm, Vitra.
Other Great Options
Can’t decide which gift is right for the design lover in your life? Get them a Lumens Gift Card! And as always, look to our complete Holiday Gift Guide for gifts and accessories perfect for everyone this holiday season.
What started as a small glass factory in Finland has become one of the most iconic brands in modern design. We’re excited to introduce glassware and more from Iittala, just in time for the holidays. Iittala pieces make an especially great gift for design-junkie clients and colleagues.
Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck are two well-recognized names behind many of Iitala’s dinnerware, cookware, vases and other home accessories, each of which adheres to a solidified design aesthetic: simple, functional and darn beautiful. The collection has expanded into other materials–wood, porcelain, stainless steel–while still retaining the Scandinavian design aesthetic its been known for since the 1930s.
Here are a few of our favorite Iittala pieces perfect for holiday and beyond:
Rain Aalto Vase By Alvar Aalto for Iittala
Creating one Alvar Aalto vase takes a bit of an army: specifically, 7 skilled craftsman, 12 work stages, 1100 degrees Celsius and 30 hours until a single vase is ready for prime time. This blue-gray version of the popular glass-blown Alvar Aalto vase is dynamic and moody while accommodating any flowers or plants you want. It is available in three sizes (3.75″, 4.75″ and 6.25″) to fit a variety of greenery.
Teema Collection by Kaj Franck for Iittala
The Teema collection of dinnerware is the perfect example of simplified, super functional, high quality design that Iittala is known for.
Designed by Kaj Franck in 1952, each piece of the Teema collection is made with durable porcelain that not only looks great, but also meets all of your dinnerware needs.
This contemporary collection includes a serving set, serving bowl, salad plate, dinner plate, pasta bowl, milk jug, coffee mugs, a teapot and more.
Ruby Toikka Bird by Oiva Toikka for Iittala
Designed originally in 1996 by Oiva Toikka, the Iittala Ruby Bird was re-released in 2014 in a new, deep cranberry finish. The Ruby Bird, as well as every bird from Oiva Toikka, is handmade from mouth-blown glass, making it a unique and one of a kind design accessory. You will want to see the complete Toikka Bird collection for Iittala for designs similar to the Ruby Bird.
Be sure to see all of the unique dinnerware, cookware, vases and home accessories available from Iittala.
Modern Forms by WAC Lighting has quickly become a favorite of Lumens shoppers. Known for its design of sophisticated LED bathroom and outdoor lighting, Modern Forms has provided many contemporary fixtures at a budget friendly price shoppers love. Now, the company has introduced a line of LED task and floor lamps that are new and exclusively available at Lumens.com.
Flip LED Lamps by Modern Forms
Flip by Modern Forms proves that function and aesthetic can easily be joined as one while still achieving a great design. Available in a floor lamp model and a task lamp model, Flip combines energy efficient LED technology with a simplistic design that can fit almost anywhere in the home including the office, the bedroom or the living room. The LED lamp is built to last up to 80,000 hours and a 5-year manufacturer warranty is offered just in case. Flip also features fingertip touch dimming on the head of the lamp and it is available in either titanium or bronze finishes.
Flat LED Lamps by Modern Forms
Minimalistic composure is the key element in the Flat collection of LED lamps from Modern Forms. Perfect for smaller areas, the Flat floor lamp and task lamp fold up into a flat form to be easily stored and kept out of the way when necessary. However, with how stylish these lamps are, we doubt you will want to store them anytime soon. Both models are available in brushed aluminum or a black finish and feature a fingertip touch dimmer on the head of the lamp.
Balance LED Lamps by Modern Forms
The Modern Forms Balance lamps provide form and function by way of an elegant, contemporary design that fits well in the home office, bedroom or living room. These lamps will make any space bright with their 630 Lumens output (see tips for measuring Lumens) and are also built to last up to 80,000 hours. Balance is available in a task lamp model or a floor lamp model in brushed aluminum, black or a multicolor finish.
Boxie LED Lamps by Modern Forms
Less is more with the Boxie LED Task Lamp by Modern Forms. Continuing with a simplistic design similar to the Flip, Flat and Balance lamps, Boxie further emphasizes minimalism with its sleek and sophisticated design.
It offers a 900 Lumens output to easily brighten any space and also has an estimated life of 80,000 hours.
Boxie features an adjustable arm, a fingertip touch dimmer and is available in black, brushed aluminum or a red finish.
With all of the new options from Modern Forms, we are sure you will have no problem finding an energy efficient LED lamp that fits your space.
They say it’s the little things in life that count. Well, we think that applies to your interior design as well as life’s moments. When your rooms are lacking that special je ne sais quoi, the best solution might be the simplest. Adding one of two unique touches to an uninspired room can go a long way toward creating a positive impression that really wows your guests.
We know what we’re talking about when it comes to lighting. And we also know that adding a modern floor lamp to your living room can make a huge difference in its overall appeal. Lighting is the key to creating a welcoming environment that invites you and your guests to relax. Let’s take a look at some of the unique floor lamps from Lumens that can take your interior style from bland to grand.
Bristol Floor Easel with Lamp by Jonathan Adler
The piece has adjustable brackets along its stem to securely hold a frame. It has a heavy base made from natural stone to ensure balance and stability.
Available in either Polished Nickel with White Carrera Marble or Antique Brass with Honed Travertine, this style floor lamp is sure to make an impression.
See what shoppers are saying about this Jonathan Adler lamp:
The ease of lamp is exactly as pictured. It is beautifully designed and the mechanics allow for a great deal of flexibility in regard to size of artwork that can be displayed and positioning of lamp and arms.
Wo-Tum-Bu Floor Lamp by Ingo Maurer
Available in 33, 47, or 74 inch heights, this lamp is perfect for anyone looking for a sculptural additional to their interior.
See what shoppers are saying about this Ingo Mauer floor lamp:
We were looking for a floor lamp that was able to up a dark corner and at the same time look like it was a piece of art to complement our environment. Buying things online is not always easy when you can’t touch and feel it. We were extremely happy with the result. Great light, Great look, Great art… Happy Customer.
Z-Bar Gen 3 Floor Lamp by Koncept
The Z-Bar lamp collection from Koncept lighting is a favorite of the Lumens team.
Like the rest of the Z-Bar collection, the Z-Bar Gen 3 Floor Lamp is designed to be a flexible fixture that makes for the perfect reading light.
It also features a touchstrip dimming switch and has a couple of LED color temperature options.
See what shoppers are saying about this Koncept lamp:
We were frustrated looking at “styles” of floor lamps! Needed something modern to illuminate a corner AND convert to a reading/work lamp by a sofa…this does both AND it’s LED! The dimmer allows us to use it as a nightlight or cast light onto a fireplace wall, as well. The cost should be offset by the LED savings and that this is just plain FUNCTIONAL, hopefully. The material #gray# is neutral and lightweight for the cost and sturdy, so that’s what matters most to us.
Whatever modern floor light fixture you need, you are bound to find an option that fits your style at Lumens.
Other Great Options
Why not complement your new floor lamp with a table lamp? Many of our floor lamp options can be paired with a similar table lamp from the same designer.
Tango is known for bringing contemporary Spanish lighting to the U.S., from brands like Carpyen and Axis 71. A few new introductions embody the modern style and smooth composition Tango Lighting is known for. Check out a few of our brand new favorites:
Atmosfera Pendant: Light like a stack of clouds, with five aluminum cap shades offset in a sculptural form that bounces light off of every surface. Available in 4 cord colors.
Tree Light Floor Lamp and Table Lamp: The natural flexibility of tall trees is called on in this adaptable floor and table lamp, which sports a foldable Beech wood frame that can be easily moved from room to room.
Vintage LED Chandelier: While this design echoes a classic chandelier shape, its design is anything but traditional. Flattened arms swing around a center stem, tipped with flat round LEDs that complement the curves of the frame. In Anodized Aluminum and Matte White.
See the full Tango Lighting collection at Lumens.com.
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