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Fave Five: Pendants in the Design Event

2015 March 9

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

PH Artichoke ChandelierThe 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.

Pablo Designs Swell Pendants

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

Marset DiscocoThe 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.

Niche Modern Solitaire Pendant

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)

Tom Dixon Etch PendantThe Tom Dixon Etch collection of pendant lights and tea light holders is inspired by the beauty and logic found in mathematics. Of course, it’s one of our favorite Tom Dixon collections.

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.

Lumens & Sonneman Event

2015 March 6

Last month, we had the unique opportunity to host one of our favorite modern lighting designers, Robert Sonneman.

Robert Sonneman is a pioneer in contemporary lighting design who has sold designs worldwide since 1967. After starting the Sonneman Design Group in 1974, Robert sold designs in New York, Tokyo and Milan. He later founded SONNEMAN – A Way Of Light in 2003 with David Littman, another accomplished lighting professional. SONNEMAN – A Way of Light is based in New York and produces a variety of modern lighting designs that have attained worldwide recognition and have also become favorites of Lumens.

Our #LumensHuman team was happy to have Sonneman and his family visit our Sacramento showroom and we made sure to take plenty of pictures.

Did you attend the event? What did you think?

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European Prize for Architecture Goes To Alessi’s Alessandro Mendini

2015 March 4

You may have been busy thinking about the Oscars last month, but there was a different kind of award that was given out in the design world – The European Prize for Architecture. This prestigious award is given out each year and is intended to recognize “influential architects that have changed and challenged the direction of contemporary architecture today and who have blazoned a more humane and intellectual approach to architecture.”

Alessandro Mendini Award

On February 15, the 2014 European Prize for Architecture was awarded to one of our personal favorites – Alessandro Mendini.

Aside from being an award-winning designer, Alessandro Mendini is an Italian architect, philosopher, architectural theorist, visionary and a principle designer for the accessory brand, Alessi.

Mendini’s award is attributed to his sophisticated designs for Alessi including his Parrot Corkscrew, Anna Gong Cake Stand, Luna Watch and Moka Alessi Stovetop Espresso.

Check out these award-winning designs by Alessandro Mendini:

Parrot Corkscrew

Alessandro Mendini ParrotDesigned by Alessandro Mendini in 2003, the Alessi Parrot is a practical, pocket-sized corkscrew intended to add a delightful element of surprise in your kitchen.

The Parrot Sommelier Corkscrew features cast aluminum and plastic material and is hand-decorated. It is available in Black, Blue, Green or a Multi-Color design.

Give the Parrot Corkscrew a home with your other kitchen accessories today.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Parrot Corkscrew:

This corkscrew is the best! It’s a double pull, which means you can screw it in all the way and still reach the rim of the bottle. But its best feature is the slight curvature of the first pull stop. This keeps the metal of the corkscrew from chipping the edge of the bottle. Very clean, simple design.

These corkscrews are beautifully made and are designed as works of ART.

Anna G. Folding Cake Stand

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The Anna G. collection is a favorite at Lumens and it is no wonder why it is worthy of a contemporary design award. The Anna Gong Folding Cake Stand is Mendini’s tribute to its predecessor and Alessi’s best-seller in the 1960s, the art.898 Cake Stand.

Similar to its predecessor, the Anna G. Folding Cake Stand folds into either a table-top sculpture as a design piece or becomes a functional, multi-tier cake stand when opened. When folded, the cake stand resembles the familiar Anna Gong face we’re used to.

Luna Watch

alessi-luna-watchThe Luna Watch, named after the moon, is a simplistically modern design from Alessandro Mendini that is meant to express the calm roundness and silent mystery of the moon.

“This moon-watch, with its images of calm roundness, inspires a peaceful and astral reading and a tranquil progression of time, days, nights and seasons.” – Alessandro Mendini

The steel version of the Luna takes the next step of this concept as its silver finish is similar to that of the moon.

Add a sense of tranquility to the precision of your daily timekeeping with the Alessi Luna Watch.

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Moka Alessi Stovetop Espresso

The Moka Alessi Stovetop Espresso is a successful tribute to the Moka Express, the popular Italian espresso coffee maker designed by Alfonso Bialetti in 1930. Mendini’s rendition of the classic Alessi espresso maker retains the original espresso maker’s intimate dimensions with a modern update to fit today’s kitchen accessory aesthetics.

It is designed for use with gas or electric stoves and is available in three different sizes to accommodate your needs.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Moka Alessi:

The style of the Alessi Moka stovetop espresso maker is unique and rivals the classic espresso maker style. The simple Italian design has been freshened like all Alessi products and is one I like seeing on my stovetop. Practical as well and used every day. Price is a little high, but I am happy with it.

The Design Event Starts Today!

2015 March 1

Lumens Design Event

We’re kicking off our BIGGEST semi-annual sale today! Save up to 40% on lighting designs from Niche Modern, Louis Poulsen, Bover and many, many more. Plus, we’ll be adding new sales throughout the month of March!

Shop the Design Event now!

Design Spotlight: Gorgeous Glass Pendants by LBL

2015 February 27

Founded in 1971 in Chicago, Lightning Bug Limited began as a family-run small business. Over the decades, the company has built a team of over 300 and provides contemporary, forward thinking lighting solutions across the country. LBL Lighting has rightly earned its reputation for fine craftsmanship, as evidenced by their spectacular glass lighting designs.

LBL has three core values – beauty, originality and quality, which guide their design choices through every step of the production process. The company combines low voltage and LED technology, unique shapes and high quality materials to provide some of the best light fixtures on the market.

One design element we especially love from LBL is their ability to create distinctive glass pendants – here’s four of our favorite glass hanging light options available from LBL.

Zuri Pendant

LBL Zuri PendantThe Zuri Pendant from LBL features a wrinkled Italian glass shade with a thin metal coat for a uniquely textural appearance.

The glossy shade is available in either Black, Silver or Copper and the metal portion of the fixture is available in either a Bronze or Satin Nickel finish.

During the day, this fixture is reflective and attractive, but when the light is turned on, the shade transforms with a translucent appearance.

LBL Rock Candy Pendant

Rock Candy Cylinder Pendant

Sporting another interestingly textured glass shade, the Rock Candy Cylinder Pendant draws inspiration from the classic children’s candy. LBL achieves the fixture’s unique granular texture by rolling the shade through Clear Crystal frit before flash heating it to solidify its appearance.

It features an inner Opal glass diffuser for a soft, pleasant glow. The pendant light is available in Amethyst, Dark Amber, or Steel Blue for a punch of color. If you’re looking for something more subtle, there are also Clear and Smoke options.

Choose from Bronze or Satin Nickel finishes, as well as Incandescent or Compact Fluorescent lamping options.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Rock Candy Cylinder Pendant:

I looked for months before finding these beautiful pendant lights and am so glad I didn’t settle for any other light. They are perfect and complement the kitchen better than any other light I have seen.

Zollo Pendant

Zollo Pendant by LBL LightingThe Zollo Pendant from LBL has a smooth, spherical shape made from thick Italian glass with an interesting organic crackle pattern.

The fixture is available in either Blue or Gray with Bronze or Satin Nickel finish options.

These glass pendants are perfect for contemporary kitchens or dining rooms and look great on their own or arranged in a row.

Choose from LED or Xenon lamping options.

LBL Julep Pendant Light

Julep Pendant

For a distinctly modern look, the Julep Pendant has a fluted shape and a clear glass shade over three feet long.

This glass pendant lighting option displays colorful cords in either Blue, Red or Black & White for a unique expression.

Julep can use incandescent Classic Edison bulbs, a twisted fluorescent Plumen or Half-Chrome bulbs depending on the look you want.

Other Great Options

LBL offers much more than our favorite glass pendants discussed here. Take a look at our LBL assortment for a variety of hanging lights, wall lights, outdoor lighting and more. Finally, if you love the look of these pendants, you may want to check out all of our glass pendant lights from Tech Lighting, Hennepin Made, Niche Modern and more.

Update the Kids’ Play Room with Modern Furniture

2015 February 25

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

Kartell Lou Lou Ghost Kids ChairOne of our perennial favorites, the Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell, has been transformed into a child-sized version with the Lou Lou Ghost Child’s Armchair.

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.

Fatboy Junior

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

baba-junior-illuminated-chair-by-domitaliaLooking 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.

2015 Oscar Dresses Designed Like Lighting

2015 February 23

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

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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.

Did you see any designs that really caught your attention?

Four Modern Flush Ceiling Lights You Will Love

2015 February 19

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.Leucos Joy PL Flushmount

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.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Joy PL Flushmount:

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

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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.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Meurice Flushmount:

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

Tech Lighting Fluid FlushmountFor 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.

What Shoppers Are Saying About the Fluid Round Flushmount:

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

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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.

3 Statement-Making Bedroom Table Lamps

2015 February 17

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

Foscarini Anisha LampThe 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.

Customers Love the Anisha Table Lamp:

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.

kartell Bourgie Lamp

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.

Customers Love the Bourgie Table Lamp:

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

Robert Abbey Delta LampThe 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.

Customers Love the Delta Table Lamp:

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.

The Evolution of Lighting: LEDs

2015 February 11

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.

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