Michael McHale’s journey to becoming a lighting designer is a bit of a Cinderella tale. In 2007, the then-entertainment lawyer went shopping for a light for his New York apartment. Underwhelmed by what was out there, he left empty handed and with a vision that he could do a better job himself. Since then, he’s done just that, creating a grit-meets-glam collection from crystals and steel pipes.
There’s a clear dichotomy in the materials found in Michael McHale’s designs: shimmering, luxurious fully-leaded crystal. Traditional, flame-tipped candelabra bulbs. Reclaimed pipes from construction sites. But the drenching raw, industrial steel in ooh-la-la crystal is a stylistic balance of high and low, and works in a variety of spaces. The crystal chandelier look blends right in with traditional spaces; more modern looks can play off the industrial loft aesthetic.
Here’s a look at a couple of our favorites from Michael McHale Designs:
Tribeca Bar Linear Suspension: A popular and versatile design, this fixture features vintage blackened steel gas pipes drenched in high-quality European crystal. The Tribeca Collection includes a number of other styles as well, including a mini pendant and X-chandelier.
Crystal Gear Pendant: This pendant steps away from McHale’s signature plumbing pipes and instead uses a 3D printed “gear” made out of a eco-friendly, renewable bioplastic. But the design doesn’t stray too far from the Michael McHale look: between the two gears is a ring of optically pure Bohemian crystals that “shifts gears” from gritty to glitzy.
Michael McHale is new at Lumens and part of our semi-annual Design Event, on now. Save 10% on all Michael McHale Designs thru October 31, 2014.
Our semi-annual #designevent is underway and it is packed with fresh new designs from some of our favorite lighting and furniture designers including Rich Brilliant Willing, Artemide and Scandinavian lighting company, ilomio.
MilkPail Single Pendant by ilomio
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The MilkPail Single Pendant from ilomio, designed by by Esko Schmidt Sorensen and Peter Williamson, is inspired by a stainless steel milking pail, fitted with LEDs and is available in a variety of color options. It’s made with eco-friendliness in mind using recycled aluminum in the fixture’s shade. On sale now for $378.00!
Aspect Pendants by Schmitt Design
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The Aspect Pendants by Brian Schmitt for Schmitt Design offer comforting geometric glow with their faceted shape and won a 2012 Dwell On Design Award for Best Lighting. The Aspect design is available in a slender pendant shape, a thick pendant shape and as a candle votive for the perfect tabletop accessory. The Aspect pendants are on sale now starting at $335.75!
Slend Suspension Lights by Bover
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Slim, sleek silhouettes meant to be clustered together. Designed by Christophe Mathieu, the Slend Suspension Lights by Bover are thin pendants composed of spun aluminum designed with the intention to complement each other in multiple groupings. Slend is available in brilliant black, brilliant white and polished aluminum finishes. The Slend collection is on sale now starting at $639.20!
Read More: Behind the Design of the Slend Suspension
Branch Triple Chandelier by Rich Brilliant Willing
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Plywood and perforated metal give the Branch Triple Chandelier by Rich Brilliant Willing an industrial edge that will make it stand out in any room. Branch is 30″ wide by 24″ tall and 26″ around. It’s available in three distinct finishes – earth, gold and natural. On sale now at $1,466.25!
Read More: Behind the Design of Rich Brilliant Willing
Crystal Gear Pendant by Michael McHale Designs
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New York’s Michael McHale Designs is new to Lumens and one of our favorite designs is the Crystal Gear Pendant. Unlike Michael McHale’s other industrial designs using steel plumbing pipes in the fixture, the Crystal Gear Pendant is manufactured with eco-friendly bioplastic and features a multitude of high quality crystals. It is 8″ tall by 12″ round and is truly a stunning piece. On sale now at $1,250.10!
Halo Table Lamp by Artemide
SAVE 15% on Artemide through 10/31!
Designed by Karim Rashid for Artemide, the Halo Table Lamp offers warm light in a fixture that can be tilted up to 90° in either direction. It’s perfect as a conversation piece in the living room or as a reading light in the bedroom. On sale now at $709.75!
Other Great Options
Browse all of the new designs included the Design Event and save up to 40% on our favorite lighting, furniture and accessory products through the end of October.
The Design Event, our semi-annual sale, kicked off today and features the very best designs in modern lighting, furniture and home furnishings. There are many noteworthy design pieces featured in the sale and one of our favorites is the Hope Suspension by Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto for Luceplan.
On Sale Through October 31!
Luceplan’s Hope Suspension is the perfect piece to wow everyone and it carries an impressive design story (see video below). Whether it is placed over the dining table or as your entryway lighting piece, its polycarbonate prismatic Fresnel lenses are bound to glimmer and impress.
The Hope Suspension is available in three sizes to accommodate the space you have: 24″, 28″ and a larger 43″ for foyers and entryways. The fixture appears to made from panels of glass, but it is actually constructed with multiple polycarbonate prismatic Fresnel lenses that offer the same glimmering effect. By designing the Hope Suspension with these lenses, designers Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto are able to achieve the look of a large glamourous glass chandelier, but without the bulk and weight. Its design also makes it incredibly easy to assemble.
What Our Shoppers Are Saying About the Hope Suspension:
I wanted an iconic yet well priced light fixture and this one was perfect! I even got it on sale! Amazing. So happy.
The beautiful Hope chandelier by Luceplan just arrived. It was packed perfectly to prevent damage and came with easy-to-follow instructions. This was the most convenient shopping I’ve ever done. Ordering was easy, the item shipped quickly and the price was competitive. The fixture transforms my foyer and provides the perfect degree of illumination. Thank you, Lumens.
We’re confident you will love the look of the Hope Suspension as much as these shoppers do.
Other Great Options
The design of the Hope is also available as a flush ceiling light, a medium-sized ceiling/wall light, a wall sconce and a floor lamp. Browse the Hope collection to find the perfect fixture for you.
Be sure to shop our semi-annual Design Event to find the Hope Suspension and all other great designs on sale.
We’re excited to welcome Resident Studio to Lumens.com! This New Zealand-based design studio boasts a refined lighting collection centered on craft, engineering and innovation. We especially love the Tri Pendant, a combination of two of our favorite looks: geometry and brass. The triangular-shaped pendant is made from brass channel, with three intersecting lines and a diffused, warm LED light. It’s a perfect blend of form and function—a striking shape for over a dining table with light ambient enough for a dinner with friends or family. The studio is just a few years old, and we’re really looking forward to seeing what else they bring to the design scene.
Faceted designs have surged this year, from cut crystal to edgy silhouettes made from unexpected materials. One such introduction is Tom Dixon’s Gem collection, a set of side tables and mirrors made from sand-cast aluminum in sharp, angular shapes. With a rough texture and muted shimmer, the Gem Tables bring Tom Dixon’s signature industrial-meets-glam aesthetic and work as a side table or coffee table. The collection also includes a set of mirrors with dramatic, angular frames that serve as an elegant focal point in any space.
Generally speaking, it doesn’t seem like a good idea to set your furniture on fire. However, in the case of the line of modern contemporary furniture called ‘Smoke’, a little fire goes a long way. The charred pieces are a fabulously dark addition to any contemporary home in need of a conversational piece. The line is from design company, Moooi, founded by Marcel Wanders in 2001. The brand prides itself on creating ultra-unique pieces for discerning aesthetes, featuring works from designers like Ross Lovegrove and Erwin Olaf. The Smoke designs in particular are by the Dutch designer, Maarten Baas.
Since their release, the furniture in the Smoke collection has won Baas numerous honors and awards, among them nominations for the René Smeets Award and the Melkweg Award. After Moooi adopted the collection, well known designers like Phillippe Starck began to buy pieces.
The furniture has been featured in museum exhibitions around the world like the Victoria & Albert in London and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. As their reputation spreads worldwide, Smoke furniture has grown in demand. The Gramercy Park Hotel in New York even commissioned Baas to create pieces for each of its rooms.
The pieces are created by burning wood until it becomes charred black and then preserved by coating the burnt wood in a transparent layer of epoxy resin glaze to create the iconic look. Here at Lumens, we’re bringing our customers four of the incredible pieces from the Smoke line so you can fire up your home’s style with the uniquely modern contemporary furniture.
Smoke Chair by Moooi
$4,779.00 + Free Shipping!
The Smoke Chair is a comfortable lounge piece which blends the intricately burned wooden frame with matching black leather upholstery. Because all of the pieces are burned individually, no two chairs are alike, giving owners a truly one of a kind piece. The seat, backrest and arm cushioning is made from fire retardant foam for comfortable seating. In terms of size, the Smoke Chair is 40.9 inches tall with a width of 29.5 inches and a depth of 31.5 inches.
Smoke Chandelier by Moooi
$1,266.00 + Free Shipping!
Giving your room a bit of a gothic element, the Smoke Chandelier is a perfect way to totally alter the appearance of a room with just a single piece. The chandelier has a smoked black ceiling canopy and a black cord to complete the look. It has three elegant limbs and a forth that is burned short, making it look as if it could have been extracted from a crumbling manor in an Edgar Allen Poe story. Place it in a contemporary setting and you’ve got a knockout chandelier and all around stunning accent for the room. As for sizing, the fixture has a height of 21.7 inches, a diameter of 25.6 inches, and the cord hangs 14.8 inches.
Smoke Dining Armchair by Moooi
$2,635.00 + Free Shipping!
If you want to spice up a dining room with something unusual, the Smoke Dining Armchairs will definitely give your guests something to remember. Even if you end up burning dinner, your burned chairs will take the spotlight. The elegant chairs adhere to the same look of regal remains as the rest of the collection. The black leather upholstery provides a comfortable seat for you and your guests while the charred off top of the frame is a fun element. The chair is slightly taller than the lounge chair at 41.7 inches tall, but narrower at 23.6 inches wide, and has a depth of 24.8 inches.
Smoke Dining Chair by Moooi
$1,900.00 + Free Shipping!
For the last item in the Smoke collection, the Smoke Dining Chair follows the same burning process as the other pieces but its relatively simpler frame makes it easy to integrate into a room. Gathering a collection to put around the dining table or using one as a desk chair is a fun way to inject some style into your space. The dining chair is 41.7 inches tall, 18.9 inches wide, and 22.4 inches deep.
You can see some of what the burning process is like by watching this video.
As far as modern furniture is concerned, Maarten Baas is ahead of the curve with the fantastic pieces from the Smoke collection for Moooi.
Choosing an appropriate style of vanity lighting can go a long way toward improving the overall appearance of your bathroom design. Whether you want to go with something contemporary or traditional, bold or understated, the fact remains that you need some type of light.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the options you could use as inspiration for decorating your bathroom. Whether it’s a single light floating above the mirror, a pair of bars lining either side, or something with a bit of attitude, there are plenty of Lumens vanity lighting options to suit your taste.
Vanity Lighting Above and Beyond
If you have higher ceilings in your bathroom, try lighting your vanity by mounting the Jewel Box Bath Bar on the wall above. Designed by George Kovacs, the Jewel Box Bath Bar is a popular design for a bathroom that already includes some chrome and glass elements. The fixture has clear glass surrounding light boxes with aluminum stripes to give a sparkling gemstone appearance to the fixture. The design comes with options of either 3, 4, or 5 lights in a row. The glass is mounted onto a chrome wall plate for additional light reflection. Glam up your bathroom with the Jewel Box and your morning routine will get just a little bit brighter.
See what customers are saying about the Jewel Box Bath Bar:
I am IN LOVE with this bath bar. It has really classed up our cute bathroom in ways I didn’t even anticipate. It looks great when the lights are off, in its artsy aesthetic. But when the lights are on, it is just gorgeous. I love the way the light reflects through the metal boxes that enclose the light, for lack of a better description. See my picture for a clearer description. I seriously love it. My bathroom looks so great with this addition. Really thankful I was able to find something simple and modern but also provides the perfect amount of light for my bathroom. Beautiful and practical!
Vanity Lighting Side by Side
Placing lights on either side of the vanity is a stylish way to illuminate a narrow mirror. Try a fixture like the Jedi Indoor/Outdoor LED Wall Sconce by Modern Forms. This intergalactic fixture is perfect for getting an even glow on both sides of the face and eliminating shadows while you’re getting ready in the morning. Available in either bronze or brushed aluminum finish, we love the versatility of this fixture. Try the bronze in a warmer space with wood accents, or the brushed aluminum in a bathroom with more chrome. The vanity lighting fixtures have a downward facing light on the bottom to create an attractive vertical column of light.
Vanity Lighting That Makes A Statement
If you’re not satisfied with the sleek styles of a contemporary fixture or the classic lines of traditional lighting, there are some fun ways to inject some color and pizzazz into your bathroom décor. Try the Firefly Bath Bar or the Fascination Bath Bar.
The Firefly Bath Bar by Oggetti Luce is a colorful fixture made from mouth-blown glass. This bath bar is part of a Firefly collection from the company which uses a unique glass grinding technique to get that multilayered glass appearance. It’s available in Mocha, White, or Red so you can decide how bold you’re willing to go with your vanity lights.
Varaluz designed the Fascination Bath Bar and boy, have they caught our fascination. The organically arranged bubbles of recycled colored glass and hand-forged steel are simply gorgeous. Available in hammered ore with clear, golden Kolorado with amber, or silver Nevada with clear, this vanity light is destined to become the centerpiece of any bathroom it inhabits.
See what our customers are saying about the Fascination Bath Bar:
This fixture is everything that I had hoped it would be and more. Gives a beautiful light to our powder room walls and is SO SO SO gorgeous. What a great conversation piece. Well made and super easy to install. It’s expensive, yes, but totally worth it. Why settle for something ordinary?
Find the best vanity lights for your bathroom with our selection at Lumens. For additional tips to make the most of your bathroom lighting, be sure to see Three Tips For Better Bathroom Lighting.
Working on a bathroom remodel for a commercial lighting space? We can help you there too! See our Trade Advantage program and call us with any questions.
Even though Lee Broom launched his furniture and design collection in the last decade, he’s quickly become a regular collector of British Design Awards. In 2011, he was recognizes as Designer of the year, thanks to his knack for designs that embody British style yet present something new, modern and unexpected. One of our favorites is his Crystal Bulb, a seemingly simple bulb pendant with hand-cut decorative crystal detailing.
Lee Broom started out in theatre school, and notes that his beginnings have played a large role in the drama and narrative presented by his designs. After winning a fashion design competition at the mere age of 17, Broom went on to work for Vivienne Westwood, eventually studying fashion design and moving onto to interiors and furniture design. He now boasts a number of awards and collaborations, plus a portfolio that spans lighting, accessories and furniture designs.
Deceptively simple, the new Flos String Lights are equal parts minimal and bold. Designed by Michael Anastassiades, a Cypriot designer based out of London with a penchant for simple geometric shapes, the String Lights were inspired by European outdoor café lights and telegraph lines. Anastassiades’ version uses the wiring to “draw” sleek, clean lines across a space, making the wire as much a part of the design as the light itself (Wallpaper* Magazine likened it to an Etch A Sketch, which is pretty spot on).
The lights can be hung in infinite configurations, creating geometric shapes and clean lines between the walls of a space. Anastassiades said using the wire creates a relationship with the architecture of a space, becoming part of the lines that define it (i.e. the walls, doors, windows and ceiling).
Emitting warm LED light, the Flos String Lights are available both with a wall/ceiling canopy that allows you to control te light by touching the cable directly above the light (see the video below). A base version has an electronic on/off floor switch or can also be controlled via Bluetooth from an Android or Apple application.
We had a great time celebrating National Ceiling Fan Day yesterday, thanks to our friends at Fanimation. While we love our ceiling fans, we don’t want to forget about other types of fans like desk fans, wall fans and especially floor fans.
Floor fans seem to carry a bad reputation of simply being cheap plastic devices lingering in the corner of a room. As it turns out, there are many modern floor fans that can add quite a bit of style to any room, while still performing their primary function. Here are our top three favorite floor fans that will help you cool off in style.
Old Havana Floor Fan by Fanimation
$729.75 + Free Shipping!
From its humble beginning in a Pasadena garage in the 80s, Fanimation Fans has grown substantially over the years as people have begun to see the beauty of a fan that actually contributes to a room’s style instead of detracting from it. Of the selection, the Old Havana Floor Fan stands out in particular, giving an old world element to any room.
The Old Havana Floor Fan has an overall height of 48 inches and a width of 19 inches, so it has a fair amount of cooling power to blow some breeze into your indoor or outdoor space. The motor and base are die cast construction to ensure durability and the motor may be swiveled up or down.
In addition to the technical elements, the fan’s aesthetic design is highly detailed, with a black pedestal base finish, a carved post column with a contrasting brown mahogany finish, and an antique copper finish on the grill, the motor, and the logo.
Max Fan/Heater by Stadler Form
$129.08 + Free Shipping!
For the decorator who prefers the bright colors of Sherman Williams to the Victorian style of Sherlock Holmes, the colorful Max Fans by Matti Walker for Stadler Form give a punch of personality to any space. Available in bright red, white, or yellow designs, this multifunctional piece of furniture will control the temperature of your room without taking control of the room’s style as well.
The pop of color provided by the Max Fan is a great way to turn climate control into a piece of art, disguising functionality with funky style. Whether you’re heating a room in the dead of winter or cooling down from a hot summer day, this Matti Walker design has you covered.
The fan has a metal body with three black blades and three options for adjusting the fan speed. When you’re using the heating functionality, it has two different settings at either 750 or 1500 watts. In addition to the fan’s disguised appearance, it also runs ultra-quietly so you’ll never need to shout over a loud whirring noise.
Otto Fan by Stadler Form
$199.99 + Free Shipping!
For another huge jump in style, the Otto Fan by Carlo Borer for Stadler Form seems to take its style cues from mid-century modern aesthetics. The round fan has an industrial style and pairs high grade black steel with richly textured African Saeple wood and Bamboo.
The fan sits on the floor but the feet have adjustable heights for changes in the direction of air circulation. The air flow has three speed settings to ensure maximum comfort. Martin Stadler of Stadler Form is a bit of a hero when it comes to attractive floor fans, as his philosophy is all about coalescing style and function. Just like his other Max Fan, the Otto Fan runs as quietly as a mouse and adds positive decorative interest to a room.
So there you have it! Three floor fans that are attractive and modern in style, proving that floor fans don’t have to be a device in the corner of the room you would rather ignore.
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