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New from Flos: String Lights

2014 September 22
by Staff

Round String Light Pendant by Flos

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.

Round String Light Pendant by Flos

Round String Light Pendant by Flos

Top Three Favorite Floor Fans

2014 September 19

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

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Old Havana Floor Fan by Fanimation

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

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Max Fan by Stadler Form

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

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Otto Floor Fan by Stadler Form

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.

10 Things to Know on National Ceiling Fan Day

2014 September 18

Happy National Ceiling Fan (#NCFD) to you and yours, friends. This is the second annual commemoration of the ceiling fan, a day that began as a collective effort to power down those cooling systems and rely on fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption. We’re into that. If it’s still a little roasty toasty in your part of the world, take at least today to put that energy-efficient air mover on your ceiling to work.

In honor of this holiday, we rounded up 10 things to know about ceiling fans. Almost as good as the way our friends at Fanimation did—I mean, they had cake.

Discus II Ceiling Fan By Monte Carlo Fans

Discus II Ceiling Fan
By Monte Carlo Fans

1. Raising your thermostat +2 degrees and regular ceiling fan use can lower energy costs by about 15% (says the EPA).

Torto Ceiling Fan By Fanimation Fans

Torto Ceiling Fan
By Fanimation Fans

2. Which way should your ceiling fan spin? The answer depends on the season:

In warmer months like spring and summer, rotate the fan blades counter-clockwise to cool a room.

In the fall/winter (cooler months), rotate the blades clockwise to push warm air down into the room.

Contemporary Living Room by Eugene General Contractors Jordan Iverson Signature Homes

3. UNLESS you have a very high ceiling (2 stories or taller), in which case, reverse those rules.


4. Fans cool people, but not the temperature of the air. Having a ceiling fan on in a room can make a person feel up to 8 degrees cooler. (Image via)


5. If you’re really feeling this holiday, Real Simple has a great idea for a Halloween costume. (Via)


6. Plus a smart tip on how to clean ceiling fan blades without getting a face-full of dust. (Via)


7. Hate the look of ceiling fans? There’s a fan for that. From left to right: Mistral Ceiling Fan by Moooi, Marea Ceiling Fan by Fanimation, Terna Ceiling Fan by Kichler

8. What not to do when you install a ceiling fan. (Via)

Modern Patio by Austin Home Builders Foursquare Builders

9. Fans work outside! Putting a ceiling fan in your outdoor room has the same cooling effect as you’d find inside, so it’s ideal for moving still, stagnant air (summers at Lumens HQ know this all to well). Look for a damp-rated ceiling fan if you’ll be using it in a fully covered area like a covered porch or sun room. For an exposed area like a pergola or a deck, look for a wet-rated ceiling fan.

cat fan light

10. Want a fan, without the light? Let the cat get that. (Via)

Pendant Lighting with Arteriors: The Caviar Collection

2014 September 17

Since its inception in 1987, Mark Moussa and his Texas based design firm, Arteriors have provided the world with their signature look of luxury light fixtures with a contemporary twist. We can’t get enough of these fabulously unique fixtures and the Caviar collection of pendant lighting is no exception. As one might guess, the name of the collection stems from their resemblance to the culinary delight as a cluster of incandescent orbs.

See the six different styles available from the Caviar collection here, and finally see for yourself why everyone finds caviar so delicious.

Classic Caviar Pendant

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Caviar Pendant by Arteriors

The classic Caviar Pendant comes as a single glass orb surrounding a perforated metal shade for a stunning result. Available in small, medium, or large sizes, the pendant will work for any sized space. The Caviar Pendant looks exceptional in either polished nickel with a clear glass orb or brown nickel with smoke colored glass.

5 Star Review:

This lovely Arteriors pendant light is beautiful, functional, and the star of the kitchen, where two are installed. Both the clients and design team are in love with its uniqueness and timeless design!”-DesignObsessed, Ormond Beach FL

Caviar Multi-Light Pendant

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Caviar Multi-Pendant Light by Arteriors

Perfect for the entryway or foyer space, this bouquet of caviar-shaped orbs are a beautiful statement piece. Designed by New York based sculptor and artist, Laura Kirar, the Caviar Multi-Light Pendant is available in two sizes. For a smaller space, there is an option with a height of 44 inches and a diameter of 18 inches, or for a larger space, the fixture has a height of 47 inches and a diameter of 28.5 inches.

5 Star Review:

This is an absolutely gorgeous large pendant in my entrance, and really makes the entrance special. It was first recommended by a friend as an entrance statement piece. I finally saw it in person at a restaurant, and was then convinced… Two of the bulbs arrived with cracks, but no problem, Lumens/Arteriors replaced the bulbs. We also really enjoy how the light spreads in the entrance as a result of the balls directing light into different directions.” – LuckyChoice5, Marin County, CA

Caviar Adjustable Multi-Light Pendant

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Caviar Adjustable Multi-Light Pendant by Arteriors

Similar to the other multi-light pendant in the collection, the adjustable pendant allows a greater flexibility in hanging height depending on your ceilings. The adjustable chain can range from 52-88 inches on the small size, 48-84 inches on the medium, or 51-87 on the large. The number of orbs in each fixture also depends on the size you choose, with 13 uniform orbs on the small, 9 orbs in two different sizes for the medium, as well as 8 orbs in two different sizes for the large.

Caviar Linear Suspension

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Caviar Linear Suspension by Arteriors

The Caviar Linear Suspension fixture from Arteriors is a different take on the Caviar line. Hung in a horizontal row in staggered heights, the line of seven suspended orbs is perfect for hanging above an island counter in a contemporary kitchen. The fixture has a rectangular ceiling canopy and a height of 40.5 inches.

Caviar Bouquet Multi-Light Pendant

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Caviar Bouquet Multi-Light Pendant Light by Arteriors

Laura Kirar has a penchant for designing sea life inspired pendant lighting, and brings the sturgeon fish delicacy into the home with this gorgeous clustered multi-light pendant. There are 18 six inch glass bubbles hanging from a uniform length chain, providing a fantastic result. The perforated metal inner shades help to diffuse the light for a soft, warm glow emanating from the pendant. This piece would look great above a dining room table or in the entry hall of a contemporary home.

Caviar 5-Light Linear Suspension

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Caviar 5-Light Linear Suspension by Arteriors

For the final fixture in the Caviar collection, the five light linear suspension is a more orderly approach to the look. Kirar designed each of the five glass orbs to hang from an equal length cord, a few inches apart from one another to give the light a clean, symmetrical appearance. Another perfect option for illuminating a modern kitchen bar or island counter, the caviar linear suspension fixture is one piece of pendant lighting we’d love to just eat up.

Regardless of which fixture from the Laura Kirar for Arteriors Caviar Line you choose, your updated room is going to look incredible with its new pendant lights.

Just in: BDI Furniture  

2014 September 16


If only form and function always went together so seamlessly. The contemporary collection from BDI furniture includes media and office furniture that’s discreetly engineered for a sleek aesthetic. The Corridor Media Stand, for example, hides what’s inside but leaves subtle openings for remote control and sound to go through the doors.

Formally named Becker Designed Inc. after CEO and design director Bill Becker, BDI is known for function—concealing less-attractive components like cables, wheels, etc.—and form: high-quality modern design that fits in well in any space.

Here are a few of our favorites from BDI furniture:

Phase shelf: Simple and sturdy, with plenty of display space that easily pairs with other units. Five long wooden shelves and a ladder-like steel framing make it a minimal but beautiful space for storing and showcasing.

Phase shelf: Simple and sturdy, with plenty of display space that easily pairs with other units. Five long wooden shelves and a ladder-like steel framing make it a minimal but beautiful space for storing and showcasing.

Cascadia Desk: Another minimal design ideal for smaller workspaces. A neoprene-lined drawer tucks away a keyboard and mouse with a smaller drawer to keep supplies close by.

Cascadia Desk: Another minimal design ideal for smaller workspaces. A neoprene-lined drawer tucks away a keyboard and mouse with a smaller drawer to keep supplies close by.

New at Lumens: ilomio Lighting

2014 September 15
by Staff


Straight from one of our favorite design destinations, Copenhagen, ilomio lighting is the brainchild of designers Esko Schmidt-Sorensen and Peter Williamson. Marked by clean lines, simple shapes and fun punches of color, the ilomio collection is dedicated to using LED lighting in all of its fixtures.

But ilomio’s use of LEDs doesn’t mean designing a fixture and sticking an LED bulb inside. Their design process starts with the potential of the LED itself, how it is best used and how the design can enhance that. Not to mention, ilomio is also particularly eco-conscious, designing with recycled materials that are lightweight enough to minimize their impact on the environment.

The collection of bright colors allows for up to 32 available finishes and 34 cord colors, ensuring that the just-right pop of color can be paired with any space. Check out a few of our favorites from ilomio below:


Radius Halo Suspension by ilomio: Pared down to its functional essence for a supremely minimal, modern illumination.


MilkPail Single Pendant: From bucket to beauty. This pendant is a contemporary take on the everyday stainless steel milking pail, crafted from recycled aircraft-grade aluminium.

Modern Furniture Trends: The Translucent Revolution

2014 September 12

Popularized by interior design firms like Kartell, Domitalia, Essey and Gus Modern, translucent designs are taking the world of modern furniture by storm. With tables, chairs, lamps and more, you could virtually design you entire home with this new wave of “ghost” furniture. The contemporary style is effortlessly chic and its translucent material allows it to blend into any room. To see a few of the best chairs and tables that follow the transparent trend, check out this guide.

Victoria Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell

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Victoria Ghost Chair by Kartell

We’re loving these chairs for their fun incorporation of contemporary materials into a classic shape. The juxtaposition of transparent polycarbonate and a backrest inspired by antique medallions is a perfect way to upgrade a droll dining space to something chic and sleek. For smaller rooms that would be overburdened by large, weighty pieces, these chairs are a perfect solution. The translucent “ghost chairs” provide seating but keep the room’s aesthetic light.

While the chairs may look light, they are surprisingly comfortable and resistant to scratches. The chair comes in a variety of transparent colors including crystal, smoke grey, green, or dark orange. For an option with armrests, the Louis Ghost Chair, also from Starck, has a playfully clear take on the baroque style of Louis XV. The Louis sells for $450.00.

Five Star Review:

“This chair is delivered as described. It is high quality and very sleek looking. My client loved it so much she ordered a second one for her NYC apartment as a desk chair. Love it!”

Crystal Chair by Arter & Citton for Domitalia

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Crystal Chair by Domitalia

For a dining set of four transparent chairs, the Crystal Chairs by Domitalia are fabulous. The material aesthetic of the chairs is similar to that of Starck’s ghost chairs, but the lines of the crystal chair are more organic. While the ghost chairs reference the antique shapes of the baroque era, the crystal chairs has a more sensual, modern form. For a space with a funkier existing style, the crystal chairs would be a good fit. The chairs come in either a plain transparent as well as a transparent smoke, purple, or amber. These stackable chairs are 100% Italian with a height of around 34 inches.

Grand Illusion Table by John Brauer for Essey

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Grand Illusion Table by Essey

For a truly unique statement piece, John Brauer’s Grand Illusion Table takes the ghost furniture trend to another level. The handmade table is constructed by pouring liquid acrylic so when it cools, the results are a one of a kind piece. The Danish design company, Essey subscribes to the school of Symbolic Functionalism in which “an object’s function should be representative of natural form.” The translucent illusion of a floating table is another way to lighten the visual weight of a room while still maintaining the functional surface area of a larger table. It is available in either clear or ice white, has a diameter of 17.3 inches and height of 20 inches.

Acrylic I-Beam Table by Gus Modern

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Acrylic I-Beam Table by Gus Modern

This small side table takes cues from the shape of classic steel I-beam girders, but renders them in a transparent acrylic. For those seeking to incorporate more modern furniture in their home, this small piece is an easy way to get started. To demonstrate how sleek and clear the piece actually is, all of its edges are flame polished and the inch thick acrylic panels are connected using a durable and invisible, UV-cured adhesive. Designs by Gus Modern reference mid-century modernism in combination with elements of industrial style. The Canadian design is equipped with bumpers to prevent scratches on the floor and has a height of 18 inches.

Who says you need to see to believe? These transparent pieces of modern furniture are one trend that we can’t get enough of.

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Finding the Right Chandelier, Room by Room

2014 September 10

Depending on the size of your room and the height of your ceilings, you’ll need a different type of chandelier fixture to look appropriate in your space. We have a wide selection of different styles of chandeliers to choose from, from the most traditional looks to avant-garde or contemporary fixtures. Take a look at some of our recent favorites to get an idea of the right chandelier for your space.

The Dining Room

Generally speaking, the dining room tends to be one of the more formal space in the home. Your dining room lighting can hang lower than fixtures in other rooms because it is only hanging over the dining table, but you don’t want it to hang so low that it begins to touch near the tabletop. Another thing worth considering is the fixture’s brightness. A chandelier with dimming capabilities is going to be better suited to dinner parties or any other gathering where harsh light would be uncomfortable.

Berna Chandelier by Metropolitan Lighting

For a dining room chandelier that will wow your guests, check out the new Berna 32-Light Chandelier by Metropolitan Lighting. This stunning fixture is a modern take on the traditional candelabra style fixture, replacing ornate filigreed stems with sleek and sophisticated fluted glass arms. The transparent arms extend from a polished chrome base for a contemporary appearance. The fixture is 27 inches tall and 35.5 inches in diameter. Available for $3990.00 + Free Shipping!

The Bedroom

Cameron Island Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond

If ornate detailing fails to strike a chord with you, you might enjoy the clean lines and simple design of the Cameron Island Chandelier by Fredrick Ramond. This Frederick Ramond designed piece draws on a subtly nautical aesthetic to deliver a gender neutral fixture that is perfect for the bedroom. The chandelier combines the primarily bold wood with polished chrome accents and drum shaped, textured fabric shades to balance the visual weight of the design. The fixture is 21.5 inches in height and 23 inches in diameter. Available for $589.00 + Free Shipping!

This piece is going to look perfect for your bedroom lighting in a room that strives for no frills minimalist sophistication.

Entryway & Foyer

Capsule Chandelier by Varaluz

For a brand new look and exclusively available at Lumens, the Capsule Chandelier designed by Ron Henderson for Varaluz has an exceptionally chic take on mid-century modern style. Calling to mind the atomic styles of the Cold War era, this fixture’s shining torpedo shaped bulbs are a guaranteed conversation starter. Exposed bulbs give off a bright glow from the fixture. It is available in either champagne with champagne glass or chrome with smoke glass. Depending on the size of your foyer, you can choose from a style with either nine or fifteen lights extending from the nucleus of the fixture. The nine light option has a height of 18 inches and the fifteen light option has a height of 24.74 inches. Available for $549.00 + Free Shipping!

You’ll even be doing the environment a favor by choosing this fixture, as the materials are 70% recycled steel and 100% recycled glass. Varaluz is committed to making eco-friendly light fixtures and the Capsule collection is no exception. Make a splash the second visitors walk into your home with the Capsule Chandelier.

The Living Room

Zettles 5 Light Chandelier by Ingo Maurer

For an attention grabbing living room light fixture, the Zettel’z 5-Light Chandelier by Ingo Maurer is a funky contemporary piece. The fixture is actually interactive with paperclips holding about 80 sheets of Japanese paper with expressions of love and desire. Only half of the sheets are actually printed, as the designer encourages the owner of the chandelier to bring out the poetic side in himself or herself and jot down their own romantic musings. The result is a fascinating interplay of light and shadow that becomes a uniquely personalized fixture. This German made piece is 47.2 inches in height and gets rave reviews from owners:

This fixture is unique, reminds us of an Alexander Calder mobile and fits beautifully in our modern, minimalistic style home. It hangs above our dining room table and we have already had one guest add their unique comments to a blank slip of paper. The company sends enough papers so that you really have the choice to go all blank, all written or a mix. We were looking for a blend of something artistic, sculptural and functional. This chandelier met all three criteria.

The Zettel’z 5-Light Chandelier is available for $1080.00 + Free Shipping!

Additional Resources

The best chandelier boils down to whatever your personal style consists of and the layout of the room you are adding it to. Hopefully this little room by room guide gave you some new ideas for the kind of contemporary or modern chandeliers you want in your home.

For additional ideas and inspiration, we encourage you to shop by room. Here you will find our handpicked selections to make finding the perfect chandelier an easy task.

Fave Five: New Pendant Lighting Under $250

2014 September 9

Working on a tight budget doesn’t have to mean opting for basic lighting options. As new arrivals for fall come rolling in, we rounded up five favorite options that come in under the $250 mark (retail price!). Here are a few fresh budget-friendly pendant lights to consider for your upcoming projects:

The Wright Stuff Pendant by Varaluz

Wright Stuff Pendant by Varaluz, $199. Inspired by the linear designs of a certain well-known architect, the abstract lines of this pendant are just the right amount of funky.


Linnet Barrel Pendant by LBL Lighting, $224. Pared down to bare bones, the subtle embellishments of this LBL pendant creates an industrial look inspired by traditional lampshade constructin.


Capsule Cluster Pendant by Varaluz, From $219. This latest exclusive from Varaluz is a perfect mix of modern design with vintage-inspired torpedo shaped shades.


Flair dwelLED Pendant, $248.50. Smooth and simple, with a pretty silhouette and warm LED light for an energy-efficient, glare-free glow.


Claesson Koivisto Rune Pendant, $220. A colorful (10 shades) collection of aluminum pendants with a traditional shape and modern materials like the coordinating textile cord.

Just in: Luna Steplight Pendant by Graypants

2014 September 9

Luna Steplight Pendant by Graypants

We love a new creation from our favorite make-something-out-of-nothing design studio, Graypants. The Seattle-based design team just introduced the Steplight Pendants, a group of 4 pendant shapes carefully created from a single sheet of solid aluminum. The Luna Steplight Pendant (shown here) is one, and each pendant is mostly left its raw, untreated state for an eco-friendly industrial look.

In typical Graypants fashion, the Steplights are assembled without tools, adhesives of fasteners, which allows them to be efficiently flat packed. The aluminum has (mostly) been left it its raw, untreated state, other than a good buffing and clear coat.


While we love the trash-to-treasure aspect of the Steplights, its the packaging for these fixtures that sets it apart. The Steplights were designed from the package up so that it required minimal shipping materials, little space and was ultra efficient. Instead of a mostly empty box stuffed with protective packaging, the Step-Pack by Graypants uses a compact, bundled stack of corrugated layers. Each layer reveals the pieces to the Steplight, along with assembly instructions and assembly jigs. This innovating solution is light and inexpensive to ship, more respectful of the environment and more gratifying to the user who can play a small part in the design when they receive it.

Check out the Luna Steplight Pendant by Graypants on

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