Happy Earth Day! We are excited to celebrate Earth Day 2015 because we are all proponents of environmentally-friendly lighting. We work with several vendors of modern lighting and today we want to highlight those who employ sustainable, responsible and earth-friendly design, manufacturing and shipping practices.
Enjoy your Earth Day and help create a sustainable environment with any of these brands and products.
&Tradition Trash Me Table Lamp
The Trash Me Table Lamp by Victor Vetterlein for &Tradition is trash and treasure compiled into one. This unique, eco-friendly table lamp is 100% recycleable and is made from paper pulp, cast iron and aluminum.
Souda Bubble Chandelier
This eco-friendly design by Shaun Kasperbauer for Brooklyn’s Souda is not your ordinary bubble chandelier. The Souda Bubble Chandelier was inspired by the look of soap bubbles and is made out of multiple recycled post-consumer plastic soda bottles. This whimsical, earth-friendly fixture is available in clear or green bottle colors to accommodate your space.
Marset LEDtube & LEDcompass Sconces
This Earth-friendly family from Marset includes the LEDtube R Wall Sconce, LEDtube Wall Spot and the LEDcompass RSC Wall Sconce. Each contemporary LED fixture in this family consumes only three watts of power, making them all energy-efficent and eco-friendly. These sconces are available in black, white or aluminum finishes.
FollowMe Portable Table Lamp by Marset
This eco-friendly, battery operated table lamp by Marset is the perfect option when the power goes out or when you are looking to conserve electricity. The FollowMe Table Lamp is made with a built-in battery that can be re-charged with common USB devices and it uses an energy-efficient LED light source. Since it is portable, you can take it on the go and it’s ideal for outdoor use too.
The Spanish lighting company, LZF, manufactures decorative lighting with a variety of beautiful wood veneer patterns. All of the veneers used to create the LZF lighting collection are forested under environmentally sustainable guidelines and the company is also certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
Seattle-based Graypants Studio manufactures all of its lighting designs using recycled materials. Every pendant light in the company’s Scraplight collection uses recycled cardboard that the team actually finds from dumpsters in the Seattle area. Meanwhile, Graypants’ newest collections at Lumens, the Kerflights and Steplights, use recycled steel and recycled aluminum in their production process.
Castor Design emphasizes the use of recycled materials in all of its lighting designs. Products like the Tank Pendant and the Tank Plated Pendant are made from recycled fire extinguishers, while the Recycled Tube collection of products are all made with burned-out fluorescent tubes. This Toronto-based design firm also reaches into now-defunct Canadian lighting factories to salvage shades and parts for its reincarnated Deadstock collection of pendants and floor lamps.
David Trubridge Design
David Trubridge does it best when it comes to Earth-friendly packaging. Every light fixture from this New Zealand brand is flat packaged and shipped in eco-friendly packaging that uses 100% recycled cardboard. Flat packaging every product helps to conserve energy by cutting down on packaging costs as well as fuel costs for the shipping vehicle involved.
Fellow New Zealand-based company, Resident Studio, follows a similar methodology with packaging by flat packaging all of its products in an environmentally-responsible manner to help cut down on packaging and fuel costs when getting a product to the end consumer.
Other Great Options
To be Earth-friendly and energy-efficient year-round, consider upgrading your fixtures to use LED lamping. LEDs reduce energy consumption and energy costs while being efficient and long-lasting. Take a look at our full assortment of LED lighting options here.
Kartell previewed its prestigious Precious collection at last year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan and the products have just recently become available to us. Kartell Precious is a unique assortment of lighting and furniture designs you are likely familiar with, but in new and beautiful metallic finishes we have already fallen in love with.
Let us introduce you to five of our favorite new products in the Precious collection from Kartell.
Precious Fly Suspension
Designed by Ferrucio Laviani for Kartell, the Fly Suspension gets an overhaul in the Precious collection with glossy metallic finishes. It’s designed with a metallic PMMA plastic and is available in Chrome, Copper or Gold finishes.
Precious Taj Mini Table Lamp
The Taj Mini LED Table Lamp is decorative task lighting with a glamorous touch in the Precious collection. It’s designed by Ferrucio Laviani and features metallic plating available in Copper or Gold finishes.
Precious Masters Chair
One of our favorite modern chair designs is now even better as it is available in glossy metallic finishes. Designed by Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet as a tribute to three iconic designs from Arne Jacobsen, Charles & Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, the Precious Masters Chair is made with metallic modified polypropylene and is available in Chrome, Copper or Gold finishes.
Precious Componibili Round Storage Modules
Contemporary storage is easy with the Componibili Round Storage Modules from Anna Castelli Ferrieri. Now part of the Kartell Precious collection, the Componibili Storage Modules are modern, glossy and stackable storage solutions for conserving floor space. They are available in two distinct sizes and come in Chrome, Copper or Gold finishes.
Precious Bourgie Table Lamp
A classic piece from Ferrucio Laviani is re-introduced in a glossy Copper finish as part of the Precious collection. It’s made completely from ABS plastic that is plated in copper and is adjustable to three specific sizes.
Check out the complete Precious collection from Kartell to see other best-selling designs available in the glossy new finishes.
Legrand has teamed up with Hubbardton Forge to create a collection of wall plates and outlet covers to match a variety of finishes of the wrought-iron light fixtures offered by Hubbardton. Watch the video of the new products and take a look at some of the available finishes below.
Hubbardton Forge is a leader in manufacturing decorative wrought-iron lighting for residential and commercial spaces. A variety of chandeliers, pendants and wall lights from the self-proclaimed Modern American Blacksmiths have become a focal point of contemporary living rooms, dining rooms and outdoor locations. Noteworthy collections from the company include the Exos, Cavaletti, Moreau and Banded Aluminum, all of which are hand-forged in Hubbardton, Vermont.
Meanwhile, the Adorne collection from Legrand has become popular for its assortment of contemporary light switches, dimmers, wall plates and under cabinet lighting. Not only do the products look great, the technology behind them is cutting edge and vastly different from what you are likely used to or have in your own home. The Legrand Adorne line has become so popular that they have even been endorsed by Vanilla Ice, the acclaimed 90s rapper, who updated his home with a variety of Adorne’s products in 2014.
Where There’s A Light, There’s A Light Switch
Recognizing an opportunity to pair the finishes of light fixtures with the finishes of their corresponding light switches, the two companies have now partnered to offer a variety of new products that give you the opportunity to have a consistent color scheme in your home. Take a look at the photos below for some of the new finishes we will be offering and the Hubbardton Forge product they are related to.
Adorne Burnished Steel Wall Plate & Hubbardton Forge Cityscape LED Pendant
Adorne Mahogony Wall Plate & Hubbardton Forge Folio LED Linear Suspension
Adorne Bronze Wall Plate & Hubbardton Forge Henry Wall Sconce
Adorne Dark Smoke Wall Plate & Hubbardton Forge Planar LED Pendant
Adorne Black Wall Plate & Hubbardton Forge Exos Semi-Flushmount
Adorne Iron Wall Plate & Hubbardton Forge Axis Outdoor Wall Sconce
The new wall plates are available in 3-module and single-module configurations to match most light switches, dimmers and power outlets. Take a look at all of the available finishes here.
It’s been a design-filled week so far at the 2015 Salone del Mobile show in Milan, Italy. We’ve had a chance to meet world-renown designers for some of the top lighting and furniture design brands including one of our favorites, Kartell.
There are a lot of new, exciting products in the works and we were able to grab a handful of photos of the Kartell designs we are loving.
Uncle Jim Armchair
Colorful New Accessories
Usually found in large warehouses, open gyms and even in airplane hangars, extra large ceiling fans have become a great way to efficiently move a lot of air. And although most applications of big ceiling fans are found in commercial locations, there are residential needs for a large fan too. Great rooms, large living rooms and open outdoor living areas all benefit from the design and efficiency of a large ceiling fan.
If you are interested in a large ceiling fan for your space, take a look at a few of our favorite options below.
Slipstream Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire
A favorite among Lumens’ shoppers, the Minka Aire Slipstream is a lot of modern industrial style mixed with a beautiful retro aesthetic. This energy-efficient, DC motor-powered ceiling fan features eight all-weather fan blades covering a 65″ blade span, making it ideal for large indoor and outdoor spaces. Its integrated light with Opal glass shade provides warm downlight and it includes a handheld remote to make your life easier. Available in Brushed Nickel, Distressed Koa, White and Oil Rubbed Bronze finishes, you are sure to find a version of Slipstream that will fit your space.
Odyn Ceiling Fan by Fanimation
Offering a blade span of 84″, the Odyn Ceiling Fan is one of the biggest fans available today. The Fanimation Odyn is very large in its width, but it measures just under 18″ in height and mounts close to the ceiling. It is also powered by an energy-efficient DC motor and its light kit uses an eco-friendly LED. Odyn is damp-rated for outdoor locations and fits well in contemporary indoor spaces. It’s available in Brushed Nickel with Black Fan Blades or Oil Rubbed Bronze with Walnut Fan Blades.
Minimalist Max Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans
The simplistic design and energy-efficient technology we love in Monte Carlo’s Minimalist Ceiling Fan is now available in an extra large version with a blade span of 72″. The Minimalist Max Ceiling Fan is composed of three hand-carved wooden blades and an “Extreme Green” DC motor for maximum efficiency. It also includes an integrated LED that provides ample downlighting. Available in Brushed Steel, Bronze, Matte Black or White finishes, Minimalist Max is the ideal fan for large open spaces like great rooms, living rooms or large entryways.
Aira Eco Ceiling Fan by Emerson Fans
New from Emerson Fans, the Aira Eco Ceiling Fan is a large decorative ceiling fan with eight blades that span a diameter of 72″. Aira Eco is the perfect combination of high-quality metal, wooden fan blades and Emerson’s eco-friendly fan motor that supports optimal efficiency. It has an Opal matte glass shade covering a halogen bulb for warm, ambient downlighting. It’s available in a Brushed Steel or an Oil Rubbed Bronze finish and is damp-listed for outdoor use.
Lehr Ceiling Fan by Kichler
The Lehr Ceiling Fan from Kichler and its slightly smaller version, the Lehr II, are two very large ceiling fans that offer a whopping blade span of 80″ and 54″, respectively. Both fans feature a high-efficiency DC motor with a 7-blade design that creates the appearance of a sunburst when looking at the fan from below. Both the Lehr and the Lehr II designs are rated for wet locations, making them the perfect outdoor ceiling fans for large patios and deck areas. They are available in Antique Satin Silver, Coffee Mocha, Distressed Black and White finishes.
Other Great Options
To determine what ceiling fan is right for your space and to learn more about ceiling fan blade span, be sure to take a look at our Fan Buyer’s Guide. And if you love these five extra large ceiling fan options, check out the full assortment of large fans here.
In on honor of it being April 15th – the day that you must have your state and federal taxes filed – we wanted to offer our shoppers a little tax day relief. For one day only, we are offering free ground shipping on all orders with no minimum purchase amount necessary. Pick up that ceiling fan or sconce you have been eye-balling and get it shipped to you absolutely free today. Plus, use a Lumens coupon to save more on Varaluz, Corbett Lighting, Hinkley LED Lighting, Koncept and more through the end of this month.
Illuminating Experiences is exclusively on sale right now at Lumens and represents well known contemporary lighting brands like De Majo, Le Klint, Modiss, Nemo Italianaluce, Meltemi and more. While Illuminating Experiences is responsible for making iconic lighting products like the Le Klint 172 Pendant available in the US, we wanted to take a second to highlight five of our favorite new designs from the brand.
Crown Plana Major Linear Suspension by Nemo
The Crown Plana Major Linear Suspension is designed by Jehs + Laub and made in Italy for Nemo (formerly known as Nemo Italianaluce). It’s an addition to the Crown family and is a modern take on a classic candle chandelier. Crown Plana is available in Chrome, Painted White, Painted Black and Painted Gold finishes.
Cache LED Pendant by Le Klint
Designed by Aurelien Barbry for Danish modern lighting brand Le Klint, the Cache LED Pendant takes its name from the French word for hidden as its steel shell aptly hides a classic, handcrafted and folded shade underneath. It’s handmade in Denmark and is available in a small and medium size to accommodate your space.
Zabriskie Point S Chandelier by De Majo
The Zabriskie Point S Chandelier by Denis Santachiara for De Majo is a mid-century themed chandelier that pays tribute to many of the Sputnik designs from the 1950s. It features small panes of glass with chrome rays bursting through them, similar to other Sputnik light fixtures. It’s a familiar design to mid-century enthusiasts, but with De Majo’s unique Italian approach.
Swirl 1320 by Le Klint
Perfect for the ceiling or the wall, the Le Klint Swirl 1320 by Oivind Slaatto is a new addition to the Swirl family that is a favorite at Lumens. The Swirl 1320 design appears as a blossoming flower from its layers of hand-folded plastic and acrylic, making it an ideal decorative element in modern living rooms, offices or entryways. It’s made in Denmark and can be configured as a flush ceiling light or as a wall lamp depending on your design preference.
Cannettata S42 LED Pendant by De Majo
Known to some as the perfect lamp, the De Majo Cannettata S42 LED Pendant by Massimo Iosa Ghini is praised for its ideal balance of modern design and use of LED technology. Like other De Majo lighting, the Cannettata features a beautiful glass shade that gives the fixture a rippling effect and surrounds an integrated LED light source. It’s made in Italy and was the recipient of the Good Design award in 2011.
The Red Dot Design Award is a coveted award for high-quality product design and has been received by well known designers including Robert Sonneman (SONNEMAN A Way of Light), Pablo Pardo (Pablo Designs), Ray Power (LZF) and Ross Lovegrove (Artemide). The Red Dot Design Award has a new winner this year who is also a favorite at Lumens.
New Zealand’s David Trubridge of David Trubridge Design recently announced he has won the 2015 Red Dot Award for his Snowflake Pendant Light and Nikau Pendant Light, which are apart of his very eco-friendly line of modern ceiling lights. From the materials used to the packaging the pendant designs are sent in, Trubridge emphasizes earth-friendliness and this is one of the many reasons why his Snowflake and Nikau have been honored with the Red Dot Award.
Why We Love the Snowflake & Nikau from Trubridge
In addition to their eco-friendly design, the Snowflake and Nikau pendants from David Trubridge have the ability to cast dramatic shadows on your ceiling and walls. Shadow-casting lights and the concept of shadow play is becoming a trend in decorative lighting design and Trubridge plays into this trend perfectly. Through the structure of each of the lamps’ shades, the light output is dissected into awe-inspiring shadows and patterns, effectively allowing you to create art with light and shadow.
Snowflake by David Trubridge
Snowflake is made from eco-friendly and sustainable bamboo and features a latticed geometric shape that creates delightful shadows. It is available in Aqua, Black, Caramel, Lime, Natural, Orange, Red, Salmon, White and Yellow colors, as well as an LED version to support energy-efficiency.
Nikau by David Trubridge
Nikau is also made from eco-friendly natural bamboo that is wound together in multiple strands to pay tribute to the New Zealand palm tree the design is based on. Similar to the Snowflake pendant, its design allows you to create beautiful shadows for ceilings and walls in entryways and great rooms.
If you love the Snowflake and Nikau as much as we do, you will want to check out all of the David Trubridge lighting we have available.
BDI Furniture is relatively new to Lumens and we are loving the modern furniture options they have available for the office, dining room and living room, including a variety of furniture for home entertainment. If you are considering updating your home entertainment furniture, check out a few of our favorite media cabinets and TV stands from BDI.
About BDI Furniture
BDI Furniture, also known as Becker Designed Inc., has been in the furniture business since 1984 and was started after its founder Bill Becker became frustrated by seeing contemporary furniture only available to people in the trade. Recognizing an opportunity to present modern furniture to the consumer segment, Becker began designing and offering high-quality home theater furniture, coffee tables, side tables, storage furniture and office furniture. The company is based in Virginia is also known as BDI USA.
Home Entertainment Furniture from BDI
Corridor Media Cabinet
The BDI Corridor Media Cabinet is a unique design that cleverly conceals your cable box and electronics while remaining open for airflow and to allow sound from speakers. It uses ventilated wooden doors and features adjustable shelves, a removable back panel and optional hidden wheels. It’s available in two sizes and a Chocolate Stained Walnut finish or White Oak finish.
Marina Media Cabinet
The BDI Marina Media Cabinet is a high-gloss piece of entertainment furniture to house all of your high-tech electronics. Its design is reminiscent of 1950s furniture, but is updated with glass doors and a lustrous finish. The cabinet is able to hold TVs up to 82″ wide and features adjustable shelves, a removable back panel, optional hidden wheels and the ability to manage all of your cables. It’s also available in either a black gloss finish or a white gloss finish.
Sonda TV Stand
The BDI Sonda TV Stand is another contemporary design that allows you to organize your home entertainment electronics in a clean and elegant manner. Sonda is made from a black steel frame with a floating wooden cabinet that offers three storage compartments. The TV stand can accommodate TVs up to 60″ wide and features plenty of ventilation for your electronics, integrated cable management and a removable back panel.
Other Great Options
These are just a few of our favorites from the home entertainment furniture collection. Take a look at the full assortment of BDI TV stands to see more options.
Outdoor wall sconces provide your home with welcoming light making porches, driveways and exteriors inviting to your guests. As we approach warmer weather for spring and summer, now is the time start thinking about updating your outdoor wall lights to something modern, energy-efficient or to something that will strike up a conversation.
We’ve gathered five of our favorite contemporary outdoor wall lights for you to browse:
Shelter Outdoor Wall Sconce
by Hinkley Lighting
A best-seller and favorite among Lumens’ shoppers, the Shelter Outdoor Wall Sconce is the perfect light fixture for contemporary outdoor spaces. Whether it is placed on the front porch, the sides of the garage or as a light source for your deck, this sconce will meet all of your expectations. Its warm and welcoming light is powered by either an incandescent bulb or an LED. To maintain energy-efficiency in your lighting design, we recommend the LED version of this sconce.
Shelter is available in Black, Bronze or Hematite finishes to match your exteriors.
dweLED Steampunk Outdoor Sconce by WAC Lighting
The Steampunk Outdoor Wall Sconce is part of the dweLED collection from WAC Lighting, a collection that emphasizes the use of energy-efficient LED in modern lighting design. Steampunk fits perfectly in nautically-themed outdoor areas, but it also works well in living rooms, entryways and hallways. Its available in Bronze or Graphite finishes, allowing it to fit in well with contemporary color schemes. For more information about this collection from WAC Lighting, go Behind the Design of dweLED in our exclusive interview.
Redding Station Outdoor Sconce
The Redding Station Outdoor Sconce from Feiss is a replication of old-time fixtures you would commonly find in railroad stations.
This sconce allows you to re-create a restoration-style look on your front porch or patio that is welcoming to guests. The Redding Station Sconce is available in Bronze or Tarnish finishes and two separate sizes to fit your space.
Luna Outdoor Wall Sconce
by Hinkley Lighting
The Luna Outdoor Sconce is another design from Hinkley Lighting that works well in contemporary outdoor spaces. Luna is a simplistic design, made from a die-cast aluminum that allows it to be durable for exteriors. When placed at the front porch or on the back patio, Luna will provide ample lighting through its incandescent or LED light source. It is available in Bronze, Satin Black or Titanium finishes and two distinct sizes.
Rain LED Outdoor Wall Sconce
by Modern Forms
Modern Forms is another division of WAC Lighting that emphasizes the design of modern light fixtures available at a friendly price point. Modern Forms excels with its selection of outdoor lighting including the Rain LED Outdoor Wall Sconce. This fixture creates the look of a rain shower through the use of its clear, seedy glass and LED light source. It’s ideal for welcoming guests on your front porch or for guiding light when used on the sides of your garage. It is available in Graphite or Bronze finishes and two sizes to accommodate your outdoor space.
Other Great Options
Whatever your outdoor style may be, there is a sconce you are sure to love. You’ll also want to see other ways to welcome your guests with the addition of an outdoor chandelier, pendant or post lights. Take a look at all of the outdoor lighting we have available.
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