Every Spring, one of our favorite design accessory brands offers a sale on its exquisite line of gifts and accessories. Starting today hrough May 26, you can save up to 20% on all gifts and accessories from Alessi, including award-winning designs from Alessandro Mendini, tableware from Marcel Wanders and the Super & Popular collection.
Shop the 2015 Alessi Spring Sale here.
It’s outdoor entertaining season and now is the time to add a few new modern furniture pieces to your deck or patio. We’ve gathered a few of our favorites for outdoor living from Minnesota’s Blu Dot in today’s brand spotlight.
Hot Mesh Chair
To add a splash of color to your backyard, you will want to see the Blu Dot Hot Mesh Chair. Made from powder coated steel, this modern chair design is backed by a mesh material that helps keep the chair lightweight and breathable. Its range of color options include black, green, humble red, natural yellow, white and blue. Hot Mesh is also available as a barstool and a cafe table.
Skiff Rectangular Outdoor Table
The Blu Dot Skiff Table is the ideal piece of furniture for outdoor dining in the summertime. It’s a modern, clean and simplistic design that can comfortably seat up to eight people. Its aluminum frame is finished in white and it is topped off with sandblasted tempered glass. Skiff pairs well with a bench or any of Blu Dot’s outdoor chairs.
Jibe Outdoor Sofa
Fit for contemporary patios, the Blu Dot Jibe Outdoor Sofa is a lightweight aluminum frame with poly foam filled cushions for plenty of comfort when relaxing outside. It’s available in Carbon-Sunbrella or Grey-Sunbrella colors to fit your existing color scheme. The Jibe family of modern seating from Blu Dot also includes a lounge chair, a sectional and an outdoor ottoman.
The Blu Dot Scamp Table allows you to mix and match different finishes and tops to create the perfect side/coffee table for your outdoor living area. Scamp is made from powder coated steel or copper-plated steel wire making it durable for outdoor use and it is available in three distinct sizes to help fit your space. It’s topped off with your choice of tempered glass, marble or an oak tabletop.
Skiff Outdoor Barstool
Similar to the dining table in this collection, the Blu Dot Skiff Outdoor Barstool is a minimalist design that fits well in contemporary outdoor spaces. It is a bar-height stool, sitting at 28″ tall and made from durable anodized aluminum. Skiff’s clean lines and crisp white finish give it the perfect modern look for your patio. These barstools also pair well with the bar-height table of the same product family.
These are just a few of our favorites to give your outdoor living area a modern refresh. For more options, take a look at the full Blu Dot furniture collection.
Legrand is a multinational brand with a suite of products aimed to help homeowners update their power outlets, light switches and dimming switches with ease. While you can find Legrand products in big stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s, at Lumens, we are proud to carry the contemporary Adorne collection of products from this brand.
The Adorne collection is a unique, modern assortment of dimming switches, light switches, power outlets, wall plates and undercabinet lighting with unmatched innovation and style. Say goodbye to boring and hello to beautiful today with any of these Adorne products.
Every light needs a light switch, so why not choose something modern?
The complete Adorne collection from Legrand is on sale now through 5/31!
The dimming switches available in the Adorne collection of products are unique in that they offer a variety of ways to dim your light fixtures in ways you probably haven’t even imagined. With the best in technological advances and innovation, these dimming switches allow the user to choose from a variety of options including SofTap switches, Paddle switches, Touch switches, Whisper switches and the impressive Sensa switch that discovers when someone has entered a room and automatically turns on the lights. Pretty cool, right? We love these dimmers and they pair perfectly with modern and decorative lighting.
Adorne Light Switches
Similar to the variety of dimming switches in the collection, these light switches feature the same innovative technology and style. Here, you have the ability to turn your light fixtures on and off with contemporary Paddle switches, Touch switches, SofTap switches, easy-to-use Push switches, Whisper switches, Wave switches and Sensa switches. Plus, if you need a control for your fan, the Adorne Paddle Fan Speed Control allows you to control the functionality of your fan from just one switch. Are you making the switch to the Adorne collection yet?
Adorne Power Outlets
The Adorne collection also offers a variety of cool and unique power outlets you will want to see. These designs range from power outlets that include options to power common USB devices to the popular pop-out outlet that sits flush with your wall until you are ready to use it. Legrand’s Tamper-Resistant technology also helps make these outlets child-safe by preventing small objects from getting pushed inside the outlet. All Adorne outlets can be customized to your liking by pairing them with additional outlets or switches.
Adorne Wall Plates
To accompany your light switches, dimming switches and power outlets, the Adorne collection includes multiple variations of wall plates for you to choose from and you are able to customize them to your liking. From wall plates using real materials like oak or leather to plastics that come in too many colors to name, these plates will accommodate any switch you have while also synching in with your current color schemes. And if you would like your wall plate to match your existing wall paper or some other decorative element, look to the selection of custom wall plates and let your creativity go wild.
Adorne Undercabinet System
Heading into the kitchen, Legrand continues to impress us with its complete undercabinet lighting system. This complete system complements modern kitchens with LED linear lights, LED puck lights and a variety of accessories like a tablet cradle or digital music kit. You’ll also find all of the connecting pieces and tracks you need to make the undercabinet system fit in your kitchen’s layout.
Whether it is a new light switch or a power outlet you need, the Adorne collection has an innovative, stylish option you will love. Take a look at the complete assortment here.
When it comes to contemporary outdoor lighting, it’s difficult to look past the variety of fixtures available from Hinkley Lighting. Being in the lighting industry since 1922, Hinkley has grown to offer an impressive selection of outdoor sconces, pendants and decorative landscape fixtures, as well as a variety of interior fixtures.
Shelter by Hinkley Lighting
As a staple of the Hinkley Lighting collection, the Shelter family of products stands out for its contemporary yet approachable design suited for outdoor spaces. Shelter is a favorite among Lumens’ shoppers and we wanted to highlight a few products in this assortment we think would be great for your front porch, patio or pathway.
Shelter Outdoor Wall Sconce
The Shelter Outdoor Wall Sconce by Hinkley Lighting is a modern outdoor fixture that creates welcoming light for the front porch. It features a black metal frame encasing clear seedy glass that produces the appearance of fresh rain. It’s available in incandescent or LED options, as well as a variety of sizes to fit your porch.
Shelter Outdoor Pendant
If you love the clear glass appearance of the Shelter sconce, you’ll want to see it as a pendant. The Shelter Outdoor Pendant works well for large porches or suspended from your covered patio. It’s available in fluorescent, incandescent and LED options, and it is dark sky compliant to help reduce light pollution.
Shelter Outdoor Post Light
Following a similar design to the sconce and pendant of the Shelter family, the postmount features the same clear seedy glass in a contemporary fixture that is perfect for the front yard. Postmounts like the Shelter Outdoor Post Light work well as welcoming pathway lights or as helpful driveway lighting. It’s available in fluorescent, incandescent or LED and stands at 27″ tall.
Other Great Options
The Shelter collection and other popular pieces in the Hinkley outdoor lighting collection are on sale through May 31, 2015. If you have been thinking of updating your outdoor lighting, now is the perfect time to do it!
With summer just around the corner, you might be considering a new ceiling fan for your home or workspace. If you are stuck on trying to figure out which fan is best for you, we have a new few options you will want to check out from some of the best names in ceiling fan design.
Take a look at our 2015 favorites and pick up a new fan today!
Skylon Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans
The Skylon Ceiling Fan is a uniquely modern 3-blade design from Monte Carlo Fans that is inspired by the appearance of scissor shears. It’s powered by an energy-efficient DC motor and features an integrated LED downlight for ample lighting.
Neopolis Ceiling Fan by Wind River Fans
The Wind River Neopolis Ceiling Fan offers the clean, contemporary look we love and features a 3-blade design that spans a 52″ diameter to help you move a significant amount of air. It’s available in stainless steel or bronze finishes, as well as a 5-blade version.
Xtreme Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire
The Minka Aire Xtreme Ceiling Fan is an extremely big ceiling fan that is great for more than just industrial spaces. Xtreme is a 9-blade design that spans up to 96″ of space (if needed), allowing you to move a very large amount of air. It can be used in large living rooms and great rooms or in commercial locations.
Irene 3-Blade Hugger Fan by Atlas Fans
Irene is a ceiling fan design from Atlas Fans that we have been fond of for a while and it is now available in a version that mounts flush with your ceiling. The Irene Hugger Ceiling Fan offers a rustic modern aesthetic with walnut-stained wooden blades that efficiently move air with power from a DC motor. It’s available in a 42″ blade span or a 52″ blade span to fit a variety of spaces.
Bancroft Ceiling Fan by Savoy House
The Savoy House Bancroft Ceiling Fan is a sleek, contemporary design with an integrated halogen light kit that stands out as the primary focus of the fan. This 5-blade design covers a 52″ inch blade span and is available in satin nickel or bronze finishes.
Stealth DC LED Ceiling Fan by Casablanca Fans
The Stealth design from Casablanca Fans has been a favorite at Lumens for its modern look and use of an energy-efficient DC motor. This new version of the Casablanca Stealth Ceiling Fan includes an integrated LED downlight, making it that much more functional and energy-efficient. It’s available in brushed nickel with veneer blades or an all white version.
Raptor Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire
The Minka Aire Raptor Ceiling Fan is a bold, yet practical design that fits well in any contemporary space. It is powered by an energy-efficient DC motor and includes an integrated LED downlight. Raptor has a blade span of 60″ and is available in multiple finishes to help you accommodate your space.
Sunburst Ceiling Fan by Kichler
The Kichler Sunburst Ceiling Fan embraces simplicity with its clean, 4-blade design and polished metal motor housing. Its 4-blades have a span of 52″ and it includes an integrated LED downlight for added efficiency. Sunburst is available in stainless steel, bronze or an all white version.
Droid Ceiling Fan by Wind River Fans
The Droid Ceiling Fan is another new modern design from Wind River Fans we are loving. It is a sleek, 3-blade design with blades aerodynamically shaped to efficiently move as much air as possible in its 52″ blade span. Droid is available in black, nickel or white metallic finishes to accommodate your space.
Aira Eco Ceiling Fan by Emerson Fans
The Aira Eco Ceiling Fan is Emerson’s answer to the recent trend of large ceiling fans and carries a massive blade span of 72″. Although large, this 8-blade design features Emerson’s EcoMotor to be as eco-friendly and energy-efficient as possible. It’s available in brushed nickel or bronze finishes and includes an integrated light kit.
If you can’t find what you are looking for in this selection of new fans, be sure to check out our full assortment of ceiling fans available here.
Masiero is a line of luxury-focused lighting from Italy that has been using unexpected materials to re-imagine familiar lighting designs for over thirty years. The company uniquely employs a variety of materials including iron, wood, brass, aluminum, steel, glass and plastic to create beautiful lighting that stands out in both residential and commercial spaces.
Although we are fans of everything offered by Masiero, we wanted to highlight our favorite luxury fixtures in today’s brand spotlight.
The Flashwood Pendant by Studio Eggs for Masiero is a brilliant burst of decorative lighting. Made in Italy, Flashwood is designed from natural oak with each bursting arm tipped with an energy-efficient LED light source. If you love the look of the Flashwood design, the family also includes a white oak version and a decorative floor lamp you will want to see.
Ola Linear Suspension
Coated Italian glass extends from a metallic structure in the Masiero Ola design. Designed by Fly Design Studio for Masiero, Ola is a luxurious piece that works well in modern dining rooms, hanging in the entryway or in elegant commercial spaces. It’s available in Gold, Matte Bronze, Matte White or Silver Foil finishes and two different sizes.
Also from Fly Design Studio, the Eva Chandelier is the perfect example of contemporary elegance Masiero stands for. This chandelier will appease a classic aesthetic, but it is re-imagined to fit modern spaces. The entire piece is lacquered in a glossy finish and is available in 5-light, 8-light and 10-light versions to accommodate the size of your space.
Designed from a collaboration among Claudio Cambi, David Turini and Francesco Scatena, the Masiero Blossomy Pendant features curved petals of aluminum giving it a distinct floral appearance. The petals of the fixture also help play with light and shadow by grabbing the light and reflecting it down in decorative patterns. This design is part of the Blossomy family that also includes a flushmount and table lamp.
Libe Round Pendant
Designed by Andrea Liguori and Gianpaolo Rampolla, the Masiero Libe Round Pendant is another luxurious Italian piece that is encrusted with Egyptian Asfour crystals surrounded by a natural oak wood body. The fixture is lit with energy-efficient LEDs that shine and glimmer in conjunction with the crystals. Libe is ideal for any luxurious space and is also available in a linear design for larger spaces.
Other Great Options
Masiero is responsible for a wide variety of luxury-exuding ceiling lights, wall lights, table lamps and floor lamps. Be sure to see the full assortment available from Masiero here.
At Lumens, we take pride in our expert service and are happy to have experienced lighting consultants working with our shoppers to help fulfill any of their lighting or interior design needs. One of our top lighting consultants who is undoubtedly a Lighting Star at Lumens is Zack Rosson. Zack exemplifies the role of being a lighting professional and for anyone who has visited our Sacramento Showroom, you have likely experienced his professionalism firsthand.
We had a chance to catch up with Zack and ask him a few questions about why he loves being a lighting designer at Lumens.
1 – How long have you been working in lighting design?
I started in the lighting design field back in 2002 at a small store called Classic Lighting in Stockton, California. I was the showroom floor designer for two years and also started an apprenticeship with lighting while at Classic Lighting. Then, I came to Sacramento and waited for Lumens to open its doors. I had interviewed at Benning Design (later purchased by Lumens’ CEO Ken Plumlee) and my hire date at Lumens was February 14, 2006. That was nine years ago and the rest is history.
2 – What do you love about decorative lighting design?
Lighting brings in layers of the design. You can set the tone and feel to any space just with the ability to have light by wall washing, with decorative designs or with ambient task lighting.
3 – Why do you believe you are a Lighting Star?
I try to bring the most important aspects of lighting to a space with the best of my ability. I look for areas in the lighting world that get most overlooked and try to apply layers and beauty to fulfill the interior design side of me and the utilitarian objectives of everyday life.
4 – What does it mean to you to be certified by the American Lighting Association?
To be certified by the American Lighting Association (ALA) is the backbone to all of my lighting dilemmas. Without the training and guidance of this main essential tool, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
5 – How does having this certification help you with your clientele and help Lumens in general?
ALA certification is just the foundation to being a Lumens Human. It is the hunger for knowledge in the areas of lighting and design that drives me to be in a constant state of learning. We have weekly training sessions to make sure we are up to speed on the latest trends and technology advancement. I am committed to complete satisfaction and not just focused on making the next sale for our shoppers. I want to truly understand both functional requirements, as well as aesthetic desires before making lighting recommendations. I listen to our customers, love to get positive feedback and strive to learn from my mistakes. I’m constantly looking for ways to improve and create the best experience for the customer.
6 – What are some of your favorite projects you have worked on and why?
I love working with designers and the general home owners. I get so much joy seeing a space transform into something they love and they get to live with beautiful designs everyday. I truly appreciate what I do.
7 – If you had to choose three of your favorite lighting brands at Lumens, what would they be and why?
First, Tech Lighting because of the flexibility to adapt to so many different applications for both commercial and residential uses. Second, Modern Fan Co. for its sleek and modern designs and the way they can design a fan to fit any need. Third would have to be Robert Abbey since I love the mid-century aesthetic and the company works with so many designers like Jonathan Adler and Mary McDonald. They are well known names that bring the sense of quality that clients look for, plus their products ship relatively fast.
Zack has worked on many design projects in Northern California and often partners with Sacramento’s Kerrie Kelly Design Lab. He also contributed to Kerrie Kelly’s 2009 interior design book presented by Sunset Magazine, Home Decor: A Sunset Design Guide.
Swing by our lighting showroom in Midtown Sacramento and let Zack help you with your next lighting project.
*All images courtesy of Zack Rosson and Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.
Do you have a front porch flushmount you want to update? Patio wall lights that could use a refresh? How about an older outdoor ceiling fan that has seen better days? Why not upgrade to something modern that will impress your guests and make your home stand out among the entire neighborhood? Summertime is on its way and now is the perfect time to improve your exterior’s design to something a bit more contemporary.
Use these three tips to help modernize your outdoor space for summer.
Wall Sconces Are Welcoming
Sconces provide warm, welcoming light to your guests. Most outdoor sconces are anchored near the front door providing light for the porch and offer a bright salutation. Contemporary outdoor sconces are also rated for damp or wet conditions, making them suitable for outdoor use and many are dark-sky compliant to help reduce light pollution. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and styles to accommodate your space, plus, many are made with energy-efficient LED technology to help you cut down on your electricity bill.
The sconces in this outdoor selection are also ideal for commercial applications, providing ample illumination outside of restaurants and office buildings. Not only are they inviting to your customers, they can also provide an added element of security for your property.
Play With Shadows
Some decorative lighting designs give you the option to be artistic with your outdoor lighting by playing with shadows. Designs like Origami by Vibia allow you to organize fixtures to your liking to display intriguing patterns of light and shadow. The concept of shadow play with outdoor lighting works well for residential use, but also adds an unexpected decorative impact to modern commercial spaces.
Look to the complete selection of shadow-casting lights to see more options for your outdoor space.
Outdoor-friendly ceiling fans are rated for use in exterior locations and work well under covered patios or large covered porches. Aside from the ability to influence the temperature in your outdoor living space, these fans help to provide a splash of style. Designs like the Zonix Outdoor Fan (pictured above) exude modern style while being perfectly suitable for outdoor use. And in large, open outdoor locations, look to the Minka Aire Slipstream or the Odyn Ceiling Fan from Fanimation. Both designs offer an extensive blade span to help you move a lot of air and keep the space cool. Most outdoor ceiling fans also include an integrated light kit, giving you the opportunity to add a touch of lighting to the space too. Before purchasing a fan, double check that it is UL Listed Damp or UL Listed Wet to make sure it is safe for outdoor use.
Other Great Options
Don’t forget the patio furniture! A well-lit outdoor living area can be complemented by modern furniture pieces including an outdoor dining table, lounge chairs and storage furniture. Check out all of the furniture options for the deck and patio here.
Robert Abbey is a well known leader in the lighting industry with its offering of modern and decorative chandeliers, wall sconces and lamps from designers including Jonathan Adler, Mary McDonald and Rico Espinet.
The company also offers an impressive selection of brass lighting and at Lumens, we are loving the trend of brass in contemporary lighting design. We rounded up a few of our favorite brass light fixtures from Robert Abbey in today’s design spotlight.
Anemone Brass Flushmount by Robert Abbey
The Anemone design from Robert Abbey is one of our favorites and it has recently become available in an elegant brass finish that is only available at Lumens. The Brass Anemone Flushmount shines wherever it is placed and can be mounted flush with the ceiling or wall, depending on your design preference.
Parker Wall Sconce by Jonathan Adler
The Parker Wall Sconce is a beautiful brass wall light design from Jonathan Adler for Robert Abbey.
The Parker sconce features a grid-like design as its shade covering a frosted white diffuser and follows the retro-aesthetic we love from Jonathan Adler. Although it carries a retro design, it is a modern fixture and adds an impactful element to your walls. This sconce is part of the larger Parker collection from Jonathan Adler that also includes pendants, flushmount lighting and lamps.
Pythagoras Table Lamp by Mary McDonald
Available in a completely matte brass finish, the Pythagoras Table Lamp by Mary McDonald for Robert Abbey is a gorgeous table lamp that is ideal for modern living rooms and bedrooms. Its geometry-inspired design results in a smooth metal drum shade sitting above a hexagonal metal base, all in a stunning brass finish. It’s also part of a larger collection from the Mary McDonald lighting line that includes matte brass pendants and sconces.
Bling Large Chandelier by Robert Abbey
Go big or go home with the large version of the Bling Chandelier by Robert Abbey. The Bling Chandelier is available in an antique brass finish and exudes luxury with its numerous sparkling pear-shaped glass drops. It’s the perfect grand chandelier for large entryways and big dining rooms. This chandelier is also part of a larger collection from Robert Abbey that includes flushmounts, wall sconces and a linear suspension.
Meurice Rectangular Chandelier by Jonathan Adler
The Meurice collection by Jonathan Adler is a mid-century focused collection of ceiling lights and wall lights. Most pieces of the collection, including the Meurice Rectangular Chandelier, are available in gorgeous antique brass finishes that provide a lot of decorative impact for both residential and commercial spaces.
Other Great Options
If you love the look of brass in modern design, you will want to check out the brass finished designs from Tom Dixon. From brass pendant lights to brass candle votives, Tom Dixon embraces the decorative impact brass can provide.
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