At Lumens, we are fascinated with modern lighting design and when it comes to exterior lighting options, our interests remain the same. However, we occasionally come across designs that may be considered unusual or unexpected when used in contemporary settings. Aside from commonplace outdoor sconces, landscape lighting fixtures and outdoor-friendly ceiling fans, there are a number of statement-making LED lighting options that have recently caught our attention from Artkalia and Smart & Green.
Outdoor Lighting Options from Artkalia
In 2008, a team of designers and collaborators came together to develop energy efficient lighting pieces meant to make a statement in outdoor spaces. Today, Artkalia offers a line of decorative LED fixtures that are perfect as illuminated accents for the outdoor dining table, next to the pool or as a lawn decoration.
The Ela LED Floor Lamp from Artkalia takes its shape from that of a classic floor lamp, but it is designed to have a big presence outside. This shock-resistant and water-resistant lamp is over five feet tall and offers colorful lighting from its two integrated LEDs.
Add some fun to your backyard with the Ballia LED Ball by Artkalia. This rechargeable, shockproof and waterproof ball of LED light is great for the pool or as a centerpiece on the table. It offers a variety of RGB colors and effects to add a playful touch to your outdoor decor.
A light fixture or an accent table? The Tripoddia LED Stool by Artkalia can act as a stool for your outdoor lounge chair or as a side table to hold your whatever you might be sipping on. This intriguing LED stool is rechargeable, cordless, shockproof and waterproof.
See all lighting from Artkalia here.
Outdoor Lighting Options from Smart & Green
Following a similar design style as Artkalia and also founded in 2008, Smart & Green offers a line of interesting fixtures that are energy efficient and can go anywhere. Smart & Green’s innovative technology allows for the design of fixtures that are durable, shockproof, waterproof and easily rechargeable.
The Smart & Green Dew Lamp is a drop of energy efficient LED light that complements both indoor and outdoor spaces. With its 35 LEDs, the Dew Lamp can colorfully light up dim spaces or act as a decorative accessory for the pool.
The cubic structure of this Smart & Green lamp is the perfect accenting touch for contemporary outdoor areas. On its own, the Smart & Green Cube LED Lamp provides ample and colorful lighting for the patio table or next to the pool. Alternatively, you can scatter multiple cube lamps to create a really impressive outdoor lighting display.
The Smart & Green Tower LED Lamp is comprised of 12 energy efficient LEDs inside of a waterproof and durable polyethylene structure. It stands at 25″ tall and offers colorful, bright light for the deck or patio. While we love it for outdoor use, it can also make a statement indoors.
See all lighting from Smart & Green here.
All lighting by Smart & Green is on sale now through June 14th during our Summer Sale. You’ll also want to look through the complete outdoor living category for patio furniture, planter boxes, decorative birdhouses and more ways to modernize your outdoor space.
Shopping for an outdoor fan can be a daunting task if you are not familiar with Damp Ratings or Wet Ratings. While most indoor fans carry a Dry Rating and can quickly become damaged with outdoor use, fans that are damp rated or wet rated are safe for outdoor locations. We took a minute to catch up with our fan expert, Hugh Prosser, for today’s Fan Facts to help you understand outdoor fan ratings and proper cleaning techniques.
Damp Ratings vs. Wet Ratings
Many outdoor fans are suitable for Damp Locations and are ideal for covered outdoor areas. One should expect years of trouble free operation with a Damp Rated ceiling fan, even if it is installed in humid applications or near the ocean where salt is an issue. Damp Rated fans are made to handle the moisture that comes with an outdoor application, however, they should never be in direct contact with water, rain or snow.
Although you should expect years of trouble free operation with a Damp Rated fan, it doesn’t mean you can “install it and forget it” – a fan in this type of environment needs to be cleaned on a regular basis due to its exposure to moisture. Regardless of the motor finish or the type of blades the fan has, if it is not maintained properly, it will corrode and oxidize.
See also: UL Listings For Lighting & Ceiling Fans
To prevent the fan from corroding, a basic cleaning of the motor and blades a few times each month should keep your fan looking good. Do not use any harsh cleaning materials as they have the potential to damage the fan’s finish. For ceiling fans offered in glossy finishes, you can apply a quick coat of car wax occasionally on the metal parts of the motor housing to keep them looking polished. With regularly cleaning of the fan, it will maintain its appearance and functionality for years.
If maintaining a Damp Rated fan sounds like too much work or your ceiling is too high, we recommend that you buy a Wet Rated ceiling fan. Unlike a Damp Rated fan, Wet Rated fans are weather resistant and okay for all outdoor applications. Wet Rated fans are safe to be exposed directly to snow or rain, as they are made with finishes that help to avoid rust and corrosion. Cleaning a Wet Rated fan is also easy – simply spray it with a regular garden hose to free it of cobwebs, debris, etc. Please remember to turn the power off to the fan first for safety.
Other Great Resources
Look to our complete Fan Buyer’s Guide for additional help on choosing a ceiling fan. From tips to understanding how to choose the right size of a fan to understanding what airflow efficiency means, you’ll find it here. And for help in picking out the right outdoor fan for your space, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our fan experts at 877-445-4486.
As a designer of modern lighting, furniture and decorative home accessories for iconic brands like Kartell and Alessi, Philippe Starck has become a household name among design enthusiasts and he is one of our favorites.
In today’s designer spotlight, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite works from this prolific French designer.
Philippe Starck Designs for Kartell
Philippe Starck has designed several pieces of modern furniture for the Italian brand Kartell and the Masters Chair is one of his best offerings. This well known chair design is a tribute from Philippe Starck and Eugeni Quitllet to the Series 7 by Arne Jacobsen, the Tulip Armchair by Eero Saarinen and the Eiffel Chair by Charles Eames. The Masters Chair takes elements from each of these three iconic designs to produce a contemporary piece of furniture you will love.
He is also responsible for the Ghost Chairs offered by Kartell. Each chair design in the Ghost collection is made with an intricate form that is created by polycarbonate into a single mold forming a durable, scratch and weather resistant chair.
Philippe Starck Designs for Flos
In addition to designing contemporary furniture pieces for Kartell, Philippe Starck has also created several decorative light fixtures for Flos including the Long & Hard Suspension, the Miss K Table Lamp and the Ktribe collection.
Philippe Starck Designs for Baccarat
On the luxury side of the lighting spectrum, Philippe Starck has also created several eye-catching crystal lighting pieces for Baccarat.
Philippe Starck Designs for Alessi
Finally, Philippe Starck is the mind behind classic Alessi designs like the Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer and the Max le Chinois Colander. These designs have found their home in modern kitchens all over the world and we have to thank Philippe Starck for these creative accessories.
Be sure to check out all designs by Philippe Starck at Lumens and see his official website for more information.
It’s Fan Friday at Lumens and we want to spotlight one of our favorite brands for modern fan design, Fanimation. Started by Tom Frampton all the way back in 1984, Fanimation is an American-made brand for decorative fans that now operates out of Indiana and is ran by Frampton’s son, Nathan Frampton. The company offers a variety of fan designs ranging from art deco inspired floor fans to eye-catching fans that will have you staring at the ceiling.
See why we love these five fan designs from Fanimation in today’s spotlight.
Zonix Ceiling Fan
The Fanimation Zonix ceiling fan embraces the sleek, modern design we love and it is a best seller at Lumens. Zonix is a 3-blade design that features a 52″ blade span with 4 different forward/reverse speeds for year-round use. Its cherry walnut or satin nickel blades are reversible and it can be mounted to flat ceilings or sloped ceilings. Zonix is offered in oil-rubbed bronze, polished nickel or satin nickel finishes and it is also offered in an outdoor version and an LED version.
Beckwith Ceiling Fan
The Fanimation Beckwith is a unique ceiling fan design that also resembles a decorative drum pendant. Winner of the 2015 Award for Design Excellence, Beckwith is a one of a kind, innovative fan with a 13″ blade span, 3 fan speeds and a 4-bulb integrated light fixture. It’s available in aluminum or oil-rubbed bronze finishes and is the ideal fan for modern kitchens and bedrooms.
Odyn Ceiling Fan
The Odyn Ceiling Fan by Fanimation is an extra large fan with a huge blade span of 84″. Although it has a significant diameter of 7 feet, it’s only 18″ tall and mounts close to the ceiling. Odyn is ideal for industrial spaces, large living rooms, open great rooms or outdoors as it is damp rated for exterior use. It’s available in brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze finishes.
Arden Floor Fan
The Arden Floor Fan by Fanimation fits a restoration aesthetic and works well in living rooms, bedrooms or contemporary office spaces. Although Arden is a decorative floor fan, it is highly functional and is able to circulate fresh air throughout an entire room. It features a walnut tripod base supporting an oscillating 5-blade fan with a 3-speed rotary switch.
Urbanjet Desk Fan
The Fanimation Urbanjet exemplifies retro style with its design inspired by a ’57 Chevy. Urbanjet is perfect for modern office desktops and it oscillates air through a room at three different speeds. It’s available in baby blue, milky ivory, mysterious black, sonic silver or a spicy red to help match your existing decor.
All fans by Fanimation are on sale now through Tuesday, 5/26. Shop these featured fan designs and more from Fanimation here.
Alessi is an iconic name when it comes to modern home accessory design. From a variety of decorative accessories for the tabletop to a very well known teapot design and everything in between, Alessi boasts a rich catalog of products we love from noteworthy designers including Michael Graves, Alessandro Mendini, Philippe Starck and more. In today’s Fave 5, we wanted to highlight our five favorite products from the Italian design factory.
Kettle With Bird Whistle by Michael Graves
Calling it a design icon does not do the Michael Graves tea kettle justice. Designed in 1985 by Michael Graves, this kettle has been a top seller for Alessi since its inception. It features a youthful design with a stainless steel pot and bird spout that whistles when water has come to a boil. Although it is an icon among design enthusiasts, it is also a completely functional tea kettle and well reviewed by people who own it. It’s available in black, blue or super white and is part of the Michael Graves collection for Alessi.
Kastor Pencil Sharpener by Rodrigo Torres
The Kastor Pencil Sharpener by Rodrigo Torres for Alessi is a unique accessory that is perfect for the modern office. Named for the French word for “beaver”, Kastor is a fun pencil sharpener complete with eyes, paws and a tail and it is ready to gnaw away at your pencils. If you prefer to use pens in your office setting, Kastor can also act as a decorative paperweight.
Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer by Philippe Stark
Philippe Starck is a household name when it comes to modern design and has created products for the best names in design including Alessi, Kartell and Flos. Among his contributions to Alessi is the Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer, a handheld tool for creating fresh-squeezed juice while also establishing its presence as a contemporary piece of your kitchen’s decor. It was originally designed in 1990 and has since become a staple of the Alessi collection.
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Anna G. Corkscrew by Alessandro Mendini
We couldn’t mention Alessi without talking about Alessandro Mendini’s contributions to the brand. This iconic, award-winning designer for Alessi is behind the complete Anna G. collection of modern kitchen accessories, as well as the Alessi Parrot Corkscrew and the Alessi Moka Stovetop Espresso. The Anna Gong collection from Mendini is said to be inspired by his girlfriend at the time of each piece’s inception and as a result, a clearly defined face is found in each product of the collection. Aside from its fun and colorful design, the Anna G. Corkscrew makes opening a bottle of wine easier than you could imagine.
Blow Up Basket by Fratelli Campana
The Blow Up Basket by Fratelli Campana for Alessi is another favorite of ours that can be found in contemporary spaces all over the world. This recognizable basket is made from multiple hand-welded stainless steel rods into an accessory piece that is perfect as a tabletop centerpiece or fruit holder. It’s part of a larger family of products from the Campana Brothers that also includes a mirror, clock, table, umbrella stand, magazine holder and floor mat.
All accessories by the Italian design factory are on sale now through Tuesday, 5/26. Shop the complete collection from Alessi here.
We’re celebrating our favorite studio design brands this month at Lumens and wanted to take a minute to dive a little deeper into why we love the small scale, big style attitude of these designers.
As a Beacon, NY based design studio that focuses on glass-blown fixtures, Niche Modern has brought a number of gorgeous glass pendants to the modern lighting market and become one of our favorite brands to work with. The company was actually founded accidentally by Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch in 2003 while opening a home furnishings store in Manhattan, but we are grateful for their designs and the contemporary niche they fill.
Michael McHale Designs
Also hailing from the state of New York, Michael McHale Designs is a small lighting studio that takes industrial components and mixes them with decorative lighting elements to create a diverse selection of chandeliers and pendant lighting. Founder Michael McHale also created his brand by accident while shopping for a light fixture for his NY apartment. Frustrated that he could not find what he was looking for, he decided to become a lighting designer himself. The company’s decorative lighting line includes fixtures using luxurious European crystal mixed with galvanized piping, as well as a collection of Raw fixtures that are unapologetic about their straightforward industrial nature.
Founded in 2010 by a group of glass artistans in the Czech Republic, Brokis is a new line to Lumens that we are loving. The company’s designers create gorgeous, hand-blown glass pendant lighting and lamps that are stunning in modern spaces. The Shadow collection of pendant lighting combines Bohemian glass-blowing practices with the classic form of the French atelier pendant, while the Muffin collection of pendants and table lamps use Bohemian glass with beautiful natural oak bases. If you love the look of hand-blown glass, you will want to see the complete offering from Brokis – exclusively available at Lumens.com.
San Francisco’s Pablo Designs hardly seems like a small studio with its noteworthy designs like the Tube Top Table Lamp, Circa Pendants and Piccola Table Lamp. Founded in 1993 by Pablo Pardo, Pablo Designs has impressed us over the years with its high quality design work, unmatched innovation and use of energy-efficient LED lamping. The company continues to impress us to this day with products like its latest offering, the Swell pendant collection. For any modern lighting needs in residential or commercial spaces, look to the options available from Pablo.
Founded by designer Omer Arbel in 2005, Bocci is a small studio based out of Vancouver, Canada with its office being located next to the Pacific Ocean. Who wouldn’t be inspired and creative working right next to the ocean? The company’s name translates to the word “buds” in English and it is apparent in the lighting products the company offers. Bocci’s 14 Series, 21 Series and 28 Series look like small “buds” of light and can be grouped into clusters of statement-making decorative lighting.
Seattle-based Standard Socket is a relatively new company in the decorative lighting space, only getting its start in 2012. Although young in the space, the company is growing its name and offers an impressive collection of modern lighting. Standard Socket enlists a diverse roster of up-and-coming talented designers to create a wide variety of skillfully crafted light fixtures. From the copper finished Spun Pendants to the origami-like Chipboard Pendant, we are loving the creativity this young company is fostering.
Founded by designer Jason Bird, Luxxbox is a small studio lighting brand with offices in Northern California and Australia. The company offers a collection of modern pendant lighting that gives any space a cutting-edge aesthetic. Perfect for commercial applications, the Flirt Pendant and Helm Pendant from Luxxbox are both captivating and attractive pendant designs that are bound to make a statement. Although Jason Bird also designs contemporary furniture for Luxxbox, his Helm and Flirt pendant designs are offered exclusively at Lumens.
Castor is another Canadian lighting studio that was founded by former punk rockers looking to design light fixtures from recycled materials. Based in Toronto, Castor finds its inspiration from salvaging items like fire extinguishers, fluorescent tube lights and old lamp parts and then re-purposes them into decorative light fixtures. Although Castor is a small design studio, we appreciate that they have made an even smaller impact on the Earth through the use of creative recycling.
Handcrafted lighting designs from studio brands like the above are what helps keep modern lighting unique and interesting. For more great options from studio brands, check out the complete list of small studio lighting designers here.
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!
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