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.
Our sale on select outdoor furniture and accessory pieces in the Kartell collection comes to an end today! If you have been eying that piece of modern furniture for your patio, now is your chance to pick it up at a great price. And if you are not sure what Kartell outdoor furniture pieces will work best for your space, here are a few of our favorite options.
If you are familiar with modern furniture design, the Kartell Master’s Chair needs very little introduction. This iconic piece of modern furniture was designed by Philippe Starck to pay tribute to classic designs from Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen and the Eames. It enlightens both indoor and outdoor spaces and it is also now part of the Precious collection from Kartell.
Prince AHA Stool
Another design from Philippe Starck, the Prince AHA Stool is a design fit for royalty…it also works great as an everyday piece of furniture for your deck or patio as it is suitable for outdoor use. It’s composed of the plastic that Kartell is known for and is available in Green, Orange, Pigeon (Grey) or White finishes.
Magic Hole Armchair & Sofa
The Magic Hole outdoor furniture set is one of our newer favorites from Kartell. Designed by Eugeni Quitllet and Philippe Starck in 201l, the Magic Hole Sofa and Magic Hole Armchair use Kartell’s durable, weatherproof polyethylene making them ideal for modern outdoor spaces. The set is named for its hollowed-out, pocketed arms – a unique take on furniture design we have not seen before. The set also comes in an array of colors to help you accommodate your patio’s existing color scheme.
Finally, for a contemporary chair with a minimalist design, you’ll want to check out Piero Lissoni’s Audrey Chairs. Each Kartell Audrey Chair is cast from a single piece of aluminum making them durable and lightweight. They are available with or without arms in a wide selection of colors and easily complement any outdoor dining table.
Other Great Options
These are just a few of our favorites from Kartell’s outdoor assortment. Take a look at the full selection on sale here and get your outdoor living area looking modern in no time.
&Tradition, a Copenhagen-based firm, embraces the tenets of Nordic and Scandinavian design in its collection of modern lighting, furniture and accessories. Boasting with new contemporary designs and prominent reproductions from design icons, &Tradition has elevated itself to become a major name in the decorative lighting design community all over the world.
The company was started in 2008 by Martin Kornbek Hansen and Nadja Kornbek Hansen as a way to bridge the divide between the values of modern design and the qualities of classic Nordic design. Today, the couple produces designs from newer, up-and-coming designers like Sofie Refer and Benjamin Hubert, as well as reproducing classic Scandinavian pieces from Verner Panton and Arne Jacobsen.
Take a look at five of our favorite pieces from the &Tradition lighting collection below.
Bulb Pendant & Mega Bulb Pendant by Sofie Refer
Sofie Refer’s Bulb Pendant for &Tradition is a best seller at Lumens and has helped the company gain recognition. Everything about the &Tradition Bulb Pendant is transparent, from the lamp shade to the light bulb itself, allowing people to see electricity in action. It is the recipient of multiple design awards and is also offered in a mega version for larger spaces.
Bellevue Lamps by Arne Jacobsen
The name Arne Jacobsen is almost synonymous with Scandinavian design and it is easy to see in his Bellevue lamps from &Tradition. Originally designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1929 (one of his first designs), the Bellevue collection is reproduced today by &Tradition and offered as the Bellevue AJ3 Table Lamp and the Bellevue AJ2 Floor Lamp. Both lamps are available in Black or White and fit well in any contemporary space.
Marble Floor Lamp by Studio Vit
The floor lamp in this stunning Danish collection features a mouth-blown borosilicate glass orb that is housed by a White Italian Carrara marble socket and is supported by a marble base. Its white cord reaches out from the base and hangs from a hook attached to the ceiling, reinventing the idea of a typical floor lamp.
Spinning Pendant Lamp by Benjamin Hubert
Designed by Benjamin Hubert, the &Tradition Spinning Pendant Lamp is a contemporary ceiling light that was inspired by a spinning-top toy. This pendant design demonstrates &Tradition’s affection for newer, modern design and is similar to other contemporary light fixtures from Benjamin Hubert. The Spinning Pendant is offered in a small and large option, as well as Black, Matte Grey or White finishes.
FlowerPot Pendant by Verner Panton
Verner Panton’s FlowerPot Pendant is a classic design from 1969 that is now made available from &Tradition. This peaceful, statement-making pendant was named after the Flower Power movement of the 1960s and is seen as a protest against boring lighting design. It features a lacquered steel shade with an inner bulb that provides ample downlighting. It’s available in a variety of friendly finishes including Green, Orange, Red, Yellow and Turquoise. If you love its shape and style, it’s also offered in a table lamp version you will want to check out.
Other Great Options
Be sure to follow @AndTradition on social media for the latest news and products from the company. And if you are a fan of this design style that emphasizes craftsmanship, simplicity and functionality, you will want to see all of the available Scandinavian designs available at Lumens.
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
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