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New Illuminating Experiences Designs We Love

2015 April 10

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

Crown Plana 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

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

Zabriskie Point S Chandelier
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

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

De Majo Cannattata Pendant
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.

David Trubridge Wins 2015 Red Dot Design Awards

2015 April 8

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

David Trubridge Snowflake
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

David Trubridge Nikau
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.

Updating Your Home Theater With BDI

2015 April 8

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

BDI Corridor Media CabinetBDI Corridor 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

BDI Marina CabinetBDI Marina

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

BDI 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.

Fave 5: Modern Outdoor Wall Sconces

2015 April 6

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

Shelter Outdoor Wall SconceA 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.

Steampunk Wall Sconce

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
by Feiss

Feiss Redding Station SconceThe 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.

Hinkley Luna Outdoor Sconce

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 Rain SconceModern 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.

Entertaining with Iittala Dining Accessories

2015 April 3

Easter Sunday is this weekend and it is one of the many upcoming holidays where you will likely be entertaining guests in the dining room. And what better way is there to entertain than with glassware, serveware and decorative table top accessories? We gathered a few of our favorite pieces from Iittala that we think you’ll love for entertaining accessories.

About Iittala

Iittala began in a little town in Finland as a glass-production factory dating back to the late 1800s. The company’s glass-work was of high quality and quickly became highly sought-after in the design world after Finnish designers Alvar Aalto and Kaj Franck became involved with Iittala. With the help of Aalto and Franck, Iittala emerged as a leader in modern dining sets and now today produce beautiful dinnerware, serveware, vases and other accessories for home decor.

Here are some of our favorite Iittala products that we think you’ll love for any entertaining occasion.

The Taika Collection by Klaus Haapaniemi

Taika MugTaika Dinner PlateTaika Pasta Bowl

Inspired by the Finnish word for magic, the Taika collection from Iittala is a great assortment of entertaining accessories that will help add a little magic to your dining table. This delightful assortment from Klaus Haapaniemi includes the Taika Mug, a matching dinner plate, a pasta bowl and more. Every piece of the collection complement each other and they are ideal for any get-together among friends and family. Take a look at the full Taika collection here.

Aalto Vase Alvar Aalto

Aalto VaseThe Iittala Aalto Vase is a classic piece from Alvar Aalto that embraces the principles of Scandinavian design.

Originally designed by Aalto in 1936, this glass-blown vase is made available today through Iittala. The Aalto Vase is available in Clear, White, Rain and Cranberry glass stains to accommodate the color scheme of your space. See all of the variations of this iconic vase in the Aalto collection from Iittala.

Iittala Nappula Candleholder

Nappula Candleholder by Matti Klenell

As a perfect decoration for the tabletop you and your guests will adore, the Nappula Candleholder by designer Matti Klenell is a decorative powder-coated steel candleholder with a slim body and a wide, round base. It is a modern, yet vintage candleholder design that fits well in contemporary spaces.

Nappula is available in Black, Sea Blue, White and Yellow finishes, and it comes in two distinct sizes to create a decorative impact. Nappula is also available in a Brass version and as a Candelabra.

Toikka Birds by Oiva Toikka

Toikka Bird Collection ITTP87449_alt02

The Toikka Birds are gorgeous glass decorations that are sure to start a conversation among your dinner guests. Designed by Oiva Toikka and made in Finland, each Bird is created from mouth-blown glass making every item in the collection unique. Toikka Birds come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors to help you fit your interior design. Add a few pieces of the collection to your home or considering collecting them all!

Essence Glassware by Alfredo Haberli

Iittala Essence GlasswareIittala Essence

Finally, you’ll need glassware to serve your guests drinks and whether you are celebrating Easter, Thanksgiving or any special occasion, the Essence collection from Iittala is the perfect choice. Designed by Alfredo Haberli and made in Germany from blown glass, the Iittala Essence collection includes a variety of beautiful drinking glasses including wine glasses, champagne flutes, beer glasses, cocktail bowl glasses, tumblers and a wine decanter. Add a few items from the Essence family to your existing glassware or collect the entire set for your next dinner party.

Make your next holiday party memorable with any of these options from Iittala and save 20% on all products by Iittala through April 7, 2015.

Sweepstakes: Win A New Ceiling Fan

2015 April 2
by Staff

Lumens Win A Fan Contest

We’re giving away a new ceiling fan of your choice (up to $500 value) for subscribing to our email list. Head over to our contest page on Facebook to enter for your chance to win and read the sweepstakes rules here. Enter to win now through April 30, 2015.

We’ll be announcing the winner in mid-May, so be on the lookout for an email from!

In the meantime, take a look at a few of our favorite new ceiling fan designs:

Skylon Ceiling Fan by Monte Carlo Fans

Skylon Ceiling Fan Monte Carlo FansInspired by scissor sheers, the Monte Carlo Skylon Ceiling Fan is a modern designed fan that can really cut through air with its quiet, energy-efficient DC motor. It also features an integrated LED light kit to provide ample downlighting.

Atlas Irene Five Blade Ceiling Fan

Irene 5-Blade Ceiling Fan by Atlas Fans

The Irene design from Atlas Fans / Matthews Fan Company has been a favorite at Lumens and it is now available in a 5-blade version. The Irene 5-Blade Ceiling Fan features wooden blades that match perfectly with its cylinder body and it is powered by an energy-efficient DC motor.

Torsion Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company

Torsion Ceiling FanAlthough the Torsion Ceiling Fan was introduced in 2014 from Modern Fan Company, it’s still a relatively new design we are loving. Torsion is designed to resemble huge wrenches twisting on an enormous bolt. It’s an industrial design that has been finding its home in modern residential spaces.

Spring Spruce-Up: Modern Outdoor Furniture

2015 March 30

With the warmer weather on the way, you will likely start spending more time outdoors and with holidays like Memorial Day and the 4th of July on the way, you’ll want to have an outdoor furniture set that is inviting to your friends and family. In addition to a BBQ, a gazebo and decorative lighting in this space, modern furniture like outdoor-friendly chairs, dining tables and benches are a great way to help you entertain outside.

We’ve gathered a few of our favorite contemporary patio furniture designs that will complement your outdoor living area with a great sense of style.

Why We Love Modern Outdoor Furniture

It’s easy to express yourself with furniture and lighting indoors, but you are equally able to express your design style outside. Modern outdoor furniture from the likes of Kartell, Fermob, MAMAGREEN and Cane-line allow to you easily show your contemporary side and the furniture from these design-oriented brands pair well with barbecues, gazebos and other accessories you may have on your deck or patio.

Bubble Club Sofa by Kartell

Bubble Club SofaPerfect indoors or out, the Kartell Bubble Club Sofa has the same composure and shape as a classic sofa, but it is made of durable, batch-dyed polyethylene. This material allows it to be the perfect seating furniture for your deck or patio area. The Bubble Club Sofa is available in black, green, gray, yellow, terracotta and white to help accommodate a variety of colors in your outdoor living space. Take a look at all of the furniture available from Kartell to create a cohesive look outdoors.

Allux Armchair & Twizt Dining Table by MAMAGREEN

MAMAGREEN Allux Chair MAMAGREEN Twizt Dining Table

Although MAMAGREEN is new to Lumens, we are already loving some of their outdoor-friendly dining and lounging furniture. The MAMAGREEN Allux Armchair is an ideal outdoor dining chair that is a simple enough design to complement nearly any patio dining table, while being durable enough to withstand a variety of weather conditions. When paired with a MAMAGREEN dining table like the Twizt Glass Top Dining Table, you will have an outdoor dining set friends and family will love.

Luxembourg Bench by Fermob

Luxembourg Bench by Fermob

Inspired by a scattering of elegant chairs and benches in Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris, the Fermob Luxembourg Bench embraces minimalist design with its clean lines and materials. To withstand outdoor conditions, the Luxembourg Bench is made from a durable tubular frame supporting curved aluminum slats. It’s the perfect bench when paired with dining chairs, when used as a decorative element in the garden or standing alone on the front porch waiting to greet your guests.

Pure Dining Table & Core Armchairs by Cane-line

Cane-line Pure Table Cane-line Core Armchair

Cane-line is another new collection of outdoor furniture we are loving. Cane-line uses a variety of materials including wood, aluminum and fabric to create furniture to support an exciting outdoor living area. For a contemporary outdoor dining table, look to the Cane-line Pure Dining Table – this dining table is composed of a concrete table top supported by stainless steel legs, making it durable and ideal for outdoor situations. Pair the Pure Dining Table with couple of Cane-line’s Core Armchairs and you will have one of the most contemporary outdoor dining sets available.

Other Great Options

Keep the conversation going into the later evening hours with an outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces will provide the warmth you need while also complementing your outdoor furniture and accessories.

Fanimation Wins Award for Design Excellence

2015 March 25

Fanimation is among the elite in contemporary and modern ceiling fan design. The company thrives on innovation and designs a variety of products that fit a multitude of interior design styles. The company is also responsible for complementary ceiling fan technology like its FanSync application – a smartphone app that allows to control the functions of your ceiling fan and lighting from the palm of your hand.

Fanimation Wins ADEX AwardThis month, Fanimation has been awarded the 2015 ADEX award for its Beckwith and Zonix LED designs. The ADEX award, the Award for Design Excellence, is granted to companies that display design excellence in their products.

The award is selected by a panel of professionals representing a cross section of the design industry who recognize the best product and project designs of the year.

Take a look at the why the Beckwith and Zonix LED ceiling fans are worthy of the ADEX award.

Beckwith Ceiling Fan

Fanimation Beckwith FanWinner of the Platinum Award, the Fanimation Beckwith is the perfect combination of a drum pendant and a ceiling fan in a very unique design. Instead of a traditional ceiling fan design with fan blades to move air, Beckwith is a round fixture that simply circulates the air around it.

It’s available in a Brushed Nickel or Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish and uses four ceiling fan bulbs for its light output.

Fanimation Zonix LED Fan

Zonix LED Ceiling Fan

Modern, clean and energy-efficient? Its no wonder why the Fanimation Zonix LED Ceiling Fan received the ADEX Gold Award. This version of the popular Zonix fan features an integrated LED downlight that provides a significant amount of light output while also allowing you to conserve energy. It’s 54-inch blade span is perfect for living rooms, great rooms, large bedrooms and a variety of commercial applications. The Zonix LED fan is available in a Brushed Nickel or Oil-Rubbed Bronze finish and can be used in outdoor settings as it is rated for damp locations.

Other Great Options

If you prefer a version of the Zonix without the LED downlight, you’ll want to check out the original Zonix Ceiling Fan. And be sure to take a look at all of the innovative designs from Fanimation available at Lumens.

The Raw Collection by Michael McHale

2015 March 23

We recently had the chance to catch up with former New York entertainment attorney Michael McHale to discuss his industrial approach to lighting design. Michael McHale started designing lighting by complete accident, but quickly picked up the key points of contemporary design and now offers a unique selection of products that combine industrial elements like galvanized plumbing pipe with luxury-exuding European crystal. The result is an awe-inspiring collection of lighting that can best be described as industrial-chic.

Following this same design aesthetic, Michael McHale Designs introduced a chandelier and a linear bar fixture that are both unapologetic in their straightforward industrial design. Appropriately named the Raw collection, these fixtures are made with steel pipes and a symmetric grid of steel cabling with points of light protruding from all angles. One of the best features of the new collection is that every Raw Chandelier or Raw Linear Bar can take on a different personality depending on the type of bulb you choose to use. Both fixtures display a lot of character and can fit a variety of commercial or residential applications.

Read the full Michael McHale interview and take a look at the photos of the new Raw lights below.

Michale Mchale Lighting

Michael McHale Chandelier

Michael McHale Raw Chandelier

Michael McHale Raw Linear Bar

Raw Linear Bar Light

Design Spotlight: Arturo Alvarez Lighting

2015 March 20

Starting back in 1994, lighting designer Arturo Alvarez set out to create handmade, contemporary light fixtures that could not only stand out in a space, but would also evoke emotions from people due to their craftsmanship and elegance. Today, the lighting designer and the Arturo Alvarez Lighting line is synonymous with innovation and emotion in lighting design.

Arturo Alvarez – Emotional Light

Arturo Alvarez designs some of the most decorative, emotion-inducing ceiling and wall lights available today and they have become favorites among the Lumens’ team. Here are five pendants and ceiling suspension designs we love from the Arturo Alvarez line.

V Pendant

Arturo Alvarez V Pendant
As if it was taken directly from a science-fiction novel, the Arturo Alvarez V Pendant by Hector Serrano stands out above other ceiling light designs with its spatial biconcave shape. Designed from injection-molded plastic and a Polycarbonate glass diffuser, the V Pendant is durable and at the same time, very light. V is available in a white or black finish and requires a single 100 Watt bulb.

Shio Pendant

Arturo Alvarez Shio Pendant
Natural lines become the focal point of the Arturo Alvarez Shio Pendant, as it is designed with layered plywood that just barely allows light to peak through its slim openings. Shio is available in three distinct laminate finishes – white, brown and yellow. The Shio pendant is also available in a dimmable option that is ideal for decorative mood lighting.

Nevo Grande Pendant

Arturo Alvarez Nevo Pendant
The Arturo Alvarez Nevo Grande Pendant resembles a cloud that is about to burst with rain. This elegant design, from Arturo Alvarez himself, utilizes patented SIMETECH technology. SIMETECH is a handmade material composed of a stainless steel mesh and a silicone covering that allows for a range of opacity. The handmade mesh material facilitates the emotional, expressive light delivered by the Nevo Grande.

Aros Pendant

Arturo Alvarez Aros Pendant
The Aros Pendant successfully employs polypropylene strips to create a heavenly body of light that fits well in contemporary dining rooms or decorative entryways. The layered hoops of the material allow it to cast graceful rings of light through the open spaces of the fixture that will, again, prompt emotion in people. The Arturo Alvarez Aros Pendant is available in a white or black finish and requires a single 57 Watt bulb.

Vento LED Linear Suspension

Arturo Alvarez Vento Linear Pendant
The Arturo Alvarez Vento Suspension is shaped as if it were crafted naturally from gentle gusts of wind. This contemporary design from Alavarez is made from a curved piece of awe-inspiring stained glass that is softly illuminated by a hidden LED. Vento exudes peaceful serenity and is available in a number of stained glass options to fit the decor of your space.

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