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New exclusive: Slend by Bover

2014 September 8

Slend by Bover

Our latest exclusive hails from Barcelona, home of designer Christophe Mathieu and Bover, the two names between this brand new design. The Slend Collection is a sleek and striking pendant collection, with three ever-so different silhouettes that stand out on their own or create a cohesive group when clustered together. “It’s a decorative product, but at the same time it accomplishes an architectural function,” Mathieu said of the design.

Having worked with Bover for more than a decade, Mathieu aimed to design something that fit seamlessly in with the brand’s contemporary-meets-elegant line of lighting fixtures. The Slend collection was designed specifically with commercial spaces in mind: hotels, stores and restaurants, ideally used in clusters in a waterfall shape. The long, striking shapes would fit right in above a bar or in a reception area.

Check out our full Q&A with Christophe Mathieu about his new design at

Slend Collection by Bover

Our Five Favorite Ceiling Fans

2014 September 3
by Jeff

Choosing the right ceiling fan for your space can be a tough process. Factors such as ceiling height, room color, your personal decorative aesthetic and local climate all need to be taken into account to find a fixture that’s a good fit. We’re here to help you get started with the Lumens guide to our five favorite ceiling fans at the moment. With fans from designers like Minka Aire, Ron Rezek, Kichler, Monte Carlo, Matthews Fan Company and Craftmade, your home’s style is in good hands.

1 – Slipstream Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire, $539.95 + Free Shipping

Slipstream Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire

The Slipstream Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire has an industrial style that’s perfect for modern spaces. The eight all-weather blades are 65 inches in diameter, so this retro looking design is well suited for a larger space that needs air circulation.

What customers are saying about the Slipstream Ceiling Fan by Minka Aire:

The Minka Aire product is stylish, functional and a good value. We have used them for both high end residential and hospitality projects in the US and Mexico. More importantly, is one of our primary go to vendors. Our trade account executive Robert is outstanding. His communication is fast, follow-up excellent, and a pleasure to do business with.

2 – Flute Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan, $384.00 – $484.00 + Free Shipping

Flute Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company

This refreshing Flute Ceiling Fan has a sleek design from Ron Rezek, perfect for either indoor or outdoor spaces that need a little urban flair. The fluted fan design is available in maple, white, or nickel finish, so it could work in a fairly wide variety of spaces.

What customers are saying about the Flute Ceiling Fan from the Modern Fan Company:

We bought this fan for our pretty traditional bedroom that secretly yearns to be modern. It is a good compromise. Also we have central air but hate that closed in feeling, so this moves the air very nicely without being obtrusive.

3 – Juna Ceiling Fan by Craftmade Fans, $304.20 – $311.40 + Free Shipping

Juna Ceiling Fan by Craftmade Fans

The Juna Ceiling Fan from Craftmade Fans has curved blades to give the fan a dynamic, contemporary appearance. These ceiling fans from Craftmade combine a long product lifespan with exceptional geometric design. The unique swept blades come in a variety of colors including polished nickel with flat black, galaxy, stainless steel with brushed nickel, white, as well as stainless steel with walnut.

What customers are saying about the Juna Ceiling Fan from Craftmade Fans:

Lumens has great customer service! I love my new fan! The fan is stable, quiet and sleek looking for our new house. I like to easy remote control, simple.

4 – Gusto Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan, $384.00 – $504.00 + Free Shipping

Gusto Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company

Perfect for larger spaces or rooms with sloped ceilings, the sleek and understated Gusto Ceiling Fan from the Modern Fan Company is a contemporary design that looks fabulous but won’t overwhelm the space. The Gusto fan is available in bright nickel or gloss white finish with an energy efficient design.

What customers are saying about the Gusto Ceiling Fan by Modern Fan Company:

This fan will take center stage on a screened porch at our home currently under construction. The house is a current interpretation of a Mid-Century Modern style. This fan and its sister, the Velo truly hit the mark.

5 – Ridley Ceiling Fan by Kichler, $518.00 + Free Shipping

Ridley Ceilng Fan by Kichler

The Ridley Ceiling Fan by Kichler has a softer industrial design with a modern-looking chrome motor base and wooden oak-shaped blades. The fan has features motor control with three different speeds as well as light dimming, all of which is remote control operated. The Ridley fan would look great in your bedroom or entryway, particularly if you already have a blend of metallic and wooden accents in your space.

What customers are saying about the Ridley Ceiling Fan by Kichler:

Wooden blades and industrial modern style fan looks great in my kitchen! The stainless steel housing provides a nice complement to my stainless steel appliances. Full range dimmer switch provides great light control, from accent to task lighting. Fan is quiet on low and medium, and still smooth and quiet compared to other fans on high.

Choosing the right modern ceiling fan doesn’t need to be as difficult once you have the information to compare styles. Hopefully you now have a better idea of which fan would look best in your space and you can start enjoying a new ceiling fan in your home. For additional help, see our complete guide on how to choose a ceiling fan.

New at Lumens: Furniture by Domitalia

2014 August 29

Designed and made 100% in Italy, Domitalia is dedicated to the merits of Italian furniture design: original forms, innovative materials and manufacturing, clean and sensual lines. This collection of “comfort living” pieces like unique side chairs, multi-functional tables and quirky outdoor furniture that can be found in homes as well as a number of restaurants.

Check out a few of our favorite Domitalia pieces below:


Archie-L Table By Arter & Citton: A gorgeous blend of rich wood and industrial steel, the Archie-L Table was built for friends with room for up to 10 people. The solid oak or walnut top sits atop an angular base in a deep grey Anthracite finish.

Coquille-L Chair by Orlandini & Radice: Inspired by a scallop shell (“coquille” in French), this curvy beauty is upholstered in soft Dark Grey wool on a whitewashed or walnut-stained ashwood base.


Echo Chair by Arter & Citton: With unique curves, these polypropylene seats are stackable and work indoors or out. We love the available color palette, in neutral tones plus an apple green and true purple hue. Also comes in a barstool version.


Asso Extension Table: A seemingly simple beechwood frame, this table is all about function. Take a dinner party from 4 guests to 10 with a simple extension of the self-storing leaf.

Check out all of the Domitalia furniture collection at

New from Wastberg

2014 August 28
Claesson Koivisto Rune Pendant by Wastberg

Claesson Koivisto Rune Pendant by Wastberg

In a world of brushed nickels and antique bronzes, we love a good jolt of color when it comes to lighting options. The sweet new Claesson Koivisto Rune Pendant from Swedish design studio Wastberg takes a traditional pendant silhouette and meshes it with modern materials, construction and poppy primary colors like Grass Green, Pure Orange and Traffic Red.

A textile cord in the same color adds a dose of soft playfulness. Each pendant is perfectly cute on its own, but would create a dramatic impression in a cluster of the same or a rainbow of colors. This design comes from Claesson Koivisto Rune, a design/architecture studio in Stockholm whose work ranges from toothbrushes to buildings to a number of other Wastberg lamps.

Check out more of our Scandinavian design favorites at

Lumens + Design Milk: Dining Room Reveal

2014 August 28
Zettel'z 5 Chandelier by Ingo Maurer

Jaime’s dining room reveal on Design Milk, featuring Ingo Maurer’s Zettel’z 5 Chandelier.

We were so excited to team up recently with one of our favorite bloggers: Jaime Derringer of Design Milk. Jaime and her family just moved into a brand new home in southern California, and were eager to infuse the blank walls and empty rooms with their keen modern aesthetic.

Jaime’s style is right up our alley, so we were thrilled to help with their “House Milk” project. One of the first rooms they gussied up was the guest room (more on that here), then it was onto the dining room! Jaime chose the Zettel’z 5 Chandelier by Ingo Maurer for over their dining room table—with a twist.

The Zettel’z 5 Chandelier is meant to be an interactive piece. The clips hold 80 sheets of paper, and a mix of printed and blank sheets come with the light itself. But German designer Ingo Maurer wants the end user to contribute to the design as well, with filling in the blank sheets or adding their own.

Jaime took that idea into her own hands, experimenting with a few different kinds of paper and creating totally different looks for her dining space, using the same light fixture. Check out all of her iterations right here and let us know which is your favorite!

St. Tropez by Artkalia

2014 August 26

Lighting by Artkalia can be a real showpiece in an outdoor space like hotel pools, outdoor lounge spaces and restaurants. This collection combines modern design with LED technology into portable lights that also serve as furniture and accessory pieces. A stool that glows from within. Planters that frame a doorway with light and greenery. A floor lamp that doubles as a lit sculpture.

Artkalia’s St. Tropez collection is a new group of multi-functional products that are more than just lights: they are chairs, stools, and other furniture pieces. And they are a striking design that turns heads. Here are a few of our favorite new pieces:

Deauville LED Chair By Artkalia

Deauville LED Chair: This curvy piece features an RGB LED inside, changing colors and effects for up to 8 hours.


Ela L LED Floor Lamp: At more than 5 feet tall, Ela is a serious presence in a space, with 2 LEDs inside the base and shade.

Kubbia Moderna LED Cube By Artkalia

Kubbia Moderna LED Cube: A clean-edged square that supports up toe 240 lbs. as a stool, ottoman or side table.

See all of the new items from Artkalia’s St. Tropez collection at

New Exclusive: Hennepin Made

2014 August 26

It’s no secret we’re a big fan of the craft behind lighting designs. Our latest exclusive from Hennepin Made is the perfect showcase of that: an impeccably designed collection crafted by hand just outside of Minneapolis. The small studio is led by Jackson Schwartz and Joe Limpert, whose keen design vision and fascination with materials led them to the Parallel Series, a stunning new series of pendants made with a perfect pairing of smooth metal and artisanal glass in a palette of subtle colors.

One of the things we love about Hennepin Made is their connection to their hometown roots–the studio is located on Hennepin Avenue (hence the name) and the midwest provides a unique inspiration you don’t find from many other designers.

“We don’t feel the pressure that exists on both coasts to try and fit quick trends,” Jackson said. “It’s a little more geographically isolated, which we believe allows for better reflection and focus.”

Parallel Pendants by Hennepin Made

That reflection has led them to a perfectly curated collection of pendant lighting, including our latest exclusive. The Parallel Pendants are meant to be clustered together, with various shapes and colors that mesh well in a group despite the contrast between them. The Hennepin team spent several years looking into the right materials, design and engineering for the collection.

Hennepin Made process

Joe Limpert and Jackson Schwartz at work in their Minneapolis Studio.

Be sure to read our full Q&A with Hennepin Made and check out the  Parallel Series at




This just in: Houdini Pendants by Corbett

2014 August 18

Houdini Pendant by Corbett

How did they…? This new introduction from Corbett Lighting brings a touch of magic to a space. Featuring a mini chandelier suspended in “mid-air” with a single, double or triple shade, the Houdini Pendants by Corbett Lighting are truly an escape from the ordinary. The Houdini pendants house two contrasting crystal chandeliers inside and open frame, each secured at an offset angle so they appear to be tumbling down from the ceiling.

Marrying traditional elements like mini ornate chandeliers and a silver leaf finish with the clean lines of the frame, the Houdini pendants are a unique blend of styles. Available as a single, double or triple pendant, the pendant is suspended by discreet aircraft cable, adding to the illusion that the boxes are floating all on their own. Check out the entire Houdini Pendant collection at



Fave 5: Top Desk Lamps for the Modern Office

2014 August 18

Some days, finding the motivation to sit down and put your nose to the grindstone is difficult enough. But one essential for a productive space is a good lamp. We consider an A+ desk lamp to be a must-have for any workspace, whether it’s for burning the midnight oil in a college dorm or illuminating your 9-to-5 office space. Here are five go-to favorites our customers say haven’t let them down.

Equo Gen 3 Task Lamp by Koncept

Equo Gen 3 Desk Lamp by Koncept, $198

5-Star Review: “It’s a beautiful finish and so minimal it’s not intrusive at all…the light spreads to nearly the entire desk when higher and…is good for lighting up a desk while staring at a computer screen.”

Koncept has led the way in LED task lamps, and one of their more recent introductions, the Equo, has continued to well, show us the light. Adjusting the tilt of this lamp is light and easy, and a touch strip along the stem makes it especially simple to control power and brightness. Available in 3 finishes and warm or cool light option.

Pixo Table Lamp by Pablo Designs

Pixo Task Lamp By Pablo Designs, $199-$205

5-Star Review: “This desktop lamp is probably the best investment I’ve made thus far. It has a classic timeless design that I love. The simplicity and lines make it easy to place in every room not just your desk.”

The Pixo Table Lamp is simple, yet everything you need in a desk lamp: a moveable arm and head to direct light where you need it; a handy USB charging port in the base; warm, bright, LED light; and a subtle rainbow of 7 colors to choose from. With base just 5 inches in diameter, it takes up little desk real estate and is sleek enough to fit in with any office style.

Tizio Classic Task Lamp by Artemide

Tizio Classic Task Lamp By Artemide, From $565

5-star review: “Had Tizio lamps in the 80’s and unfortunately sold them when we moved offices. Have tried several other desk lamps since but nothing beats a Tizio.”

This Richard Sapper design from 1972 has earned its place as a favorite among architects and designers. Never-out-of-style features like a smooth, feather-light adjustability and a sleek, industrial form ensure it’s a welcome addition to the desktop, no matter what the era. It’s also a true modern classic, included in the permanent 20th century design collections at the New York MoMA and the Metropolitan Museum.

CSYS CSYS Task Lamp By Jake Dyson

CSYS Task Lamp By Jake Dyson, $990

5-star review: “Like everything else that Dyson produces, Jake Dyson seems to have the inherent family trait of creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing product. Simply stunning and outstanding quality.”

What James Dyson did for vacuums, his son Jake Dyson did for desk lamps. The designer spent six years deep in the research and mechanics that led to the CSYS LED Task Light, which bring together sleek design and the latest technology. He even nailed the mechanics involved to keeping the light right where you position it (no more dropping lamp shade) for ultra-precise, seamless movement.

Kelvin LED Task Lamp by Flos Lighting

Kelvin LED Task Lamp with Table Base By Flos Lighting, $545

5-star review: “The lamp is a perfect example of form meeting function. The lamp arm’s reach is long and the heavy base lets you take advantage of that reach without worrying the lamp will tip over.”

Designed by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, the Kelvin Lamp was made with industrial design in mind, but works wonders on the everyday desk space. With a pantograph arm, 2 steel cables and 30 LEDs, it sounds like it was built for a machine shop. Also available in a mini version and a “Green Mode” version, which includes an integrated daylight sensor that allows the lamp to project only what light is needed.

New: Skyline Collection from Hammerton Studio

2014 August 18
by Staff
Skyline Linear Suspension by Hammerton Studio

Skyline Linear Suspension by Hammerton Studio

With a look reminiscent of a big-city vista, Hammerton Studio’s new Skyline Collection is a clean, contemporary ode to the modern skyscraper.

This new line juxtaposes smooth layers of precision-cut metal, Hammerton’s impeccable artisan glass and crisp linen for a cool, urban appeal. You’ll also notice a bit of Asian influence in the design—that look was inspired by pagoda-style outdoor lighting that was made popular in the mid-20th century.

The style is available as an indoor and outdoor wall sconce, pendant, chandelier and semi-flushmount light in addition to the linear suspension shown above. Check out the whole Skyline Collection by Hammerton Studio right here.

Skyline collection by Hammerton Studeio

Skyline Chandelier, Skyline Outdoor Wall Sconce and Skyline Cover Wall Sconce by Hammerton Studio.

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