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Small Scale, BIG Style

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.

Niche Modern

Niche Modern Haus
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.

See also: Behind the Design of the Niche Modern Haus Series

Michael McHale Designs

Michael McHaleAlso 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.

See also: Behind the Design of the Raw Collection by Michael McHale


Brokis Shadow Pendants
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

Pablo Designs

Pablo Swell Pendants
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.

See also: Behind the Design of the Swell Pendants by Pablo Designs


Bocci 14 Series Pendant
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.

Standard Socket Spun Pendants

Standard Socket

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.


Luxxbox Helm PendantsFounded 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 Design

Castor Dead Stock Lamps
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.

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Jeff Romero

Jeff Romero

I am on the marketing team at Lumens and enjoy writing about interior design topics, well-designed products and more.

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