When it comes to light fixtures, 2018 starts on a very interesting footing. Whether working on contemporary, industrial, mid-century or organic-inspired interiors, designers seem to prefer pieces with unique shapes, that work as artistic as well as functional design elements. Here are a few light fixture trends that are representative for what we should expect in 2018.
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Contemporary designs often attempt to maximize the decorative value of lighting fixtures by extending their visual appeal beyond their own bodies. This Dome 90 Chandelier from Bover is made from more than 150 wood pieces, sewn together into a puzzle of negative and positive spaces, to project a delicate play of lights and shadows that becomes part of the decor. The light fixture itself combines the warmth of wood with a soft dome-shaped silhouette. It is a sculptural little wonder that calls to mind great architectural ones.
Reminiscent of the shape of a hot air balloon – which enhances the impression of a floating object – the Belle Pendant Light by David Trubridge is made of bamboo and comes in two finishes. The caramel option, with its light-absorbing qualities, is perfect for creating an intimate atmosphere. The natural one allows for more light to be dispersed while casting sinuous patterns of light and shadows across the room.
Nothing spells industrial decor like a lamp made of concrete. The beauty of concrete fixtures comes from the unexpected concrete-light combination. When paired with this coarse material, the ethereal nature of light becomes mysterious and seems to tell a story. The juxtaposition of light and concrete in this Castle Small Pendant Light from Seed Design accentuates the difference between the two and creates visual drama.
Who said that fluorescent tubes do not have any aesthetic appeal? This pendant light by Castor Design uses recycled burned-out light tubes to create a horizontal cylinder illuminated from within. Filtered through the tubes, the light becomes softer and creates great ambiance – a concept that is not often associated with fluorescent lights.
A snapshot of dancing ribbons captured in motion, the Flow chandelier by Ron Henderson (from Varaluz) is hand-forged from recycled steel. The circular unraveling of these floating lacy metal ribbons creates an impression of motion that adds a dynamic element to the space.
One of the reemerging 2018 light fixture trends, starburst chandeliers are here to stay. There is something about their expanding sculptural shape that appeals to the eye and gives the impression of captured motion. They fill the space and often become the visual focus of the room. This Sputnik-inspired Gem Starburst chandelier by Levi Wilson (from Hammerton Studio) adds another element to this mid-century modern silhouette: abstract-shaped gemstone lampshades that refract light. This creates a luxurious visual effect, ideal for sophisticated settings.
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