Lighting is incredibly important in creating the right mood in a space. At the moment, I am into sleek, simple lighting.
[Noguchi Akari ] I have always been inspired by the lightness and warm glow provided by the Akari illuminated sculptures of Isamu Noguchi. I enjoyed learning more about Noguchi and the Akari collection in the article Sculpted Light in Modernism magazine. Akari or light in Japanese refers to both weightlessness and illumination which certainly describes Noguchi's fixtures. The stunning photograph above is Noguchi with his first light sculpture, Column of Light in plastic and metal (1950). You may also know Noguchi for his iconic glass coffee table of 1944 for Herman Miller. The Akari model "D" is my favorite of his light fixtures, the 75D is shown left. The pendant glows softly and appears to float and I love seeing installations where his various ceiling lamps are clustered. To purchase lighting and furniture by Noguchi, check out the Noguchi Museum Store.
[ Edison-Era Lightbulbs ] Did someone say that industrial is in? Form and function unify to create an warm lighting experience in these Edison-Era lightbulb pendants. I have noticed the trend for more paired down pendant lighting in bars and restaurants for a while now.
These Ferrowatt pendants (above) caught my eye in the April 2009 issue of GQ. Ferrowatt provides reproductions of the original bulbs invented by Thomas Alva Edison. I am dying to use these fixtures over a bar or some other really creative installation like in the library-esque Used Book Cafe below, I spotted in Architectural Digest Espana. In addition to the Edison pendants, I also like the table lamps shown above from Acquire of Boston.
[ Photographer's Light ] Inspired by the vintage photographer's lights, this Ethan Allen photographer's light provides a flexible lighting solution for many environments. While I would love to find a vintage photographers light, this one is a great alternative. And the pricing is reasonable at $549.
[ Industrial Pendant ] The CB2 Industry Pendant is one of my favorites on the market at the moment. Partly because the price is great at $200. Reminiscent of old warehouse pendants, this oversize gem features high-gloss black steel and diffused lighting. I think it works great in a dining room or over a desk in a home office.
Consider the impact of lighting in your space. These decorative and functional fixtures add sparkle and warmth . And I love the idea of blending the softness of Noguchi's iconic fixtures with the hard and industrial.