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ENTERTAINING PART IV: LUMINESCENCE

October 09, 2019

Chandeliers, pendants, and lanterns are powerful fixtures, capable of transforming and defining an interior. Lighting design has evolved with the times, leading to stunning modern and contemporary statement pieces, in styles suitable for any taste and function. This week, we’re highlighting five unique lighting designs to illuminate your space and light up your world.
CIRQUE
Giopato & Coombes
One of the reasons chandeliers are so exciting is that, by the nature of their design, they provide room to create in ways that feel new and unexpected. Giopato & Coombes’ Cirque lamp is the perfect example. Comprised of brass, thread-like structures and ribbed-glass light capsules, Cirque captures a feeling of movement and feels incredibly modern in any setting. Cirque’s defining quality, however, is the ability to chain multiple pieces together, creating an unlimited amount of possible configurations. Entirely unique, Cirque feels just as much like a work of art as a functional light for your space. If you’re looking for a chandelier unlike any other, this is it.
UTZON LAMP
Jørn Utzon
Born in Copenhagen, designer Jørn Utzon was intrigued by the Navy’s engineering drawings done by his father, who was a naval architect. As an adult, he translated these memories into designs of his own. This influence is shown in the Utzon Lamp, which largely embodies the lines of a ship coupled with a strong light. Known as a "cult favorite," this 1949 design feels incredibly modern and thrives in present times as if it was created yesterday, fitting nicely in both commercial and residential environments. Jørn Utzon is best known for designing the Sydney Opera House, and you can see a faint foreshadowing of its famous profile in this design.
BOLLE
Giopato & Coombes
Design duo Giopato & Coombes cited the lightness of soap bubbles as the inspiration for the Bolle Collection, and it’s not hard to see the connection. Perfectly contemporary, Bolle is a collection of suspension lamps and pendant chandeliers. Appearing as a collection of floating, illuminated glass bubbles, Bolle is defined by a series of juxtapositions, an amalgamation of different shapes, different materials, different textures, and different sizes. Bolle houses a suspended brass bulb within transparent spheres that illuminate the room while also reflecting light off the curved interiors of the glass shade. Hardware available in brushed brass, brushed nickel, brushed bronze, and blackened glass. Available in seven standard sizes, as well as custom configurations.
TAPER
Douglas Fanning
The stainless steel version of this contemporary and innovative Douglas Fanning design takes an already sleek suspension light, and then adds even more sleekness. Stunningly slender, Taper casts light both upward and downward for increased ambiance—you may even find yourself surprised that such a slim lamp can emit such an expansive range of light. The blade is available in gloss white, gloss black, brushed brass, or satin silver, all of which beautifully compliment the stainless steel canopy and stems.
PEGGY FUTURA
Hangar Design Group
Designed for the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy, the Peggy Futura was created to pay tribute to the great art collector Peggy Guggenheim, who chose Venice as her residence and to whom the city owes the vibrant cultural scene that surrounds her home. Thus, a chandelier as vibrant and unique as the city of Venice was born. Peggy Futura mounts from the ceiling and is available with three, five, or nine handblown glass orbs, which are each wrapped in black metal bands. Though quite modern, Peggy Futura is remarkably versatile, and can work well in residential, commercial, or office settings, as well as public spaces like museums and galleries. Glass globes in handblown white murano glass, metal bands and frame in black steel or brass. 
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