Lighting the way

It never ceases to amaze me the ingenuity in design and techniques that we see in new and exciting products at shows such as Decorex International.

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This year has been no exception with lighting really grabbing my attention. As with everything though it’s how you display, and with lighting this year it’s clearly to cluster. More is simply more, more dramatic, more stylish, more creative.

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British designer, Esther Patterson, founder of Curiousa & Curiousa has a true passion for great design, British manufacturing and true craftsmanship. All her glass lamps are blown by hand in Haarlem Mill in Derbyshire, this process makes every piece unique. Colour is at the heart of their design appeal and it’s the various colours that can be used in such beautiful ways in our interiors. Take a neutral toned room, the introduction of colours such as greens and blues can add a freshness, whilst the jewel tones of ruby, ochre and indigo can bring depth and warmth.

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Giopato and Coombes is a company that collaborates British innovation in design with Italian manufacturing. They have have really shown this with the Bolle light fitting. They are exquisite crystal clear ‘bubbles’ of glass. The way they have linked and connected them together makes them appear weightless and suspended in the moment. You could use the largest of these to greater effect in a smaller space as its transparency reduces its overall size. You have a chandelier that you see through and beyond whist light gently catches the outer edge’s of the ‘bubbles. Very clever!

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Another show stopping sight was the spectacular chandelier by I Dogi Group. They have a speciality in oversizing their pieces, scaling them to fit the space in which they are to hang.

Each is crafted in Murano glass, the detailing is remarkable with each individual piece being hand blown, stretched and pulled to huge dramatic effect, this one alone hangs 3.5m in length.

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The wooden ‘Urchin’ lights created by the talented Tom Raffield really caught my eye, hanging in clusters above a long elegant table.

Tom’s designs take inspiration from the Cornish landscape in which he lives. This gives his work a very sculptural form. He uses predominantly British hardwoods, such as Oak and Ash and has pioneered a form of steam bending to create these sinuous curves into his work. I particularly love the way the light plays through and around the pendant spheres to add yet another diamention to the designs.

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For those of us that find we need an extra wall light or two but don’t have the wiring in place, these clever lights sorts the problem beautifully. Designers Poli & Da Giorgi have designed these delightful wall lights that are as easy to install as hanging a picture! The silk cords hand down centrally to a plug socket below. They not only create the desired light but en mass give an impressive display of wall art, that can tonally work with your room’s colour scheme. Simple and ingenious!

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Finally, the must have item, I think, this year is the creative crocheted work by Naomi Paul. Yes, you read me correctly, hand crocheted from Egyptian cotton cord using a small hook.

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This textile designer creates these works to an exacting technique working in a 360 degrees turn. The larger pieces taking some 50 man hours to complete the hook work alone. They are sculptural works for interior spaces.

They hang down into the room from copper tubes to the required length and look impressive over a central table or to the side of a favourite chair casting a soft light, a more creative alternative to a standard lamp. I find that to have them hanging near to eye level is a real bonus as it’s only then that you really do appreciate the textural quality of her work.

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