July 21, 2010

There's much to be gleaned from the September 2010 issue's "Lighting 101", from the horrors of light pollution to the joys of organic LEDs. Thus inspired, we thought we'd present our most illuminating examples of modern pendants and sconces.

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Le Klint Pendant 161

Le Klint's classic sculptural pendants are offered in a variety of hand-folded shapes. Designed by architect Poul Christiansen in the late 1960s, the style holds up to date, and the PVC material is easy to clean.

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Caravaggio Pendant

There's something striking about this drawn steel pendant. The glossy, opaque shade casts light down, but shines on the cord above as well.

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V Pendant

For those who are after more than just light, V will cast cool geometric shadows through its polycarbonate slats.

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Soft Tools Pendants

Using the tools in their furniture workshop to create something a little softer than stools and low tables, the Ribic boys behind Objeti—brothers Joseph and John Jr., along with their father John Sr.—have created this collection of hand-pressed felt pendants. Each of the three shapes is named after a different type of device: Chamfer, Radius, and Ball. The company, which just recently launched, won an Editors' Choice award at ICFF this year.

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Ogle Pendant Lamp

Any amateur dramatist can live in the spotlight. Form Us With Love’s Ogle pendant casts a soft LED beam on your domestic soundstage, setting the scene for the story of your life.

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Nagoya Pendant Light

Designed by Ferran Freixa, fine strips of poplar wood are woven together to create a framework which constitutes the shade. The shade is supported by two metal circles allowing light to shine towards the ceiling and floor.


Le Soleil Pendant Lamp

A luminous sphere made up of irregular bands of opaque polycarbonate. Le Soleil Pendant Lamp by Foscarini has a special luminous effect with light projected upwards from the bands and central direct illumination. Available in 3 colors.

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All Light Closed Wall Sconce

The All Light Closed wall sconce was designed by Rodolfo Dordoni for Flos in Italy. It has a sleek and simple design with 24-watt mini bi-pin fluorescent bulb and a Stainless steel cover. The light is versatile and can be used indoors or outdoors.

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Solis Pendant

Designer Carmine Deganello has created lighting with drama. Solis is as much sculpture as lamp. The shade is created with ribbons of fabric that cast beautiful patterns. The included hardware allows you to mount it as either a pendant or wall sconce.

Jeremy Pyles Bella Lighting

Bella Pendant

A recent lunchtime wander to San Francisco boutique Area (which is right around the corner from Dwell HQ) gave us a bit of design-envy to chew on. The impeccably-curated shop is chock-full of beautiful things, and a brief browse around on the site brought us to this handblown pendant from NY designer Jeremy Pyles. He's got quite a few different styles, all equally lovely.

A110 Artek Aalto Alvar Pendant

Pendant Lamp A110

Artek's A110 pendant has been shining brightly since it was designed by Finnish founder Alvar Aalto in 1952. The lacquered aluminum lamp directs focused rays—like a spotlight for your coffee or dining room table—and is available in black or white.

Secto Design Atto 500 Pendant lamp

Atto 5000 Pendant Lamp

Atto 5000 was introduced at the Stockholm Furniture Fair earlier this year, one of interior architect Seppo Koho's latest designs for Finnish lighting company Secto Design. Handmade by skilled craftsmen using Finnish birch, this bulbous slatted pendant lamp's simple shape evokes classic Scandinavian style.

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Vento Pendant

The Vento Pendant lamp combines the technology of a powerful lamp with soft, sinewy curves that make it a statement piece in any room.

CB2 Firefly Pendant

Firefly Pendant

Each iron Firefly fixture from CB2 comes with five glass shades which would look great lined up above the dining table or kitchen countertop, or illuminating the living room. 

Chiasso Orb Pendant Light

Orb Pendant

Transparent mouthblown glass brings this pendant light's bulb into clear view, allowing it to illuminate a room without any obstruction.

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Pressed Glass Pendants

Each shade in the Pressed Glass collection by Tom Dixon is made by compressing molten glass into a hollow mould which is then annealed in a kiln. This process does not allow for any intervention so small variations make each shade unique and beautiful.

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Tech Lighting Kiev Pendant

The Tech Lighting Kiev Pendant provides a layer of inviting illumination in a design with crisp, clean lines and sophisticated elements of color and visual texture. The Kiev Pendant features flared-shaped fabric shade with Ornate glass fount. and metal finish.

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BulbsinBulbs Pendant Light

Edison's on-the-outs incandescent inspired the interconnecting acrylic silhouettes of the BulbsInBulbs, a hanging or standing light that shines in countless user-assembled configurations.

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PXL Pendant Light

We're not sure which the PXL reminds us of more: Panton and Pantone, or clowns and carnivals. The fact that its lacquered aluminum bands are upbeat and eye-catching, however, is without a doubt.

Estiluz BUTTERFLY Wall Sconce

Butterfly Wall Sconce

The elegant curve of the the Butterfly Wall Sconce by Estiluz bathes any room in a warm glow. Designed by Leonardo Marelli. Available in nickel, chrome, and black finishes.

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