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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.