Top 10 Modern Pendant Lights
Posted on October 28 2015
Pendant lights are elegantly suspended overhead and are versatile enough for general, task, or ambient lighting. Here we feature 10 designs that range from timeless icons to cutting-edge creations.
For the Smithfield light series, Jasper Morrison took inspiration from light fixtures in London's historical Smithfield meat market. Says Morrison, "I've always liked the industrial and functional character of these lights, and wanted to make a project out of them, looking for some way of making use of their efficiency in delivering light." The Flos Smithfield C Flushmount has an aluminum exterior with a injection-molded polycarbonate diffuser.
There's nothing like a perfectly smooth sphere to prove the design flexibility and dynamism of copper. Using the latest vacuum metallization technology, the Tom Dixon Copper Shade Pendant is a polycarbonate globe lined with a thin layer of copper that was vaporized and sucked to the interior surface via an electrical charge. The result is warm, reflective and highly sculptural.
Great for both home and commercial use, the Bocci 14 Series Single Pendant is a hand cast glass sphere that is visually subtleone that won't dominate a room. Instead, this unique pendant is designed for clustering, gainingtremendous visual strength when multiplied. Try clustering over tables, using in linear configurations or hanging over bars and kitchen islands. Designed by Omer Arbel.
A design icon of the 1960’s, these hand-folded sculptural pendant lights have been in continuous production by the Danish company Le Klint. The material is a color-stabilized white PVC which is completely washable and anti-static. Le Klint pendant lights are enjoying a renewed popularity due to their aesthetically pleasing design which also provide gentle illumination.
The Moooi Dandelion Floor Lamp designed by Richard Hutton is known for its unique decorative style created by lazer cutting steel. The Dandelion Floor Lamp features powder-coated White steel.
The Flos Skygarden Suspension, designed by Marcel Wanders, is a dome pendant with a sculpted garden foliage motif on its interior, inspired by an antique decorated plaster ceiling from one of Wanders' previous homes. It provides surprising and delightful contrast to the sleek exterior. Adding to Skygarden's distinctive appeal is the intricate lattice-work detail over the light source.
The Random Light from Moooi is well on its way to becoming a classic. These pendant lights are made from resin drained yarn that is randomly coiled around an inflatable mold, creating a magic translucent 3D fabric. Trendy and forward-thinking, the Random Light also provides great ambient illumination.
When Tom Dixon took students from Royal College on a field trip he was inspired by the shape of traditional Indian water vessels. Beat Light is a pendant made from spun brass with a hand-beaten interior. Providing direct illumination with its unique aesthetic, these pendant lights comes in a variety of finishes.
Hailing from New Zealand, the Coral Pendant Light features a new world mix of old world skills and craftsmanship, sustainability of materials and purity combined with some high-tech genius. Sharing a deep connection with nature David Trubridge Design pendant lights use timber from sustainably managed plantations and are designed to use the minimum amount of material for the maximum amount of effect.
Both exuberant and attractive, the Discoco Pendant Light offers an interplay of light and shadow to form suggestive, highly effective lighting. The thirty-five ABS disks vibrantly reflect the internal light source. On the outside, this reflection varies depending on the angle of the light, as well as providing direct illumination from its underside. The chromed sphere to which the metal bars hold the disks in place are connected, providing mesmerizing and glittering reflections.