Over the past couple of days weeks, I've been trawling the net and piles of magazines and brochures looking for suitable lighting solutions for my latest project. It's a huge open plan living/kitchen/dining space that is a bit daunting initially, but I know that as long as I incorporate all types of lights and cram in plenty, all flexible at the tweak of a dimmer switch, it will work out fine.
I always seem to gravitate towards massive, wow inducing, twinkly glass chandeliers - they are my personal preference but I'm not designing for me this time around and I appreciate they are not to everybody's taste or style. A more androgynous solution like a fabulous drum pendant shade in the deepest dark silk or velvet fabric can be just as beautiful.
There's another trend that's getting quite a lot of attention at the moment - affordable lights that use recycled materials such as plastic, paper and cardboard. I saw some great versions of this at Designjunction from designer Tabitha Bargh, she had both cardboard and corrugated plastic versions of her shade designs.
Such a cool and innovative way to reuse and upcycle the things that are thrown away daily in such crude volumes. Their success lies in the fact that they look just as effective lit as unlit, plus I've selected these five designs because at first glance it's not blindingly obvious what they are made of, only on closer inspection do they reveal themselves. Genius!
And my favourite? It has to be number two. What's yours?
p.s. For design that's dedicated to saving the world, Inhabitat is worth a visit.