Bedroom lamps can be a challenging home decor issue: The lighting needs to be soft and create a calming mood, but it also has to be appropriate for tasks such as reading in bed or just finding what you need in dresser drawers. The right combination of bedroom lamps will solve the challenge and provide general ambient lighting, bedside task lighting, as well as a design statement to enhance the relaxing and luxurious feel of your bedroom. Maison & Objet Paris 2016 included a wide variety of cool lamps that would work in a bedroom.
Art et Floritude
Art et Floritude produces lighting in an 18th Century French tradition. Founded in 1850 in the Loire Valley, the company develops and manufactures decorative metal light fixtures and porcelain flowers. Since 1994, they have been producing distinctive chandeliers made of porcelain foliage. Any of these fixtures would be perfect as a bedroom lamp thanks to the beautiful glow and shadows they cast.
Based in the Czech Republic, BROKIS creates designs that are enhanced by the craftsmanship of Bohemian glass artisans. Its award-winning collections are originals that combine traditional, hand-blown glass with other materials, such as wood and hand-pressed metal.
The Gras lamp, presented by DCW, is not a new item, but rather an iconic fixture that is a perfect bedroom lamp, particularly at the bedside. In 1921 Bernard-Albin GRAS designed a series of lamps for use in offices and in industrial environments. The design is amazingly simple but still very ergonomic. The fixture has no screws or welded joints. According to the history of DCW, Le Corbusier was a fan of the lamps and became one of Gras’ most enthusiastic supporters, using the lamps in his own offices as well as including them in architectural projects all over the world.
Another French sought-after classic light is “Here Comes the Sun,” designed by architect Bertrand Balas,in 1969. When the lamp was was released in 1970, Balas wanted to call it “Here Comes the Sun” because of the Beatles song, but he didn’t because he thought that the Beatles would not allow it.
France’s Drugeot Labo arose out of the cider barrel-making company run by the owners’ great grandfather and grandfather. Jean-Louis Rochepeau, the father of the current directors, designed wooden objects on his own in his workshop near the Drugeot river. In 1969, he started Les Ateliers du Drugeot and designed a range of occasional wood furniture in solid oak and cherry.
Forestier of Paris represented 20 years of design history and a dozen designers who create lighting fixtures of all kinds, including bedroom lamps.
The founders of this London lighting design company gave up jobs in design consulting and furniture design to pursue their “shared dream of a unique but diverse furniture and lighting brand.” Innermost has a “quirky and rebellious approach to design driven by high-spirited London culture,” explains their website.
Le Duen Luminaire
Function must generate the shape — that’s the philosophy of Le Duen, a French lighting studio specializing in electronic lighting that has low energy consumption. While the studio world with designers and creates product lines, it also produces many bespoke designs. These design-forward pieces are perfect as mood-setting bedroom lamps.
This Worcestershire, UK company many only be about 8 years old, but its timber-based lighting and wood furniture products look like they were created by far more experienced craftspeople. Founder Alex McMaster, “designs for maximum output and minimum waste with some products using leftover materials from other ranges,” explains the company’s statement. The bespoke pieces are visually stunning and technically marvelous.
Italian lighting designer Elio Martinelli’s studio has more than 60 years of experience producing of lamps and lighting systems. Founded in 1950, Martinelli’s company has created a vast production of lamps for interiors. While originally the business was more directed at a commercial market, it is increasingly paying more attention to residential uses..
Petite Friture, is a design editor that was created in 2009 with the aim of promoting young talent and developing with them a catalogue of objects, lighting and small furniture that creates a vibration. “The result is elegant and accessible objects that in a simple and uninhibited manner tell a story; objects that understand our daily life and invite us to savor it,” describes the website. Working with more than 2 dozen designers, the company represents many cool lamps that would work in bedrooms.
Contemporary pieces for public spaces, offices and homes — that’s the specialty of Pedrali, and Italian company based in Bergamo, Italy. The firm does research to created industrial designs with original shapes made from plastic, metal, wood.
So many lighting options are available that it should not be difficult to find bedroom lamps that work for your home’s decor style as well as your budget. Remember that just because it is not labeled a bedroom lamp, does not mean it can’t be used as one.