Vera Dordick has a passion for all things home decor and design. She loves bringing the latest in home lifestyle products and design trends to Homedit readers.
Vera dove head-first into the design and decor field in 2015 after a lifetime of DIY-ing and creative pursuits. She scouts the major design fairs for fresh ideas to make your home stylish and comfortable.
Avram Rusu chandelier - Avram Rusu's Confetti glass collection was inspired by an explosion of confetti. It's available as a pendant or sconce. The love the futuristic look of the large fixture. Andreea Avram Rusu, founder and architect, has been heading up the studio since 2004. All pieces are designed, prototyped and built in the Avram Rusu Brooklyn studio.
TJ Okeefe triangle light - 45 is a multi-purpose LED light by T J O K E E F E, that is made of powder-coated aluminum. It is designed to lean agains the wall and use it as a reflector. It is available in three sizes. T J O K E E F E, is an American furniture and object design company that strives " to create powerful objects through compelling minimalism... We approach minimalism in the truest sense of the word––aiming to achieve the greatest effect by the simplest means––because we believe the simplest solutions have the potential to be the most powerful," Says the designer's website.
Flush wall mounted lights - This set of flush-mounted wall lights reminds us of giant buttons. The fixture is by All Lights Up, which creates its bespoke lamp shades are made in Brooklyn. Founder Rachel Simon and her nephew Tom Simon have been designing the products since 1987.
Tightrope mine lights - Like mines floating in the water, Tightrope's mine lights are fun and funky and a larger companion to the original mine light. The 12" diameter mild steel ball is finished with their signature black patina and paste wax. fixture has nine 2-watt LED beacon bulbs.
Krugman with Terreform light fixture - Krugman teamed up with Terreform to display his ethereal light fixtures in their booth.
Tubular fixtures from Splyt Light - This tubular fixture seems as it it's almost a living being.
Splyt Light Lighting Fixture - The thousands of little lights help make this piece feel as if it is in flight.
Ali Siavoshi Diffrent size bulbs - The different-size bulbs give each fixture a varied look the books yo choose will also change the appearance of the fixtures.
Ali Siavoshi Books Light - Here, he has reimagined colorful books as lights in flight across the top of your room. The fixtures are based on his design of an acrylic pendant that transforms any book into a lamp! Add your favorite book to the angled pendant turn on the light.
Natalie Sanzache abstract pendant - In this pendant, the raw exterior is paired with an abstractly painted interior.
Egg light fixtures - This egg light fixture has a raw concrete exterior and a gilded interior. The juxtaposition of the raw and the royal is dramatic, particularly with the organically shaped edge and natural fissures in the side.
Natalie Sanzache concrete forms - The inside of the concrete forms are painted with a variety of designs, such as these insects.
Lure sconces flower garden - This wall is a literal flower garden with a grouping of the Lure sconces -- truly an artful way to light up a room!
Pelle - lure light fixture - Lure is a light fixture that embodies a flower’s transient beauty. The cast paper flower is illuminated by an LED light that sits at the end of a slim brass arm. Designed as a single fixture, it can be displayed alone or arranged in a grouping.
Earth Coral Lights - The Earth Coral Bloom is a branch like structure that features highly colored, lighted flora and fauna.
Paul-Sueat-gray-branch-light - White Coral Bloom features an organic armed form that sports white, illuminated jelly like forms, evoking an underwater (and upside down) booking piece of coral
Patrick Weder closer look - When lit, the structure of the chickenwire frame becomes a more prominent feature.
Patrick Weder barnacle light - The fixture takes on a different appearance depending upon your perspective and the level of lighting.
Brooklyn-based designer Patrick Weder - Weed's honeycomb lights can be oriented vertically or horizontally. This particular piece reminds us of a coral branch.
Larose Guyon LaRose - LaRose Guyon's Liane future also features copper chains, but is a much more understated --yet no less elegant -- copper fixture. The short chains accent the sophisticated curve of the copper base.
Larose Guyon Lighting Fixture - We're not sure what;s more stunning...the drape of the chains or the way they reflect the light.
Junior Fritz Jacquet Dune - Jacques's "Dune" features peaks, valleys and rolling curves that evoke the sand dunes of a desert.
Junior Fritz Jacquet Lotus - The Lotus is an origami-like piece that mimics the shape of the lotus flower.
Junior Fritz Jacquet Dianthus - Named for the symbol of love and fidelity, the Dianthus light sculpture casts a soft glow that only highlights the delicate pleats, folds and frills.
James Dieter ingo Light - Ingo is available in a number of color combinations. Whether used individually or paired up with others, it's a spare, but artful lighting piece.
Ingo Folded aluminum light - Dieter's "Ingo" is a wall sconce made from pieces of folded aluminum. The individual pieces connect using magnets, which allows you to configure them in any way you like, switching it up at will.
James Dieter Meta Lighting Fixtures - Dieter launched his "Meta" at ICFF 2016. The endlessly configurable wall fixture is made of short stick lights with black metal caps. The are attached to modular metal frames.
James Dieter Hanging lighting fixtures - Dieter's Kite has fabric faced units that are reconfigurable --without the use of a drill. Reminds us of an origami construction as well.
Wall hang diamond series - The Diamond Series is fashioned from a translucent wood envelope over a brass mounting box.
Claire diamond series - We were most taken by Claire's Diamond series. What looks like a plain, solid wooden box on the wall is literally transformed with the flick of a light switch. The solid pieces become these warmly glowing diamonds. They can be mounted in any direction, can stand alone on a wall, arranged in groups. There's also a frame-like version called Diamond Illuminate that can surround a mirror or hang independently.
Floor lamp Geam Simtech - This floor lamp is the Gea, named after the primitive godess, mother earth. The tall lamp has a rather feminine form that is fluted SIMETECH®. The lamp emits a soft and even light. This floor model received the Good Design Award in 2007.
Alvarez-long-pendant - Here's a closer look at the longer style of the Tempo pendant.
Tempo Collection Folded into pleats - These pleated fixtures are from his Tempo Collection, which is made from painted stainless steel mesh. Folded into fine pleats, the designer uses two overlapped layers to create dynamic pendants.
Ballet chandelier by Alvarez - The Ballet Chandelier by Alvarez was created during experimentation with SIMETECH®. Thanks to the nature of the material, the shapes are fluid and natural.
Paul Suepat Designs Colorful Lights - Paul Suepat Designs showcased its first collection, called "The Nature of Design" at ICFF 2016. This piece is "Jelly Bloom." While the shapes resemble flowers, they are also reminiscent of jellyfish. The light from above gives them a colorful glow.
SIMETECH handmade lighting - The close-up show SIMETECH, which is a handmade material, of stainless steel mesh with a silicone covering. Alvarez's studio says the material "creates zones of chiaroscuro providing a warm and hypnotic light."
LaTorre Cruz black chandeliers
Dramatic lights from Zarate - This dramatic lighting from Zarate was a big draw for the booth featuring designers from the Philippines! Clouds of shredded stainless steel illuminated from within are mysterious and enticing. In fact, this was the international debut for the brand’s designer, 22-year-old Jim Torres.
Flavia flowers lighting system - Like flowers bursting forth from the ground, Flavia is a wall mounted light that almost seems like a living being.
Blank wall lighting
Andrea Claire Studio Chandelier - These multiple chandeliers are from the Ivy series, which works best in taller spaces. This fixture can be customized with anywhere from three to nine cubes. Each cube-like shape is made from a translucent bamboo veneer on a square brass tube frame and joints.
Sanzache pendant red interior - Perhaps a blood red interior is more your style?
James Dieter Disco at ICFF - Disco was another ICFF debut lighting fixture for Dieter. The LED discs are great.
Andrea Claire Studio Customized light fixtures - The colors and other aspects of the light fixtures can be customized, as in this green version.
Larose Guyon Warm Copper Chains - While many of the studio's have an elegant, minimalist sensibility, these Otero lighting fixtures displayed at ICFF 2016 were decidedly lush and opulent. A multitude of warm copper chains drape elegantly, reflecting light that comes from each one of the fixture. Shown here in two sizes, the fixture can be customizes, including as a multi-drape chandelier.
Sanzache wall light - Sanzache's lace light casts a multitude of interesting shadows around the room when illuminated.
Without a doubt, good design is an art — a marriage of beautiful form with purposeful function. And, in the hands of many lighting designers the artful side of lighting fixtures takes center stage. What’s even better is when these lighting fixtures are a little bit funky and even fantastical. Not only do the illuminate your space but they reflect your style as well as your whimsical side. Here are some of the artful lighting fixtures Homedit found at ICFF 2016.
Arturo Alvarez Emotional Lighting
Ethereal light from unexpected shapes — that’s what caught our eye at Arturo Alvarez Lighting. Whether made from pleated mesh, coated wire, or his own innovative material, the Spanish designer’s fixtures are unusual but never brash. Handmade in Spain the lighting Alvarez creates are inspired by the natural surroundings of his studio in northwest Spain, as well as the region’s traditional arts and crafts.
According to the company, curiosity is their guiding principle, and that “Alvarez, creative director of the firm, who through exploration, taking quotidian materials out of their natural context, gets to new and surprising uses.” In fact, the designer developed a new, highly malleable material called SIMETECH®, which won the 2014 BEST OF YEAR award from Interior Design for as best lighting solution.
Andrea Claire Studio
An accomplished architect by training, Andrea Claire has parlayed her design knowledge and sculpting skills into a woman-owned, sustainably minded design business, producing beautiful and artful light fixtures. All her pieces are hand crafted with social interaction in mind. The fixtures are more like hanging works of art, reminiscent of mobiles, featuring her distinctive tapered cube shape.
We were most taken by Claire’s Diamond series. What looks like a plain, solid wooden box on the wall is literally transformed with the flick of a light switch. The solid pieces become these warmly glowing diamonds. They can be mounted in any direction, can stand alone on a wall, arranged in groups. There’s also a frame-like version called Diamond Illuminate that can surround a mirror or hang independently.
Brooklyn-Based James Dieter was creating lighting fixtures long before he launched the James Dieter lighting studio. Opening form in 2001, Dieter created lighting that through an exploration of flat sheet materials transformed into textural and sculptural forms. Now, with JamesDieter, he is developing more innovative, cool lighting fixtures.
Junior Fritz Jacquet
French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet came to fame with his human-like faces made from toilet paper rolls, but he has taken his craft to still another level with his luminous paper lighting fixtures. Manipulated, pulled, pointed and ruffled, paper takes on a new, spectacular forms in Jacquet’s hands.
Audrée L. Larose and Félix Guyon founded Larose Guyon to manipulate luxury materials and create original and high-end objects. The Canadian designers are based in Verchères, a small picturesque village along the St. Lawrence River near Montreal. The studio’s first collection is focused on pieces made from copper and is called La Belle Époque.
While many of the studio’s have an elegant, minimalist sensibility, these Otero lighting fixtures displayed at ICFF 2016 were decidedly lush and opulent. A multitude of warm copper chains drape elegantly, reflecting light that comes from each one of the fixture. Shown here in two sizes, the fixture can be customizes, including as a multi-drape chandelier.
Swiss-born, Brooklyn-based designer Patrick Weder is know for his organically shaped lighting fixtures made from paper and chickenwire. He enjoys using common, industrial materials to create unexpected pieces, such as his lights. Weder says that his lighting cultures take about 200 hours to complete.
Paul Suepat Designs
Primarily an artist, Paul Suepat creates pieces “integrating the raw texture of nature to the aesthetics of modern life.” Homedit was charmed by his sculptures that include a lighting element.
We’re already fans of PELLE, an independent art and engineering design studio based in Brooklyn. Co-founders by Jean and Oliver Pelle create lighting and furniture as well as soaps and home objects. We’re particularly enamored with their lighting — last year it was their stick lights, this year, it’s their artful paper sconce. Still modern, it is a departure from the style of the studio’s typical style.
Brazilian-born artist Natalie Sanzache, who now works in France, creates unique lighting fixtures from plaster and concrete. Fascinated by light, she uses plaster ”lace” to highlight the different ways light can be cast, while her concrete “eggs” present the material in a new and original form. We’ve seen fixtures made from concrete, but nothing like these. Currently, Sanzache is collaborating with graffiti artist Adrien Rubens on her concrete fixtures.
To call what Ali Siavoshi does “up cycling” would be a disservice. The Iranian born designer is trained in graphic design and has a master’s degree in industrial design. His lighting is created from ordinary objects used in extraordinary ways, and has included coat hangers, umbrellas, cutlery and dinnerware.
This dramatic lighting from Zarate was a big draw for the booth featuring designers from the Philippines! Clouds of shredded stainless steel illuminated from within are mysterious and enticing. In fact, this was the international debut for the brand’s designer, 22-year-old Jim Torres.
45 is a multi-purpose LED light by T J O K E E F E, that is made of powder-coated aluminum. It is designed to lean agains the wall and use it as a reflector. It is available in three sizes. T J O K E E F E, is an American furniture and object design company that strives ” to create powerful objects through compelling minimalism… We approach minimalism in the truest sense of the word––aiming to achieve the greatest effect by the simplest means––because we believe the simplest solutions have the potential to be the most powerful,” Says the designer’s website.
Avram Rusu’s Confetti glass collection was inspired by an explosion of confetti. It’s available as a pendant or sconce. The love the futuristic look of the large fixture. Andreea Avram Rusu, founder and architect, has been heading up the studio since 2004. All pieces are designed, prototyped and built in the Avram Rusu Brooklyn studio.