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.
Tobia Rehberger Wax LED light - More art than light, this piece by Tobias Rehberger is made from wax and LED lights. It's another example of what's possible with LED technology. It would have been impossible to combine wax with old fashioned incandescent light bulbs.
Parrish lighted screen detail - The combination of details makes for an artful and spectacular modern lighting fixture.
Parrish lighted screen - This piece is available in any number of strands with one, two, or three lights in each strand.
Rand Co Light fixture - It may look like a coated wire mesh culture, but this piece is entirely made of glass by artist Thaddeus Wolfe. It is a Unique Line Relief Pendant in hand-blown, cut and polished glass with custom cast bronze hardware and is available through R and Company.
Rand Company Booth Floor Lamp - This "Ponte" floor lamp would be perfect over a sofa or set of chairs. Created by Studio A.R.D.I.T.I, it has fixtures on a chrome-plated steel arch with two marble bases. The length and the height are adjustable.
Hanging Bubbles Lighting fixture from Jeff Zimmerman - Hanging along a wall or from a very high ceiling, we would love this frost-looking piece in our home. It is the Illuminated Ice Flow Sculpture by Jeff Zimmerman.
Zimmerman Crystal Light Fixture - Zimmerman's pieces are available in different hues.
Rand Co Zimmerman Crystal Detail - Photos cannot do justice to the stunning light these fixtures emit.
Rand Co Zimmerman Crystal Light - Illuminated Crystal Cluster Sculpture by Jeff Zimmerman, 2015. Available through the R and Company Gallery.
Southern Guild Krynauw Lighting - A wide variety of woods and shade options make this a great for any style home.
Victor Hunt Unique Butterfly - Each moth is unique and individually crafted.
Victor Hunt Butterfly Individual - The placement of individual moths can determine the size of the fixture.
Victor Hunt Butterly Light - Each "swarm" is separate lighting fixture made up of unique moths. Mischer'traxler create works that "balance between handcraft and technology" according to their statement.
Victor Hunt Butterly Light Wall Fixture - Hundreds of individually crafted brass moths make up these lighting fixtures. Actually, Limited moths is part of the RealLimited series, which points out limitations in reality. The design is a portrait of the moth species Catcall converse, which is highly endangered in Austria.
Victor Hunt Lighting - These pieces use a single white neon tube that is embedded in cast resin. Marcelis' work is available through the Victor Hunt Gallery.
Barbel Grasslin Light Fixture - Blown glass - The colorful profile of this blown glass lighting fixture does double-duty when rendered as a painting on the wall. The pair is available through the Barbel Grasslin Gallery in Frankfurt, Germany.
Giant Globe Pendant Lamp - The construction of the globe, both inside and out, is fascinating. How the geometric shapes creates the illusion of movement is the most interesting thing about this fixture.
Giant Light Pendant - Sometimes bigger IS better, such as with this great geometric light. If you have the (massive) space in your home for something like this, it's pretty much all the statement you need.
Neon art used like lighting fixture - While stenciling quotations on your wall has become passe, rendering your favorite words in neon is a modern way to express yourself and add color at the same time. Unlike a stencil, this is a piece of art that you can reposition or move to a new home.
Neone room partitions - Neon lighting can add a very colorful dimension to a room.
Neone room dividers
Norman Lewis Sculptural Mobile Lamp - More a sculptural mobile than a traditional fixture, we can envision the wonderful glow that wold come from a bulb nestled in this creation.
Galerie Kreo’s wonderful pendant lights - Galerie Kreo's wonderful pendant lights are perfect to install over your dining table or a kitchen island.
Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery in Brussels Closer - The range of colors, shapes and sizes gives you lots of options for your living space.
Giraud Booth Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery in Brussels - Devriendt's creations are available through The Pierre Marie Giraud Gallery in Brussels.
Pierre Paulin Elysee Lamp - Pierre Paulin's rare "Elysée" lamp (left) is made of brown lacquered metal and was created in 1972. The French designer's world are handled by Galerie Philippe Jousse in Paris.
Collection Danant Lamps - Collection of lamps produced by Verre Lumière, a French lighting company founded in 1968. The Damisch Danant Gallery carries a number of these vintage modern lamps.
Demisch Danant Flower Lamp - The Flower Lamp is available through the Demisch-Danant Gallery.
Carpenter Wax Mesh Close Up - A close-up of the mesh, which gives the impression of a hot air balloon, especially when lit. These lamps would be an interesting, organic design addition.
Light Mesh Lamp - Each piece in the "Light Mesh" collection is unique and comes in a different color.
Carpenters Dog Lamp - Dog lamp available through the Carpenter's Gallery Workshop.
Lathe Lamp Sebastian Brajkovic - Lathe Lamp, made of anodized aluminum, by Sebastian Brajkovic.
Fragile Future 3.14 from Carpenter Gallery - Fragile Future 3.14 is made of dandelion seed, phosphorous bronze, LED, and perspex. Pieces from this series are available through the Carpenter's Gallery Workshop.
Friedman Benda light fixture - Taking advantage of LED technology, this curvy jumble of polished metal encases the light tube. The piece is available through the Friedman Benda Gallery.
Some people view lighting fixtures as a necessity for life, however they are far more: The right light fixture is an important design element in any home. What they look like and how they illuminate your space sets the mood and defines your style. Today’s designers are making the most of lighting technologies, combining them with novel materials and methods to create modern lighting fixtures that are as much art as they are functional hardware.
A delicate display that provides subtle mood lighting is characteristic of pieces by Studio Drift, which was founded in 2006 by Ralph Nauta and Lonneke Gordijn. Their modern lighting pieces “explore the relationship between nature, technology and mankind. Their philosophy is based on creating a dialogue between opposites: nature and technology, knowledge and intuition, science fiction and fairylike poetry,” according to their statement.
All their creations — whether site-specific installations or pieces for your living space — they are indeed artful pieces fill of fairy-like lights.
Dutch furniture designer Sebastian Brajkovic is known for his Lathe series of furniture and lamps. His childhood obsession with when reel-to-reel tape decks and car wheels inspired his sculptural pieces that focus on rotation and the skewing of an object. This is fascinating piece of modern lighting.
If you like a little kitsch in your decor, this lamp is perfect. If you’re not a big fan of dogs, this piece can serve as inspiration for creating your own artsy lamp, with whatever you happen to collect.
Nacho Carbonell’s works are unusual and fantastical, and often very large. This lamp from his ““Light Mesh” series uses an interesting technique of coating mesh in a special plaster made of sand and textile hardener to create these balloon-like shades that are anchored by an organic form.
Great modern lighting designs can stand the test of time, such as this Flower Lamp by French artist Jean-Pierre Vitrac. Created in the 1970’s it features stainless steel. If you have the time and the budget, vintage modern lighting fixtures are stunning finds that you can add to your decor.
These mushroom-like lighting fixtures by Belgian designer Jos Devriendt cast a soft downward glow thanks to their muted colors and and unique profiles. Just one or two of these modern lamps would be an interesting update to your decor, while a grouping would create a statement-making modern lighting collection.
While it has flirted with being a trend, neon lighting can certainly have a role in modern home decor. Although the artistic content of these particular stainless steel pieces is questionable (each one is devoted to a serial killer) the concept of neon lighting used in a room divider is intriguing. For the right space, these would function as fantastic dividers…with different subject matter, in our opinion.
This pair of is from the “dawn lights” series by Sabine Marcelis. The artist explains that the series is “an exploration of the relationship between light and colour inspired by a time in the day where the sun, clouds and sky join to create a momentary riot of hues. This moment is suspended in a unique series of light sculptures.”
Sometimes a new modern lighting fixture can quickly move toward becoming an icon. This signature chandelier, sold exclusively by the Southern Guild collection, can be scaled to fit any space. Whether you have a large dining room, or want a smaller version for your kitchen, South African designer David Krynauw can customize it for you. It is made from from solid timber and each arm swivels independently 360 degrees
Usually, the term “crystal chandelier” conjures up visions of something more traditional. In the hands of cutting-edge glass designer Jeff Zimmerman, it takes on a whole new meaning. This modern lighting fixture plays on the concept of crystals in a fresh take on the chandelier. Zimmerman, known as a maestro among glass artists, has created a large body of work that includes many, many modern lighting fixtures that will appeal to different tastes.
Talk about setting the mood — whether you use this piece as a piece of art or to divide a space, it is definitely dark and dramatic. “Mercury,” by Bec Brittain, consist of 35 individual strands made of LED tubes, oversized stone beads, and massive suede tassels. Brittain is also known for her stunning stick light creations, which were a hit at ICFF2015.