Il­lu­mi­na­tion

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, over­sized lights can make a greater im­pact than those that are pro­por­tion­ate to a room’s size. Here’s a quick look at how to go about light­ing large

Malaysia Tatler Homes - - DEC/JAN ISSUE -

Use over­sized light­ing to cre­ate an im­pact pro­por­tion­ate to its size

Ever walked into a room and felt an in­ex­pli­ca­ble sense of com­fort and ease that had noth­ing to do with the room’s am­bi­ent tem­per­a­ture or flat­ter­ing light­ing? Well, there’s a high chance that the room was de­signed ac­cord­ing to golden ra­tio pro­por­tions. This ra­tio – 1:1.618 – is a math­e­mat­i­cal se­quence found in na­ture, and is said to have in­flu­enced art, mu­sic and ar­chi­tec­ture, in­clud­ing iconic struc­tures like the Parthenon in Athens, Borobudur in Java, and the Taj Ma­hal in In­dia. In in­te­rior de­sign, the golden ra­tio is ap­plied to the pro­por­tions of dif­fer­ent el­e­ments that make up a room – win­dows, doors, fur­nish­ings and ac­ces­sories – such that it creates an aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing over­all look and feel. How­ever, when dec­o­rat­ing your space, the golden ra­tio should be treated as a gen­eral guide­line and not a hard and fast rule. De­pend­ing on your lay­out and per­sonal style, it could in fact be more in­ter­est­ing to break the rules. This creates a sense of the un­ex­pected, and there­fore, in­ter­est. For ex­am­ple, it’s com­monly be­lieved that tight or nar­row spa­ces should not ac­com­mo­date over­sized ob­jects. But it’s ac­tu­ally far more en­gag­ing to put an over­sized item, such as a large-for­mat paint­ing, sculp­ture or pen­dant light, to drama­tise the space. If it’s just a sin­gle state­ment piece you’re af­ter, then our ad­vice is to go for a large chan­de­lier or lamp. The artis­tic or po­etic na­ture of some of th­ese pieces, as well as their abil­ity to set the am­bi­ent mood with lu­mi­nes­cence, means they per­form dou­ble-duty. Here are some of our favourite op­tions that do just that.

DIESEL LIV­ING WITH FOSCARINI Fork Thanks to Diesel’s back­ground as a pur­veyor of denim ca­su­al­wear, Fork’s lamp­shade has an over­stitched, patch­work qual­ity rem­i­nis­cent of a pair of jeans. Na­ture lovers might be re­minded of camp­site tents, which makes the lamp ap­pro­pri­ate for out­door set­tings.

AN­GLE­POISE Gi­ant 1227 Floor Lamp Orig­i­nally cre­ated for the Roald Dahl Mu­seum as a trib­ute to the au­thor’s pas­sion for the lamp he used at his writ­ing desk, this triplescale version of the iconic 1227 lamp is guar­an­teed to make an im­pact.

BAROVIER & TOSO An­gel An­gel is a spi­ral of glass feath­ers wrapped dy­nam­i­cally around it­self, and floats in space like a lightly un­fold­ing wing. Each feather is dif­fer­ent, and is il­lu­mi­nated by LEDS, as is the ceil­ing at­tach­ment, which is also il­lu­mi­nated.

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