De­sign trends

A fab­u­lous light is a bold state­ment. This week­end, put your clocks back in style, says Bar­bara Chan­dler

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Lighting -

AS CLOCKS go back and the nights draw in, all your home’s a stage for the lat­est in lovely light­ing. Lon­don’s stores have de­signer fit­tings ga­lore, with spe­cial dis­plays and pro­mo­tions all over the cap­i­tal.

Ma­te­ri­als add sub­stance and rich­ness: mar­ble, glass, wood and met­als, from sim­ple sculp­tural shapes to fan­tasies of flow­ers and even an­i­mals. Built-in strips of LEDs have spawned a new breed of skinny lin­ear shapes.

Head for Heal’s in Tot­ten­ham Court Road for a full-on “fes­ti­val of light”. Find ex­clu­sives from the big brands and new­bies (all at 10 per cent off ). Check out a huge steam-bent wood “tree light” by Tom Raffield and Czech glass pen­dants by Lasvit. Pride of place goes to Tala, a bur­geon­ing Bri­tish brand, with large blown-glass bulbs with glow­ing LED fil­a­ments.

Nearby, at Repub­lic of Fritz Hansen in Mar­garet Street, an au­da­cious dis­play shows off award-winning String lights by Lon­don-based de­signer Michael Anas­tas­si­ades. This is ul­ti­mate min­i­mal­ism, where su­per-long black flexes, con­ve­niently plugged into skirt­ing

North­ern Light­ing Dokka steel ceil­ing pen­dants, £160, at Heal’s (as be­fore) boards, are stretched and/or looped to sup­port sim­ple shades, mak­ing a giant light sculp­ture of black lines.

De­sign­ers to­day love light­ing as much as ever. Lon­don’s edgier brands reg­u­larly com­mis­sion the avant- garde — they in­clude In­ner­most, en­sconced in Oxo Tower Wharf, and De­code, with a gor­geous sim­ple glow­ing globe by Daniel Schofield, and on-trend jaunty me­tal­lic alu­minium shades by John Tree (de­code.lon­don). There’s a strong craft el­e­ment in light­ing, too, such as the hand­made mod­ernist mod­els by Si­mon Day (noc­turnework­ Techies will love the new wire­less-con­trolled “smart” light­ing. Ikea now has su­per­clever kits that rad­i­cally re­duce prices. A stan­dard hand-held dim­mer kit at £15 can con­trol a nor­mal-shaped LED light bulb with a large screw head, to use with a large choice of fit­tings. Ikea’s new “light pan­els” are thin, flat wire­less white boxes cost­ing £100, square or rec­tan­gu­lar, that emit an all-over even light — fit them on the wall as ar­ti­fi­cial “win­dows”.

Con­trast is the way to cre­ate mood, says lead­ing Lon­don light­ing ex­pert Sally Storey of John Cullen Light­ing, whose show­room in the King’s Road has seven room sets and a light­ing “pod” to demon­strate dif­fer­ent fit­tings/ ef­fects. “Bal­ance light with shade,” she says. “Up­light the cor­ners of your room, or your fire­place. Sil­hou­ette trea­sures on a shelf by adding a strip of LEDs at the back, or back­light a free­stand­ing sculp­ture.”

Lasvit Lol­ly­pop pen­dant by Boris Klimek, from £1,987, at Heal’s (heals. com)

Above: Left: brass ele­phant ta­ble lamp, £895, at Jonathan Adler (as be­fore)


Above: a se­lec­tion of ta­ble lamps from Oka (Ful­ham Road and New King’s Road), priced from £186 to £545 (

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