Glass and brass abound, but some designers are exploring more interesting possibilities. Rough-hewn crystal makes for an edgier alternative to a cut-glass drop, and other semi-precious materials such as onyx and alabaster are a favourite in luxury interiors. “We use the most exceptional materials, such as crystal, Murano glass, alabaster and polished metals,” says Finchatton designer Annabelle Holden. “These materials are not only stunning to look at, they react with light in a way that creates endless possibilities,”
The wider Seventies influence on interiors is also expressing itself in the revived materials used for light fittings. Macramé, bamboo, rattan and shell are all back, with a handmade look that creates a laid-back bohemian atmosphere. These products are usually budget-friendly compared to the glitz of brass and glass.
Global: Kaia Lighting’s Ora Chandelier, left, costs £12,600; Madam Stoltz’s Sirocco grey macramé lampshade, far left, is £170