Take it outside
Bored of the bare bulb? While industrial-style fittings have dominated lighting over the past five years, they might be on the wane. “We banned the usage of exposed filament bulbs some time ago in the office,” says Ed Godrich, creative director of Godrich Interiors. “I’m all for a traditional bulb, but they need to go back undercover.”
As well as a backlash against naked bulbs, many of today’s lighting trends reflect advances in LED technology: an increased range of colour temperatures from cold to warm, and more dimmable options. Their low energy demand means that portable, rechargeable products are now coming to the market, while flexible LED strips can highlight architectural features dramatically and inexpensively.
Here are a few ideas for giving your lighting a lift – with hardly a bare bulb in sight. Free your lighting from pesky wires with the new breed of chargeable, portable lights, another positive effect of the rise of LEDs.
The Bon Jour Unplugged table lamp from Flos charges in three hours via a micro-USB connector (giving six hours of illumination).
Portable lights make great table centrepieces without the clutter of cables, but they are also great for the garden – just pick them up and plonk them down where you need them.
More generally, garden lighting is upping its game as the trend gathers pace for a usable “outdoor room”. Make your terrace as chic as an Ibizan five-star hotel with an outdoor floor lamp such as Indian Ocean’s 3D light, or pepper your lawn with glowing orbs.
Rushes: Reeds lighting by Artemide, left; the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s Blue Room by Timothy Oulton, cover