Dif­fused light

The Daily Telegraph - Property - - Cover Story -

Whereas the bare-fil­a­ment in­dus­trial look was all about putting the bulb on show, many light­ing de­sign­ers are go­ing the other way. Softly dif­fused light, with no ob­vi­ous source, is beau­ti­fully calm­ing and its min­i­mal­ism adapts to many styles of in­te­rior.

Re­cent new prod­ucts by high-end brands take the form of ethe­re­ally glow­ing, sim­ple geo­met­ric opaque glass shapes such as rings, orbs and tubes, of­ten linked to­gether like gi­ant jew­ellery. Van­cou­ver-based Matthew McCormick’s Halo lights, or the Cir­cus pen­dants from New Zealand de­signer Res­i­dent, are both beau­ti­ful ex­am­ples. At the more tra­di­tional end of the spec­trum – but still a back­lash to bare bulbs – the clas­sic Vic­to­ri­anstyle fringed shade is mak­ing a come­back. In dark colours es­pe­cially, they give a low glow that makes ex­cel­lent mood light­ing.

David Hunt sells lux­u­ri­ous silk ver­sions in ex­ag­ger­ated shapes, where the fring­ing takes up about three-quar­ters of the length. Oth­er­wise, there’s Marks & Spencer’s lit­tle Ruby ta­ble light, in co­ral pink with a brass base.

An­gelic: Van­cou­ver de­signer Matthew McCormick with his Halo light­ing, above

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