Switch off the big light and turn on to bright ideas in new de­sign

Domestic light­ing has be­come much more in­ter­est­ing thanks to in­ge­nious new de­signs from man­u­fac­tur­ers. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

LIGHT­ING was the Cin­derella of in­te­ri­ors for years and we’ve only re­cently switched on to its pos­si­bil­i­ties.

In­stead of re­ly­ing on “The Big Light” and the odd ta­ble lamp, we are dis­cov­er­ing spots, LEDs and an ar­ray of shades, not to men­tion dim­mers.

On the back of this new-found in­ter­est, there is a bur­geon­ing num­ber of ex­cit­ing de­sign­ers, in­clud­ing York­shire’s Han­nah Nunn, who cre­ates pa­per-cut shades.

Her pas­sion for hand­made light­ing led to her launch­ing Ra­di­ance, her shop in Heb­den Bridge, which show­cases some of the ex­cep­tional mak­ers who use light to bring their craft to life.

The shop and on­line store have thrived since open­ing in 2005 and cus­tomers come from world­wide.

“I think it’s a very ex­cit­ing time for light­ing de­sign. The in­tro­duc­tion of LED’s and low en­ergy bulbs has hugely opened up the pos­si­bil­i­ties with re­gards to the ma­te­ri­als that can be used.

“Peo­ple are en­joy­ing find­ing lamps for their home that not only have the func­tion of cre­at­ing light but that also serve as an in­ter­est­ing fea­ture or sculp­tural piece. It is an­other way of bring­ing art into their homes. Peo­ple need sanc­tu­ary from the busy mod­ern world and what bet­ter way to cre­ate this than with a beau­ti­ful cosy glow?”

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHTS WORK: Heb­den Bridge-based de­signer Han­nah Nunn, who has just pub­lished a new book on the huge changes tak­ing place in light­ing de­sign, pic­tured at work and be­low from left a light by Perch the brand of US de­signer Amy Adams ( and lamp­shades by He­len Minns.

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