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.
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.