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