Blog: Spaced Out on Lighting


The lighting category has been influenced by science and space this year with debuts based on starbursts, planets and even aliens and Albert Einstein.

Hubbardton Forge's Eddy has a spiral design inspired by the Fibonacci sequence where each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers. Similar to a seashell's curved shape, it's made with forged tapering plates and is offered in two cylindrical glass shade options and a range of finishes.

Hubbardton Forge also showed Pluto, an indoor or outdoor sconce that has angular planes of metal converging around a clear or opal glass globe to create a contemporary look.

Albert Einstein was the inspiration behind Relativity, a new fixture from Troy Lighting. The interior has a chalkboard appearance, complete with notes, scribbles and a line drawing of Einstein. Metal cages for the bulbs add to its industrial feel.

Troy's sister-company Corbett debuted Big Bang, a vintage-like sunburst design that sparkles with multicolored, cut-glass amethyst and clear jewels. Offered as a pendant or sconce, its canopy combines polished stainless steel with gold edging.

Philips' Ecliptic is both contemporary in look and light source, as it uses Philips Lumileds LEDs, small surface-mountable power LEDs. In Philips' Ledino family, Ecliptic comes in two sizes and two colors, Anthracite (black) and matte white. It's also dimmable.

Adesso Home's cute Alien desk lamp has 3-watt LEDs in each arm, covered by a clear glass bubble lens. The arms and legs are made with gooseneck sections that can be positioned in a number of ways. It comes in chrome, black and, Pantone's color of the year, emerald green.

From Varaluz comes Blade Runner, which the company called "what the Hoover Dam generator would look like on Mars." It's made of handworked chrome applied to handworked recycled steel for a varied and unusual look.--Andrea Lillo