Mummy says…. We are having a bit of a revamp in our living room, we have just had an old gas fire and 70’s style fireplace taken out, boarded up and plastered to leave a lovely feature wall to be painted. I am lookind at different colours and wallpaper too. I am also looking at lighting for the cosy winter months and the right lamp or light fitting can make such a difference.
Investing in a statement lamp for your home is an exciting time – but where do you start? I have some inspiration from these 4 iconic modern lighting designs that have stood the test of time:
1. Arco Floor Lamp
Designed for FLOS by Achille and Pier Castiglioni in 1962, the sweeping Arco floor lamp is one of the most recognisable and copied midcentury lamp designs. Would you believe that 1 in 10 Italian homes has an Arco?
The story goes that Achille Castiglioni was looking for a lighting solution for his dining table that didn’t require an electrical ceiling point. Arco solves the problem beautifully by giving the effect of a ceiling lamp in a floor lamp, using a long, arched, telescopic steel stem embedded in a marble counterweight.
The Arco design is inspired by streetlights, while the Carrara marble base provides the necessary heft to keep the lamp from toppling over. At 160 pounds, it is certainly one of the heaviest floor lamps around.
Featured in many films including cult classics The Italian Job and the Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Arco is a much admired design that has its rightful place in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
2. PH Pendants Lights
Early in the last century, Poul Henningsen’s views on how light should be used in the home led to a number of revolutionary Danish lighting designs. A collaboration in the mid 1920s with fellow Dane Louis Poulsen produced the first of many PH lamp designs, winning first prize at the Paris Exposition of Decorative Arts.
[source: https://www.phillips.com/article/5689896/the-lights- of-poul- henningsen]
A classic piece of modern lighting architecture, PH lamps feature several reflecting and sometimes overlapping shades that are arranged and assembled in such a way as to eliminate glare and direct the light downwards.
The PH5 iconic pendant light designed in 1958 featured some smaller shades painted red and blue to create warmer tones that are easier on the eye. This design is so popular in Denmark that it features in about half of all Danish homes!
Other equally gorgeous midcentury classics from the same design stable include the multi- layered Artichoke lamp and Snowball pendant.
3. Bourgie Table Lamp
Brought to market in 2004, the Bourgie Table Lamp from Kartell was designed by Ferruccio Laviani, a member of the exciting Memphis design movement. As a reinterpretation of the traditional table lamp, Laviani successfully juxtaposed graceful Baroque design influences with an uber contemporary polycarbonate plastic material to stunning effect.
[source: https://us-shop.anglepoise.com/products/original- 1227-brass- desk-lamp]
The name ‘Bourgie’ is said to come from a popular 1977 Ashford &Simpson song, later popularised by Gladys Knight & The Pips, that included the lyrics ‘everybody wants to be bourgie bourgie’, meaning middle class.
In the 13 years since its launch, more than half a million Bourgie lamps have been sold. Its celebrity status was confirmed with an appearance in Anna Wintour’s office in the movie The Devil Wears Prada.
There has been huge global admiration for the Bourgie, with interior designers including Philippe Starck, Nendo and Patricia Urquiola among others having put their own stamp on the design in celebration of Bourgie’s 10th anniversary.
4. Anglepoise Desk Lamp
As far back as the early 1930s, the British automotive engineer George Cawardine came up with the genius concept for the original Anglepoise lamp, surely one of the best loved task lamps of all time and literally the mother of them all.
[source: https://www.nedgis.com/en/products/desk-lamp- original-1227- brass-light- grey-h60cm- anglepoise]
What set is apart from other designs was the formula for a spring that would allow the lamp to be moved and remain in the desired position, while the shade directs the light downwards onto the task. The intersecting geometric pattern gives the design a strong visual identity.
Reinterpreting the clean, modernist lines and sublime functionality for the present century, the new Type 75 Anglepoise was designed by British industrial designer Sir Kenneth Grange and is available in many variations.
The Anglepoise lamp been a feature in just about every Bond movie including the 2015 Spectre, while an animated version of the lamp is part of the familiar opening sequence of every Pixar film.
My favourite is the Arco floor lamp, and my teens love the Pixar popular anglepoise ones. Which is your favourite to light up your home?