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Perhaps you've seen this literally floating around the web: Richard Clarkson, a masters candidate at the School of Visual Arts in New York, has created a new cloud pendant design that lights up from within with streaks of LED lightning (see it in action at the images link at the bottom of this post).
It's a compelling design for sky watchers, but Clarkson actual goal was to create something that could "control, read, and interact with the physical world." In that regard, his thunderstorm lamp increases in intensity as a person approaches and triggers the sound of thunder from a linked sub-woofer.
While a thunderstorm may not be ideal for the dining table, Clarkson's design illustrates a growing focus on interactivity in domestic product design. Because this was a student research/creative project, Euro Style Lighting is not carrying the cloud lamp...yet.
White Billowing Cloud Possini Euro Pendant Chandelier
In the meantime, you can enjoy an abstracted version of the design with one of our favorites, the Cloud Pendant from Possini Euro Design. It won't rumble and shake your floorboards, and it promises not to rain on your table. And it even ships for free.
Images: Fast Company
Big changes may be coming to a street near you: the City of New York recently announced plans to outfit all 250,000 LED street lanterns by 2017. The net savings to the city is estimated at 14 million dollars per year, and the characteristic orange-tinted glow (seen in the fabulous photo above by Kenneth Rockwell) may soon appear whiter.
I'll never forget the first time I realized the street lamp outside my house had been replaced by an LED filament (my hometown of Los Angeles recently completed the retrofitting of more than 141,000 lights). The light was bright, clear and best of all, didn't have the hum or flicker of the old high-pressure sodium lamps. As the nation's largest cities realize the savings of LED, it's likely we'll see more and more municipalities follow suit.
And with that may come wider adoption in home and commercial settings as well. LEDs have made their way into all outdoor styles, from cozy barn wall lights to these LED retro street lanterns:
Royal Solar Bronze LED Triple Lamp Post, Solar LED Black Outdoor Lamp Post
Easy to maintain. Reduction of carbon emissions. Saving money. With LED retrofit options for everything from street lights to recessed ceiling lights, LED is fast becoming a no-brainer...for the heads of cities and the heads of households alike.
Images: Ken Rockwell, Forbes
Image from Justina Blakeney
Lamp shades are so great because it's such an effortless, economical update for a room. Whether you add a new shade to an old lamp, or have several shades for your favorite lamp that you switch up when you get board, changing something as simple as a lampshade can have a HUGE impact on a space.
With so many patterns and textures to choose from, it can be difficult to know which lamp shade to pick for the lamp, so I've done the work for you! I've looked through the enormous selection of patterns and colors of lamp shades and picked out my favorites.
Multicolor Flowers Drum 13-Inches-H Lamp Shade, Orange Floral Drum 10-Inches-H Lamp Shade, Guatemalan Print Drum Lamp Shade 14x14x10 (Spider)
The first three are colorful and fun and would look great in spaces with a bohemian bend, spaces with lots of white that needed some bright, happy accents, and I could see them looking perfect in rooms that are going for a young and fresh vibe.
Black with Gray Scroll 11-Inches-H Lamp Shade, Blue Leaf Print Drum Lamp Shade 14x16x11 (Spider), Mud Cloth Print Drum Lamp Shade 15x15x10 (Spider)
These three lamp shades are perfect for gender-neutral spaces, rooms with lots of wooden, earthy elements, rooms that need a bit of whimsy, but not much color.
Geometric Shapes 11 1/2-Inches-H Orange Lamp Shade, Embroidered Hourglass 14-Inches-W Lamp Shade, Tan Ikat Pattern Drum 12-Inches-W Lamp Shade
And these three are good choices for sophisticated, well-traveled spaces, modern rooms that need a little punch of pattern, but with a soft color palette.
Which shade would you choose?
Image: Justina Blakeney
Image from Light Locations
Lighting truly is the jewelry for your home. Without proper lighting, you can't see the design you poured your heart and soul into, so for example it is important you choose the perfect dining room pendant lighting. But every room is equally important. I always suggest that every room includes a few different types of lighting. Ambient, task, and accent lighting are the three categories, and I typically try to get two of the three categories into each room I design.
Beautiful pendants can fall under either "task" or "accent" lighting. With so many gorgeous options to choose from, there really is something for every style. I've rounded up a few of my favorite styles of pendants - pairing multiple pendants above a dining room table adds a sense of drama.
1. Olde Bronze 8-Inch-W Kichler Mini Pendant 2. Steel with Gray Textured Silk Shade Pendant Chandelier 3. St Charles Mercury Glass Jamie Young Ceiling Pendant 4. Solaris Collection English Bronze Crystorama Pendant Light 5. Franklin Iron Works Cage Rust 7-Inch-W Mini Pendant Light 6. Possini Euro Arlo Chrome 18-Inch-H Pendant Light
You can easily create a designer look with these modern hanging light fixtures..... Here's how:
1. The old bronze finish on the pendant make it a great accent light.
2. As a big fan of drum shades, this one could easily go above a dining table.
3. A smaller, sleek and contemporary chrome pendant would be the perfect above a round table in a nook.
4. If you're looking for a statement piece for your dining room with tall ceilings, this wrought iron, orb-shaped pendant is modern and will bring texture to your ceiling.
5. An industrial pendant with an exposed Eddison lightbulb is a great touch in an eclectic or modern home.
6. If you have a traditional home and are looking to add a bit of a modern accent, the chrome finish and exposed hardware on this pendant will do the trick.
Image: Light Locations
Images from Fancy Cribs
Stylish decor is all in the details... For the home, this might mean little things like home accessories, decorative pillows or drum lamp shades. Getting creative with drum lamp shades for modern interiors is a quick and easy way to add personality to your space without spending too much money.
This chic living room above is full of small details that matter and it works really well! Adding contemporary table lamps for living room is the easiest way to provide not only light to your space, but sculpture and style.
The bedroom of this home is just as stylish as the living room! Cool lighting all around.... And check out those bold lamp shades. Here's a few ideas for nailing the same look.
From top to bottom: Hardback Drum 12-Inches-H Black Lamp Shade, Embroidered Peacock Drum Lamp Shade 15x16x10.5 (Spider), Linen Cylinder 11-Inches-H Black Lamp Shade
Here's a fun selection of our modern drum shades, but we have lots more where those came from....!
1. Linen Drum Cylinder 11-Inches-H Ivory Lamp Shade 2. Sophisticated 8 1/2-Inches-H Black Fabric Drum Lamp Shade 3. Mud Cloth Print Drum Lamp Shade 15x15x10 (Spider) 4. Drum 11-Inches-H Black Velvet and Floral Print Lamp Shade 5. Embroidered Hourglass 14-Inches-W Lamp Shade
Images: Fancy Cribs
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