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NDA shares their favourite Statement Lighting inspirations to ensure your homes sparkles all year round
Sparkle All Year: Statement Lighting

With the new year looming, changing up your interior is a great way to go into 2016 feeling fresh and new. Lighting makes a statement, and by picking something that will last longer than the festive season it is a great way to transform your interior and start 2016 in style. We share our favourite statement lighting ideas for 2016.

January is the time for New Year’s resolutions, a time to throw out the old and embrace the new. So rather then searching for those fairy lights each year, consider changing your lighting and keep some Christmas cheer throughout the rest of the year. By adding a statement chandelier or lighting installation within your home this December, it will instantly add an extra touch of glamour to your interior and will transform an ordinary space into a statement space that lasts a lot longer than

Statement Lighting Inspiration from Sharon Marston

Sharon Marston, a lighting designer from a theatrical background draws on her fascination of fabric and light. Marston creates stunning bespoke pieces that would dress any interior with grandeur throughout the year and add extra sparkle for Christmas. As mentioned in her website ‘her work has fluidity, drama and sculptural quality which clearly sets it apart’. Introducing the Pleat light made of woven polymer and end emitting polymer fibre optics, this stunning design would take centre stage above any dining table.

Sparkle All Year: Pleat Light by Sharon Marston at Radlett House, Private residence: http://www.sharonmarston.com/Projects/Radlett_House.htm

Statement Lighting Inspiration from Tom Dixon

For a bolder statement, Tom Dixon Studio has a few bright, glistening options. A collection of the ‘mirror ball gold’, ‘copper bronze’, ‘lens pendant’, ‘melt gold’ and ‘silver shades’ creates a festive ornamental impression in season and a clear mixed metal trend infusion, arranged to be gazed on as a brilliant spectacle throughout the year.

Sparkle All Year: Tom Dixon Studio, New York, Soho: http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/nyc-shop.html

Statement Lighting Inspiration from John Lewis

Whilst the 3 LED Droplet ceiling pendant light in chrome gives a great impression of how a statement can still be made with a subtle gesture on a less grander scale. A John Lewis creation, this design offers sophistication with a touch of winter wonderland. Perfect all year round. Be inspired to keep a bit of Christmas alive all year round, with their subtle, snow globe-like appearance.

Sparkle All Year: John Lewis Droplet Pendant: http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-3-droplet-led-pendant-ceiling-light-chrome/p1866553

We hope we have given you some inspiration for the rest of the Christmas holidays and for lighting up your homes with a statement piece in the new year. Wishing you a happy & bright 2016!

The power of lighting: NDA discuss the importance of lighting within an interior
The Power of Lighting

Light it up: Light, whether it be natural or artificial, as we know, has a profound effect upon the clarity, ambience and success of an interior scheme. We talk about the powerful effects of lighting and consider the different lighting sources available for today’s interiors.

The power of Lighting:

Natural light, for a time in the mid-20th century, was essentially seen as a hindrance to the success of architectural design and use. It was thought that artificial lighting (that supplied by electricity) was a far superior way to control an interior environment, however in the 1980’s, Sick Building Syndrome (or SBS) was acknowledged as a condition that affected many workplace employees, particularly those who worked in buildings constructed from the 1970’s to the early 1990’s.

SBS is caused by time spent in a certain building which often has a lack of natural light, opening windows and with little or no air conditioning. Symptoms could be such things as headaches and dizziness, fatigue and poor concentration. It is therefore imperative that we acknowledge how natural light has such a profound effect on not only the use of a building, but also the health and well-being of its occupants.

However, natural light, particularly in residential buildings will not be enough to sustain a successful interior. Whether this is artificial light to support a certain task, to highlight certain areas or to provide a much richer overall spread of light, it is the job of an interior designer to use light in its truest and most appropriate form.

The NDA discuss the power of natural light and the effect it can have within an interior. BHS (2014) Wood Jenen Pendent [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.bhs.co.uk/en/bhuk/category/home-lighting-furniture-2565866/ceiling-lights-2809354 [Accessed 26/11/15].  Design Boom (2013) St. Moritz Church [Online Image].  Available from: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/john-pawson-sensitively-restores-st-moritz-church-in-germany-12-03-2013/ [Accessed 26/11/15].  Edison Light Globes (2015) Edison Collection [Online Image]. Available from: http://edisonlightglobes.com/Shop/tag/incandescent-light-bulb/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

Over the past few years, it is light (or more accurately, lamps) that have seen great change within both the residential and commercial sectors, purely from an aesthetic point of view. It is now not just about the light fitting (pendants, spot lights, sconces etc) that are considered when choosing appropriate fittings for our designs, but it is also the lamp that sits inside it that has become an important aspect of fulfilling our design intentions.

From the humble incandescent lamp, to the somewhat incongruous energy-saving lamp, we are starting to see real consideration for the look and style of new lamps. The forerunner of this new wave of design-led products is that of Plumen, “creators of the world’s first designer low energy” lamp (Plumen, 2015).

The power of natural lighting: Plumen are the creators of the world’s first designer low energy lamp. Inhabitat (2015) Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi [Online Image]. Available from: http://inhabitat.com/the-louvre-abu-dhabi-is-a-museum-that-is-its-own-work-of-art/ [Accessed 26/11/15].  Pinterest (2013) Buster and Punch cap [Online Image]. Available from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/498492252475812713/ [Accessed 26/11/15].  Plumen (2015) Drop Cap Pendant Set – Copper [Online Image]. Available from: http://ukshop.plumen.com/products/copper-lighting-drop-cap-pendant-e27 [Accessed 26/11/15].  Plumen (2015) Drop Top Shade [Online Image]. Available from: http://plumen.com/2014/07/introducing-the-plumen-drop-top-lamp-shade/ [Accessed 26/11/15]. With the new, comes a return of the old.  The now ‘retro’ Edison lamps are being seen in many aspects of our design culture; from homes, to bars, restaurants and libraries, these lamps are a return to our industrial heritage yet still has a strong element of design-led aesthetic. The design collective ‘Scott, Rich & Victoria’ have created their own adaptation of a filament bulb to give a white, rather than a warm light (below, far right.)

The power of natural lighting:  Richard Meier (2014) Gagosian Gallery [Online Image].  Available from: http://www.richardmeier.com/?projects=gagosian-gallery-2 [Accessed 26/11/15]. Scott, Rich & Victoria (2015) Filament Lamp [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.scottrichandvictoria.com/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

The importance of effective utilisation of natural and artificial light is so important to the success of our interiors and now with the evolution of design-led products, it is now more important than ever to combine good light with good style.

References for images:

BHS (2014) Wood Jenen Pendent [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.bhs.co.uk/en/bhuk/category/home-lighting-furniture-2565866/ceiling-lights-2809354 [Accessed 26/11/15].

Design Boom (2013) St. Moritz Church [Online Image].  Available from: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/john-pawson-sensitively-restores-st-moritz-church-in-germany-12-03-2013/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

Edison Light Globes (2015) Edison Collection [Online Image]. Available from: http://edisonlightglobes.com/Shop/tag/incandescent-light-bulb/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

Inhabitat (2015) Louvre Museum, Abu Dhabi [Online Image]. Available from: http://inhabitat.com/the-louvre-abu-dhabi-is-a-museum-that-is-its-own-work-of-art/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

Pinterest (2013) Buster and Punch cap [Online Image]. Available from: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/498492252475812713/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

Plumen (2015) Drop Cap Pendant Set – Copper [Online Image]. Available from: http://ukshop.plumen.com/products/copper-lighting-drop-cap-pendant-e27 [Accessed 26/11/15].

Plumen (2015) Drop Top Shade [Online Image]. Available from: http://plumen.com/2014/07/introducing-the-plumen-drop-top-lamp-shade/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

Richard Meier (2014) Gagosian Gallery [Online Image].  Available from: http://www.richardmeier.com/?projects=gagosian-gallery-2 [Accessed 26/11/15].

Scott, Rich & Victoria (2015) Filament Lamp [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.scottrichandvictoria.com/ [Accessed 26/11/15].

Theme of the Month: Candlelight

This month’s Christmas inspired Theme of the Month by NDA Director of Studies Anthony Rayworth explores the theme of candlelight within interiors. He discusses its origins and explores how candlelight has evolved to become an affordable luxury in today’s society.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: image via: www.huldals.blogspot.com

Candleight: Decorative Inspirations

At this time of year, with the run up to Christmas – lighting your home with candles is the absolute best way to simultaneously uplift ones spirits and fill the home with the most wonderful fragrances. From small table settings, to whole interior displays, adding lighting within the home can can instantly change an atmosphere – to create a relaxed, peaceful space to unwind or add a festive touch to a home.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: image via: www.tidbitsandtwine.com

There are many choices of lighting schemes for the home – from grand & glamorous candelabra displays, layered with tealights and striking shaped decorative options, to rustic inspired décor interspersed with natural elements and flora seen below.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: image via: www.stylemepretty.com

Or my personal favourite: Mix simple, pillar candles in a range of heights, with festive greenery and add luxury, scented candles in wine glasses for an extra touch of elegance.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: image via: www.diyncrafts.com

The History of Candlelight

Candlelight is an affordable indulgence that can transform a home in today’s society, the candle is now seen as a decorative item whilst its original use was as a primary lighting source, dating back to its earliest documented use in China, 200BC.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: image via: www.indulgy.com

Candlelight has come along way since its early origins, and by the 13th century candle making had become a guild craft in England and France. Chandlers would go house to house using kitchen fats to create tallow candles or made and sold their own candles from small shops.

These candles in their primitive form had a terrible odour when they burnt. So the introduction of using Beeswax as an alternative was a welcome innovation that burned cleanly, without smoky flame and emitted a fresh smell. But Beeswax candles were expensive in comparison, meaning few people could afford them, so they were mainly used for church ceremonies at the time in medieval Europe.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: Candle lighting in the Visoki Dečani monastery.

In the 18th century, spermaceti, oil produced by the sperm whale, was used to produce a superior candle, and later colza oil and rapeseed oil were used as much cheaper substitutes. And although significant advances in candle making continued into the mid-19th century and had become an industrialized mass market, the industry rapidly declined upon the introduction of more superior methods of lighting; including kerosene and lamps and the invention of the incandescent light bulb in 1879.

It was from this point onward that candles were sold as more of a decorative item.

Modern Day Candlelight

Today’s candle making industry has become extremely sophisticated in comparison with the ability to choose your wax content (soy, palm, paraffin or a blend of all plus some other lesser known ingredients.) The perfect flame shape, size and burn quality is the holy grail of candle making, whilst the aesthetic is also a key component of our modern designs.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: Image via: http://thelittlecorner.tumblr.com/post/18784633219

Then there are the containers:

Tin, glass, crystal, terracotta, porcelain, fine bone china, iron, steel, bronze, copper, stone and concrete are some of the materials that support your candle, often created by internationally recognised artists, architects and industrial designers that are still working to revolutionize candle design.

This ingenious, cast-iron design creation below is by Norwegian designer Lars Beller Fjetland, designed to automatically put out the flame just before the wick burns out.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: Lars Beller Fjetland designs self-extinguishing Moment candlestick for Wrong for Hay via: http://www.dezeen.com/tag/candle-holders/

Or the marble sphere candle holders designed by Mexican Design Studio Peca, that can be split
to create two, usable objects, designed to be practical yet provides beautiful, sculptural, aesthetic forms.

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: Marble candle holder by Peca can be split to create two object. Image via: http://www.dezeen.com/tag/candle-holders/

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: David Taylor turns discarded slag into decorative candlesticks. Image via Dezeen.

Whilst Stockholm designer David Taylor combines discarded slag found on the site of a former iron foundry, brushed aluminium, polished brass and waste material to create a series of striking candle holders, that combine a contemporary aesthetic whilst addressing the global issues of sustainability and current trend for re-purposing waste materials within design.

A Subtle Scent

This month's Christmas inspired theme of the month explores the themes of candlelight: Image via: http://www.theblackpearlblog.com/2013/10/neom-real-luxury-home-candle.html

As well as their function, their scent is also an important factor. Perfume is vital at this time of year; the ubiquitous, unscented tealight is invaluable and indispensable but it is always great to have at least one truly exceptionally fragranced candle burning this Christmas. I use them all the time whether I am on my own or with friends. Favourites include; Tom Dixon, Ralph Lauren, Byredo Parfums and Neom.

I hope you have enjoyed this month’s Theme of the Month and found it enlightening! Until next time, Anthony.

References:

Images:

Candlelight within an interior. (2015) [online] Available from: www.huldals.blogspot.com [Accessed 24.11.2015]

Decorating with Candles (2015) [online] Available from: www. indulgy.com [Accessed 25.11.2015]

Candle display for Christmas (2015) [online] Available from:www.tidbitsandtwine.com [Accessed 27.11.2015]

Decorative Candle display (2015) [online] Available from: www.stylemepretty.com [Accessed 25.11.2015]

How to decorate with Candles (2015) [online] Available from: www.diyncrafts.com [Accessed 25.11.2015]

The Black Pearly Blog (2014) [online] Available from:http://www.theblackpearlblog.com/2013/10/neom-real-luxury-home-candle.html [Accessed 25.11.2015]

Websites:

Dezeen (2015) [online] Available from: 26.11.2015]

Books:

History of candles. (2012) [online] Available from: http://www. nationalcandleassociation.co.uk/ [Accessed 26.11.2015]

Whitrow, G. J. (1989). Time in History: Views of Time from Prehistory to the Present Day. Oxford University Press. pp. 90–91. ISBN 0-19-285211-6. [Accessed 26.11.2015]

The NDA visit London Design Festival 2015 for Rebecca Weir's seminar for Light IQ 'the language of light.'
NDA visit London Design Festival 2015

We hear from our Director of Studies Anthony Rayworth who visited the Crestron showroom, Design Centre Chelsea Harbour as part of Focus; London Design Week for ‘The Language of Light’ seminar by Rebecca Weir – Light IQ.

NDA visit London Design Festival 2015: House in Carlos Place Mayfair, London.

This month, I was fortunate to attend an excellent seminar on lighting presented by Rebecca Weir and hosted by Crestron at their beautiful showroom in Chelsea Harbour, London. Rebecca is Founder and Creative Director of Light IQ; interior and garden design lighting specialists working almost exclusively with LED light sources.

The premise of the seminar was that LED lighting offers opportunities to develop forms and effects not previously available with other lighting types such as tungsten halogen or compact fluorescent which Rebecca believes has limited the creative possibilities of designers for too long. She is also evangelical about limiting ceiling-recessed downlights, suggesting that they are over used and have become a ‘quick fix’ way for some property developers to add a frisson of glamour without relating this to the architectural language of an interior, exterior or outdoor space.

NDA visit London Design Festival 2015: Kitchen with swimming pool as seen from the garden, Chelsea, London.

Rebecca designs lighting solutions that are sculptural in concept and intended to respond to the individual demands of a client’s brief and the architecture within which the brief is to be implemented. She calls this ‘lighting couture’, exclusive fittings and solutions that are tailored to each environment and client. In this Cambridgeshire loft, for example, the barrel vaulted ceiling is a dramatic feature of the original warehouse and one which could easily have been given a coat of white paint and been studded with down-lights.

Instead, Rebecca covered the ceiling in dark, glossy subway tiles punctuated by wide arcs of LED ribbon, emphasising the impact of this exciting architectural feature and adding maximum impact to the kitchen/dining area. The ribbon is supplemented by directional, high intensity spotlights to add sparkle and definition to key areas within the space and a low, bespoke light fitting provides soft, flattering lighting directly above the dining table.

NDA visit London Design Festival 2015: Rebecca Weir designs lighting solutions that are sculptural in concept and intended to respond to the individual demands of a client’s brief.The wine cellar, adjacent to the kitchen is a masterclass in high drama with a backlit, onyx floor and a cast crystal pendant fitting over the tasting table. LED ribbon provided ambient ceiling light and individually lit bottle racks display the finest vintages in this perfectly executed jewel box of a room.

The NDA visit London Design Festival 2015: Rebecca Weir Lighting IQ seminar. The dramatic wine cellar is backlit, with onyx floors and a cast crystal pendant fitting over the tasting table. LED ribbon provided ambient ceiling light and individually lit bottle racks display the finest vintages in this perfectly executed jewel box of a room.The sculptural possibilities of LED and fibre optic lighting are evidenced at ’64 Knightsbridge’, a business centre housed in the former Danish Club, London’s oldest private member’s club. Light IQ designed a scheme to illuminate the entire façade of this venerable building; picking out the architectural detail with immense precision and style.

The real head-turner though is in the reception area where Light IQ collaborated with artist Bruce Munro to produce fibre optic balls of light which change colour in sequence with the exterior columns, window reveals and façade.

The NDA visit the London Design Festival 2015. ’64 Knightsbridge’ demonstrates the sculptural possibilities of LED and fibre optic lighting. Light IQ designed the lighting for the buildings façade & collaborated with artist Bruce Munro to produce the showstopping visual effects in the reception area working in sequence with the exterior columns, windows and fascade lighting.I will leave the final summing up to Rebecca who introduced her highly informative and thought provoking seminar with these words:

“A great lighting scheme should be a truly immersive experience; our emotions reduced to the pulse of our senses. In Buddhist philosophy Ayatana, or ‘sense-base’ includes the mind as the sixth sense. This additional sense provides a psychological orientation, it views the mind as the principal gateway to a different spectrum of phenomena. This way of viewing the human sense system indicates the importance of internal sources of sensation, such as an emotional response that complements our experience of the external world.

By creating an intelligent approach to lighting design, by studying our physical and emotional responses to spaces, colour, texture and light we are able to respond thoughtfully to our client’s needs. This will be the future of design. Where the fields of neuroscience and cognitive psychology overlap to reveal a perfect science – that of designing the lighting for enlightened home.”

The NDA visit the London Design Festival. The Lighting IQ seminar was held at the beautifully designed Cinema Room within the Crestron showroom in Chelsea Harbour.

The venue for the seminar was the beautifully designed Cinema Room within the Crestron showroom in Chelsea Harbour. An appropriate venue as Crestron are design-led manufacturers of lighting and whole-house control systems. Visit their website for an interactive tour of the room and to discover the exciting possibilities of 21st century lighting control.  Many thanks to the team for providing such a venue and for their delightful hospitality during this year’s London Design Festival 2015.

Until next time, Anthony.

Decorex International 2015
The NDA’s Decorex International 2015 top picks

It is that time of year again, when over 400 luxury interior brands are hand-selected to display their range of luxury products at this year’s Decorex International, held at Syon House in London. Discovering the future of luxury is the theme of this year’s exhibit that brings another exciting, innovative exhibition this September to kick of the start of London Design Festival.

If you haven’t already, then make sure you get a chance to visit the exhibit that runs from 20-23 September to see a host of new exhibitors and luxurious designs from an extensive range of exhibitors. With Decorex in full swing, we thought we’d share a few of our top exhibitor stands you should definitely go pay a visit to at this year’s Decorex International.

Lighting

Temple & Ivy at this year’s Decorex International: Stand J19

Temple & Ivy lighting at this year's Decorex International 2015 stand J19

We adore the exquisite range of hand-crafted creations from British brand, Temple & Ivy. Designers Nicky Boulton and Susan Neville have designed each glamorous, feathered creation to add a sense of fun and whimsy to any room. Combining both traditional sculptural elements and modern materials, each  distinct style is sculpted and forged in Somerset, using traditional cold cast bronze resin and carbon fibre.

Whilst the shades drawer inspiration from a range of exotic birds they saw whilst travelling through Africa, they spent several months in Kenya and Zimbabwe, photographing and tracking birds in order to curate their range of exotic products. From flamingoes to purple Gallinules, each statement lamp is custom made to suit a client’s colour scheme. Be sure to check out their amazing creations at stand J19.

Curiousa & Curiousa at this year’s Decorex International: Stand J36

Curiousa & Curiousa Bespoke hand blown glass Lighting at Decorex International 2015. Stand J36

Another one of our favourites that we’d recommend seeing at this year’s show is the beautiful, bespoke, hand-blown creations from Curiousa & Curiousa. Based in Derbyshire, founder Esther Patterson works with local carpenters, fabricators, photographers and glass blowers to create her stunning, free-blown glass and bone china lighting.

Launching her range of bespoke lighting at Design Week at Tent London back in 2010, her wonderful range of luxury lights have since been installed at Liberty London, Royal Albert Hall London, Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Cafe and in Jamie Oliver Restaurants, and last year she won the Dulux Colour Award 2014. Esther’s colourful range of designs are definitely worth seeing at this year’s event, so make sure to visit stand J36.

iDOGI Group at this year’s Decorex International: Stand F24

iDOGI GROUP custom-made oversized chandeliers at this year's Decorex International exhibition. Stand F24

Manufactured in Italy, the dramatically oversized, custom-made chandeliers by iDOGI Group are an exquisite show stopper at this year’s exhibit. Demonstrating the famous Murano master glassmakers techniques who made each piece by hand, each of their custom-made, glamorous chandeliers is designed and created through intensive collaboration with architects, project managers and interior designers to ensure all aspects of a project have been considered. Check out their awe-inspiring, oversized creations at stand F24 at this year’s Decorex.

Pooky Lighting Limited at this year’s Decorex International: Stand E44

Pooky Lighting at this year's Decorex International stand E44

Pooky‘s range of beautiful, decorative lighting has been a crowd-pleaser at this year’s exhibit, winning them the title of best newcomer stand 2015. Not only are their range of pendants, lamps and vibrant shades eye-catching, their quirky stand is too. The stand has been transformed into a 3D sketched, cartoon-esque living room plan, complete with hand-drawn, 3D-looking furniture. It is the perfect setting to showcase their fun range of lighting, definitely worth stopping by to see them at stand E44.

Mineheart at this year’s Decorex International: Stand ST2

minheart chandelier lamps at Decorex International 2015 Stand.  ST2

Not only do Mineheart have a fabulous collection of statement lighting, they also have a great selection of quirky rugs, wallpaper, furniture & home accessories that demonstrate their love for traditional products with a playful, modern edge.

The King Edison Pendant lamps on display have drawn a lot attention at this year’s show, and are definitely one of our favourites, as are their industrial wallpaper backdrop and the eye-catching display of chintzy, china plates with an urban, graffiti edge. Their stand is well worth a visit for those of you who love playful, daring design or traditional pieces re-imagined with an added dose of eccentricity! See Mineheart at stand ST2.