Here is a selection of lighting products where designers have taken cues from their natural environment. Everyone has a slightly different idea – be it a realistic rendition or impressionist abstraction of nature’s bounties, it’s a collection that is sure to amuse and entertain! I also have a couple blogs on some lovely environmentally friendly and sustainable lighting fixtures for you to enjoy.
Buff-Buff Design offers a pendant that sports a transparent plexiglass body and stainless steel springs. Depending on the fixture size, 104 or 175 blue LED light points can be inserted. Although resembling blue grass when used as an uplight, it is equally cool as a downlight.
Quasar has a novel design giving top billing to the lowly zipper in the lighting fixture. Aside from being cleverly used to control the light output, the zippers can also be adjusted to create flower shapes to suit one’s fancy.
The body is in stainless steel and nickel, and the striking shades come in white or red.
This design by Arturo Alvarez garnered an award by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design. It is a bold visual statement made from metallic mesh. The near translucent material gives the fixture an ethereal and weightless look. Despite its substantial (32” dia) size, the fixture appears to float in space. It’s available in white, red, and green with transparent cables to fit every décor!
These are not your everyday lamp shades – the amazing poppy shades gradually open up with heat! The glass shades are mouth blown glass in a wide variety of colors.
Each is mounted on a flexible fabric-covered stem so they can be individually adjusted to suit your needs. The product is available as chandeliers, sconces, or table lamps.
Quasar has an LED fixture of black ostrich feathers, which may not be everyone’s cup of tea – but it does add a sensuous and glamorous look to the lighting not achievable by other means. It may double as a high end feather duster in a pinch!
An unusually whimsical design from Estiluz – the polycarbonate shade is a funky looking elastic cover in a lattice design. The light from the lamp bounces off the textured, warped shade and projects a distinctive pattern around the fixture.
Ross Lovegrove’s fixture showcases a minimalistic but organic skeleton that creates a ballet of light and shadows. The fixture has clusters of LEDs embedded at the cross-points of the hard polyurethane foam form, and mirror reflectors are attached with magnets inside the frame to optimize light distribution.
Ango offers another fixture that is a poetic juxtaposition between the natural and the man-made, the high touch and the high tech. The diffuser is fabricated from superfine extruded rattan, which is both reflective and translucent. The canopy is made of stainless steel. The shape of each fixture is unique and takes 7 days to produce.