While we were hoping for truly breakout performances in contemporary furniture and lighting design at this year's Stockholm Furniture & Light Show, we only found some fresh takes on old reliable themes, like stacking chairs, domestic textiles, and pendant lighting. You'll see some of the highlights in this featured video from Disegno magazine. But this year's big prize winner has some beautiful products that we wanted to show off - click here to visit the Form Us With Love website for more information.
If you're looking at a 2013 makeover for your bedroom, look no further than replacing a tired bed with something fresh and exciting. We learned that Charles P. Rogers, bedmaking experts since 1855, has just launched three new beds, and if you could put three beds into one bedroom, we'd recommend that very course of action (each one is a different kind of gorgeous)! The Tansy bed (top photo) boasts a micro-suede, tufted headboard with impressive height that will make your bedroom the epitome of elegance.
Providing a more masculine profile, the rich vintage leather covered Raul platform bed (above) is contemporary and sculptural.
Finally, the Elizabeth bed (above) is an elegant British look that features tufting in the headboard and a shirred edge that extends down from the headboard to the detail-lovely rails.
Janet Ramin - In case you’re wondering, the lighting of the future is HERE now. You’ve already heard of it – those tiny little lights that can be embedded into just about anything – called LEDs or light-emitting diodes. You may also be wondering: yes, I’ve seen light fixtures with LEDs, but they’re still not that common and most of my favorite lights still don't use LEDs.
Well, in just a few years that will change as manufacturing and production ramp up and convert their machinery to creating light fixtures that use LEDs.
One of the cutting-edge lighting designers that use LEDs is German designer, Ingo Maurer. Above is his latest My New Flame light fixture that represents those old-fashioned candles but now re-imagined into a modern LED light. Just think about it: no more candle wax drips, no more accidental burns! Each My New Flame light fixture contains 128 tiny LEDs that together become an image of a flickering flame. Below is a show-stopping chandelier version of his LED candle fixture – called Candles in the Wind.
Designer John Niero from Just Not Normal took a flexible approach to his LED light. He used silicone, a zipper, and LEDs to create his Zipper Luminaire. When zipped, the moldable silicone becomes a cylinder and can stand on a table. Unzip it and the light can hang on the ceiling or a wall. The Zipper Luminaire has also the potential to be combined into a large light by just zipping them together.
Interested in learning more about lighting? Take a look at Sheffield School's Complete Course in Interior Design. At Sheffield, you will learn how to transform a space, create color schemes, and select furniture, lighting, and accessories.
Janet Ramin - As a designer, I’ve been lucky to see many beautiful, uniquely-designed furnishings, but I have always had a special partiality to light fixtures, especially hand-made blown glass lights. Maybe it’s the sparkle; maybe it was that memorable trip to a glass blowing factory in Venice; or maybe I just hate the dark. But I always gravitate first to the lights at any show or store.
At this year’s Architectural Digest Home Design Show, there were several impressive designs of light fixtures. Above are the pendant lights from Jamie Harris Studio. The narrow, tapering light is called the Stinger Pendant and the bubble shaped-ones are called the Rock Pendants.
Glass artist, Moshe Bursuker, started with sculptures of blown and cast glass and then incorporated his designs into platters and tiles. He branched out to creating jewel-like pendant lights called Droplets, reminiscent of Moroccan hanging lamps.