Trends: New Directions In Lighting

May is a busy month for interiors companies with a host of trade and consumer shows filling the calendar.  One of the key themes that emerged this season was glass lamp shades. They were everywhere, from clear, bold shapes to graceful floral designs in smoky colour tones.

Glass shades work in a variety of interiors. Retro inspired designs can update a traditional scheme with a shot of modern glamour. The shades by Rothschild and Bickers or Curiousa would sit comfortably in a classic scheme.

The clean lines of the ballroom shades by Design by Us and Ebb & Flow would add an element of luxury to a minimal, modern scheme. Smoky coloured glass takes the concept a step further. Alternatively, be bold with a retro inspired design in a industrial style space. There is a lot of scope to be creative.

The hand crafted shades such as those from new designer Alison Smith, a recent graduate of Nottingham Trent University, bring an element of art into your home.

Hang one large shade for a bold statement, three or four in a row to zone a space, or cluster a few in different shapes and colours for more eclectic approach.  Glass shades are hugely versatile.

Teaming these shades with the right bulbs (or lamps as they are called by lighting designers) is important. Retro filament lamps are a good choice along with modern LED and halogen bulbs.

Here are some of our favourite designs from this year’s shows. Click on an image to launch the gallery.

Links to Stockists

Holloways of Ludlow,  Curiousa,  Within 4 Walls,

Design By Us,  Ebb & Flow, Alison Smith Glass Design,

Orsjo,  Homary, Rothschild & Bickers,

Creative Mary, Northern Lighting


Feature image: glass pendants by Curiousa

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