10 Art Deco-Inspired Lights For The Modernist
Bring personality and glamour to any space with these Art Deco-inspired lighting pieces.
Ball of Light
Designed by architect Francesco Librizzi and launched at this year's Salone del Mobile, Fontana Arte's Setareh family of table and ceiling lamps are made of hand-blown white satin glass spheres, suspended within gold or chrome metal structures. Like a trapeze artist hovering in mid-air or a juggler in action, the light from the sphere illuminates that geometric outline of the metal structures, creating ethereal, poetic gravitational dynamics.
Available at Marquis Furniture Gallery, Level 1, 16 Tai Seng Street
Recalling the atmosphere of Prohibition-era speakeasies, Delightfull's mid-century-modern lamps – such as the Madeleine (a French-style cluster of four suspension lights inspired by a flower bouquet) and the Ike floor lamp (an elegant brass and aluminium composition with clean lines and a sleek silhouette, pictured right) – capture the sensuality of the period.
Encapsulating Lasvit's expertise in glass blowing and bronze casting, Stairs by Atelier Oi is clearly inspired by the forms and silhouettes prevalent in the 1930s. Multi-layered in structure yet light in appearance, the pendant light's glass frame offers flexibility – it can be rendered in various colours and finishes, while the position can be moved using the metal base.
Available at Lasvit, 75 Neil Road
Circle of Life
Combining semicircles and mouth-blown opaline sphere lights with horizontal black-patinated brass rods, the Mobile Chandelier series by London-based designer Michael Anastassiades incorporates curvilinear and geometric forms into distinctively modern lights that look like cursive symbols floating in mid-air.
Available at P5, 63 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-14 Sultan Link Building
A descendant of Lasvit's Super Clover, a geometric lighting with a design based on a study of mathematical systems, the more compact Clover range by Michael Young presents the conceptual idea in a soft, effortless manner. Crafted from hand-blown glass and ensconced in a gold, sandblasted frame, it echoes the decadence of the Art Deco era but in a subtle, modern way.
Available at Lasvit, 75 Neil Road
Metallic surfaces were a popular feature of the Art Deco period. An exercise in reductionism, the spherical outlines and hyper-polished surfaces of Tom Dixon's dome-shaped Bell brass table act like a mirror for its surroundings while brightening the room with a soft-lit concealed diffuser. Equipped with a convenient footswitch and available in brass, copper or platinum, Bell is a radiant accent piece for any space.
Available at Xtra, #02-48 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard
Lights, Camera, Action
A slender tripod-like stand combines with the solidity and luxury of gold-coated metal and black powder coating to create the sleek, almost animated Cliff floor lamp by Montreal design studio Lambert & Fils. Despite Cliff's contemporary appearance, there's something nostalgic about its outline, which recalls the set lights from Hollywood's golden age.
Available at Inhabitant, #01-01 Standard Industrial, 11 Jalan Mesin
From Lee Broom, one of the UK's leading interior and lighting designers, the Crescent, Fulcrum and Ring lights all have a strong Art Deco influence. One interesting accent piece from the designer is the Acid Marble table lamp. It comprises a layer of white Cararra marble fused with acid yellow-tinted glass set on a solid black Nero Marquina marble base. When the bulb is turned on, the veins of the Cararra marble present a hypnotic, moon-like visage.
Setting the Stage
Launched at this year's Salone del Mobile, young Portugese lighting brand Luxxu presents the Scala wall light – a theatrical composition of gold-plated brass and exquisite Swarovski crystals, handcrafted into a lamp that exudes all the romance and grandeur of a night at the opera. Also from Luxxu is Explosion (above), an attention-grabbing, sputnik-esque suspension lamp with gold-plated brass and crystal glass extending from a central sphere.
Inspired by Bacchus, the god of wine and pleasure, the triangulated raisin motifs of French crystal art and lifestyle brand Lalique's Raisins lamp evokes the opulence of the 1920s flapper era and will inspire many a fun-filled cocktail hour. The base of the Raisins is available in clear and chrome crystal or polished steel, while the lampshades come in a choice of luxurious ivory or black silk.
Available at Lalique, #04-45 Paragon Mall, 290 Orchard Road
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