Characterised by strong geometric shapes and materials such as goldplated metal, glass, marble and lacquer, these dramatic, Art Deco-inspired designs easily liven up any space.
“A symbol of luxury and prestige, Art Deco-inspired lighting emphasises quality craftsmanship, decadent materials and glamorous style,” says Jeremy Tay of Singapore interior design studio Prestige Global Designs. He thinks that these modern lights can work well with minimalist or contemporary interiors, and are especially effective in creating a luxurious ambience.
Designer Paulo Figueiredo of Portuguese mid-century-inspired designer lighting brand Delightfull explains that Art Deco is a strong visual concept, with decorative attributes and ornamentations that make it one of the most predominant and powerful interior decorative styles. “This is why it’s a great source of inspiration for decorative lighting,” he says. “Many interior styles fit with Art Deco lamps—a classic look or even a simple Scandinavian concept works harmoniously with an Art Deco piece.” So let your abode glow with these brilliant finds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Text by: Michelle Koh Morollo