Look! Grouping Dissimilar Lights for Bigger Effect

Look! Grouping Dissimilar Lights for Bigger Effect

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 9, 2009
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These are Tom Dixon lamps over Stephen's dining room table. (Thanks, Stephen!)

Hey, thanks for the submissions that I just added! I got a great tour of Room & Board's newest designs on Tuesday and while photographing furniture I found myself scoping out their lighting and trying to solve the problem of what sort of light to put above our dining table at our families' home out in the country. Right now there's a cheap ceiling fixture that casts such an awful glow that I never want to turn it on. At the end of the tour I found myself ditching the idea of one lamp entirely and considering a group of pendants like they have in one of their displays (below)...

This set me off thinking about all the ways in which I've seen multiples do beautiful things and how they are often more affordable when made out of simple fixtures. Here's some inspiration for this idea. The point here is not only to "group" but also to look for dissimilar shapes and sizes. Got one of your own? Please send it to me and I'll blog it: maxwell @ apartmenttherapy.com (put GROUPS in the subject).

>> This is a chandelier that Nathan Thomas (Top Design Winner) made out of paper plates

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>> DIY Big, Beautiful Paper Globe Chandelier

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>> George Nelson Bubble lamps are displayed like this at Modernica, which (while expensive) is also an inspiring option. These guys look great as a group.

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>> This pendant grouping by David Wharram & Franziska Neumann blew me away when I first saw it.

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>> Similar, but different, I love the line up of funky lamps in Dan and Amy's Chinatown home.

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This also came in from a reader:

Maxwell, This is one of Ted Harris's lamps. You can't see it very clearly, but it's a glass globe filled with light bulbs of various shapes and colors. They are loosely laid in the piece and can be changed at will. In the middle of all of them is an electrified bulb, which brings the light. He makes this as a chandelier and as a tabletop piece. I love this crazy idea!

>> Ted Harris in Chicago Home

>> tedcharris @ earthlink dot net

Thanks for lots of great reading, information and eye candy! AMY

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