10 Easy Pieces: Affordable Lighting from a New Crop of Designers by

Issue 64 · Loft Living · March 20, 2013

10 Easy Pieces: Affordable Lighting from a New Crop of Designers

Issue 64 · Loft Living · March 20, 2013

With their experimental approach to material and ability to re-imagine classic designs in innovative (and often more affordable) ways, today's indie designers are heating up the lighting market. Here are ten of our favorite illuminating newcomers.

OneFortyThree potence lamps: Remodelista

Above: The DIY project that launched a business: After making an adaptation of Jean Prouvé's Potence Lamp for his own home, Logan Henderickson was beset with orders from others who were also looking for a low-cost alternative. From there Logan began designing an entire line of mid-century-inspired, swing-arm and pendant lights, named after the home that started it all: OneFortyThree. Available in myriad colors and finishes, the swing-arm wall lamps pictured here are $125.

Usine lamp by atelier de Troupe: Remodelista

Above: Atelier de Troupe is a small design outfit in LA, which hand crafts inspired yet functional pieces like this Usine sconce: $345.

pendant by Estudio Manus: Remodelista

Above: Quite the characters, the whimsical lighting designs of Estudio Manus in Sao Paolo are known for their playful and surprising juxtaposition of materials. Contact the company for order information.

Cord chandelier by Brendan Ravenhill: Remodelista

Above: Fresh off his 2009 Masters degree in Industrial Design from RISD, Brendan Ravenhill has been taking the design world by storm with his mid-century-inspired designs, including a diverse selection of lamps. We are particular to his glass pendants and cord chandeliers ($2,000), but his new sconce has also caught our eyes.

2x4 light by Alexandra Burr: Remodelista

Above: From her studio in Gowanus, Brooklyn, multi-disciplinary designer Alexandra Burr creates lighting and furniture characterized by their elemental forms. Here her simple 2x4 light, is constructed using two whitewashed boards suspended by a red cord, appears to float in the air. Contact Alexandra for pricing information.

chandelier by Workstead: Remodelista

Above: Designed to complement the firm's warm, contemporary interiors, the custom illuminations of Brooklyn-based Workstead pay homage to industrial and mid-century classics. This chandelier is available directly through Workstead; $1,800.

rope chandelier by Atelier 688: Remodelista

Above: Known for their creative use of reclaimed and vintage materials, Toronto-based Atelier 688 is a Canadian design collaborative whose specialties include furniture, art, lighting, and interiors. Here one of Zac Ridgley's rustic/modern rope chandeliers adds a dramatic centerpiece at West Bridge restaurant. Single pendants are available through the firm's Etsy shop; $475.

Wo and We swing arm lamp: Remodelista

Above: French designer Olivier Abry re-imagines vintage, industrial style lamps in his Wo & Wé Collection. Double "Potance" lamp; €675.

Earth Sea Warrior mad scientist pendant: Remodelista

Above: Ever since she opened her Etsy shop three years ago, we have been fans of the re-purposed illuminations of Ursula at Earth Sea Warrior. Rewired with vibrant contrast cords, vintage lamps like this "mad scientist test tube pendant" seem shocked life; $125.

landie and Gentlemen Aura lights: Remodelista

Above: Founded by Dylan Davis & Jean Lee in 2010, Ladies & Gentlemen is a multidisciplinary design firm known for their playful explorations of material and form. Here their "Aura" pendants represent light reduced to its most basic components: the bulbs and its aura. 10 inch ring, $345; 15 inch ring $395.

N.B. We're also pretty impressed with the L sconce of drummer-come-lighting-designer David Kitz.

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