Spotted recently: industrial-style lighting from a manufacturer in a small town near the Northern Irish border. Founded in 2008 in an abandoned shoe factory, Aire Lighting takes inspiration from the fixtures in old pubs and inns and uses only traditional materials such as hand-twisted cables, tarnished metals, and holophane glass—and now counts Google, Guinness, and the Royal Family among its customers. The designs are currently only available via German-based sites
Casa Lumi (for the interior collection) and Terra Lumi (for exterior lights), but we think it might be worth a trip to the Emerald Isle for further investigation. Here’s a look at a few of the designs on offer. Above: A simple silhouette: The Waterproof Ceiling Lamp has a glass bulb cover and is available in six finishes (including matte black, shown); €175 ($210.58). Above: The Simple Ceiling Light with Flat Shade is available in four finishes—patinated brass, patinated silver, polished brass, and satin brass; €88 ($105.89). Above: The Small Handmade Brass Pendulum Lamp is also well-patinated and “gives a pleasant, warm, well-shielded light;” €138 ($166.06). The lights are available with or without Edison bulbs. Above: One of many designs with traditional glass: the Wall Light with Prismatic Glass is affixed to the wall with a small hook and chain; €150 ($180.50). Above: We particularly like the vintage-style Timeless Glass Globe Ceiling Light, which comes in three sizes (20 centimeters, 25 centimeters, and 30 centimeters in diameter) and six finishes; from €94 ($113.11). Above: An upgrade to the simple ceiling fixture: the aptly-named Simple but Elegant Brass Reflector Ceiling Light; €138 ($166.06). Above: The domed Industrial Ceiling Light, inspired by the “functional design of traditional industrial luminaires”; €139 ($167.26). Above: We like the sculptural shape of the handmade Simple Pendant Light, shown here in patinated silver; €306, or $366.02. Above: The Flat Industrial Ceiling Light has a vaulted shade, available in four finishes; €149 ($179.30). Above: The Rustic Brass Spotlight evokes old Ireland; €88, or $105.26. Above: The Functional Joint Wall Light can be used as a wall or ceiling spotlight, the makers say; €138, or $165.07. Above: The Large Ship Pendant is hand-made of pressed aluminum and conjures maritime style; is can also be positioned to the side and comes with a hand-twisted textile cable; €1,975, or $2362.38. Above: The Nostalgic Jointed Wall Light, shown in glossy black; €206 ($247.89). Above: The Typical Factory Lamp, “traditional and at the same time modern in Ireland”; €150 ($180.50). More in Irish style: Above: A detail of the craftsmanship. Shown: the Industrial Style Pendant with Open Dome, available in 10 powder-coated finishes, including this deep green; €158 ($190.13).