It's technical and artistic, tangible yet ethereal, all at the same time — it's lighting. It can affect mood, aid or hinder functionality, and even become a focal point. Here are a variety of options in decorative fixtures, ranging from modern and minimalist to fabulous and funky, sure to add pizzazz to any room in which they are included.
Tiles Plus Touches of colored light can be put into virtually any room with the Light Tile from Villeroy & Boch. The Light Tile LED fixture is dust- and waterproof, and is embedded into the tile, protected by a wear-resistant coated stainless steel frame fitted flush to the surface. The 12-volt light is available in white, blue, or amber and can be ordered in a range of Villeroy & Boch tile styles. On square tiles the 1½-inch lighting element is centered; on rectangular tiles one or two lighting elements can be placed along the central axis. Villeroy & Boch. 877.505.5350. www.villeroy-boch.com.
La Murrina, one of the largest manufacturers of Murano glass items in the world, has added Zoe hanging fixtures to its Disegno line. Designed by Sandro Santantonio, award-winning Italian designer known for daring concepts, the Zoe is a modular lighting fixture offered in black, red, or white, and in single or multiple tiers each made with hand-formed Murano glass. The Disegno line is a series of playful, contemporary fixtures created in collaboration with renowned European architects and designers. La Murrina, available through Arte di Murano. 323.717.8588. www.lamurrina.us.
Opulent Opal The WS Series sconces and vanity lights from Besa Lighting are offered in a range of colors, shapes, widths, and styles, as well as in configurations using one to five light sources. Glass options include: opal, opal/frost (shown), carrera, opal/clear, opal/blue, and opal/amethyst. All wall fixtures are ADA-compliant and come in chrome, bronze, or satin-nickel finishes. They accommodate G9 halogen lamps and standard incandescent dimmers. Besa Lighting Co. 800.446.2372. www.besalighting.com.
Panels of Luminescence Designer Ryan Grey Smith, Grey Design Studio, introduces the Elements lighting collection. Fixtures are made with clear polycarbonate that is thermally formed into fluid shapes and, when hardened, layered into a structure containing various panels or “elements.” By hand-texturing the interior of the panels, each fixture radiates light slightly differently, and —depending on the size — the effect varies from a piece of paper blowing up in the wind to a cascading luminescence (shown). All the fixtures are UL listed. Grey Design Studio. 206.524.2223. www.greydesignstudio.com.
Sparkle & Shine
W.A.C. Lighting's Crystal Beauty Spots are accent lights that use crystal elements and low-voltage xenon lamps to create sparkle and eye-catching patterns on ceilings. The Crystal Beauty Spot element is available in a round, square, or cylindrical shape and is offered in clear, frosted, amber, blue, red, or green. The fixture comes in chrome, platinum, or white finishes. Sizes range from 1 1/8 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter, to 1 3/8 inches tall and 1 3/8 inches in diameter. Each luminaire can be used with either a remote magnetic or electronic transformer and includes a long-life xenon lamp. W.A.C. Lighting. 800.526.2588. www.waclighting.com.