Hand-blown glass is sexier than ever before. Customers, who are looking to fill their homes with a unique piece of art, already embrace the significance of owning a hand- blown glass lighting fixture. The savviest customers know that it may take months to make and that the blower has to have over a decade of experience to make a lighting fixture that catches the eye. Good news is that beautiful designs can be very inexpensive. There are established, as well as young light designers, who remain loyal to the glass making craftsmanship, working with natural, locally sourced materials. This month, we are looking at beautiful lighting fixture designs that bring the modern zeitgeist to your home.
Wolka Handcrafted Pendant Lamp in Coal
Designed by Michael Ruh, who has been making glass pieces from his London studio for 20 years. Michael handcrafts tableware, lighting and vases for clients around the world, using the traditional glass blowing technique. Your Wolka will be totally unique – each one is handmade, and as such, the finish may vary slightly between each model. Every seed and bubble shows that this quality piece is a true one of a kind. £40 from www.made.com
Rio Coppa Glass Light
This time, Michael Ruh has designed the Rio Coppa ceiling pendant light exclusively for The Conran Shop. It is handmade from 100% recycled glass, metal and wood in London. The bottom of the glass lampshade is open to direct the light and the soft, hyacinth-hued glass reflects the colours around it. This light looks stunning with a decorative bulb, which you can see through the transparent hyacinth-hued glass and can be installed in any part of your home.£440 from www.conranshop.co.uk
This brass pendant light fixture is made from vintage glass, originally from Conant Custom Brass in Vermont. These ceiling lights resemble antiques, with their twisted rayon adjustable cord, brass fixture and satin lacquer finish. The shade, which is made from a clear hand-blown glass, is sold separately. $169 from www.conantmetalandlight.com
Urban versions of this light start at $72 from www.houzz.com
Funnel Light by DECHEM Studio
Designers Michaela Tomiškova and Jakub Janďourek first met each other at Novy Bor School of Glass, located in the Czech Republic. While there, they both fell in love with the earliest, artificial material in human history. Ever since establishing DECHEM Studio, they have focused on product design and always paid special attention to glass and traditional Bohemian craft techniques.The two size, pendant lights are made of laboratory glass funnels. They feature titanium coated glass, suspended nutsche filters, decorative retro bulbs, beige textile cable and copper coated metal construction. Small lights (S) have a diameter of 180mm and the larges (L) have a diameter of 230mm.
The two size, pendant lights are made of laboratory glass funnels. They feature titanium coated glass, suspended nutsche filters, decorative retro bulbs, beige textile cable and copper coated metal construction. Small lights (S) have a diameter of 180mm and the larges (L) have a diameter of 230mm. From EUR 495 Designed for Kavalier Glass. www.dechemstudio.com