NYC Design Week 2011: Brilliant Lighting

Eight impressive lighting options that do more than illuminate

As we made the Design Week rounds recently in NYC, we found some brilliant examples of modern lighting. Below are eight lamps sure to add a flicker of stylish design to any home or office, culled from ICFF, Model Citizens, NoHo Design District and the Voos Lights Up SportMax exhibit.

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Esque and No.1 Son

A continuation of their (Bar)barian collaboration with No.1 Son, Esque’s gorgeous Afloat lamp combines meticulously mouthblown glass balls with finely crafted leather.

B.Light Design

Designer Ben Light’s clever Bourbon Jar Lamp perches an Edison bulb atop a turned oak wooden base, which has been carved from an old bourbon fermentation tank. When the bulb heats up, it emits the aroma of the sweet liquor.



Designed by Omer Arbel, Bocci’s 28 Series is a collection of chandeliers that each feature 28 distorted glass spheres, with low voltage or LED lamps housed inside each globe. The pendants are crafted using an intriguing technique in which air is blown in, sucked out and then intermittently heated and cooled for a slightly warped shape. We happened upon a more massive edition, beautifully hanging from a crane over the Bowery.


Matt Gagnon

Los Angeles-based designer Matt Gagnon lit up the Future Perfect, handmaking over 40 of his Prototype Lamps in the storefront window of The Future Perfect. He makes each piece, an exploration in “scale, form, color, texture, material, pattern and more,” from fibers wound around a metal armature.

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Lindsey Adelman Studio

Blown by glass artist Michiko Sakano, Burst combines gold-coated glass spikes and a dizzying array of glass globes. The chandelier gorgeously demonstrates Adelman’s interest in marrying Wabi-Sabi with Modernism.


Rich Brilliant Willing

Modeled after propulsion systems and rooftop vents, Rich Brilliant Willing’s new Delta IV pendant lamps boast a simple silhouette with gold or white interiors, designed to diffuse energy-efficient bulbs with a warm glow.

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UM Project

Clean, simple and upcycled from elegant Art Deco-era materials, UM Project’s new L.U.M. Lamp harbors three short Edison bulbs inside a polished copper, aluminum and satin brass shade, accented by a subtle burst of color.

Deger Cengiz

Deger Cengiz’s Wooden LED Light merges antique materials with modern lighting. A hardwood base bolsters copper piping for a sleekly industrial aesthetic.