Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Eurofase Rosini Chandelier

Eurofase Lighting has chosen their Rosini collection as the December fixture of the month and Rosini holds true to be very significant in design and inspiration.

This whole collection was inspired and motivated by the music composed by Yoshino Rosini, a 19th Century Italian composer, most well known for his operatic masterpiece William Tell and his nod to 14th Century Switzerland. According to eurofaselighting.com, “the designer set out to create a fixture with strong, classic European lines, imagining the days of heroes on horseback, fortresses and castles.”

The Eurofase Rosini Collection features an array of very regal chandeliers and wall sconces all twice finished in sleek gunmetal, setting these fixtures apart from others of their kind. The imposing simplicity of these fixtures is beautiful and will add a subtle elegance to any space. Rosini glistens with elongated pear-cut smoked crystals and bobesches as well as a silhouette that features more embellishments and ornamentation to add that surprising and distinguished touch.

Although this collection is in Eurofase’s Classics Collection, it is truly a transitional piece as well. According to eurfaselighting.com, “designers are able to feature it in an array of decors, classic or modern.” Rosini can be added to almost any setting within your home, from foyer to hallway or dining room as well as great room or living room.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Contemporary Interior Lighting

Lighting is an integral part of your home’s overall environment and that is why is very important that you have your interior home lighting scheme properly set up in order to achieve the perfect ambiance every home needs. Lighting your home and lighting in itself is the most commanding component if interior design; without ample lighting in your home, there can be a muted and often gloomy vibe and that can simply mean that there are not enough fixtures for the size of the space.

Whether you’re building a brand new or home just need an update, it is definitely important to consider a fresh approach to your lighting plan. Lighting fixtures are a wonderful enhancement to the interior design of your home as well – there is an unlimited amount of styles, colors, shapes and types of lighting out there for you to choose from and find that perfect style to add to your space.

Traditional Interior Home Lighting

Style – Think about what your taste is. Whether you’re starting from scratch or trying to renovate your home’s current décor, style is definitely an important factor to reflect on as it can often make or break the end result of the design process. If you have an already busy interior design, like ornate, showy or patterned furniture, wall art, drapery or wallpaper, consider going for simplicity with your lighting. More transitional pieces will balance and harmonize with what you’ve currently got going on.

Finish – The finish of your fixtures can become a daunting decision as there are plenty of choices out there to sometimes confuse you, when all you really wanted was a simple nickel finish. Finish choice can often become the most fundamental yet essential decisions to make when choosing your light fixtures. It is the key component of the design and can either enhance or minimize the design scheme of your home. There are, of course some finishes that archaic and some that remain a well-liked choice in light fixtures for decades – try a polished nickel, chrome or darker bronze if you don’t want to take a fancy route with your finish.

Identify the activities that occur within each room of your home as well as what mood or ambiance you want to achieve and from there you can figure out exactly what kind of light it may need and from there you can pick the perfect style and finish to coincide. Don’t forget the basic lighting types – ambient, task, accent and decorative lighting.

The lighting design within your home is what you make it so make sure you have fun while picking out the fixtures that reflect you and your style most.

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Traditional Style Chandelier

In a recent American Lighting Association (ALA) webinar, the question of design and style was discussed and it was clear that lighting styles and design components with lighting is more than often a subjective issue.

Joe Rey-Barreau, architect, lighting designer and associate professor at the University of Kentucky’s College of Design, hosted the webinar and talked about the impending confusion that often takes place between a lighting specialist and the customer.

Contemporary Style Chandelier

Rey-Barreau said discussing styles with customers is sometimes not the best starting off point as people understandably have a different idea of what each style profile looks like to them.

“I will always try to steer the conversation away from styles and toward the elements and principles of design,” Rey-Barreau said. “I say this with all honesty because I find the discussion of styles with customers becomes very, very confusing.”

It is more imperative to get the customers opinion and assessment of what a specific style is, he said.

Here are the primary factors Rey-Barraeu said affect the selection of lighting fixtures:

Style = Aesthetics, how does it look?

Function = Purpose, does it work?

Mood/Behavior = How does it make us feel?

Symbol = What does it mean?

Preferential = The unknown, the decision that someone makes that may make no sense whatsoever.

Instead of focusing on specific styles, retailers should bring up the idea of simple vs. complex and the core principles and elements of design.

Rey-Barreau said the elements of design are: line, shape form, space, direction, size, texture, color, value and contrast. While the principles of design include balance, harmony, unity, contrast, dominance, repetition and emphasis.

“Design and styles can be very, very useful, and very fun,” Rey-Barreau said. “But, again, think more about the simplicity of what defines an object rather than what we call the object.”

Monday, November 18th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Dorian Webb Designer

Award-winning designer Dorian Webb and New York based Crystorama Lighting have created a very strong partnership over the years and together have produced new collections in lighting known as Dorian Webb for Crystorama.

According to crystorama.com, Webb began her career designing hand-crafted necklaces bracelets and earrings inspired by a trip she made to Venice, Italy; each piece of jewelry incorporated Venetian glass.

Webb’s passion for designing jewelry soon turned into a passion for lighting design. She designed lighting privately and became very popular among high-end clientele. According to a biography written about Webb, Dorian’s fixtures incorporated an “array of delicate foliage, dangling drops and draping beads.”

Along with the Venetian glass, Webb also incorporates semi-precious stones such as citrine, aquamarine, cherry quartz and freshwater pearls.

Crystorama Fiore Collection

Since partnering with Crystorama, Webb has created two collections of more transitional lighting pieces known as Palla and Fiore. According to crystorama.com, Palla (Italian for “sphere”) and Fiore were both inspired by pieces from her jewelry line.

“[The fixtures] feature neutral-toned diaphanous disks that float in an antique gold wrought iron frame,” Crystorama stated. “Inset irregular prisms add unexpected sparkle to the earth tones.”

The Palla collection was inspired by a specific bracelet in Webb’s jewelry collection while her Fiore collection for Crystorama was inspired by her signature Venetian glass collection of chandeliers she had previously designed.

Webb continues to design lighting for Crystorama; the first two lighting collections will be available exclusively through Crystorama.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

schonbek-lighting-collections

Schonbek Worldwide Lighting has announced that they have made an exciting transformation to the company as a result of their strong partnership with the Swarovski Group. In October 2007, Schonbek was acquired by Swarovski, and since then their association and rapport have been significant for both companies.

In a statement made by David White, VP of Global Sales and Marketing, and John Simms, VP of Global Operations, Schonbek Worldwide Lighting will now be known as “Swarovski Lighting.” The two stated in an August 6 news announcement that since the partnership with Swarovski, there has been many adjustments to push Schonbek in a positive direction; including allocating the Schonbek Plattsburgh, NY location as the global headquarters and making significant changes to the core of both companies.

“As a result of these changes, and the evolution of our business strategy, our official business name will change to Swarovski Lighting,” they stated in the release. “Swarovski Lighting will continue to encompass two very distinct premium consumer lighting brands, Swarovski and Schonbek.”

Both White and Simms say the combination, Swarovski being respected and admired for its “contemporary aesthetic” and Schonbek well-regarded for its “classic, timeless styling,” will not change, but it will allow for better marketing strategies in the future; they reassure all their customers and business partners that the rich history of Schonbek Lighting will not change.

“While the overall company name will change to Swarovski Lighting, the Schonbek brand name and the 142 year legacy lives on in all of the existing as well as new products we will continue to innovate, and market under this well established brand.”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

LBL Mademoiselle Pendant

The summer 2013 Dallas Market Lighting Show just wrapped up and this year was overtaken by two very different looks. On one hand you have the restoration and simple classic style and on the other there are the more modern sculptural pieces. These fun and modern pieces that have little in common with the conventional chandelier are being referred to as “Generation Z.”

Crystorama Solstice Pendant

The statement pieces are reminiscent of sculptures and jewelry; some of this movement is fueled by the switch to LED lighting. Fixtures are no longer confined to the dimensions of a standard light bulb. These fixtures can be thin and sleek, more about form than function. LBL’s Mademoiselle collection is a great example of this; the body is a sleek linear line that houses a slim LED light source. It is then draped in more than 30 feet of metal links that incorporate Swarovski Elements crystal accents.

Sonneman’s Starflex is another collection that is influenced by the evolvement of LED. This fixture is composed of select arms of thin LEDs that flex into different positions, giving the fixture multiple looks and silhouettes. Corbett and Troy Lighting have a few more artistic and sculptural pieces in this year’s collection too; the Poetry collection from Corbett features a basic shape of an orb which is the definitely a popular form in lighting this year. It is a sculpture made of hand crafted iron rods with piercing delicate and beautifully finished silver leaf planes. Solstice by Crystorama bridges the two styles – the collection is sculptural in shape but encompasses a simple classic chandelier within.

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Contessa Chandelier

Although there are many crystal fixture manufacturers out there, there is truly only one brand that is Schonbek – they have been the premier manufacturer of fine crystal lighting for more than 140 years. Schonbek was founded on craftsmanship and customer service; every piece is handcrafted in New York to heirloom quality. They are built to stand the test of time, both in quality and classic design. These fixtures are exquisite jewels that should be passed on through generations of family. Schonbek has built custom pieces for all the finest venues, from the White House to Buckingham Palace and their innovation goes far beyond custom fixtures; Schonbek is responsible for almost 200 patented technologies. They have developed the crystal lighting industry from the very beginning.

In 2007, Schonbek partnered with the Swarovski Companies; this combined the finest chandelier maker and crystal manufacturer into one company. Together they share 255 years of innovation and quality. Schonbek will continue to be the leader in premium crystal light fixtures, although they have always had traditional and contemporary pieces, their new line push the design envelope. These modern pieces from Schonbek Lighting ensure that Schonbek does not get left in the dust as the lighting industry evolves once again.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Crystorama Broche Collection


There is no denying that brass is out…..or is it?? Don’t be alarmed, that old shiny brass from the 80s and 90s is not making a comeback, this finish has evolved into a more refined, elegant and sophisticated set of finishes in the lighting world. While satin nickel has been a long-standing, ever-popular finish, the rise of oil rubbed bronze has swayed designs towards the warmer tones. Right now, the hottest finishes in lighting and décor are matte gold and champagne – satin nickel and gold combo; it has the glamour and subtlety of satin nickel with a warmer palette. Fixtures like the Crystorama Broche collection are inspired by vintage jewelry but feel very modern, sophisticated and sculptural in a golden hue. Hinkley’s contemporary Monaco collection becomes more transitional and elegant when finished in a matte gold finish while the traditional pieces like Schonbek’s Amytis collection, also being finished in a matte gold, only adds more to their elegance and sophistication.

Hinkley Monaco Collection


Matte gold is richer and far more refined than their tacky, brass relatives. The texture and hue inspires many of its forms and furnishes, it pairs nicely with gem tones as well. Emerald anyone? Emerald, the Pantone color of the year, pairs well with warm tones and adds some rich character.

Trending: Today’s fixtures are lighter in both color and design. The newest finishes are champagne, satin nickel and gold combo, satin gold and white. These finishes modernize both traditional and contemporary designs, creating a delicate elegance that fits into any décor.

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Cyan Design Treviso Chandelier


Popular lighting finishes are forever changing to coordinate with the evolving styles and trends of today. Finally there is a finish that compliments every space – white light fixtures are ever so versatile that they feel modern in an edgy downtown loft and chic in a vintage country cottage.

A classic crystal chandelier instantly becomes chic when it is turned white, like in the Murray Feiss Chateau Blanc collection as well as fixtures like the Cyan Design Treviso white chandelier shown here. Other white blown glass designs add sophistication and a classic touch to any space, like the glossy white rod iron effect in Crystorama’s Solaris collection; it has a retro and modern flair.

White goes with every palette – remember, white can add a clean, bright element to brighten a dark space or soften loud colors and textures and a modern or vintage feel can be created when added to a monochromatic or simple white space. When creating your lighting design plan, don’t forget you always have white to brighten up your home.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Even though Valentine’s Day has passed and the chance to surprise your loved with your romantic side on that momentous day will have to wait a year doesn’t mean you can’t learn some new and romantical lighting tips; special, romantic lighting and decorating trends for you and your significant other to enjoy from our very knowledgeable lighting professionals.

Romantic Lighting

Mood lighting for any space within your home is necessary to create that ideal lighting for two. Creating the right lighting can be as simple as changing the color of your light bulb to transitioning your lighting scheme into something brand new. Here are some tips to follow when deciding what to do to illuminate your romantic side with the perfect lighting:

Try going for a theme or color scheme with the decor of your space, the lighting will harmonize with the tones you pick and help the overall ambiance of the room.

Subdued tones and colors mixed with gentle fabrics add a cozy touch.

Chandeliers are known to be the most romantic looking silhouettes for any space but if you don’t have one installed in your room, try changing the lamp shades to warmer colors or adding a thin, darker linen over the top of the shade (be careful of flammability of course).

Try little twinkling lights strewn throughout the space or adding little candles for another romantic light source.

Dimmers are the best way to achieve the romantical and warm lighting to set the perfect atmosphere, if you don’t have one installed, doing so is pretty simple and will be used for future endeavors as well.

If you are picking out a fixture and want a romantic design to your space, go for chandeliers in more distressed finishes and antique silhouettes, maybe with a touch of crystal embellishments. Crystal chandeliers add an elegance and graceful presence to a room.

Last, but not least, don’t forget the flowers! Romance becomes complete with some flowers and the perfect mood lighting.