Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

ET2 Chic Collection

This month ET2 is shining on their Chic collection as the Spotlight of the Month and it is no wonder why, as the Chic collection definitely is a distinct family of lighting.

The ET2 Chic collection features a modern twist on a classic silhouette; this collection brings together a stylish combination of “candle-like xenon lights shrouded in conical clear glass shades.” According to et2online.com, “Each of the fluid chrome curves enhances the organic simplicity of the sleek and stylish design as they flow into Polished Chrome adjustable stems.”

Although clearly a contemporary design, this striking collection sticks to some of its traditional roots as each fixture within Chic has a truly classic shape and form with modern touches. The glistening full shaped base flows out naturally giving off the impression of motion and evolves into the more modern glass shades that reflect a beautiful light when illuminated.

ET2’s Chic collection features wall sconces and chandeliers; choose from the 5 light, 9 light or exaggerated 16 light chandeliers. The additional arms add depth to the already uniquely designed collection. Because of the fusion of styles, Chic will be a significant addition to any contemporary or more traditional decorated room.

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.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Savoy House Lighting

is thrilled to announce that they will be introducing their “Collection of the Month” campaign, where they will choose a product, family, designer or category to be featured each month, beginning this September.

For September’s “Collection of the Month,” Savoy House has chosen the Hagen Collection; a collection that features a very lustrous, modernized and streamlined design in lighting. Products from the Hagen Collection include classic silhouettes with a transitional yet contemporary vibe.

The

Hagen family

offers wall sconces, vanity lights, semi-flush and flush mounts, mini pendants, pendants and chandeliers that come in two very radiant finishes of satin nickel or heirloom brass; both of these finish options complement the warm ambiance of the white etched opal glass shades.

The classic finishes allow for a very traditional style in lighting while the shapes and unique forms of each fixture also incorporate a more modern tone.

The mini pendants are great for layering in groups over a kitchen island or bar in your home and both the 6 and 9 light chandeliers are just the right size for an array of foyer, kitchen or dining room sizes.

Savoy House Lighting is known for detailed craftsmanship and careful attention to detail within all their products and the Hagen Collection illustrates this perfectly while exhibiting Savoy’s tendency towards elegant and timeless designs in lighting.

Friday, November 8th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Bathroom Lighting

There are many options for bathroom lighting – pendants, wall sconces and vanity lights over the mirror are all common ways to light your bathroom. The best lighting for applying makeup and shaving for around the sink is soft light positioned equally on either side of your face; both pendants and sconces can achieve this soft lighting. The closest edge of the light should be positioned no closer than 10 inches and this will only leave you enough space for an 18-inch mirror. The ideal distance is 15 inches off-center which will leave you enough space for a 28-inch mirror and one inch spacing between your sconce or pendant and mirror.

What if you have a dual vanity? Should you use 3 or 4 pendants or sconces? This will depend on your vanity size and the spacing around it – a double vanity smaller than 60 inches can only handle 3 lights. The center light will function for both sink areas and the outer light should mimic the distance of the center light from the sinks center line. If you have a smaller double vanity and lack spacing on either side you might benefit from bath bars hung over your mirror. A 60-inch or smaller vanity may lack the space needed on the outside of your bowl to place a sconce or pendant, without interfering with your mirror or hang outside the edge of your vanity. Vanity bars still provide the necessary front lighting for shaving and makeup application but will produce some shadowing.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Currey and Co Wigging Collection

Currey & Company is a manufacturer of distinct home furnishings and is well known for their decorative light fixtures as well as interior furniture and accessories. Currey & Co got their start as an outlet and supplier of garden furniture and fixtures and expanded into interior light fixtures, lamps and furniture in 1990. Currey set itself apart from the competition from the creation and design of their hand-made products and their attention to detail during manufacturing and finishing. Their international headquarters in the Philippines allows Currey & Company to incorporate luxurious natural elements into expertly crafted products.

Currey and Co Serena Collection

In particular Currey & Co table and floor lamps are truly artistic and dynamic; these fixtures are the perfect complement to any designer space. Some would say their pieces have a French design and styling, with a truly unique approach to lighting design and decor – many of their fixtures are airy and whimsical, inspired by Currey’s roots in garden furniture and lighting.

Currey & Co has long been designing their products with the use of hand forged iron but the exceptional variety of materials “such as hand-carved wood, porcelain and brass” has brought the company to the next level in decorative lighting. This can be seen in the Currey & co Wiggins collection – the fixtures within Wiggins are wrapped in natural burlap and banded with wrought iron. The Serena collection also display’s Currey’s unexpected use of materials as it features a design with glass balls of Aqua glass against a silver granello finish; Serena is a collection with classic forms mixed with the innovative materials, creating a subtle contemporary style with a twist of tradition.

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Rooms with fireplaces are often inadequately lit – these spaces are generally designed for relaxing and entertaining but the lighting may only consist of a few lamps. If you’re lucky your builder might have thrown in a few recessed lights near the fireplace for general lighting, that is definitely needed but recessed cans are perfect for lighting the overall space and lack the layers of lighting needed to create depth and highlight the room’s features. When done properly lighting will add depth and ambiance while tying together all aspects of decor.

Fireplace Lighting

Fireplaces are sought after architectural details and should be highlighted in your space – start with placing two recessed lights two feet away to cross-illuminate the fireplace; keeping them close to the fireplace will ensure a person cannot step between the light source and fireplace, creating shadows and blinding an unsuspecting guest. Make sure to get an adjustable trim, either a gimbal or eyeball trim. The two lights should be positioned to wash the area above the mantel. To add some more depth, frame the fireplace with sconces on either side, which will create drama and focus attention on the centerpiece. No room for wall sconces? Or seeking a cleaner look? Accent lighting can be applied above crown molding; this will create a warm inviting glow that will balance the room.

Indirect lighting will help soften the shadows produced by the recessed lights. The exact application of this indirect lighting will depend on your space. A higher ceiling would benefit from one or two pendants or chandeliers centered on the fireplace and a smaller room with a lower ceiling might benefit from just a few lamps. Either application of indirect lighting will soften shadows and add human scale to the space. An accented fireplace will remain the focal point for the room while the layers of light create an inviting space with warmth and interest.

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Corbett Inertia Collection

Geometric shapes are huge this year, both in repeating patterns and the general form of the light fixture – these sculptural fixtures combine function and art into unique abstract designs. Light fixtures that take on a more sculptural form are becoming more widely accepted and complement many different types of room designs. The asymmetric shapes express individuality and a break from the conventional light fixture; a good example of this is Fredrick Ramond’s Ion collection, which has a generally simple sphere shape but is composed of multiple aluminum spirals. This piece creates detail, texture and interest within a simple geometric form. The metal spirals add both a rustic and refined element to their surroundings. Ion is detailed enough to stand alone but simple enough to pair in threes over a long table or island. Many sculptural pieces follow this general theme with very detailed features, unique shapes, accents and colors.

Kichler City Lights Collection

Corbett Lighting also has a range of collection’s that display this sculptural form in lighting, like the Big Bang collection, Chimera, Spellbound and Inertia collection; although these pieces are so different they all have a refined beauty created by their lustrous finishes, attention to detail and unique shapes. Sculptural pieces can also have a more detailed composition and less decorative details – Kichler’s City Lights chandeliers are a perfect example of this. The basic rectangular lights are stacked and placed almost randomly along silver linear bars creating an abstract city and a functional piece of artwork. The Kichler Escala collection has a similar effect – the simple spheres and gentle curves make an interesting and compelling sculpture. Light sculptures are used in both sleek and modern rooms to create interest or can add a modern flare to traditional or classic spaces.

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Ceiling Fan Enhancements

Ceiling fans add great value to your living space as well as help maintain a consistent temperature year round. Ceiling fans are an energy efficient solution that provides comfort at a fraction of the cost of heating or central air alone. No matter what the space within your home, there is a ceiling fan that is the appropriate size.

When you look at the overall aesthetics and airflow efficiency, the standard fan can be used in a much smaller space than typically thought. Standard ceiling fan sizes 52 inch to 54 inch can be used in a space that is only 144 square feet, all the way up to 255 square foot space.

What if you have a very tiny space? A 36 inch ceiling fan is appropriate for a small closet up to 75 square feet and a small to medium room of about 76 to 144 square feet can handle a 42 inch to 50 inch fan. Larger spaces can take up to a 72 inch fan but the ceiling height starts to factor into this decision – a 72 inch ceiling fan installed on a ceiling shorter than 14 inches, visually, feels like it is falling down on top of you; if you have a space larger than 400 square feet with a lower ceiling, go for multiple fans around 52 to 54 inches. A room larger than 400 square feet with a high ceiling should have a 72 inch fan.

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.

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

by Littman Bros Lighting

Candice Olson, the design star of HGTV’s “Divine Design”, has an elegant, stylish lighting collection exclusively through AF Lighting; each piece within the line is personally designed by Olson and crafted by AF Lighting, revealing the distinctiveness that is the trademark of her designs.

Candice Olson Camerson Sconce

AF Lighting carries both traditional and contemporary products from Olson that are the perfect centerpieces for any room, blending classic styles with modern twists. Candice Olson strives to create classic pieces that will remain current and timeless; she believes longevity is the test of good design.

Her vanity collection is especially glamorous as she fuses modern finishes like black chrome and satin gold with classic silhouettes and styles. Olson’s vanity lights are subtle yet elegant with soft curves and small crystal accents incorporated into the structure of the pieces, as shown in the Camerson and Cluny collections. Candice’s newest sconces are a touch more modern, showcasing geometric patterns within metal and glass textiles that pull style and shape from the Art Deco era and incorporate modern materials in application. Candice creates some truly unique and stylish pieces that offer “a choice of clean lines or graceful curves, flawless finishes and rich hues.”

According to aflighting.com, Candice Olson’s design philosophy begins with originality of designs: “It is essential to me that my designs are original – that the inspiration and perspective is unique to me,” Olson said. “I believe that the essence of good design is its ability to sustain long term integrity – to become classic.”