New York Design Week always inspires us, but this year was especially bright with lighting innovations from all across the globe. We saw ingenuous new ways to make LEDs radiant - using fiber-optics, acrylic tubes and other types of diffusion, as well as LED Edison bulbs, 3D-printed pendants and luminous modular tree lamps. Scroll down to discover the latest and greatest innovations in lighting design on display at New York Design Week.
And the award for the world’s cutest night light goes to… the Lumibaby! This adorable little LED flashlight / nightlight turns on with a squeeze to the tummy, and gives off a soft glow that’s perfect for navigating the house at night. Did we mention how cute they are? Watch the video to see the full effect.
Think LEDs are ugly? Think again – Nanoleaf has created a gorgeous LED light bulb that looks like a glittering jewel. Their Gem light has striking faceted sides, it gives off a warm glow, and it’s one of the world’s most efficient light bulbs to boot.
Can you believe these cool filament bulbs are actually LEDs?! Brooklyn-based Urban Chandy‘s LED Edison Bulbs give trendy old-school lights an energy-efficient twist.
Love the rain? Richard Clarkson Studio‘s amazing Rain Lamps bring inclement weather indoors! The lamp consists of a giant globe with a pool of water inside. A tiny pump circulates water to the top of the lamp, and as it drips down into the pool of water, the LED bulb projects ripples on the floor. It’s hard to explain with words, so watch the video below!
Splyt‘s LED light trees are made from modular branches – so you can tailor them to suit your space. The company is currently looking for production partners, and they’re targeting a price point of $5-$7 for each modular segment.
Artisan Design Source gives cast-off cardboard a new life by transforming it into stunning pendant lamps. Each lamp is made from sheets of recycled cardboard and acrylic that are laser-cut and stacked to form striking shades.
Light up any outdoor occasion with Foxcat Design’s Sunbrella! The Red Dot Award-winning design does double duty as a parasol and a LED garden torch, freeing up space in your backyard.
Graypants showed off their stunning Greenfire Mobius lamp, which is inspired by the undulating forms made by flocks of starlings. The lamp consists of a swarm of luminous “pixels” hung from fiber optic cords attached to a large ceiling-mounted LED light source. Graypants can tailor its size and arrangement to suit specific spaces.
We showcased Christopher Poehlmann of CP Lighting in our LED Lighting Challenge a few years ago, so we were excited to catch up on his latest creations. CP Lighting’s New Growth “brancheliers” are made from 100% post-consumer recycled aluminum and fitted with low-energy LED bulbs.
We’re nuts for these acorn-shaped Terho Lamps by Mater Design. These organic lamps are made from mouth-blown opal glass and FSC-certified alder wood, and they look stunning when strung up individually or in groups.
Storyboard Furniture‘s Sharpe’s Hedra lamp features a salvaged wood frame interspersed with delicate papercut motifs. The shape of the leaves correspond to the wood used to fashion the lamp’s frame.
Jason Krugman‘s mesmerizing light sculptures feature wire mesh forms studded with thousands of hand-soldered LED bulbs. Jason’s work ranges from spiraling tunnels and mechanized moving structures to three dimensional “Baskets” like the one above.
Nondesigns‘ modular NON Linear LED lights can be chained together to create dynamic installations. They offer a wide range of shapes and sizes, and each light is CNC machined from 1-inch-thick acrylic and inlaid with a band of low-energy LEDs.
Macmaster’s beautiful new Eclipse LED lights are made from thin layers of birch sustainably sourced from Finland (which actually grows more birch than is consumed each year). Light peeks through the grain of the timber to create the perfect balance of ambiance and functionality.
Ali Siavoshi unveiled a transparent acrylic pendant that transforms any book into a lamp! Simply rest your favorite tome upon the angled structure and switch on the incorporated LED light.
That’s no moon – it’s Robert Debbane’s mesmerizing Galactica Table Lamp. The lamp is composed of modular pieces of 3D printed ABS, and it’s illuminated from within by a 15 watt LED bulb.
Designer Andrea Claire’s eyecatching bamboo ply Asteroid pendant lamp wowed visitors to ICFF this year. It’s hard to tell from the photo but this lamp is HUGE – like 4 feet wide. It looks like a Battlestar Galactica inspired spaceship and we want to hop in! Claire’s lamps are made from translucent bamboo veneer, which is gorgeous when backlit by a bright LED bulb.
Looking to jump start your home decor? Consider this electrifying lightning bolt lamp by Collector. Designer Brandon LeNoir had a lightening bolt moment of inspiration when he saw all of the scrap wood leftover from making his other furniture designs for ICFF. So he quickly arranged the scrap wood into a cool floor-to-ceiling lightning shape, threaded an LED rope through it and – VOILA
What do you get when you combine a Tesla coil with fluorescent tubes and walnut wood? This Lexik‘s amazing Arc Wall Light, which lights up like magic! Simply pick up a fluorescent tube and slot it into the wooden base and it will automatically light up without any connections. The secret is in the Tesla coil hidden within the lamp’s base, which generates an electric field that pushes electrons through the light bulb.
Curio Design‘s colorful Hype Table Lamps feature a slim profile and fully articulating gooseneck joints that can be bent anyway you like. They’re outfitted with 10W LED bulbs that cast 90% direct downwards light and 10% upwards ambient light.
We’ve written about Plumen many times in the past – so we were excited to hear that collaborated with Niche on a line of beautiful Crystalline pendants designed specifically to showcase Plumen’s sculptural CFL bulbs.
Daniel Latorre Cruz‘s ethereal wing lights may look like they’re composed of bird or bat wings – but they’re actually made from paper! Daniel handcrafts each lamp from mulberry tree fibers that glow with light when illuminated by a central LED bulb.
These totemic wood Line Lights are made in the Brooklyn Navy Yard by designer Noah Spencer for Fort Makers. Hidden LEDs illuminate each object from behind for a dramatic effect.
These Ottoman Empire-inspired copper and brass pendant lamps from Michele Varian are simply gorgeous.