Inspiration: Transitional Fixtures
Inspiration: Our Favorite Floor Lamps
Here at Switch, we don’t have a ton of floor space available to show any large amount of floor lamps in our showroom. It makes us sad that we are unable to show all of the lamps we love so much! Since we are unable to do so, we’re going to share with you (some of) our favorite floor lamps!
Tolomeo Mega by Artemide
The Tolomeo Mega is a definite classic. It can work well in nearly any design style, and all of the bending and swiveling abilities it has make it a really functional fixture!
Nobi by Fontana Arte
Next up is the Nobi. Nobi boasts of a slim, minimal design with a maneuverable, glass diffuser. We’re crazy about its sleek design!
Curl My Light by Studio Italia Design
Curl My Light is another fantastic floor fixture on our list. Featuring a spiral of overlapping metal layers, this fixture offers a great play on light. It’s also available in two different floor lamp versions!
Funiculi by Marset
The Funiculi floor lamp is, like the Tolomeo, a classic design. It also offers versatility because you can adjust the height of the fixture, and the diffuser can rotate a full 360 degrees!
Flexiled Leather by Contardi
The Flexiled Leather floor lamp made it onto our list for multiple reasons. One of our favorite things about this lamp is that it features a material that is not a common material in lighting: leather! Even without the leather, this lamp is still wonderful. The neck is flexible, so you have maximum maneuverability. It’s also LED!
Our Top 5 Desk Lamps for Your Office
Today we’re here to share with you our top 5 picks for the best desk lamps for your office! The fixtures we chose for this (exclusive) list were chosen because they are all the most functional and classic fixtures that would fit into any space nicely. These aren’t really in any particular order (we could never settle on an absolute favorite)!
The first fixture on our list is the Tolomeo Table by Artemide. We love this fixture for its classic design and maximum flexibility. Tolomeo Table features an arm with a joint in the middle, and the ability to rotate 360 degrees. The head also rotates 360 degrees, so we aren’t kidding when we say this fixture is flexible! Tolomeo also has the option to come as an LED with a setting in which you can adjust the color temperature from cool to warm. That’s pretty amazing. To top it all off, it’s available in multiple colors and sizes, so it can easily be incorporated into any design style!
Artemide really knows their stuff. Our second fixture is their Tizio Lamp.
Tizio is also well know for its timeless design (it was first designed by Richard Sapper is 1972!) and functionality. The lamp features two arms with counter weights you can adjust to fit your lighting needs. It uses a halogen light source, and is available in a classic or mini version.
Next up is Marset’s Polo Lamp. Designed by Joan Gaspar in 2012, we enjoy the clean minimalism of this lamp! It’s LED and provides a wonderful, direct light for a workspace. Polo is available in white or black matte.
If you visit our blog regularly, then you already know of our love for the Pablo Pixo Lamp! This little lamp has great versatility with an arm that both tilts 180 degrees and rotates a full 360 degrees! The head can also do a full rotation. Pixo is an LED that has two brightness settings, and it even showcases a USB charging port right on the fixture!
Five: Anglepoise Original 1227
Our final product for this list is the Original 1227 from Anglepoise. If the Tizio is an old, yet classic design, then the Original 1227 is an ancient classic design! This collection was originally designed by George Carwadine in 1934! How is that for standing the test of time? The Original 1227 uses spring technology to accomplish ultimate flexibility and balance, plus it comes in a wide array of colors!
Want to learn more about any of the products we’ve mentioned? Contact us!
Tip: Using Layered Lighting
If there is one thing that all lighting designers agree on, it is that the key to good lighting is the use of layered lighting. Using layers of light not only allows for maximum functionality and flexibility out of a space, but can also be used to create a variety of moods.
There are three layers that should be considered and included in every lighting design: general (or ambient) lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting.
General lighting is typically the first layer to take into consideration. It consists of ceiling mounts, down lights, pendants, and cove lighting (like above cabinet lighting). General lighting is used to uniformly light a space, and tends to be a soft light.
Task lighting is used to provide extra light needed to perform specific activities. Examples of task lighting may be a desk lamp a student uses for homework, or under cabinet lighting that helps you see when chopping vegetables! These usually consist of table and floor lamps.
Accent lighting is used to draw attention to something using a brighter contrast. In a lot of cases, it is used to highlight artwork or architectural details. A lot of accent lighting is usually used in landscape architecture to highlight a specific tree or textured wall. These usually consist of track lighting, down lights, and decorative lamps.
Dimming and controls:
A good thing to consider when using layered lighting is the controls. It is especially helpful to have each layer on separate switching and dimming. This allows for the widest variety of moods and functions available to the user!
Still have some questions about using layered lighting? Come in or schedule a consultation with us! We’d love to answer any questions!