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Decorative Lighting Design 2020: Natural Material still trendy

Decorative lighting design 2020: Natural material continues to be the trend

Do you know “rock, paper, scissors”? Well, this little game is our motto for this article about decorative lighting design 2020. The lights that we would like to introduce to you today are made from the metal of rock, paper, scissors and in a broader sense from wood.

We’d like to start with news from the LZF Lamps label. Their novelties for 2020 are light collections with the names “Black Note”, “Skyline” and “Lola”.

“Black Note” is a very modern lamp that works with a series of long, cylindrical shades. It is available as a 3-part / 8-part pendant, a 2-part wall light or a 3-part floor light. It’s striking that the narrow long cylinder made of different veneer materials is held by a narrow metal band. The dining table version with 8 pendants, the small cylinders are placed on a black metal bar that extends beyond the width of the cylinders. LZF Lamps has the following finishes for the cylinders to choose from: ivory, natural beech, cherry and gray veneer.

Decorative lighting design 2020: Wood continues to play a major role for LZF Lamps this year. (Source: lzf-lamps.com)

Decorative lighting design 2020: Wood continues to play a major role for LZF Lamps this year.

If the basic construction in matt black is too dominant for you, you can use other versions such as matt white, gold-colored, nickel black or copper, which are also available in the catalog. The luminaires can be programmed via Bluetooth or DALI for optimal control. The simple, elegant design makes the “Black Note” series particularly interesting for modern surroundings, which prefer a warmer light immersed in a wood look. The soft structure of the surface makes the lights appear less straightforward.

The second novelty is also modern. A combination of wood veneer, metal and glass – the materials for decorative lighting design in 2020.

Under the fitting name “Skyline”, Luciferlamps shows a lamp whose shape is reminiscent of an urban silhouette. Different rectangular panes made of structured glass, perforated metal and veneer wood are presented on a filigree metal platform and are indirectly illuminated. This results in an exciting play of light.

Created by estudi{H}ac, Skyline is tailor-made using layers of several distinct materials: natural wood veneer, wire mesh and etched acrylic glass. (Source: lzf-lamps.com)

Created by estudi{H}ac, Skyline is tailor-made using layers of several distinct materials: natural wood veneer, wire mesh and etched acrylic glass.

The pendant variant can be hung with the shapes up or down, depending on which optics appeal to the owner. It is illuminated from both sides. The standard colors of the base are matt black and matt white. Nickel and gold finishes are possible on request. A wall lamp and a table lamp are also in the portfolio to match the dining table pendant.

The “Lola” light series is more traditional.

The design by Ray Power fascinates with the geometric braiding and plug-in patterns made of real wood veneer and has been in the LZF Lamps range since 2019. The new wall lamp from the series is extremely compact and flat. With a projection of only 10 cm and a permanently installed LED, it is an all-rounder for narrow corridors and stairwells. It’s available in 2700, 3000 and 4000K and is of course dimmable. The three standard veneers are ivory, beech and gray.


"Lola", designed by Ray Power for LZF, wonderfully shows the designer's ability to create imaginative three-dimensional shapes. A showcase example for decorative lighting design 2020. (Source: lzf-lamps.com)

“Lola”, designed by Ray Power for LZF, wonderfully shows the designer’s ability to create imaginative three-dimensional shapes. A showcase example for decorative lighting design 2020.

The pendant, on the other hand, has an impressive sizes of 56 and 88 cm in diameter. The basic construction is made of transparent acrylic glass. This enables a shadow-free light distribution even upwards. Canopies are also available in various colors. Here too, real wood veneer is available in ivory, beech or gray.

The table lamp from the series picks up our “rock, paper, scissors” theme. With the “Lola Lux” table and stool lamp, the veneered shade sits enthroned on a decorative black marble base. The two versions are available in an impressive 74 cm height and 29 cm large shade diameter or as a smaller version with approx. 40 cm.

Let’s get to the paper: The traditional Danish company Le Klint added a new paper lamp to the range at the end of 2019.

Contrary to many similar designs, the design “Caleo” by Rikke Frost is characterized by the fact that the edges are accentuated by colors. A metallic arch as a design element gives the large version the appropriate hold.

“Caleo” by Rikke Frost is another example of original decorative lighting design 2020. (Source: lzf-lamps.com)

“Caleo” by Rikke Frost is another example of original decorative lighting design 2020.

The other variants with a diameter of 24 cm and 36 cm are held traditionally from above. The interesting model was created during the shooting of “Denmark’s Next Classic”, a program that accompanies designers in their creative process. Five designers compete for Denmark’s next classic in six categories. As part of the third challenge, the participants were asked to create a beautiful lamp that could hang over a dining table.

Model 375 is a reinterpretation of Esben Klint's iconic Model 107. The shade is beautifully integrated using light oak and brass details as a base. (Source: leklint.com)

Model 375 is a reinterpretation of Esben Klint’s iconic Model 107. The shade is beautifully integrated using light oak and brass details as a base.

To complement the Le Klint Classic series, an XS version of the well-known 375 model has now been added to the range. The cute paper table lamp with a cylindrical wooden base in light oak measures just 18 cm in diameter and is particularly decorative in combination with the larger variants with 22 cm and 33 cm. The traditional base with E14 or E27 base allows individual lighting depending on the brightness requirement of 420-800 lm.

The American label Graypants has become known for its striking “Scraplights” made of corrugated cardboard. Today, however, we are presenting their latest product – the “Roest” series.

It is a cylindrical pendant made of metal, which is artificially aged in the course of the production process and thus has an attractive rust effect. As a result, each lamp looks almost unique. It’s available in a typical rust effect and in a gray look, which is called “zinc” by Graypants. The range includes vertical versions, horizontal dining table variants and a ceiling lamp that is mounted directly under the ceiling.

Roest - the latest addition to the Graypants product lineup, forged from iron, oxygen, water, and time. Another interesting lamp among decorative lighting design in 2020. (Source: graypants.com)

Roest – the latest addition to the Graypants product lineup, forged from iron, oxygen, water, and time. Another interesting lamp among decorative lighting design in 2020.

The single pendant is particularly beautiful with a diameter of only 6 cm and a length of 45 cm. The ceiling model is wider with a diameter of 11.4 cm. They have a GU10 base and can be equipped as required. Only the pendants for the dining table work with permanently installed LED (2x5W / 2×8.6W) and are either 75 cm or 150 cm long.

All models are easy to imagine in private homes, but also in the public sector or in the hotel and catering sector. The single pendants are predestined to be installed in groups in high reception areas or stairwells.

The small start-up IUMI from Berlin also produces lamps made of wood. According to the motto “high-tech meets handcraft”, IUMI creates lamps thanks to the latest technologies in combination with traditional handcraft.

The clear design language and the pleasant appearance of the lights appeal to a younger clientele in particular. Their lighting series “AION” was the start for the label with the founder Paul Girardet. It is now available in various pendant sizes and colors (lamp body and cable). A table lamp model is also available. The standard sockets E14 / E27 make it possible for the user to freely decide which light color and intensity to choose. The “AION” lamp is delivered in an environmentally friendly manner and can be set up in just a few minutes.

The light series “AION” was the start for the small start-up company IUMI from Berlin. (Source: iumi.de)

The light series “AION” was the start for the small start-up company IUMI from Berlin.

The innovations for 2020 at IUMI will certainly appeal to another customer segment.

The new models “Nyx” and “Orbit” are modern lights, made of solid wood. On the one hand there is the slim “Nyx” LED pendant, which spans a dining table and illuminates it glare-free. It will be available in various lengths and types of wood, for example made of oak, ash or walnut.

The new LED pendant "Nyx" by IUMI fascinates with its minimalist design. (Source: iumi.de)

The new LED pendant “Nyx” by IUMI fascinates with its minimalist design.

On the other hand, the Orbit wall lamp will also come onto the market in autumn. The lamp shade is made of metal, which will initially be available in matt white and black.

A look at the new wall lamp "Orbit", which will appear in autumn 2020. (Source: iumi.de)

A look at the new wall lamp “Orbit”, which will appear in autumn 2020.

The inner coating of the lamp body also makes the light appear warmer. Special trick of the lamp: it is magnetically adjustable and can be adjusted to the desired angle without much effort. This also makes them very interesting for the hotel and catering sector. Further models are to follow in autumn. You can then discover this yourself at www.iumi.de.

The Danish company Vita Copenhagen, known today as Umage, also has new models with wood and metal.

The “Cornet” lamp is a conical pendant made of two metal colors. Sometimes simple things can be so fascinating: two metal semicircles on top of each other and they result in a simple but refined design. It can be ordered in the color combinations matt white-gold and black-gold and appeal with its compact dimensions of 24 cm high and approx. 13 cm lower diameter. “Cornet” is therefore an interesting lamp for counters and bars, but also for smaller tables, such as in restaurants. It is a nice addition in any case, since no light is emitted upwards or outwards.

Cornet is a flexible lampshade consisting of two metal cones that can be rotated and swapped around to give the light and look you seek. (Source umage.com)

Cornet is a flexible lampshade consisting of two metal cones that can be rotated and swapped around to give the light and look you seek.

The 2020 innovations also include the “Clava Dine Wood” and “Chimes” lights. “Clava Dine Wood” was created by Søren Ravn Christensen and was already available as a metal variant in the Umage range. Now comes the wood alternative. Like its predecessor, it is approx. 43 cm in diameter and gets delivered in almost one piece. Because what you don’t immediately recognize: it is not a kit. Only the upper pendant plate has to be connected to the body and the canopy has to be attached when the desired pendant length is defined. The pendant lamp is initially available in light oak and dark oak.

The Clava Dine Wood lampshade is designed from a craftmanship technique that requires a unique precision and accuracy due to the small distance between each lamella. (Source: umage.com)

The Clava Dine Wood lampshade is designed from a craftmanship technique that requires a unique precision and accuracy due to the small distance between each lamella.

If “Clava Dine Wood” is a rather voluminous design, the “Chimes” lamp is much smaller. “Chimes” by designer Asger Risborg Jakobsen is a very slim pendant made of solid oak with a built-in warm white LED. Placed in groups, it almost looks like you’re staring at rows of trees in the forest. The lights are 22 cm high and only 3 cm in diameter – as clusters or in a row they unfold their true potential. But also look great as single lights, for example above small bistro tables. Since the LEDs are not interchangeable, Umage grants a 10 year guarantee on the light source.

The simple piece of solid oak infused with warm LED spotlight brings the Nordic tones of nature into the interior. (Source: umage.com)

The simple piece of solid oak infused with warm LED spotlight brings the Nordic tones of nature into the interior.

Now the material “rock”, which we now find not only in the form of marble in the lighting industry. A few years ago, there were only a few manufacturers like Brokis who used the trend material marble and onyx, but today there are countless who have saddled up with the marble trend. Meanwhile, other types of stone are also moving into the designs: granite and slate, for example, are increasingly seen in the furniture and lighting segment. As an alternative to this, there is now white satin marbled glass in the look of stone.

In this article we take a look at the table lamp “Petra” from the luxury label Castro Lighting from Portugal.

It is a relatively large table lamp with a height of 70 cm and a fabric shade that is available in several colors. Here the topic of rock was taken up by Swarovski crystal stones in the middle. They give this masculine design a touch of elegance. The lamp has been in the Castro Lighting catalog since 2019, but thanks to its success has now been presented in other versions. The gilded brass harmoniously frames the stones. A model with black marble is also available for the eight color constellations of Swarovski crystal stones. The cylindrical shade is also framed with two brass strips, which gives the complete design more value and a certain sophistication.


"Decorative" is what the "Petra" table lamp by Castro Lighting stands for. (Source: castrolighting.com)

“Decorative” is what the “Petra” table lamp by Castro Lighting stands for.

For the luxury-spoiled customers of Castro Lighting, as usual, there are many finishes available – 11 material colors for the metal frame are a large repertoire, so that the lamp can be put together to match the interior. So much for our favorites in terms of decorative lighting design 2020. This time under the theme “rock, paper, scissors” – materials that are particularly popular this year in lighting designs.

Are you a designer or manufacturer and would you like us to present your lights? Are they innovations in material, technology, shape or sophistication? Contact us. We check whether you fit into the concept of an upcoming newsletter. Or do you as a reader and specialist have any suggestions for us? Write us a message, we want you to stay up-to-date despite the cancelled trade fairs. With this in mind: Stay healthy and see you soon.

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