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The Evolution of Lighting Design in Home Living Trends 2017

The Evolution of Lighting Design in Home Living Trends 2017

The next lighting season is just around the corner and in our article today, we will discuss how lighting design evolved in the home living trends 2017. A simple nostalgic light bulb for the industrial style is by no means everything you can do these days. Whether it is a Scandinavian style of furnishing or “hygge”, vintage, industrial, maritime or oriental style, the home living styles have evolved and with them also lighting design.

The Nordic style has evolved over the years – this is the name of the current update “Hygge”.

In this style (the word comes from Danish), cuddly fabrics and comfort prevail. It is about comfort in rather straightforward furniture structures. With rattan, skins, thick cuddly blankets, macrame decorations and knitted accessories, it becomes even more authentic. Lamps made of veneer and real wood can be used as lighting, but models with knitted or macrame elements also fit in well. The well-known Label Showroom Finland fits perfectly with its veneer lamps. Their light series “Pilke” creates a “warm” component through the wood.

"Pilke" pendant lamp by Showroom Finland
Wooden lights give the Scandinavian style a certain warmth. (Thankfully provided by: https://buff.ly/2wkJ1ji)
Wooden lights give the Scandinavian style a certain warmth. (Thankfully provided by: https://buff.ly/2wkJ1ji)

Also lights from solid wood fit in the Hygge style quite well. It is more important to place several smaller luminaires and check for a fine look. The design duo Schneid from Germany for example, combined harmonious simple design with different metal types and wood in its light series “Eikon”. They also create a warm light, using typical materials of the Scandinavian lifestyle.

In vintage style, gold and brass are used as metal colors as well as velvet as fabric for lamp shades.

In terms of lighting, the trend is steering away from the classic chandeliers in white or crystal chandeliers. Newly organic forms, for example made of glass, are dyed in pastel colors. The bulbous shapes predominate the style, just as the “Rowan” series by Ebb & Flow or “Macaron” by Brokis and Lucie Koldová.

"Macaron" table lamp by Brokis
The Macaron design pays homage to the beauty and complex textures of crystalline stone. (Source: brokis.cz)
The Macaron design pays homage to the beauty and complex textures of crystalline stone. (Source: brokis.cz)

The “Macaron” design was among other things part of our lighting highlights of this year’s Imm Cologne. For the next Cologne furniture fair, Lucie Koldová will even design the concept “Das Haus“. These vintage lamps are characterized by the fact that although they use a newer form, they work with materials that are also found in the classic vintage era, such as marble, wood and glass. They enchant a vintage ambience with their discreet color, but their shape creates a modern and exciting effect.

Many things have also happened in industrial style. A simple light bulb with a nostalgic filament is no longer everything that is possible in this home living trend.

Now there may be stall lamps, railway lanterns, rustic lamps with copper shades and oversized luminaire pendants from old factory halls. Founded about 40 years ago, the company Light & Living from the Netherlands has a relatively large selection in their product range – which is available through the well-stocked specialist dealer or online. Light & Living has already registered as exhibitor for the next large lighting fair, the Light+Bulding 2018 in Frankfurt.


Sea green to turquoise or smoke blue are the new shades in the maritime style and upgrade it well.

The maritime furnishing style fits perfectly to the desire to bring holiday flair home. For this purpose rattan or rubber tree is suitable as wood. The lamps are inspired by the sea and the beach. At Tendence 2017 fair, we were inspired by Boltze and Hübsch Interior, which also dealt with the maritime theme.

Boltze presents its maritime designs
The maritime design style experienced a peak period this year. (Source: boltze.com)
The maritime design style experienced a peak period this year. (Source: boltze.com)

Lighting designs with rattan, bast, macrame technique and glass ball lamps were shown in nets or hung up with a thick rope. In the article “Interior Summer Trend 2017/2018” we took an even closer look at this topic.

The newly revived oriental living trend boasts with more tone-in-tone ambience.

It gets a very modern feel in wool white with gold or traditional with the well-known intense colors of red-orange or turquoise-blue. Instead of the former oriental lamps decorated in gold or silver with many glass stones, the ball lamps with decorative patterns are now more present in this popular interior style.

We found good examples at the company named Boltze and the Dutch design company Zenza. Zenza became particularly famous for its beautiful collection of lamps inspired by Egyptian accessories.

Finally, we would like to take a look at the retro style. As a part of home living trends 2017, it continues to be very popular – in terms of lighting, shapes from the 60s and 70s are trending.

This means the lamps are rather round and harmonious in shape. With “CARRONADE”, the Danish label Le Klint has created a series, which acts exemplary. The new modern pendant lamp with a wide beam angle illuminates tables incredibly good. Its counterpart, the floor, wall and table light, on the other hand, set the remaining room in the right mood. Both a light and a dark wood combined with white and black details were used. In this way, the lamp shows its true elegance and aesthetics in its simple form.

Carronade by Le Klint
The light series "Carronade" was nominated as the best lighting design at the Danish Design Awards 2016. (Source: leklint.com)
The light series "Carronade" was nominated as the best lighting design at the Danish Design Awards 2016. (Source: leklint.com)

The lamp was designed by the Swedish designer Markus Johansson. At Tendence 2017, Hübsch Interior also exhibited a beautiful series in brass: supplemented by round glass ball elements as luminaires, this also fits well into the new development in retro.


This is our view of the evolution of lighting design in the home living trends 2017.

We are excited about the new season. The Maison&Objet opens its doors in Paris in mid-September from 08th to the 12th, followed by the London Design Festival on September 16th. We will report on the design novelties, technical innovations and newcomers. Surely there will be no lack of inspiration for the upcoming lighting season.

Do you need a closer look at a specific style for your company?

Taking into account past trends, as well as tendencies in material, form and technology, we would be happy to provide you with a more detailed analysis, which will be handed over to you by electronic means or mail (for material samples). Depending on the intended use, the work is available in the form of an essay or article for your magazine and such. Follow this link to get in touch with us. We’re looking forward hearing from you!

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