by Marica Fick
Last week we presented you with “10 Amazingly Cool Standing Lamp” choices for your home – from quirky and playful, to chic and trendy.
Today we continue our search to find what other awesome light fittings the South African shelves have to offer.
We did a little online search to see how many trendy, attention-grabbing local ceiling lights / pendant lamps we could drum up. Here is our roundup of eight strikingly trendy hanging lights for your home…
8 Strikingly Trendy Hanging Lights:
Wooden Spout Pendant
If you want to introduce a trendy Scandi element to your space this pendant light with its simplistic wooden bell design is just the thing. The pendants’ cords come in an array of playful colours. This light fixture can be hung alone or in clusters at varying heights. Available online through Esque
Felt Hanging Lamp
Add a unique and tactile facet to your interior with this handmade felt pendant light, designed by Wiid Design. The Felt Hanging Lamp comes in light grey, dark grey or royal blue felt with striking contrasting yellow stitching. Available from Stable
This undulating bubble-shaped glass pendant light is a dream for the minimalist, adding a chic aesthetic wherever you choose to use it. Available online through Superbalist
Hand-woven from strips of bamboo, the Orb Pendant is the perfect natural light fixture to introduce into a trendy tropical or Bohemian-styled interior. Available from Weylandts
Spider Pendant Light
This black spider-like chandelier is a superb choice if you want to create a quirky focal point in your space. Furthermore, with its multiple adjustable arms you will have no lack of light. Available online through Elevenpast
Frida Ceiling Pendant
Combining to trendy elements into one light fixture, the Frida ceiling pendant brings a cool industrial feel to your home with its warm copper finish. Available from @Home
Clear Crystal Bulb & Pendant
The Lee Broom Crystal Bulb combines industrial influences with striking decorative qualities. Each Crystal Bulb is hand cut with a classic crystal pattern inspired by those found on traditional whiskey glasses and decanters. Available from Crema
Geo Pattern Ceiling Pendant
We love the almost quilt-like texture of the Geo Pattern Ceiling Pendant and the beautiful contrast between the moody dark grey shade and brass trim. Available through @Home
Another section of stands we enjoyed at the Design Indaba was those of the Emerging Creatives. Every year young designers are invited to apply for a spot on the Expo floor sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture. This opportunity serves as an excellent platform for the chosen designers and many a successful design career has been launched from this programme.
Rose and I were completely bowled over by the immense talent of this year’s design up-and-comers and noticed quite a few of the Emerging Creatives’ stands featuring lighting designs. Now, being total suckers for gorgeous lighting we could not wait to share these awesome designs with you…
Cape Town based Industrial Designer, Martin Doller, developed this range of “slot-in” lighting designs. The collection, aptly called “Framed”, includes pendant as well as table lamp designs. He showed us hoe the slotting system works – it is clever yet super uncomplicated. He also said that the material needn’t be restricted to plywood – if it can be CNC cut, it can be used…think copper or perspex.
This little desk light by Kraftisan took the Design Indaba by storm! Constructed from Birch ply, it’s fully adjustable and rotational (check out the video clip). The Luna Light can be fixed down to most surfaces via velcro feet and at R445.00 it was an absolute steal! They flew off the shelves. A truly ingenious piece of design!
I loved Van De Vlam‘s adorable “Wintie” lamp with its stubbly Kiaat legs – too cute and extremely well crafted. Although each item in the range is quite individual there is something distinctly South African about the designs. The beaded pendant lights were also funky – loved the bold colours.
These gorgeous chandelier-like designs also drew a small crowd. Designed by Micah Joel Chisholm, they are made out of laser-cut recycled cork and wood sheeting and then folded and fixed into place to create these magnificent suspended lamps. True to its form, Micah named the range Centripetal Skeletal Designs.
Ruth Prowse School of Art graduate, Bianca Mimose de Klerk the force behind Delicious Monster, constructed this massive chandelier out of bits and bops. On closer inspection one can make out shapes like sunglasses, computer cables, fish net, beads, buttons and doilies – all forming this impressive nest-like lighting feature. Rose and I both wondered where we would use a chandelier such as this…we still don’t know – but it’s super awesome. Do yourself a favour and check out their Facebook page in order to see the scale of this thing.
We immediately loved the contemporary elegant lighting designs of Jan Douglas – especially the gorgeous floor lamps. Jan calls these designs “low-tech solutions” – made by hand from varying lengths of standard-size wood and nuts & bolts. I really appreciate that we can get back to the basics of furniture design – it’s all about balance, function and craft. Jan’s designs has also recently been added CCDI Handmade Collection – well done!
Keep an eye out for these designers… I predict big things!