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Design Style Guide: Designer Italian Lighting

Italians are known for their high regard for quality in terms of manufacturing products that not only perform its function well but also speaks volumes about the Italians’ rich background in design and the arts. This can be seen in many products that come from Italy, from their suits to designer Italian lighting brands such as Foscarini or Axolight. People attribute this sense of style to the renaissance period which is believed to have started in Italy. This art movement inspired people to tap their creative minds and come up with creations that can truly make a change in the world. Art become highly regarded during that period.

Designer Italian Lighting

It comes as no surprise that Italians can create impressively stunning pieces of art that not only includes paintings, sculptures and the like, but also in other in other disciplines such as industrial design. Italian light fixtures in particular, are the most sought-after pieces for well designed residential and commercial spaces. From Italian wall lights, floor lamps, lanterns and chandeliers, the Italians can create pieces with grace and finesse.

One fine example is the Murano Chandelier, which rose to prominence as the Italians made use of hand-blown glass for the dangling, sparkling pieces of the chandelier. Even to this day, the underlying principles in crafting objects with Murano glass is still in effect, if not improved with more complex designs and varieties.

murano chandelier

Many brands have emerged in the past few decades, continuing the long-standing tradition of designer Italian lighting. Foscarini and Axolight are just two of the many companies that continue the design sensibilities of the Italians in the early 1900s. These popular Italian lighting designer brands not only continue what the makers from the past have perfected so well, but have also come to realize the importance of emerging technology and integration of these two to form unique lighting techniques.

Modern Italian Lighting

Foscarini Lighting Fixtures

Foscarini Italian Desk Light

Foscarini Italian pendant lights



The Axolight SubZero Collection

Axolight Italian Ceiling Lights

There is a wide range of Italian designer lighting brands that can be bought online at shops such as ylighting.com or lampsplus.com.

chandelier photo: jenza

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How To Go About Lighting For High Ceilings

High ceilings in a house are a great feature to have. They make a room feel grand, airy and spacious. There are a number of things to take note when it comes to lighting for high ceilings. Because the ceiling is further away from the general living area than normal height ceilings, you’ll want light fixtures that hang and bring the light down close to the living area. If you do you use light fixtures that are fitted close to the ceiling, they will need to use high wattage bulbs.

lighting high ceilings

Pendant and Track Lighting

Depending on the room the best light option would be pendant lighting for high ceilings. Because they hang down they help bring the light closer to the living areas. These are ideal above countertops or work spaces. They can be single lights or come as multiple lights on a track. Track lighting uses one light outlet and will provide localized lighting to a specific area.


Other forms of pendant lighting include chandeliers, or mini chandeliers for smaller spaces. These can come in the well known crystal ornamental style, or there are minimalistic and simple chandelier styles for those who want a more modern look.

Fan and Light Together

If you are planning on having a fan installed within the room, the fan unit you choose can have a light integrated into it. Since the fan is hanging down from the ceiling, the light is brought down too.

Recessed Lighting for High Ceilings

Lighting ideas for high ceilings also include recessed lights. Higher wattage bulbs will be required for a space to be filled up with light, resulting in a high cost of running them. These can work alongside lights that are fitted on the walls or even floor lamps. Floor lamps and table lamps will be ideal in providing task lighting (for reading, etc.) for rooms with high ceilings.

Pendant lights hanging over a kitchen island

Lighting For High Ceilings in Different Rooms

Single pendant lights and chandeliers would be the recommended choice for living room ceiling lighting ideas and foyer lighting ideas. You can even find screw in pendant lights that fit straight into a normal ceiling light outlet. For bedroom ceiling lighting ideas, recessed lights would work best. This is because you don’t really need bright lighting in a bedroom, and any task lighting that is required can easily be added with side lamps. When it comes to kitchen lighting for high ceilings, and you are looking for kitchen island lighting ideas, track lights will be the best option. While a single pendant light would be all that is needed over a dinner table. So depending on the room, the light fixtures used for lighting high ceilings will vary.



image credits: favaro JR. Christopher Barson


3 Designer Lighting Profiles: Shadow Projectors

The 3 lighting designers highlighted below have created enchanting light pieces. They are designed to light up a room with a range of different shadows. They can be used in homes for decorative lighting – however they would be more suited for retail spaces or restaurant lighting.

The Rontonton

The Rontonton is a Morrocan inspired light shade which can be used as pendant, table or floor lighting. 3 different designs make up the panels of the shade, casting an array of shadows. It was designed by Edward van Vilet for Quasar, a Dutch lighting manufacturer who produces designer light pieces.  The Rontonton comes in 2 different sizes and the powdered coated steel comes in orange, black, or white.

Dealers for Quasar lights can be found in the USA, Singapore, UAE, Denmark, plus a number of other countries. Studio Dekor is a New York based dealer who can be contacted here.

The Rontonton designer light

The Rontonton designer light

Dahlia Petal Light

With a soft glow, the Dahlia light looks like it is living and breathing. The light softly illuminates the petals, and gives off subtle shadows. The light can be hung on the wall or on the ceiling. Either way, the Dahlia will defiantly create a focal point in a room, much like a chandelier would do. Designed by Janne Kyttänen and available from Freedom of Creation for €1930.25.

The Dhalia by lighting designer Janne Kyttänen

The Dhalia by lighting designer Janne Kyttänen


Lumen is a collection of oil lamp shadow projectors. Create by Adam Frank, there are 6 different designs which can bought at adamfrank.com for $48.

Lumen by Adam Frank

Lumen by Adam Frank


2 DIY Lace Lighting Projects: A Doily Lamp and Ceiling Lights

Combining lace with lights will make for beautiful light fixtures that will create detailed shadows. Here are two DIY projects, using lace to create a doily lamp and also to create DIY ceiling lights.

For the first DIY project on creating a lace lamp, all you will need is a jar, crochet doilies / lace, and a battery powered LED light. Follow along with the slide show below for a step by step guide in creating the lamps, created by kootoyoo.

Doily Lamp

The second project uses lace to create DIY ceiling lights. Follow the steps here on how hemp lights were created, using clear drying glue to harden the hemp twine, that was wrapped around a bouncy ball. Replace the hemp with lace to make the DIY pendant lights created by Shannon South.

DIY pendant ligth

DIY pendant light by Shannon South

Ceiling light

By Shannon South


Design Guide: Ideas for Outdoor Pendant Lighting Fixtures

There are a range of outdoor lighting ideas. Normal recessed or flush mount lights installed into a tall outdoor ceiling won’t be able to provide enough light. Outdoor pendant lighting fixtures will need to be used, as these will help in bringing the light down closer to the ground. Below are a number of ideas on the different types of outdoor pendant lights.

outdoor pendant light

Caution: When it comes to outdoor lighting, light fixtures such as recessed and flush mount are held close to the ceiling. Therefore they are generally protected from weather conditions. Pendant lighting will need extra consideration when it comes to where they will be placed – will there be gusty winds blowing them about, and can rain reach the low hanging lights.

Hanging lanterns are the main choice for outdoor pendant light fixtures. Most people will opt to go the electrical route, but there are lanterns which have a little door for a candle to be placed inside. The great thing here is that the bulb or candle is encased within the lantern, protecting it from the weather. They come in a range of styles to suite anyone’s design taste: from modern outdoor pendant lighting in chrome or polished steel, to Japanese, Moroccan or traditional Victorian lanterns.

YLighting has a number of high end outdoor pendant lights, ranging from $170 to $1,625

 site: YLighting

Lamps Plus has a wide range of outdoor pendant lights starting at $35

site: Lamps Plus

There are also outdoor paper lanterns, which add a decorative element to an outdoor space. They come as electric powered, battery or even solar powered. A number of them can be hung side by side or one can be hung as a pendant light. They can be used for lighting patios and decks, paths or more decorative purposes such as hanging in trees. There are supersized lanterns for large outdoor pendant lighting that is used for wedding tent lighting or large gardens.

paper outdoor lanterns

Going All DIY: Outdoor pendant lighting can also be created DIY style. Hooks can be fixed to any cross beams in the garden, and from these hooks can hang jars containing candles. The jars can be taken down to light and extinguish the candles.

An outdoor chandelier

Lastly there are simple outdoor chandeliers, in electrical or candle form, which also act as an outdoor décor piece. There is also the alternative of having an all in one hanging ceiling fan and light.


Have a look at our pergola lighting ideas post. Because of the exposed cross beams of a pergola, hanging pendant lights is relatively easy.