Welcome to a world where electric engineering meets eclectic design as we put the spotlight on light installations with illuminating features.
A century after Thomas Edison patented the light bulb, we are looking at light installations that explore ideas of sustainability, use unconventional materials and radiate the room with the brilliant designs. The blueprint of these gallery-worthy lights are almost like the lightning up of an imaginary light bulb when a great idea strikes. The proposition being to go beyond the basic wall-mounted lights, sparkly chandeliers or your grandmother’s bedside cloth-covered lamp.
In principle they are designed to illuminate your space but in reality they add an interesting visual element that is equivalent to an art and light installation in your home. Whether you’re looking for customisable designs (Project 810) or sustainable materials (Mianzi that uses only bamboo) there are a host of homegrown labels that will convince you to shop local. This exploration of a simple functional object and its journey into becoming an award-worthy piece of furniture is a reflection of the style meets functionality trend. Adding to this mix is the option of smart lights (check Soft Geometry on our list) that let you adjust the lighting based on your space or mood. With so many great options and conversation-starter pieces, it’s time to switch on your design radar and let these shining examples of lights determine the aesthetics of your space.
Hatsu is a Mumbai-based design studio that aims to make well-designed industrial lighting fixtures easily accessible to those looking for modern designs. Clean lines and geometric designs are crafted in stainless steel for that minimalistic look. We love the creative reimagination of a basic tube design and a belt tightener to create this hanging light installation.
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Manan Narang is an architect living in New Delhi and Urvi Sharma a product and furniture designer in Providence but the distance doesn’t stop them from creating award winning décor furniture at INDO-. This contemporary design studio experiments with traditional craft processes and promotes the artisanal processes. The technique behind stitching of cane or bamboo sticks to create the Indian stool called Mooda is used in creating their Moda Pendant 6 hanging light installation. This reimagined light beautifully emits light to its surroundings.
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Fulfilling our appetite for sublime design is the doughnut-shaped furniture at Soft Geometry, a Cochin-based studio by Palaash Chaudhary and Utharaa Zacharias. A furniture studio that finds its inspiration in soft materials, textures, sounds and even sounds, Soft Geometry creates modern day collectibles. The Elio Lamp from the energetic young brand is a voice-controlled smart lamp in textured resin. Resin tubes are stacked and allow the material to emit the natural light and is the brand’s ode to Eileen Grey’s Bibendum lounge.
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A strong supporter of low carbon economy, the designs at Harshita Jhamtani blend sustainable, locally sourced materials with a minimalistic design style. Having specialised in furniture design from Florence Institute for Design International (FIDI), Jhamtani returned to Mumbai to create a brand with functionality at its core. The terrazzo inspired circular wall lights called Wilo Blush look like a lunar eclipse in the night.
Image: Courtesy Harshita Jhamtani Instagram
Created with a singular aim of cogitating bamboo as a semi-industrial product, Mianzi is a sustainable design studio that is cementing our belief in sustainable practices. The brand is also working closely with Madhya Pradesh State Bamboo Mission (MPSBM) to boost the quality, growth of bamboo and training artisans to create products from it. The flexible nature of bamboo is used to create Lotus Floor Lamp from the brand that emits warm light with its intricately woven layers.
Image: Mianzi Instagram
Some of the most stunning stores and restaurants in the capital like The Hungry Monkey, Fio, Cafe Diva, Outhouse and Isharya own their plush interiors to the works of Virtima Wadhwa’s design studio Project810. A NID Ahmedabad graduate, the interior designer recently launched her own furniture and lighting line inspired by material of Indian origin but with a contemporary take. The Rukh floor light from the collection combines wood and metal in a sleek design.
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Image: Courtesy Project 810
Keerthi Tummala’s Hyderabad-based decor label aims at merging international designs with Indian materials to create a new modern aesthetic. Inspired by the traditional materials used in Indian households, Sage Living’s sustainable lighting collection uses materials like bamboo, rattan and jute that are handwoven by local artisans. The Serat pendant light with it’s natural strands creates a cabin-retreat aesthetic
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Image: Courtesy Sage Living