When we talk about modern design icons, most often we tend to focus on mid-century modern creations like the Womb Chair, the Eames Lounger or the Egg Chair by Arne Jacobsen. But today’s edition of iconic pendant light designs is well and truly modern. Created in late 90s and early 2000s, this lovely trio steals the show with style, panache and a design that enables them to stand out from the pack. With pendant lights becoming such an integral part of modern homes, these transparent light designs double up as gorgeous sculptural additions as well.
The FL/Y, Random Light and the Fucsia Pendants make up a bunch that offers plenty of diversity when it comes to visual appeal and geometric form. What links them though is the transparent nature of all the three designs. Giving you a direct glimpse of the light source, they combine form and function with effortless ease. A perfect fit for every contemporary home, here are a few sizzling inspirations to get you started –
Brilliant Random Light by Moooi
There is something innately hypnotic about the Random Light and its giant globular form. Reminiscent of a beautiful full moon at its brilliant best, this textured and intricate pendant light was created by Bertjan Pot in 2002. Crafted by wrapping epoxy-dipped fiberglass around a large balloon, the Random Light looks like a carefully woven piece of art with a warm and fuzzy center! The light dramatically changes the look of room and its complex shell creates beautiful shadows on the wall next to it. Available in many colors, the Random Light ($571) looks at its best in the pristine white form set against a dark backdrop.
One of the features of this Moooi delight is the way in which it seems to usher in thefestive spirit. If you are looking for a new lighting installation that is ideal for the holiday season and will also look great all year long, then your search ends with the Random Light.
When it comes to designing, one should just design without being blocked by too much theory…. only when you’re stuck, desperate or drunk one should spend more than 15 minutes concerning design theories. I still believe the best designs come from the heart and not from the mind.
–by Bertjan Pot, designer of Random Light
Colorful and Cool FL/Y Modern Pendant Lighting.
If the Random Light has the appeal of a serious sculptural addition, even when the light is not on, the FL/Y is all about being chic and playful. On first look, one might be tempted to believe that the pendant light was created way back in the 60s for thefunky retro generation. But the truth is that this colorful and vivacious lighting installation designed by Ferruccio Laviani made its debut only in 2002. Like a little floating paint bubble, the FL/Y pendant light brings in any accent color that you need to brighten up your home’s contemporary interiors instantly.
The colored plastic of the FL/Y is transparent and this really gives it a very unique aura. Attractive both when on and off, the bulb has a shape that is a touch bigger than a simple hemisphere. Available in a rainbow of colors and a whole lot more, this is one of those iconic décor pieces that you can actually afford. At $310, it makes a wonderful gift as well!
Stylish Fucsia Pendants by Achille Castiglioni
Designed by the maker of the Arco Floor Lamp, Achille Castiglioni in 1996, the Fucsia pendant lights most often stump people with their creative name. Those who have never seen these pendants before expect bright and brilliant pink lights. But the Fucsia pendants could not be more contrasting in color or style. The name of the pendants is more a description of the shape of these lights that resemble the pout of a lovely Fuchsia flower. These transparent and sleek pendants fit in naturally with the modern design style of clean and well defined lines.
From ergonomic kitchens to plush bedrooms, the Fucsia fits in pretty much everywhere with ease. At $316, these pendant lights are a minimalist’s dream thanks to the simple sophistication they lend to the surrounding space. And like the Random Light and the FL/Y, their transparent form is an added bonus that keeps things visually uncomplicated and uncluttered.