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The best of the lighting trend at Design Week 2016

London’s annual Design Week at the end of September is a blur of shows around the capital, taking in work from established big name designers and hopeful newcomers. Each year, trends and fashions emerge from the shows and this year seemed to be very much about new and exciting lighting options.

Beautiful design and bling on a budget seemed to be the order of the day, with designers utilising new technologies alongside durable materials to create beautiful lighting options that will last and look great anywhere in your home. Although there were of course some high-end items too.

These are our favourite five designs from the various shows that make up London Design Week, with the majority coming from the wonderful Design Junction and 100% Design.

1. Pitch Pendant by Vitamin

pitch pendant lightImage source: Vitamin Living

This clever living room lamp is made of a spun aluminium shade that sits atop a central dome. This gives you the ability to direct the lamp’s light in any direction, adjusting it as you change a room, or moving it for changing functions or seasons. The lampshades come in pink, blue, grey, white and green in the latest tones. RRP is £160.

2. Silvia by Vita

silvia lampImage source: VITA copenhagen

Danish lighting company Vita works with innovative designers to create lamps that look out of most people’s price range but offer a pleasant surprise when you look at the price tag. Their Clava range offers classic looks on a budget, but their Eos and Silvia ranges offer a lot more fun. The adaptable design means that shades can be used on pendant lights or teamed with extras for a table lamp. This Silvia Mini shade is £39.00 and teamed with a tripod at £39.00.

3. Carbon by Decode

formula one inspired lampImage source: Decode

There is a touch of the space age about this carbon fibre and aluminium pendant and table light, which is new this year. The technology used in its design comes from Formula One racing, with a fine-woven casing. The colours available are vibrant and very much draw on that motor racing lineage, with the unique shape and textures making for a real conversation piece. Price to be confirmed but RRP is expected to be around £2,500.00.

4. Nelly by Cameron Peters

colourful table lamps

Image source: Cameron Peters

Lamps don’t often get described as cute, but this one certainly is. Made from two separate pieces of glass, the lamp is named for its likeness to one of the company dog’s canine pals and even has a logo with a face and tail. But gimmicks aside, this is a great compact table lamp and the Murano glass shade comes in five retro-modern hues.

The lamps launch in November 2016 and will cost £260.00.

5. Chester wall light by Original BTC

satin brass light

Image source: Original BTC

British lighting manufacturer Original BTC take the mid-20th century as their inspiration, with this copper and stainless steel wall lamp offering something different from the usual choice of pendant, standard or table lamp. There is a clean line and 1940s economy to the design, although the material adds a touch of unusual luxury. The RRP for the wall lamp is £249.00.

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Iain Aitch

Iain is a London-based writer who works as a journalist for a number of newspapers and magazines. He has also written two books, one of which is a hilarious lexicon about Britishness – Iain is a Brit through and through!

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