Our 6 Favorite Trends from the 2015 Dallas Lighting Market
From ornate to minimalist, rustic to modern, this year’s collections offer something for everyone Each year, the Dallas Lighting Market showcases the latest design trends and lighting fashions, attracting professionals from around the world. Once again the team at Dominion Electric Supply donned their most sensible shoes (it’s a big show to walk!) in search of the coolest trends in residential lighting. Here are our top six trends from this year’s collections...
1. Feeling Wired
Wire is big this year, whether it’s in outright “birdcage” design, like Abagail by Craftmade’s Jeremiah or a sculptural interpretation, such as Haley by Currey, a sleek spherical pendant featuring a “symbiotic” steel circle design. Crystorama took the trend in a different direction by encasing an elegant 5 light crystal chandelier in a wire cage with Filmore.
2. Brass but not Brassy
Brass, brass, brass — it’s everywhere! And unlike the days of yore, it’s warmer and mellower. We especially loved Crystorama’s Lawson, a six-light chandelier in aged brass, and Hinkley’s Euclid Orb, which blends traditional warmth and contemporary flair, bold proportions, and a rich two-tone finish.
3. Lovely Lanterns
Classic lantern shapes have taken on a new personality, and we liked what we saw! Among our favorites were the minimalist designs we saw by Robert Abbey: Lanterns, featuring simple exterior metal frames encased in clear glass, the interior metal casing painted either a vibrant red or bright white, producing an eye-catching contrast from the outside. Kichler’s Tippi is another piece that had us on Cloud Nine. The cage frame in a rust finish holds a small flock of distressed white cast metal birds inviting a touch of the outdoors in, and hitting two of our favorite trends.
4. Organic Elegance
Birds and flowers play a starring role in this year’s designs, actually, with many manufacturer releases. Organic, but elegant, we were delighted with the whimsical touches we saw‒ for example Golden Lighting’s Aiyana is inspired by the iconic, symbolic cherry blossom tree. Modern in design, sculpted organic branches are in full, riotous bloom. Corbett’s Lily 8 light pendant also showcases porcelain flowers perched on a hand crafted iron base with an “enchanted silver leaf” finish. There was even a three-tiered flower-shaped drum, a compelling twist on the traditional drum shade. Part sculpture, part fixture and totally contemporary, Hinkley, Kalco and Corbett featured an array of suns and starbursts. We were drawn to Hinkley’s Impulse, a dynamic LED chandelier design with petite stems radiating from a spherical body while miniature acrylic ornaments of light glow at its tips. The Polaris Collection from Kalco was inspired by its namesake, the North Star. The 4 light pendant features a spherical core with undulating rays modeled after the coronal loops of the star. Corbett’s Element, a 40 light pendant, shines with smoked and frosted white glass balls.
5. We Love LED!
For us, LED was the show-stopper this year. Along with better lumen output and color rendering, dimming capabilities have vastly improved, and no longer is LED limited to recessed lights. It’s everywhere, from bathroom fixtures to crystal chandeliers for the dining room‒‒an emphatic acknowledgement of the homeowner’s desire for quality design that truly addresses energy efficiency. One of the standout examples of this happy marriage was ET2’s playful suspended array of LED batons, reminiscent of a game of pick-up sticks. We also love Eurofase’s Zazu, a complex statement with a simple design, this sculptural light uses different materials and textures to create the focal point. Glade, also by Eurofase, stopped us in our tracks. Reminiscent of an armful of glittering bangles, you can create your own custom configurations by selecting rings of different sizes.
6. Clean and Contemporary
Last but not least, Clean and Contemporary still held our attention. We especially liked the trend toward single lamps hanging from colored cables in red, orange, and blue ‒ Tech Lighting has one on a blue cord (or red or orange.) Colored Drum fixtures by Robert Abbey hide the bulb source in a mirrored disk, producing a two-tiered color output: one shade of purple on the outside, and a different shade of purple on the inside; or a cool teal blue on the interior, complemented by a warm brown on the exterior. We also saw‒‒and liked‒a lot of shapes in Lucite. Savoy House’s Newell is a striking example. A 3-light semi flush designed by Brian Thomas, angular clear acrylic panels encase the fixture and pair perfectly with the chrome finish. For the minimalists out there, Alico, LBL, and Tech Lighting offer an understated line-up of hanging fixtures, along with Maxim/ET2 and its inverted teardrop design. Admiring these collections, we agree with what the wise man (or woman!) said: “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
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