Our annual January trip to Lightovation in Dallas, Texas did not disappoint this year. With so much continual innovation in this industry, we are always eager to view what our vendors have in store for us. Freshly back into the frozen north, we are still warm with excitement over all of the new lighting trends we witnessed this go-around. Here are a few of our favorite “staff pick” lighting moments from last week’s trade show.
GOLD STILL REIGNS
Yes, no surprise here. All shades of GOLD were as far as the eye could see. Whether it was brushed, painted, distressed or used in a multi-finish combination, this favored metal hue was still standing strong. The Zuma pendant, from Fredrick Ramond was one our team’s favorites this year. Delicately detailed gold chains gracefully suspend under a bold and black geometric frame creating a stunning, sculptural fixture. The strong gold and black color combination reeked of sophistication and modern style. Another favorite find was within a familiar face–Crystorama’s Broche family had several new pieces to excite over. Their new wall sconce and bath vanity light additions were simply A D O R A B L E, and will be the perfect compliment to such a popular product line.
ARMORED AND ANGELED
There was a thread of masculinity throughout this market release that we became particularly fond of. Several manufacturers introduced designs that exhibited angled style-lines and armored silhouettes. The Boulder family, from Maxim Lighting, intrigued us with it’s faceted spheres of faux alabaster, cradled with bold bronze and gold geometric framework. Integrated with LED technology, these “boulders” were all aglow. Another favorite from Maxim Lighting was the LED linear pendant from their Silhouette Collection. The fixtures are simple and strong with their boxy black frames, but those illuminated faceted crystals take this series on an elegant journey that was refreshing to see. Kuzco received one of our more masculine staff picks, as well, with their new Deco Pendant. We liked the two different finish options available with this one: Vintage Brass w/ Clear Glass and Brushed Nickel w/ Smoked Glass. It was a fresh and angled perspective that gave this pendant a modern edge.