The month of June is always an exciting time for the Creative Lighting team as we make our second trip of the year to Lightovation in Dallas, Texas. From floor to ceiling, this lighting marketplace is always filled with a broad range of new product designs to embrace and the latest in lighting technology to see. We arrive with eager minds, long wish-lists and comfortable walking shoes…as it is, in all of it’s glory, a lighting shopping marathon.
In a recent blog post, David gave us his pre-market thoughts and wishes as he prepared for the trip to Lightovation. Freshly back from market, he now shares some bright reflections about what the Creative Lighting team discovered while in Dallas last month.
THE FINISH LINE-
While anticipating an abundance of gold combination finishes, we were also met with many new finish offerings combining brushed nickel with black and zinc-colored metals. This fresh color combo breathes some life into the brushed nickel world, which desperately needed a little pick-me-up. “While I loved seeing all of the gold finish offerings on many new product designs, it was also refreshing to see manufacturers come up with a new way to incorporate nickel metals again- I loved it.” states David.
FLUSHED AND FAVORED-
Finding new flush and semi-flush mount ceiling fixtures for our showroom was at the top our our list while heading into Dallas last month, and we were not disappointed with what we encountered. New options awaited us at many of our favorite vendors: HINKLEY, TROY, FEISS, CAPITAL, HUDSON VALLEY and QUOIZEL all had exciting new releases for us to take in. “We found lots of great new options in these categories,” said David. One of the crowd favorites? The Harrow semi-flush from Feiss– an expansion item to an already popular family that is sleek, transitional and available in two different sizes and finishes. Troy and Hudson Valley Lighting also wowed us with their Allure and Harrison series, both of these available in- you guessed it… GOLD!
Quite possibly the best part of these trips to Lightovation is the discovery of something fabulous and new that wasn’t even on our shopping list, but stopped us in our tracks and made us take note…oh yes, we have all experienced this, haven’t we? Some of our favorite off-list moments last month came from HINKLEY, VARALUZ and a brand new line called MITZI- from HUDSON VALLEY LIGHTING.
The new Heywood collection from Hinkley was an exciting, rustic addition to their typically transitional product line. Textured layers of wood, chicken wire and a weathered zinc finish combine to make this edgy family a clear stand-out within the crowd.
Varaluz has been on fire over the last few years, pumping out one fantastic product after the next. One of their latest showstoppers is the Madeira collection. A little bit mod and a little bit rock-n-roll, this bold mixture of charred wood and golden hand-forged steel is easy on the eyes to say the least. Check out the entire collection here.
Last, but definitely not least, Hudson Valley introduced a playful off-shoot collection this Summer called Mitzi. The Mitzi launch was one of our biggest highlights of market this year. Starting as a mere creative release for the young designers of Hudson Valley Lighting, Mitzi was curated from the pure desire to do something different, and out of the typical Hudson Valley aesthetic and price point. They refer to it as “attainable high design”. Mitzi products will contain the same attention to detail and quality craftsmanship that we’ve grown to love and respect from Hudson Valley, but will be offered at a more affordable price point, which is intended to broaden the brand’s overall reach to consumers. Stay tuned for more information to come regarding this fantastic new line and when it will grace the Creative Lighting showroom!
Photo Credits: Feiss/Monte Carlo- Generation Brands, Kuzco Lighting, Hinkley Lighting, Troy-CSL Lighting,
Hudson Valley Lighting/Mitzi, Varaluz