Style file: Exposed light bulbs

27/02/2014

Style file: Exposed light bulbs

27/02/2014
Big bubble light by Alex de Witte

Exposed light bulbs. Who knew I could have such a thing for these babies? They definitely don’t sit within my usual sense of order… anyone who knows me would agree that I should be inclined to put a shade on it, but strange as it is, I am seeing them all over and I am loving them. Like, really loving them. A lot.

It all started a few weeks ago whilst researching another post, I stumbled quite coincidentally, as you do, across Dutch designer, Alex DeWitte’s aptly named, The Big Bubble light. I think I might actually have gasped out loud the first time I saw these. I was utterly intrigued with his unique design, so reminiscent of the soapy bubbles we all blew at some stage in our childhood.

Big bubble light by Alex de Witte

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Notably large, these blown glass bulbs vary between 80-110 cms in dimension – definitely built for making a statement in spaces with good ceiling height. Not surprisingly, The Big Bubble won best product at Design District Amsterdam 2013. What’s not to love about them?

Not long after the amazing Big Bubble had captured my attention, I spotted these little beauties in my local Ace Hardware store, and then again in the February issue of Emirates Home. Hmm, interesting…

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The award-winning Plumen 001 was designed by Hulger and London-based designer Samuel Wilkinson. Taking its name from ‘plume’ – the decorative feathers of a bird – and ‘lumen’ – the unit of light, this innovative product successfully combines aesthetic beauty with a desirable light source. So, not only has the manufacturer of these designer bulbs created a visually striking light, but the product saves up to 80% on energy bills and lasts eight times longer than a standard incandescent bulb. Until now, energy-saving bulbs have been anything but pretty and far from something you would want on display. These lights seem to have changed all that. Talk about a win-win. Let’s hear it for the good folks at Hulger.

I later discovered that the Plumen 002 has been launched, and with it’s slightly less industrial design, I have to admit that I like this product even more. What really sold me is the option of five different colours for the drop cap pendant set. That copper!

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I think we can say that exposed bulbs are officially on my radar. And having had a good look around, I’m in awe of the many beautiful options there to choose from.

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  • […] in either of two extremes – small, exposed bulb type pendants (which I gushed about previously here), or oversized, textured fabric pendants – aka, my current object of […]

  • […] talked a lot about exposed light bulbs recently – you can take a look at some options here. The use of floor lights, assorted table lamps and oversized candles will also add to the […]

  • […] in either of two extremes – small, exposed bulb type pendants (which I gushed about previously here), or oversized, textured fabric pendants – aka, my current object of […]

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