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News You Can Use from the Dallas International Lighting Show

July 6th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Chandeliers, Lamps, Modern Lighting, Styles

Every January and June, the Dallas Market Center hosts the International Lighting show.It’s a great place to see the latest in products, trends and new categories for your lighting needs.  In fact, they showcase the latest across many product categories http://dallasmarketcenter.com/buyers/newlines.aspx

In all categories, the story is about using texture and color to create visual interest for the consumer’s environment. Check out Home Accents Today for information about all your décor needs. http://www.homeaccentstoday.com/article/CA6663886.html

For the last few years, the main story in lighting has been oil rubbed bronze with amber glass in transitional styles.  This market included these elements but it also showcased more diversity.   There are immerging trends toward lighter finishes, greater dimension within existing finishes, cleaner glass options, unique materials and fun shapes.

At Besa Lighting, they featured the Tamburo 4 series pendants in which foil decors are encased in hand crafted glass.  There is an industrial as well as polished feeling to these fixtures.  The reflective quality is magical.

Tamburo 4 series pendants

At Quoizel, they featured their full line of products as well as some pieces designed with Laurie Smith and Richard Soard.  Of particular note are the fixtures designed by Richard Soard.  Mr. Soard plays with materials and shapes to create the unique within the familiar.

As an example, the Florence collection can best be described as jewelry.  The fixture finish is both cool and warm with flecks of silver and gold.  The draped stones are not expected crystals; but, instead they are semi-precious African Prase Jasper and glass beads in muted tones of smoke and green.  The shape is traditional but the materials add a surprising twist.

Quoizel Florence collection chandelier

The lattice work lamp introduced by Quoizel has a mottled amber parchment shade overlaid with a metal archway of lattice work.   It harkens to European styling.  This lamp is an accent and a conversation piece.

Quoizel lattice work lamp

Over at Kichler, there were some stand out pieces that exemplify the new trends.

The Jardine series was featured on the cover of the June issue of Home Accents Today.The chandelier below has a polished chrome finish.  The shades are 2 layers – a metallic-frosted outer shade with a cased opal glass inner shade.  The effect is soft, elegant and contemporary.

Jardine series chandelierThis is a great example of the shade over shade trend.  In some cases, lighting manufacturers were displaying a shade over an entire chandelier.  This changes the look of the fixture from traditional to a contemporary chandelier/pendant.

Kichler’s Stella collection is a cascade of chrome and glass that evokes movement and simplicity.

Kichler Stella collection chandelier

Table lamps are available in surprising shapes and sizes.  Kichler’s Vivido! series features a hand-painted base with a different image on each side.  The lamps are handcrafted in the U.S.A.  Their oversized shape gives the impression of sculpture and art which surpasses its expected function.

Kichler Vivido series lamp

The lighting industry is providing great options to the consumer.  They can jazz up our environments with unique lighting options or stay with the traditional.  There were more green options – fluorescent, LED, halogen – as well as recycled materials.

Next time you want to freshen up your environment, you will delight in the selection of options available to satisfy your style.

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