Classic And Contemporary Wall Lights

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While it may seem like they are mostly there for utilitarian purposes, light fixtures can have a huge impact. We just had a new ceiling pendant lamp put up in our bedroom the other day, and it completely changed the look and feel of the room. It went from being a space we never spent any time in (except for sleeping) to one that looks hip (and a bit mod), feels cozy, and you want to hang out in.

In light of that (pun totally intended), today’s post is about wall lights, and I have selected a few favorites, both classic and new.


First out is the appropriately named “Shine” by multi-talented Paris-based artist Arik Levy. I love this one both because of its simplicity and also for the soft, warm light it emits.

Photos: Arik Levy


Metal art and light fixture in one, the gorgeous white-painted iron garland from French company Art et Floritude (designed by Pierre Yves Rochon) has 6 lights and measures 43×26″.

Photos: Art et Floritude

Bubble Cigar

This one is such a classic. Designed by George Nelson in 1947, it feels as modern today as it did then. I love the entire bubble lamp collection, and the wall sconces come in several different shapes, but the “cigar” is my absolute favorite.

Photos: Design within Reach/Ylighting


These adorable lights (along with some amazing chandeliers) were created for Spanish porcelain company Lladró by London-based designer Bodo Sperlein. They come in five different designs, and the light shining through the porcelain wings create a soft, beautiful glow. And they are beautiful when not lit too. I think they would be ideal as wall decor in a little girl’s room.

Photos: Bodo Sperlein

Full Moon

Another fixture that does double duty – this one as a mirror. The 26″ Full Moon wall mirrors by Alchemy Glass & Light come in four different designs and sit like wide cones on the wall. The interior light creates a soft, patterned glow – perfect for a bathroom.

Photos: Alchemy Glass & Light


Another irresistible classic… the Fun light series by one of my all-time favorite mid-century modern designers, Verner Panton. These mother-of-pearl classics have become much sought after collector’s items. The style has been copied and reproduced by many, but nothing can beat the original design. The Fun collection (designed in 1964) consists of several different styles – table, ceiling (in a variety of designs), and wall sconces. They come in both mother-of-pearl and metallic discs, but I personally like the MOP the best.

Photos: VernerPantonShop


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