10 of the best... minimalist pendant lights
Lighting has always played a key role in our homes. As the evenings get darker we inevitably find ourselves spending increasing amounts of time indoors, so choosing the best pendant lighting to compliment your interior is particularly important - it's often the most used (and noticed) of all our lighting products. The look and feel of a space can be significantly affected by the designs we opt for, so it's worth paying attention to a few key considerations before you make your final selection. Positioning, height, style, lighting effect, controllability and ease of installation are all important factors that shouldn't be overlooked when deciding on a new pendant light.
Navigating your way through the huge range of offerings on the market can also be a bit of a minefield, so to help a little I've selected ten favourites at different price points.
1. Nordlux Design for the People Strap Pendant Light (image above)
Simplicity of form and sensitive detailing has long been a classic Scandinavian look, and Nordlux's Design for the People Strap Pendant light is no exception to this rule. A tactile hanging leather strap adds a more considered materiality to this beautifully proportioned pendant which is designed to provide functional downlighting.
2. Juliet pendant light by New Works
A simple minimal form, inspired by fabric lamps, Juliet is actually constructed from bone china. Ideal for lower hanging situations, such as in kitchens or above dining areas, the downlighting effect is complimented with a soft glowing translucent shade to provide added ambience to a room.
3. Toby pendant light by M&S
The neutral grey finish of this affordable industrial style metal shade ensures that it's both on trend and will also fit with a wide range of interior colour schemes. Simple and stylish heat venting slots in the lamp's crown allow for higher powered light bulbs to be fitted (if desired), as well as adding a very subtle upper glow to the room.
4. Milton Powder Coated Metal Ceiling Light
A classic industrial style lamp with a purist twist, the Milton is an affordable option suitable for many interior situations. Made from spun metal with a classic black braided flex, it's ideal for creating more mood by highlighting what's below, whilst shading what's above.
5. Flowerpot pendant light by &Tradition
The fun of the 1960s never tires and Verner Panton's design never seems to date either. His classic Flowerpot light, designed in 1968 continues to prove the point that the latest designs aren't always the most desirable. Made from two deep drawn metal hemispheres that intersect along the lamp's centerline, keeps the light source hidden and everything minimal and elegant.
6. Grain Pendant Light by Muuto
This cute chubby little light adds a friendly feel to any room. Simple but fun, it comes complete with a tactile rubber cable and has a coating of bamboo fibres on its outer surface to add to its subtle appeal.
7. The Standard Pendant Light by Menu
An elegant modern classic in the making, the Standard Pendant is made from just one blown glass piece with a style that echos both Italian and industrial influences. Being made from a subtle coloured opal glass results in a soft glowing shade that is sure to enhance the mood of any room.
8. Caravaggio Pendant Light by Lightyears
Another beautiful opal glass shade with an equally warm glow, the Caravaggio's glossy finish and friendly 'milk bottle' form makes this a great choice for dining areas. Hang individually or combine two or more in a line for a more impactful display
9. Flos IC pendant light
The delicacy of the contrasting materials and forms combine to give this IC Pendant light by Micheal Anastassiades a delightful appeal. Made from high quality brushed brass tubing and a blown glass sphere, the two lighting elements combine together so that they are perfectly balanced when hanging down on their cable.
10. Hay 30 degree shade and cord set
There's a natural purity about wood that ensures it's a material that is always welcome in our homes. Veneer is essentially made by peeling a tree, which when layered into thin plies produces a thin but strong material (i.e. plywood). This allows for a wide range of curved shapes to be formed from it, like this simple but highly effective 30 degree oak cone from Hay. Natural, delicate and minimal, sometimes simple geometry is all you need.