Lights aren’t simply functional – they’re a chance to make a statement. An exquisite pendant or hand-crafted wall light can elevate your interior and become a talking point of its own. It can complement your scheme or provide a bold contrast to it, and in this month’s journal, we’re detailing how to use different kinds of statement lighting in various rooms of the home.
What’s the role of statement lighting?
From chandeliers above the dining table to minimalist sconces illuminating works of fine art, there are so many ways to use contemporary statement lighting in interiors. Their overarching role, though, is to create intrigue and amplify the qualities of a space. We like to think of statement lighting as the jewellery of an interior design scheme, the carefully curated pieces that can make or break a room. And much like jewels, these lights don’t have to be dramatic or overbearing to make their presence known.
A lighting object like Kaia’s ORA 8, for example, presents light as a sculptural work of art while maintaining an inherent sense of minimalism and technical rigour. Formed of eight mouth-blown glass spheres suspended by a network of hand-crafted brass stems, this sculptural light showcases Kaia’s vision of uniting natural and geometric elements.
How does statement lighting elevate an interior?
We often see a statement chandelier like ORA 8 dropped at mid-height above a dining table to create a sophisticated tablescape. Its simplicity of form has the ability to draw the eye without detracting from the rest of the room, which makes it one of the best-loved lights in our collection.
What further amplifies our lights is their array of finishes, which allows designers to customise their chosen piece to match the mood of their scheme. Brushed brass is a classic, but there’s also patinated brass, brushed nickel, and a selection of other finishes according to the light in question. Elevating an interior is all about considered and unexpected details and the choice of finish plays an important role in embodying that.
Where can you use statement lighting?
In short, the answer to this question is everywhere. We mentioned that a statement chandelier can be used to illuminate a tablescape, but it also works as a focal point in transitory areas such as foyers and hallways.
A sculptural chandelier like ONA requires ample space – together, its three circular bands of warm light embedded in brass span a circumference of just over one metre. Hung from an open staircase against a minimalist or organically inspired palette, for example, and attention naturally falls on the sculptural lighting object. Its clean lines and simple yet technical form also amplify the sense of timelessness that ONA instills.
The positioning of a pendant or chandelier has as much of an impact on its statement credentials as the lighting object itself. Take GLOW for example, one of our newest collections designed by French architect Sophie Dries as a pared-back iteration of Inner Glow, a chandelier we exhibited at WALDEN 2020.
Inner Glow is, of course, statement lighting at its most opulent. The chandelier is made of transparent blown glass, red informal papier-mâché, patinated brass and white LED lighting. Using these materials together was Dries’ way of suggesting a kinetic balance between organic and geometric, natural and artificial.
With the GLOW collection, Dries distilled the details and aesthetics of Inner Glow into a smaller lighting object suited to the modern home. Much like Inner Glow, these compact pendants are experimental works of sculptural art – the papier-mâché appears to grow over a perfectly imperfect mouth-blown glass egg, which is then suspended from a slim brass stem. Situated in the corner of a living room or library room, these delicate pendants create a subtle statement and provide an unexpected twist on the traditional reading light.
How can statement lighting be timeless?
Timelessness is integral to each of Kaia’s lighting objects. Even with some of our more typically attention-grabbing pieces such as Golden Fleece, the focus is firmly on the quality of the hand-crafted materials we use and our artisans’ technical expertise in manipulating them to create something classic. Designed by Markus Benesch, Golden Fleece is a striking centrepiece chandelier that pushes the boundaries of brass manufacturing and the latest LED technology.
Unlike traditional drop chandeliers, it lifts the gaze and transcends the functionality of a light to become a work of ceiling art. Then there’s RIO, one of the most minimalist statement lights in our collection and one which sees our designers manipulate the intangible quality of light into a physical object, hanging effortlessly in mid-air. When we say that statement lighting doesn’t have to take over a space to make an impact, RIO is a case in point.
If you’d like to find out more about any of the statement lights mentioned in this month’s journal, make an enquiry today and someone from the Kaia team will be in touch. And if you’re an architect or interior designer, you can create a trade account to access key information about the pieces.