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Nothing inspires the imagination like the beauty of light reflecting off hundreds of pieces of glass. Chandeliers have been the pinnacle of lighting opulence for centuries and grace the ceilings of many grand homes, restaurants and hotels around the world. But where did it all begin? The history of the chandelier is some 800 years old and crosses many countries. It has long been the symbol of royalty, aristocracy and luxurious wealth. Many of the designs we recognise today were developed...

Whether you’re redecorating, renovating or building a new home, choosing the right lighting fixtures is one important detail that needs to be considered. Here is an easy room-by-room guide to help you think about what you want the room ambience to be and the best lighting options to achieve this: Entry The entrance to your home provides the first opportunity to create the kind of atmosphere both you and your guests want to experience when you arrive home. If your entryway is...

Buying an item that’s been hand-crafted to your specific requirements is perhaps not something many of us consider very often. We have become so familiar with buying what we need off the shelf in a store or nowadays, online. However, there are multiple benefits from using a skilled craftsperson to create a unique item just for you. 1. Perfectly tailored to your needs Working one-to-one with an artisan is a much purer experience. Gone are the middlemen and the influences of buyers...

Appearing to cascade through the air, the mesmerising Amiraglio Aqua Droplets Ovale chandelier is the epitome of craftsmanship and art in glass. Yet behind the seemingly effortless flow of this outstanding statement piece lies some clever engineering and design to overcome the challenges of creating such a large chandelier. From candles to LEDs Throughout, history, the chandelier has been associated with elegance, luxury and opulence. The word chandelier means ‘candle holder’ and the earliest exemplars were to be found illuminating the interiors...

There are few things in interior design that demonstrate glamour and elegance better than a dramatic chandelier. Antique chandeliers, in particular, can take the breath away from anyone witnessing their dazzling beauty. The craftmanship is of such a high standard that each one is a unique work of art. The 'day job' of a crystal chandelier is to light up a room, but beyond straightforward illumination, a beautiful, antique chandelier will shower the room with romance and an air of classical...

One of the key design features of any carefully thought-out space is lighting. When we set out on a lighting makeover, once we have got beyond the purely functional elements of lighting that are required to make a room work, we can move on to more creative design choices. If you are looking for a bold statement but with a timeless, chic appeal, chandelier lights can be a fantastic choice. They can range from the elegant and traditional to ultra-modern and...

Italy is synonymous with style and sophistication. Whether for flamboyant pieces or understated elegance, Italian designers have come to be relied upon by clients around the world. Our selection of Italian lighting is no different. We have a wide range of some of the most breathtaking examples of lighting that are perfect for a wide variety of interior styles. You might enjoy classical, even nostalgic, pieces, or perhaps your taste is truly contemporary. Whether for sleek, minimal, modern designs, or intricate,...

Hand blown glass has enjoyed something of a renaissance and is now well and truly in the interior design spotlight due to a winning mixture of traditional craftsmanship, radical new ideas and some appealing collaborations. This has elevated an age-old technique into a serious art form that is producing some stunning and inspiring work. The now iconic hanging ball light concept from Bocci, featuring colourful, distorted glass spheres with more spheres inside holding the light source, has been produced in many...

A chandelier can add style and grace to your dining room, in addition to providing a warm source of ambient lighting. The right chandelier will be truly eye-catching, impressing anyone who visits your home. Conversely, an incorrectly sized chandelier can appear dreadfully out of place. Thankfully it doesn’t have to be difficult to find the perfect chandelier; you just need to follow a few basic tips to make sure that the chandelier complements the room. Erring on the side of caution may...

If you have a home with larger rooms, you've probably already encountered some of the challenges that this can entail when it comes to home decor. If you're struggling to adequately light a large space, this article aims to share some useful tips that can help transform even the most spacious room into a warm and welcoming environment. Whether you choose a customised lighting solution or an off-the-shelf option, nothing ties a whole room together like the right lighting. Think about the...