Design Within Reach Coral Pendant
- Materials: Sustainably grown Moso (giant bamboo) plywood with carbonized finish; dual-core PVC cord; white painted metal ceiling plate; PVC rivets.
- Measurements:Diameter 23.5" Cord L 6'
Design Within Reach Drop 1 Pendant, Grouping of 6
Saving a factory and helping the employees keep their jobs was not something Peter Bowles thought hed be doing when he designed his first bone china light. The story begins in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the British ceramics industry, where its prized porcelain has been produced for more than three centuries. Bowles convinced a tableware factory to produce his first design, but as the orders started to come in, he learned the factory would be closing. Rather than moving production overseas, Bowles bought the factory and offered the entire staff new jobs with his company, Original BTC. The Drop 1 Pendant (2000) is beautifully crafted of hand-cast bone china. Creating these lights involves a highly skilled, labor-intensive process that begins with raw clay and ends with biscuit firing, glazing, glossing and firing again. When lit, the shade has a translucent glow that allows for warm diffused light. Attention to detail is at the heart of every Drop 1 Pendant, right down to the braided cord, which was designed by Peter and can be found on every light his company makes. Drop is UL Listed and suitable for contract use. Bulbs (not included): 40W/120V/E26. Made in England. Materials: Natural bone china shade and ceiling rose; braided cotton covered cord. Measurements:6 Pendants: H 9.5" W 6" D 6" Cord L 59" each, 13 lbs. total
Design Within Reach E27 Pendant Light
DWR Exclusive The simplicity of the naked bulb is hard to compete with, says Swedish designer Mattias Ståhlbom of his E27 Pendant (2008). Ståhlbom has distilled the idea of a pendant to its essence: just a socket, bulb and cord. The name of this pendant comes from the 27mm Edison screw base (or E27) developed by Thomas Edison for the incandescent light bulb. Made of indelible silicone, the socket won't retain heat and resists fading over time. The E27 can be hung singly, in pairs, in a row or in a cluster. Requires hardwired installation. Bulb (included): incandescent G40/40W. UL Listed. Made in China. Materials: Silicone base; silicone-covered cord. Measurements:H 9.25" W 5" Cord L 13', 1.3 lbs.
Design Within Reach Modo Chandelier, 4 Sided, 15 Globes
For his simple and innovative lighting, Jason Miller draws on everyday aspects of American culture, transforming them into something surprising and beautiful. For his Modo Chandelier (2009), Miller was inspired by off-the-shelf industrial parts like those found on Canal Street, not far from his Brooklyn studio. We have re-engineered inexpensive parts that are made by the thousands in China or India, says Miller about the pieces manufacturing. Modos parts are made by high-end machine shops here in America that typically work for the airline industry. While the inspiration is a bit banal, it is now a very sophisticated product. The chandeliers components are painstakingly engineered and custom CNC-milled from solid aluminum. This version has a four-sided square frame that holds 15 glass globes, and it includes a three-foot stem that can be cut upon installation to the desired length. Bulb (included): incandescent half-silver globe 25W/G25/E26. UL and CUL Listed. Made in U.S.A. The Modo Collection features hand-blown glass globes with slight variances in shape and color, which make each piece unique. Materials: Machined aluminum; aluminum tubing; black or bronze finish with smoked glass globes or polished nickel finish with cream glass globes. Measurements:H 32" W 42" D 42", 21 lbs.
Design Within Reach GM 30 Pendant
For the first decade of her lengthy career, Danish architect and designer Grethe Meyer studied living habits and building practices. She contributed to Byggebogen , or The Building Book, which later became the foundation for teachings at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture, and was employed by the Danish Government to provide her expertise to the Institute for Home Building Research. She founded her own practice in 1960, and her simple and smart approach to everyday objects brought commissions from Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen and many other clients. In 2014, the company Menu worked with the Grethe Meyer Design Foundation to produce her GM Pendant (1984), working from her original sketch. Simple by design, GM is quietly alluring. Design must be uncomplicated, and the product easy and comfortable to use, reasoned Meyer, and as simple and anonymous as possible in the expression of its properties. It is in this way that I think that beauty will present itself. Bulb (not included): LED, CFL or incandescent; 60W/E26. UL Listed. Made in Denmark. Materials: Stainless steel with painted finish or solid copper with clear lacquer finish. Measurements:H 8.5" Diameter 12", 4.6 lbs.
Design Within Reach Titan 1 Pendant Lamp with Diffuser
When designer Peter Bowles discovered a mold for an industrial-style light, he was inspired to recreate it in a way that would work in a variety of settings. Although the designer of the original (circa 1940) is unknown, Bowles was determined to stay true to its shape and quality while also updating it to be more eco-friendly. Referring to his lights as beautifully unprocessed, all of Bowles aluminum shades and bases are spun by hand from sheet metal in the heart of the U.K.s metalworking industry and sent to Oxford for assembly. His company is committed to green practices and to reducing petrochemical use as much as possible. The Titan Pendant (1995) provides mostly downward-focused lighting, with a wired glass diffuser that lets you enjoy the energy savings of fluorescent bulbs without sacrificing soft, warm ambient lighting. This fixture suits both residential and commercial spaces. Bulb (not included): incandescent 100W/A21/E26 or comparable CFL/LED. UL Listed. Made in the U.K. Materials: Aluminum housing; spun aluminum ceiling rose; wired glass diffuser; cloth-covered cord. Measurements:H 13.75" Diameter 13.75" Cord L 59", 2.7 lbs.
Design Within Reach Bluff City Pendant, Large
DWR Exclusive Born in Tokyo and raised in New England, Jonah Takagi earned his bachelors degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Pursuing his two passions, he has spent the intervening years designing furniture and playing bass guitar for several indie rock bands. Unfortunately, being on the road gave him little time to showcase his furniture, leaving him with a house full of products no one had seen. To showcase his growing body of work, he founded Atelier Takagi in 2005. With a nod toward the Memphis movement, Takagi borrowed that American citys nickname for his Bluff City Pendant (2009). A mix of industrial and refined aesthetics, this pendant features a bulb enclosed in a metal cage on the top for ambient lighting and a solid metal shade on the bottom for concentrated downward lighting. Bluff City was nominated for a Dwell magazine Modern World Award in 2011. Bulb (not included): G40 incandescent 60W/120V/E26 medium base. UL Listed. Made in China. Materials: Powder-coated and plated steel. Measurements:H 13" Diameter 14", 4 lbs.
Design Within Reach Swell Wide LED Pendant
Venezuela-born Pablo Pardo graduated in 1986 with an industrial design degree from the University of Cincinnati. In 1993, he established Pablo Designs in San Francisco, a studio that has since gained international recognition for its creations. The studio operates with the belief that the right lighting can transform almost any environment, challenging traditional designs with innovative solutions that distill lighting down to its bare essence: form and light. Inspired by the organic shape of a water droplet, the Swell Pendant (2014) combines a seamlessly flowing aluminum housing, reflective anodized brass interior and energy-efficient LED technology to provide fully dimmable glare-free illumination. Suitable for indoor and outdoor residential and commercial spaces alike. Use alone or mix and match multiples to create dynamic groupings. Bulb (included): 14W/E26 LED. UL Listed for damp sheltered outdoor locations. Made in China. Materials: Spun aluminum housing with powder-coated exterior and anodized brass interior. Measurements:H 10" Diameter 16", 6 lbs.
Design Within Reach Swell Medium LED Pendant
Venezuela-born Pablo Pardo graduated in 1986 with an industrial design degree from the University of Cincinnati. In 1993, he established Pablo Designs in San Francisco, a studio that has since gained international recognition for its creations. The studio operates with the belief that the right lighting can transform almost any environment, challenging traditional designs with innovative solutions that distill lighting down to its bare essence: form and light. Inspired by the organic shape of a water droplet, the Swell Pendant (2014) combines a seamlessly flowing aluminum housing, reflective anodized brass interior and energy-efficient LED technology to provide fully dimmable glare-free illumination. Suitable for indoor and outdoor residential and commercial spaces alike. Use alone or mix and match multiples to create dynamic groupings. Bulb (included): 14W/E26 LED. UL Listed for damp sheltered outdoor locations. Made in China. Materials: Spun aluminum housing with powder-coated exterior and anodized brass interior. Measurements:H 10" Diameter 12", 5 lbs.
Design Within Reach Random Light
Hugely dramatic, light as a feather and distinctly Dutch, the Random Light (2002) by Bertjan Pot began as a modernist craft project of sorts. After making attempts at knitting fiberglass as a means of creating structure, Pot turned to coiling epoxy-dipped fiberglass around a large balloon in varying patterns. Once the balloon was popped, the dramatic globe shape remained, becoming a buoyant pendant lamp for an entryway, dining room or lounge area. The light bulb is visible at the center of the globe, creating an all-over glow with minimal glare when lit. Bulb (not included): incandescent 60W/120V/A19/E26. UL Listed for commercial use. Made in the Netherlands. Materials: Epoxy; fiberglass. Measurements:Small: Diameter 19.75", 2.6 lbs.
Design Within Reach Pod Pendant
The unique, sexy and subtle Pod Pendant (2004) is the work of Jeremy Pyles for Niche Modern, a company that happened somewhat by accident. When opening a homewares store in SoHo, Jeremy Pyles and Mary Welch were unable to find lights that satisfied their super picky sensibilities. Then Jeremy saw a man selling blown-glass vases out of the back of his truck. The glass designer wasnt sure he could create the shape Jeremy was looking for – telling him that glass is not meant to curve in on itself – but the two of them kept at it, eventually creating three pendants to light the front of the Niche store. The lights werent for sale, but customers kept asking for them, and a new business was born. Pod Pendants are partially hand-blown and partially made in a mold, and no two are exactly alike (like snowflakes). The result is a play of light and dark, strength and delicateness, simple lines and lush colors. The fixture is designed around the shape of the bulb (included): a tubular dimmable incandescent 120V/75W, which Jeremy selected after studying 30 or more bulbs. Made in U.S.A. Materials: Hand-blown glass. Measurements:H 12" Diameter 7" Cord L 4', 5 lbs.
Design Within Reach Semi Pendant
Architects Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup were students at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts when they co-designed their first lamp. Craving pure, crisp geometric shapes in a design world dominated by soft organic forms, they created the Semi Pendant (1968) by placing two circles back to back, producing an elegant shape in the negative space between with a diameter matching that of each circle. Timeless by design, it just has that simplicity of form, which cannot be slotted into any single style period, says Bonderup. Its not surprising that Semi took first prize in the School of Architectures 1968 design competition with its satisfying, perfectly balanced proportions. Bulb (not included): half-mirror incandescent, E12 base, 40W max for small lamp; half-mirror incandescent, E26 base, 60W max for others. UL Listed. Made in Denmark. Ceiling rose is matte black for all pendants except matte white pendant; ceiling rose for matte white pendant is matte white. Materials: Powder-coated aluminum; fabric-covered cord. Measurements:Small: H 6" Diameter 11.75", 1 lb. Medium: H 9.25" Diameter 18.5", 1.9 lbs. Large: H 12" Diameter 23.75", 2.8 lbs.