Posts Tagged ‘Modern Lighting’

Dining Area via Skona Hem

I love to cook, eat, and especially share a meal with friends and family.

Sitting down at a dining table after a long day (working or playing) is just such a pleasure.

Today I sat down and wanted to write about all the practical aspects of dining room lighting. Measurements and numbers etc. All good stuff. But when I went to look for photos I REALLY got sidetracked.
After hours of pouring over wonderful images of various dining areas I realized that there were SO many places I would feel at home and would really enjoy lingering.

A mix of Warehouse Shade Pendants in a cozy Kitchen

I personally lean towards  contemporary design, but enjoy all kinds of spaces.
A traditional dining room with perfect place settings can be such a treat – with the right company and good food!
And that’s just it!  It’s all about personal style, expressing ourselves and embracing different styles when we come across them. Good food, friends and good company.

I’ll therefore share a bunch of fabulous photos of dining areas in between all the dry facts.

Dining room with Ingo Maurer Zettel'z Pendants

In our showroom we so often get  questions like how large a chandelier to choose for the dining area or how high to hang it over the table. (Answers: Diameter 12″ less than the width of table.  The bottom of chandelier should be 30″ above table.)

In most cases the chandelier is hung way too high, probably with the thought in mind that it could then help illuminate the entire room. Wrong!

Beautiful sunny dining room via CGS Design Build

The bottom of chandelier should be approximately 30″ above the table.

With a chandelier hung too high  and no additional lighting the overall ambiance of the dining room  is more of a diner or fast food restaurant, less conducive to lingering.

Do keep in mind that all these rules of thumb I am presenting are really just that –  ”Rules of Thumb”.  They are not set in stone. There are quite a few factors that determine the right fixture size and hanging height, like the space, the size of the table, the diameter and height of the fixture, as well as the height of the ceiling.

This said -

A dining room chandelier generally should measure 6 -12″ less in diameter than the width of table.
Makes sense: You don’t want to hit your head on it or feel crowded.

The diameter of the chandelier in inches should at least equal the room diameter in feet.
(Well, just thought you’d like to know…. )

For ceilings nine feet or higher consider a multi-tier style chandelier  to fill the space .


Flos Mod30 Chandelier, striking and elegant

Thinking back to meals I have thoroughly enjoyed over the last months, there were cozy gatherings at friends’, a few nice restaurants , several business lunches and dinners. I ALWAYS look at lighting, when I am in a room (No, It’s not a crick in my neck!)  because it amazes me, how lighting affects the mood and general well-being. Without an exception, the places with the best lighting had the best food!


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Ingo Maurer Showroom, Munich, Germany

Ingo Maurer Showroom, Munich, Germany

Entering an inspiring space: The Munich Showroom of Ingo Maurer.
Just spent some time working on the hotos I took in  the Studio of Ingo Maurer in Munich.
Every time I look at them I smile and feel good.
This is design I enjoy: creative, fun, fascinating, surprising, beautiful and functional.

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Affordable Contemporary Lighting

Affordable Contemporary Lighting

At Form + Function we want to show that contemporary lighting can be affordable.We offer hundreds of wall sconces, pendant lights, outdoor lighting starting at under $50.

Click on the images to enter our online showroom for some great prices and discounts.

Form + Function is 25!

Form + Function is 25!

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Ron Rezek

Ron-RezekRon Rezek is one of the leading American product designers.
His state-of-the-art lighting as well as his ceiling fans show wonderful simplicity  paired with unique design and perfect functionality.
At Form + Function we have had the privilege of being able to surround ourselves with Rezek  pieces, lighting as well as ceiling fans for many years, well, decades. We started buying from Ron Rezek Lighting in the mid 80′s and added modern ceiling fans as soon as they became available.

What strikes me about Ron’s designs is that they are contemporary, yet timeless. In our showroom I am constantly changing things around and so many fixtures have a certain life span after which they feel dated. We have gone through waves of different styles, colors and designs that were the rave. But the good old classics by Ron Rezek have a quiet staying power firmly rooted in their good looks, superb quality and simple, straightforward design. More »

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Brera by Flos

The Brera Pendant Light by Flos LightingOk, so there are people, who take photos of castles and wildlife on their trips, I get carried away with – light fixtures. I walk into a store or a restaurant and just have to take pictures! Munich was a paradise for me. Great lighting EVERYWHERE.

This cafe in Munich had a row of one of my favorite pendant lights over the counter: The Brera pendant light.

Shaped like an Ostrich egg  the Brera pendant light from Flos takes its name from an altar piece by Piero della Francesca from the Pinoteca di Brera in Milan. The egg hanging over the virgin Mary’s head is probably the most famous egg in the entire European art history.

Achille Castiglione designed the Brera family of lights that includes a pendant, a wall light, and three floor lamps  in 1992 when he was 74 and still fully active in his  creative career.

The Brera does not just stand out for its name. It is a beautiful classic piece with a strong presence. It has an  acid-etched opaline glass diffuser that distributes the light in a very even manner.

The top diffuser support  has its own unique profile that lends a graceful quality to the overall design.  The casually draped cord adds its own charm to the Brera Suspension.

This design masterpiece was designed by Achille Castiglione in 1992 and has found its home in many residences, offices , restaurants – and cafes all over the world.
Brera Egg

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