LED technology and interiors: How designers are breaking new ground

Designers, within the interiors realm, are continuing to break new ground by exploring the close bond between lighting and fashion. A common language runs through both fashion and interiors, and so it’s no surprise to see how the delicacy and fluidity of a pendant necklace, for example, could be reimagined in the exquisite grace of a pendant lamp.

“I have always been fascinated with the parallel that exists between Lighting and Jewellery. Starting from the simple fact of how each piece relates to human scale: one is designed to be worn on the body whereas the other is made to decorate the space someone occupies” – Michael Anastassiades on “Arrangements” (Salone de Mobile Euroluce, Milan 2017)

This statement reflects the rising trend that we’re seeing at the moment of jewellery inspired lighting.

Lighting by Michael Anastassiades for FLOS

And this increased focus on jewellery inspired lighting is being reflected in buyer demand too. Technavio has forecast growth in the global decorative market to exceed 6% until 2021; buyers are increasingly opting for premium decorative lighting that echoes and amplifies their personal style. What’s fuelling this growth? In part, advances in LED technology are bringing what was previously impossible within easy reach of designers and consumers.

LEDs offer several benefits over conventional lighting technologies in terms of energy efficiency, heat issues, life span, versatility, colour quality and cost efficiency. These advantages are enabling designers to work creatively with ever more innovative material combinations. As a result, LED use has increased markedly in residential, commercial and industrial lighting markets.


Single LED statement pendants can be placed individually or densely positioned together for the home or contract market. These statements are ideal for use in hospitality or visual merchandising areas to create impact and ambiance.

Neri & Hu, in collaboration with Artemide, are exploring interaction through light and material. The versatile nh1217 special edition lamp, released in time for Christmas, can either be laid or suspended. Its multi-use frame is retrofitted with a low-consumption LED source, producing a simple, elegant, jewel-like accessory that’s perfect to carry around with you.


Jewellery-inspired design paired with LED technology and the opportunities it brings for innovative material use makes for an exciting and compelling proposition. We will be tracking developments closely at all trade shows including IMM Cologne and Maison et Objet in January.




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