Yesterday I went to a presentation about lighting at the Furgeson showroom in Woodland Hills. In the past few years I am very happy to have found more and more clients are asking about ways to conserv energy in their home and office. Half of the energy consumption in the home and office is due to heating and cooling. As heating and cooling systems become more and more efficient lighting will dominate a larger portion of the pie. Although florescent lights are great for saving energy when picking a green product we have to look at other factors like, disposal, manufacturing, and the quality of the light. Philips Halogena Energy Savers meets the strict 2012 energy laws, although more expensive about $5 each compared to .25 cents for a standard incandescent lamp, they save 30% in energy and last 3 times longer than a standard incandescent lamp. Also by planning and layering light we can strategically design a space that incorporates the energy saving benefits of florescent lamps with the color rendering benefits of incandescent lamp.
Below: For lighting up a work surface florecent fixtures are used they are compact save enrgy light up the entire surface and don’t produce as much heat.
However in areas were color is more important like over an island or in the breakfast room you might want to consider using an incandescent light as below
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What other ways can we save energy?
Some of my favorite light fixtures and decorative accessories are made of Murano glass. Murano glass is hand blown glass, luminously colored and sculpted by artisans who have honed their craft and passed on generation after generation. The name Murano comes from the geographical location of the glass foundries, a small island about a mile from Venice. In the 13th century the ruler of Venice ordered all the glass foundries to move to the island of Murano so they would not pose a fire hazard to the city.
Here are a few of my favorites
above: Umbtello lamp by Otium
Ca Rezzonico by La murrina
Zero vase by Ivan Baj – Arcade Glass
This year there will be an exhibit “Venice: Three Visions in Glass” featuring three Venice based innovative artists. It will be at Barry Friedman, a gallery in New York’s Chelsea district, from Oct. 29–Jan. 16
One of my favorite light fixtures are lanterns. Early lanterns only purpose was to shield the flame of the candle from extinguishing due to the wind or a breeze, they were primarily square, and made from inexpensive sheet iron or tinplate. Today lanterns make quite a statement, they are used indoor and outdoor, made from a variety of metals, some very simple, others very ornate and decorative….
Above: We will soon be installing one of my favorites in the entry of a home, this beautiful Dennis and Leen lantern, I will post photos as soon as it is available
Above: Curry and Company “Loggia Lantern”
Above: Baker Furniture’s collectors edition “Urban Smoked Lantern”
Above: Designer Denyse Rinfret used a pair of antique English lanterns to make the island of this great kitchen into the focal point.
Here’s a close up of those lanterns.
photos courtesy of Traditional Home (October 2009)
Above: Puccini-lantern from the Las Palmas collection
Above: James Lumsden used two Puccini lanterns to dress up this grand entry hall.
I hope this has inspired you
Are you thinking about remodeling? Does the thought make you feel overwhelmed? Here are a few pointers on how you can get started.
Start a file of images and rooms you like
Ask your friends and family if they have had a good experience with a designer, contractor or architect.
If you think there is no room in your budget to hire an architect or designer consider hiring one for a 2 hour consultation. It can give you many tips, and ideas, as well as money saving advise. It can also help you develop a more realistic budget.
Ceramic tile is an important element in design, it comes in as many colors as styles, used in hundreds of applications and spaces. It can add color, texture, and pattern to any indoor or outdoor space. Produced in different parts of the world, each with it’s own history and culture.
“Seven Colors” (Haft Rang) tile dates back to the Safavid period in Iran (1502-1736) to decorate many religious and non-secular buildings.
Intricate detail of the beautiful and unique tile work of Isfahan Islamic building dates back to the 16th century
Zillij mosaics – Moroccan tile comes in many different motifs, floral, geometric (below), chiseled, and many colors. Each motif and color remains a symbol and has a special significance in the iconography of the Islamic/Moorish art.
These tiles have decorated walls, floors, ceilings, tables, and furniture for centuries and are still being manufactured.
Firoozeh Khorrami, ASID