13 Lighting Brands Interior Designers Can’t Live Without

Discover the go-to lighting companies that interiors experts swear by

We now know where interior designers shop for furniture, but what about lighting? We’ve asked some of our favourite interior designers about the lighting brands they love most.

1ST DIBS

Tommaso Barbi’s rhubarb leaf lights, available from 1stdibs, are great for dramatic finishing touches – one of Sally Mackereth‘s design tricks.

Lighting is key – this is the designer Tommaso Barbi Rhubarb leaf floor lamp, from £2,000, 1stdibs

APPARATUS STUDIO

The Cloud light by Apparatus Studio is a favourite of designer Alexander Waterworth, who used the pendant light at Ober Mamma in Paris.

He’s also known for using a metalworker to create bespoke shapes for him, which he then asks an electrician to wire up as lights. Statement lighting makes a space feel unique.

ARETI

Areti’s Ilios wall lamps give a wonderful glow, like in this bathroom design by Sally Mackereth.

Areti wall lights and bronze joinery lend a modern touch to the Arabescato marble in this renovation in Chelsea

BOCCI

Sophie Ashby loves everything Bocci does. Bocci‘s pendants make stunning features when grouped together in hallways and stairwells, and have a clean, modern look when arranged above a dining table. “Complement it with ambient lighting with table and floor lamps. Create three lighting circuits in a room, so you have one switch for low-level lighting, one for middle and one for high,” Sophie advises.

FACTORYLUX

The brightly polished gold Coolicon light by Factorylux is timeless for kitchens, and is hailed as one of Simon Rawlings‘ favourites.

FLOS

Jasper Morrison’s Superloon floor lamp for Flos is a floor lamp with impact. It’s become a design classic, with fans including designer John Hitchcox.

GIOPATO & COOMBES

The sculptural chandelier designs by Giopato & Coombes look amazing whether they’re switched on or off – that’s why they count designers like Tiffany Duggan among their fanbase.

This is the Cirque light by Giopato & Coombes

JIELDE LIGHTING

Interior design duo Turner Pocock like to layer a room with various levels of lighting – pendant lights, task lighting (such as a standard lamp for the bedside) and ambient lighting (picture lights to wash a warm glow over your books at night, say). They use Jieldé lights for almost every project they’ve been involved with – they’re a great and effective way to introduce pops of colour in a graphic style.

Bedroom design by Turner Pocock

MICHAEL ANASTASSIADE

For those who love statement pendants but don’t like the traditional chandeliers, interior designer Jo Berryman recommends Michael Anastassiades’s Happy Together stacked pendant. “I’m instantly drawn to its bold, graphic shapes”, she explains.

PORTA ROMANA

Martin Brudnizki designed a gorgeous range of sculptural table lamps for Porta Romana, one of his go-to companies for accent lamps.

Lamps designed by Martin Brudnizki and his design firm And Objects, for Porta Romana

SEGULA LED

In the words of Martin Brudnizki: “lighting is everything”. “We can design a cute, sexy red bar, but a harsh white light won’t do it justice.” He uses Segula LED bulbs, which get warmer when dimmed. On his favourite kinds of lighting, Brudnizki responds “I like lighting at all levels – from a glam chandelier to illuminating a dado rail. Even a little lamp on the floor can shed a fantastic pool of light across a hardwood floor. The only thing I don’t do is recessed downlighting – that’s a total no-no!”

Aquavit restaurant was designed by Martin Brudnizki

TECNOLUMEN

A retro pendant, like Günter Leuchtmann’s Le Tre Streghe pendant for Tecnolumen, designed in 1981, has the ability to look oth utilitarian and glamorous against the proportions and mouldings of traditional Victorian houses. This is why it’s a favourite of Simon Rawlings from David Collins Studio.

UTILITY DESIGN

Looking for unusual statement lighting? The Callimaco floor lamps are Tom Barlett‘s go-to.

The Memphis-style Callimaco floor lamp by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide makes its mark in the Waldo Works renovation of the west London townhouse

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