13 Lighting Brands Interior Designers Can't Live Without

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.


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


The Cloud light by Apparatus Studio is a favourite of designerAlexander Waterworth, who used the pendant lightat 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’s Ilios wall lamps give a wonderful glow, like in this bathroom design by Sally Mackereth.


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.

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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.


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


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 wayto introduce pops of colour in a graphic style.


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


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


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!"


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 ofSimon Rawlings from David Collins Studio.


The brightly polished gold Coolicon light by Urban Cottage Industriesis timeless for kitchens, and is hailed as one of Simon Rawlings' favourites.


Looking for unusual statement lighting? TheCallimaco floor lampsare Tom Barlett's go-to.

Lotte Brouwer

Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.