13 Lighting Brands Interior Designers Can't Live Without

We now know where interior designers shop for furniture (opens in new tab), but what about lighting? We've asked some of our favourite interior designers (opens in new tab) about the lighting brands they love most.

1ST DIBS

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

APPARATUS STUDIO

The Cloud light by Apparatus Studio (opens in new tab) is a favourite of designerAlexander Waterworth (opens in new tab), 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

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

BOCCI

Sophie Ashby (opens in new tab) loves everything Bocci (opens in new tab) does. Bocci (opens in new tab)'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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FLOS

Jasper Morrison’s Superloon floor lamp (opens in new tab) for Flos is a floor lamp with impact. It's become a design classic, with fans including designer John Hitchcox (opens in new tab).

GIOPATO & COOMBES

The sculptural chandelier designs by Giopato & Coombes (opens in new tab)look amazing whether they're switched on or off – that's why they count designers like Tiffany Duggan (opens in new tab) among their fanbase.

JIELDE LIGHTING

Interior design duo Turner Pocock (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

MICHAEL ANASTASSIADE

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

PORTA ROMANA

Martin Brudnizki (opens in new tab)designed a gorgeous range of sculptural table lamps for Porta Romana (opens in new tab), one of his go-to companies for accent lamps.

SEGULA LED

In the words of Martin Brudnizki (opens in new tab): "lighting is everything". "We can design a cute, sexy red bar, but a harsh white light won’t do it justice." He uses Segula (opens in new tab) 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!"

TECNOLUMEN

A retro pendant, like Günter Leuchtmann’s Le Tre Streghe pendant for Tecnolumen (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) from David Collins Studio.

URBAN COTTAGE INDUSTRIES

The brightly polished gold Coolicon light by Urban Cottage Industries (opens in new tab)is timeless for kitchens, and is hailed as one of Simon Rawlings (opens in new tab)' favourites.

UTILITY DESIGN

Looking for unusual statement lighting? TheCallimaco floor lamps (opens in new tab)are Tom Barlett (opens in new tab)'s go-to.

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.