Expansive, light-filled home threads elegantly between existing, tall willow trees
This formal lounge in a home by O’Neil Architecture is a double-height volume – accentuating its importance in the home and optimising views of mature willows on the property.
Apt companions – a counter-weighted lighting fixture shines light on this kitchen’s island countertop. The brass elements of the sculptural light – imported from New York – connect with other brass highlights in the room.
Elegant star-burst pendants were the perfect choice for this lakeside home
The sculptural, star-burst lighting pendants in this living space are a natural match for the airy interior and natural setting. They have the added advantage of drawing attention to the gabled home's high ceilings
Light from (far) above
You've gone to the trouble to introduce a grand double height entry – now don't forget to highlight it. A sculptural chandelier leads the eye upwards through this lofty entry space
Rose gold and penny rounds – bathroom, lighting
Handmade glass pendants add yet another layer of sophistication to this bathrooms in an Art Deco-period home.
Subtle interplay of herringbone tiles and a muted palette in luxury bathroom – bathroom, lighting
A contemporary pendant highlights the curvaceous tub in this bathroom, and also allows for bathtime reading.
Relaxed, low-maintenance beach home follows passive design principles – interiors, lighting
Filled with ample natural light, this north-facing bedroom uses contemporary glass pendants as feature lighting to frame the bed
8 luxury bathrooms to long for – bathroom, lighting
This bathroom needs non-slip floors, dripping in sheer luxury as it is. Even the sconces look fit for a queen. For more lighting ideas, check out the Trends Lighting Hub
Timber veneer adds a softer touch to a semi-industrial style – kitchen, lighting
Say it with symmetry. The island, cooktop, tall cabinetry and long linear pendant light fixture are all perfectly balanced around a central axis in this kitchen
Clifftop apartment combines unbeatable harbour views with open plan luxury interiors – bathroom, lighting
Design is a rallying of features! Specially sourced tiles in this apartment bathroom combine with concealed LED lighting to add to the feeling of opulence and warmth
Elegance and efficiency in a limited space – kitchen, lighting
Notice this kitchen's task lighting? No? And neither would anyone in the adjacent lounge. In a bid to downplay functionality, this kitchen has recessed LED strip lighting to shed light on work surfaces
Balancing scale, views and comfort was the biggest challenge in the design of this substantial home – new home, lighting
LED lighting throughout this pool and spa creates a bright contrast to the myriad city lights in the distance. For some light inspiration for your design, visit the Trends Lighting Hub
Masculine mood – kitchens, lighting
Hand-blown glass pendant lighting by Soktas offers an elegant touch to this raw and dramatic kitchen space, adding a gentle glow. A feature black pendant is also more than in keeping
Handmade glass pendants add another layer of sophistication to this bathroom
Feature lighting is an easy way to change up your design look. Here handmade glass pendants add glamour to this bathroom in an Art Deco-period home
Marble feature wall makes a splash in this powder room – bathroom, lighting
Say it with great lighting. Lighting meets sculptural feature in this exotic marble-lined powder room, where Martini Silver pendants add another touch of sparkle and luxe
Romantic French farmhouse exterior – but step inside! – lighting
The smallest element can reflect a merger of two styles. While the outside is French farmhouse, the interior of this home is modern – and this candelabra reflects both worlds
Indian culture is celebrated in an opulent bathroom with gold mosaics, gold accents and marble and wood finishes – bathrooms, lighting
Lights can deliver tone as well as illumination. Sconces add a sense of formal dignity in this opulent bathroom
Gold mosaics and other material riches are stage-lit in this bathroom
Highlighting luxury – you've chosen your key features, now how to make the most of them? In this opulent bathroom, the tub, gold pourer and mosaic wall are accentuated with strategic downlighting
When it comes to lighting your bathroom, brightest isn't always the best
Often the understated lighting design is the most flattering one. This dark, masculine bathroom lightens its presence with subtle under-vanity lighting and low-set windows that let a bath occupant take in garden views
LED strip lighting serves double purpose in this kitchen
With the original ceiling stripped out to gain a sense of space for this kitchen, a new bulkhead was introduced above the new kitchen. Concealed LED strip lighting beams down on the rear work surfaces while elsewhere it shines upwards, showing off the new heightened ceiling design.
Now what will go with that table?
A Sonneman Corona Ring Pendant provides the perfect complement to the circular casual dining table in this renovated kitchen
Using commercial construction material injects drama into this new home – lighting
In this expansive living space, a David Trubridge pendant – together with another over the dining table – provides a design feature and local task lighting. Check out the engaging style of the whole house
Master ensuite in a contemporary rear addition to an historic home celebrates the new along with quiet nods to the past
Classic sconces are just one nod to the original traditional home that this clean-lined master suite – part of a modern extension by designer Jason Klumpp – forms part of.
Making light of it
In this award-winning powder roomIn this award-winning powder room, designer Natalie Du Bois introduced concealed lighting into the shower soap niche – turning a utilitarian element into a feature – as well as under-counter lighting to highlight the vanity
Light in the darkness
Pendant lights add glamour while LED strip lighting in the rear panelling offers an ethereal touch and doubles as a night light In this kitchen by William Landeros and Jed MacKenzie
Less can indeed be more
Task lighting over the island is often a must in a kitchen design but you don’t want it to detract from the wider scheme of things. Here, a long, linear pendant provides adequate lighting – assisted by the skylight –– in a design by Bijl Architects. The slender nature of the light downplays its presence, particularly in an environment that has other long metal elements, the window design included.
Light and heavy
White and wood surfaces are matched with a substantial concrete-look benchtop and Aplomb concrete pendants by Foscarini.
Lighting the darkness
Concealed lighting under the wall cabinetry washes down the eye-catching herringbone tilework in this bathroom by Bijl Architecture.
In this kitchen, part of a new home by Boon Team Architects, the bevelled kitchen island front is under-lit to emphasise the design. The subtle lighting source also provides a convenient nightlight.
There are many ways of harnessing light, grasshopper
Reflective surfaces add sparkle and interest to any interior. In the study of this fully renovated Sydney harbourside apartment, a lenticular print – Luminar by Kate Shaw – creates the illusion of a 3D design, which changes as you walk. This artwork, hung on a mirrored surface, adds another way in which architect Richard Archer optimised a sense of space and lightness in the already large apartment.
The lightness of being – adroit lighting plays several roles in this glamorous interior
On this harbourside apartment makeover, immovable pillars are clad in a rich-toned veneer. These elements are underlit to give them lightness and also act as nightlights.
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Always highlight your best features
This feature bathtub, with ornate tub surround, also benefits from concealed LED strip lighting. As well as building the drama, the LED lighting provides a restful night light
Home design-wise how did we survive the 1930s? This renovation rethinks the past
This liberating home renovation leaves historic tight spaces behind – with the small bathroom and kitchen removed and the replacement new entertainment spaces flowing out to an expansive rear wrap-around deck
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Commercial Design Trends Vol. 35/2C
The world of hotel design is changing, with a move away from bland repetition of a chain’s design template to giving guests a unique experience that reflects the location they’re visiting. In this issue of Commercial Design Trends, we look at how that’s been implemented in three quite different hotels – the TWA Hotel in the iconic 1960s TWA terminal at JFK Airport, the Sudima Christchurch City and Montreal’s new Hotel Monville.