Ceiling-mounted lights offer a wide variety of designs, from luxurious chandeliers, to more subtle pendant lamps, and even high-performance spot lights. For instance, FE Design’s ‘Laminis F33’ for Fabbian is a hanging curtain made of glass tiles that channel the light, creating an airy, glowing barrier. Wiener Werkstätte’s ‘Big Bill’ by Woka, on the other hand, is a large, elongated pendant lamp with a brass frame and white silk-shade.
Valerio Cometti’s and V12 DESIGNS’s ‘Rings’ ceiling-mounted light for Zava consists of a series of slender rings that with integrated lights are suspended from above by means of thin wires. Karim Rashid’s solid-looking ‘Blob ceiling luminaire’ are organic, internally illuminated, moulded polypropylene forms that are attached to the ceiling. Verner Panton’s ‘Spiral SP1 Silver | Hanging Lamp’ for Verpan is an opulent chandelier with a highly reflective, and richly textured outer shell made of spiraling elements. Meanwhile, Philippe Starck plays on tradition with his ‘Romeo Babe Soft C’ ceiling-mounted light with a plissé cloth shade, while his ‘Fort Knox 2 Ceiling CDM-TC’ is more akin to a high precision instrument, being a small, versatile spotlight made of polished aluminium. Both of these ceiling-mounted lights are manufactured by Flos.
‘Ogle ceiling’ designed by Form Us With Love for ateljé Lyktan, in which a series of charmingly bulbous spotlights are mounted on a ceiling rail, from which they can be adjusted as necessary, while Billings Jackson Design’s ‘CIELOS’ ceiling-mounted light for Zumtobel Lighting comprises large, glass-covered panels that emit diffuse light and are perfect for galleries or offices. And while Alvar Aalto’s ‘Ceiling Lamp A622A’ for Artek is made of round, staggered steel louvers that disperse the light, Carmen Ferrara’s ‘Carmen’ for Panzeri combines two linear lighting elements and directs the light onto the ceiling, which now acts as a large, reflective surface.