#Empower | 17 Jun, 2022

5 lighting brands to accessorize your apartment with

Well-curated lighting has an incredible effect: it will tie all your decor together, create a welcoming atmosphere, and even boost your mood. Bad lighting, on the other hand, will make you dread coming home. Here, we’ve put together a list of 5 lighting brands that we love, to help you make the right call.

Louis Poulsen

For simple, beautiful lighting that will effortlessly transform your apartment, look no further than Louis Poulsen. Since its inception in 1874, this Danish lighting manufacturer has embodied the Scandinavian design principle of form serving function. Each of its timeless, architectural designs is characterized by a deep understanding of how light can be shaped to change a room’s ambience. The brand is perhaps best known for its collaboration with designer Poul Henningsen, which first began in 1924. Henningsen was fascinated by the architectural potential of light, as well as its effects on one’s well-being. Fueled by this interest, he pioneered the use of concentric shades to create diffused, glare-free light, resulting in Louis Poulsen’s iconic tiered PH lamp. The beloved PH series is still in production today, along with designs created in partnership with talents like Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Oki Sato, and Louise Campbell. Instantly recognizable and ever-functional, Louis Poulsen lighting will never go out of style.

Schoolhouse

Add warmth to your home with Schoolhouse, the lighting and lifestyle company known for covetable modern heirlooms made in the USA. First founded in 2003, Schoolhouse is passionately committed to the preservation of American manufacturing, thoughtful living, and purposeful design. Since its earliest days, the company has nurtured a connection to Portland, Oregon, and the influence of the city’s vibrant art scene and stunning natural landscapes can be felt in its products, many of which are still designed, assembled, and shipped from there today. From antique-inspired pendants to quirky wall sconces and desk lamps, Schoolhouse’s designs reimagine the familiar and draw upon references to American craft for a fresh take on tradition. Time-honored techniques and high quality materials ensure that their lighting will last you a lifetime, and perhaps even longer — these are modern heirlooms, after all.


Blom & Blom

For unique lighting pieces with a rich history of their own, Blom & Blom fits the bill. Started in 2012 by Kamiel and Martijn Blom, this Dutch brand is built upon the brothers’ shared love for industrial artifacts, which still sustains their work today. Blom & Blom’s Heritage Collection offers one-of-a-kind lamps and furniture salvaged from abandoned factories in Eastern Germany, which are then carefully refurbished to preserve their original charm. Each item comes with a ‘passport’ describing its unique history, including plenty of pictures and information about where and how it was found. As the brand has grown, it has maintained this reverence for the past with the Blom & Blom Editions range, which “transforms ‘ordinary’ industrial objects into phenomenal design”, using existing materials like repurposed scientific glassware and humble copper piping to create chic, contemporary lighting. All the pieces are handcrafted in Amsterdam, where Blom & Blom also have a popular showroom. With playful names like Jellyfish and Baby Nautilus, these fixtures are sure to breathe life and character into your home.