There is a current trend for creating Industrial style lighting schemes which seems very popular at the moment. Bars, restaurants and residential spaces tend to be re-visiting the vintage look through the use of original, salvaged lamps and fittings teamed with quirky bulbs, flexes or installations to bring them bang up to date.
Stunning original vintage lights can be sourced readily at antique and vintage fairs, in salvage yards, on ebay and through antiques dealers. Large factory pendants, Storm lights, Caged, hanging loft and garage lamps, fishermen’s lamps etc. are proving to be very popular in a bid to create an industrial aesthetic. In addition there are a large number of lighting designers and manufacturers producing vintage inspired pieces. Look out for slightly rusting or patinated metals, solid iron, stainless steel, copper, bronze and chrome and team these with modern flex and cables to give them a modern twist. to create a real ‘wow’ factor, a collection of different vintage lights look stunning when arranged in a linear formation above a table or perhaps hung at different heights in a cluster above an island or a bar.
Please have a look at some of my favourite examples below:
Additional Research links:
Article on Industrial style lighting – http://remodelista.com/posts/industrial-light-mashups
Article on Cafe Kafka, Barcelona, Spain – http://yatzer.com/Cafe-KAFKA-Barcelona-Spain