Category: lighting

Venice – Angela Rosa Greco

One of my favorite shops in all of Venice, is owned by sisters Angelo and Rosa Greco.  Here in their small shop they make the most beautiful lamp shades by hand.  This most cluttered and charming store, is filled to the rim with beautiful fabrics, and Fortuny silks, that are use to make their shades.  They also have a large collection of antique lamps to go along with the shades.  Designers from around the world are familiar with this shop, and these shades adorn lamps in many of Venice’s aristocratic homes.  Venice is the most romantic city in the world, full of shops like this, culture, art and architecture.

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by Firoozeh Khorrami
www.DesignSchematic.com

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Lighting

Yesterday I went to a presentation about lighting at the Furgeson showroom in Woodland Hills. In the past few years I am very happy to have found more and more clients are asking about ways to conserv energy in their home and office. Half of the energy consumption in the home and office is due to heating and cooling. As heating and cooling systems become more and more efficient lighting will dominate a larger portion of the pie. Although florescent lights are great for saving energy when picking a green product we have to look at other factors like, disposal, manufacturing, and the quality of the light. Philips Halogena Energy Savers meets the strict 2012 energy laws, although more expensive about $5 each compared to .25 cents for a standard incandescent lamp, they save 30% in energy and last 3 times longer than a standard incandescent lamp. Also by planning and layering light we can strategically design a space that incorporates the energy saving benefits of florescent lamps with the color rendering benefits of incandescent lamp.

Below: For lighting up a work surface florecent fixtures are used they are compact save enrgy light up the entire surface and don’t produce as much heat.

However in areas were color is more important like over an island or in the breakfast room you might want to consider using an incandescent light as below

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What other ways can we save energy?

by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Lanterns

One of my favorite light fixtures are lanterns. Early lanterns only purpose was to shield the flame of the candle from extinguishing due to the wind or a breeze, they were primarily square, and made from inexpensive sheet iron or tinplate. Today lanterns make quite a statement, they are used indoor and outdoor, made from a variety of metals, some very simple, others very ornate and decorative….


Above: We will soon be installing one of my favorites in the entry of a home, this beautiful Dennis and Leen lantern, I will post photos as soon as it is available
www.dennisandleen.com


Above: Curry and Company “Loggia Lantern”
www.curreyandcompany.com


Above: Baker Furniture’s collectors edition “Urban Smoked Lantern”
www.baker.kohlerinteriors.com/baker/1_0_0_baker_home.jsp


Above: Designer Denyse Rinfret used a pair of antique English lanterns to make the island of this great kitchen into the focal point.

Here’s a close up of those lanterns.
photos courtesy of Traditional Home (October 2009)


Above: Puccini-lantern from the Las Palmas collection

James Lumsden grand entry 2
Above: James Lumsden used two Puccini lanterns to dress up this grand entry hall.

www.jameslumsden.com

I hope this has inspired you

by Firoozeh Khorrami
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Lighting

One of the most important aspects of a well designed space is lighting.  Lighting includes both artificial provided by a lamp or a fixture or natural illumination such as daylight.

When designing a space I always take into consideration what direction the windows and openings of the building face, North, South, East or West.   This information is crucial in making good use of natural daylight Research has shown people are happier and more productive when working in areas where natural light is abundant.  Also taking advantage of the exposure of a building can help in energy use, color selection and finishes.  For example a room that faces south is always bright and warmer than rooms that face north  which usually get much less sun especially during the winter months.

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