The Whimsical World of Karman Lights

March 21, 2016

Light and Magic 

The Whimsical World of Karman Lights

Lighting is serious business but every now and then a design scheme calls for lights which goes beyond just function and lumens.  That's why we like Karman, an Italian lighting company known for its ability to communicate the fantastical visions of its designers through the medium of light.

From the 2016 collection we love Work in Progress, a poetic interpretation of portable lights used in construction sites and the evocative Notredame light, inspired by the rose windows of gothic cathedrals.  From older collections the aptly named Au Revoir suspension light captures the essence of wilting blooms and would provide the perfect ironic touch for a room with a decadent style design.  We also like the playfulness of Crash and Deja-Vu Nu as well as the industrial inspirations behind Nando and Mek.  Great example of how good design can communicate ideas and stir the emotions. 

The Whimsical World of Karman LightsThe Whimsical World of Karman LightsThe Whimsical World of Karman LightsThe Whimsical World of Karman LightsThe Whimsical World of Karman Lights


Shop the Style

Romantic Style

Product Inspiration

If every chair has a personality then Chubby Chic would be a slightly overweight but comfortable gentleman, content with a whisky in hand whilst he watches Mathilda, the delicate young ballerina, dancing elegantly across the room.  Both chairs are from Moroso.



Nature is a rich source of inspiration for lighting, from the caged bird in Twee. T from Casamania to the mysterious half flower half winged-creature of the Cape from Moustache, not to mention the Monkey Light from Seletti.



Clever use of accessories is a great way to add depth and interest to any interior space.  The Metro bowl from Frederik Roije never fails to bring back memories of travelling in New York, whilst the hand-crafted ceramics of Sena Gu, such as the Avocado vase, showcases the magic of the natural world.



You may also like:

Ewen Tree House by Hawkes Architecture

November 13, 2018

Architect Richard Hawkes is a veteran of para 55 developments, the only architect with an unparalleled 100% planning approval rate for such projects. His latest venture, the Ewen Tree House in the picturesque Cotswolds, is a great example of his creative approach.

View full article →

Casa Olabeunaga, Hawaii: USD 9,800,000

November 06, 2018

Ettore Sottsass, father of the Memphis movement, is well known for his outlandish and colourful designs.  Trained as an architect, Sottsass also designed numerous buildings, seven of which are private residences.  One of these rare gems is now on the market. 

View full article →

Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Highlights 2018

October 24, 2018

The Design Academy in Eindhoven has a well-earned reputation for nurturing future design stars.  It should therefore come as no surprise that their graduation show is full of delightful and thought-provoking design ideas. 

View full article →

Sign up to receive emails on the latest sales, new products and more!