Many times a successful design counts on a certain kind of sleight-of-hand: The very best job is the one you don’t notice, because it doesn’t call attention to itself.
Lighting, in a home or business, is one of those things that’s invisible – if it’s done well. You only notice the lighting of a room if it’s too bright or too dim, not if it’s just right. You want your guests to notice only that the room feels comfortable, and that they want to come back again.

There are exceptions of course…when the lighting is like art and you want to draw attention to it instead of away from it and that is what I would like to focus on here. I have recently come across some outstanding lighting designs that I’d like to share.

This Tide Chandelier from Stuart Haygarth is pure magic, his design projects revolve around collections of found objects. I am definitely saving up for one of his masterpieces!

I first fell in love with Korean born Kwangho Lee’s work at the Toronto Interior Design Show where he knitted, knotted and wove his magic into these artful lighting creations and I have been a fan ever since. He believes that many mundane objects have boundless capabilities of transforming into something else.

This chandelier designed by Ingo Maurer is literally made up of many pieces of broken china and one of my all time favorite ceiling lights is “Blushing Zettel’z” made up of note cards carefully yet seemingly randomly dispersed.

This light sculpture is built using found vintage drinking glasses, that have been re-purposed into a beautiful chandelier by Propellor Designs available at

Propellor is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Vancouver. Their lighting collection is the first to use 100% recycled, recyclable and/or sustainable materials.