While lighting is an integral piece of any interior environment, choosing it can be an intimidating task. It is our goal to help you streamline the selection process and educate along the way! Here is our quick guide on the two types of wiring in table lamp construction:
Most table lamps are constructed with the electrical cord running through the body of the lamp and exiting out the side of the base. Typically, the cord will be completely hidden inside the body of the lamp, however, it can be visible when the body is transparent. The Morton Table Lamp above has a clear glass body fitted with a brass post running through the center to stylishly conceal the cord.
The most common misconception about French wired fixtures is that they require a conversion, or have a different voltage. Before you call your electrician, note that French wiring simply means the electrical cord exits through the bulb socket rather than the base.
This construction originates from the practice of taking an antique found object and turning it into a lamp without compromising the integrity of the object’s design. Lamps made of a solid stone, metal, quartz or crystal like the Classic Balustrade Lamp above are often French wired to showcase the beautiful material of the base. It’s also popular to French wire designs too thin to conceal a cord. These are some of our most popular French wired designs:
You’ve seen their work taking over your Pinterest boards and Instagram feed. Now you’ll get a monthly dose of their designs as contributors to Domino Mag. This week we celebrate Circa Lighting client and husband + wife team Syd and Shea, the creative duo behind Studio McGee!
The couple transformed the top floor of a century-old brick building to serve as their design studio. They freshened the space with white paint, colorful accents, natural wood tones and most importantly: beautiful lighting! They selected rows of Large Eugene Pendant Lights in Hand-Rubbed Antique Brass over a work surface and a Gaios Table Lamp to light their credenza.
Syd and Shea are originally from Orange County, and recently relocated to Salt Lake City to open their full-service design studio. They travel between California and Utah to work on projects for clients both on the coast and in the mountains. Here are some of our favorite applications of Circa Lighting from the beautiful portfolio of Studio McGee:
“I’m consistently inspired by the ‘feeling’ of home. Every client has a different definition of what makes them feel both proud and comfortable of where they live. However, the common theme is that home is being surrounded by things and people you love – and that is what I love most about what I do.”
This month we shine a spotlight on the simply brilliant Manhattan-based architect and award-winning interior designer Barry Goralnick. Each piece of Goralnick’s luxurious collection makes a distinctive aesthetic statement, yet mixes harmoniously with a wide range of different decor and architecture styles.
“During the process of designing a project, I have always told my clients that the lighting is “the jewelry of the home”. It adds interest, texture, and sparkle, like a good fashion accessory. For this collection I conceived of “jewelry as a fixture”- literally!”
- Barry Goralnick
The stunning Bracelet series has been a favorite from the instant Mr. Goralnick’s collection was introduced. The glamorous, textural design commands attention in any space! Each piece in this series is available in three rich finishes: Gilded Iron, Aged Iron, and Burnished Silver Leaf. Barry was kind enough to give us a little insight into the inspiration behind his design:
“The inspiration was an Elsa Peretti bangle bracelet. We modeled them in the computer and stacked them to create the effect I wanted to achieve. The result is a light, airy fixture that fits in any type of decor.”
“I topped it off with a whimsical finial. I think finials are often the ignored after-thought by many lamp designers. They are often very visible especially at the nightstand or lamp table level.”
A Bracelet Table Lamp lights the bedside of Mr. Goralnick’s residence.
Last August, Barry took his beloved Bracelet Lamp on a tour of Manhattan and photographed it for his blog. We dare you not to smile at these photos of the bright light in the big city! Photography by Sully Bonnelly .
The Bracelet table lamp was so well received, Mr. Goralnick expanded the series to include a small pendant, large pendant and sconce. Next on the agenda: a Bracelet Chandelier!
Another beautiful piece from Mr. Goralnick’s collection is the Selene Table Lamp. The modern interpretation of a classic form makes this lamp a great accent to many architectural styles. We love seeing another one of his signatures – the unexpected detail on the finial – on the Selene! This lamp is also available in three finishes: Polished Nickel, Gilded, and Aged Iron.
The Selene Table Lamp in Mr. Goralnick’s residence.
This style was featured in the master bedroom decor of a “West Side Maisonette” project designed by Barry Goralnick Architecture & Design.
His Choros Chandelier is a mid-century design lover’s dream! The striking combination of aged iron and brass finishes will make a unique statement in any setting. Both the single and double-tier versions are also available in a Polished Nickel finish.
Interior designer, tastemaker and blogger Paloma Contreras of La Dolce Vita selected the Choros Chandelier for the breakfast room of her home, which was photographed for the Winter 2014 cover feature of Domino Magazine.
A sitting room designed by Tilton Fenwick featuring the Choros Chandelier.
The Choros Chandelier hangs in the library of Mr. Goralnick’s residence.
Shop the entire Barry Goralnick lighting collection here.
For this month’s Hot List, we asked our design-loving staff to name their favorite pieces. This post is dedicated to you, Team Circa! Find out what they had to say and shop their picks below. As always, items on our Hot List are in stock and ready to ship, with free standard shipping on all orders within the continental U.S.
refined by design
I love the Small Mykonos Chandelier by E.F. Chapman because of its modern take on a classic chandelier shape. The mix of angled and curved edges allows it to compliment a rectangular or round table!
- Alison S. | Sales Center
The Thornton Floor Lamp by Suzanne Kasler is my favorite! It can read contemporary or transitional, and its scale and tailored shade are great for smaller spaces.
- Dominique V. | Showroom Manager, Charleston
I love the mix of metals and classic design of the Small Hicks Pendant by Thomas O’Brien. It looks great in all kinds of applications, from traditional to modern!
- Courtney S. | Learning & Performance Manager
linda ruderman design
My clients love the Double Twist Chandelier for the same reasons I do. It’s whimsical and fun! I admire the attention to detail in all of Eric Cohler’s pieces.
- Angie T. | Sales Center
The Dean 12″ Picture Light by Alexa Hampton is a simple way to add a little something extra to your space without changing the whole room. What better way to do it than highlighting a piece of art?
- Lauren C. | Showroom Manager, Atlanta
house of turquoise
You simply cannot go wrong with the Caged Lantern by Eric Cohler! I love the geometric design, and the square paper shade softens the light to a nice ambient glow.
- Margo R. | Sales Center
la dolce vita
The Quatrefoil Floor Lamp by Suzanne Kasler has been my favorite since my first day at Circa! The open shape in the center makes this piece unobtrusive and feminine, and I love the Renaissance feel.
- Courtney B. | Showroom Sales, Savannah
I love the Jacqueline Chandelier by AERIN because it’s versatile and clean, yet fancy! It looks amazing in nurseries, kitchens and everything in-between.
- Heather O. | Sales Center
megan winters – traditional home
My favorite piece is the Westbury Double Tier Chandelier by Ralph Lauren. The design aesthetic of the Westbury series is perfect for a casual yet elegant home. They remind me of my days of hunter jumper competitions. The polished nickel finish has a clean, unfussy look that I love.
- Lisa C. | Accounting
evars and anderson
I’m drawn to the unique look of the Ruhlmann Single Sconce by E.F. Chapman. It’s a great fixture for bathroom settings, and my clients love all four finish options!
-Jeffrey S. | Showroom Sales, Chicago
kelley & company home
Since the Eugene Pendant by Thomas O’Brien ships with 12 feet of cord, it can be shortened on-site during installation. I’ve seen them used in almost every room, but over a kitchen island is where they really shine!
- Kristi O. | Sales Center
edward postiff interiors
The Simple Scallop Sconce by Barbara Barry has a certain softness that creates an intimate feel in a room. The curvature of the body paired with the scalloped shade is pure perfection!
- Liz H. | Sales Center
stephanie fortier design
There are few things I love as much as I love a pair of Medium Goodman Hanging Lamps by Thomas O’Brien over the island of an all-white kitchen.
- Genevieve S. | Showroom Sales, Atlanta
The Tiny Terri Lamp by Thomas O’Brien is a bright little thing! It’s a great accent piece for your bookshelf, nightstand or mantel top. You’ll love it forever!
- Jennifer S. | Marketing
The Charlton Floor Lamp is a must for mid-century design lovers! The slim silhouette of this AERIN piece is equally striking in both matte black and white finishes. The antique brass accents add just the right amount of shine!
- Kari C. | Human Resources
anne hagerty interiors
My favorite fixture is the beautiful Hampton Pendant by AERIN. The Burnished Silver Leaf is such a fresh interpretation of a classic finishing technique.
- Paige F. | Showroom Sales, Savannah
donna elle seaside living
The Bryant Sconce by Thomas O’Brien has a medium base bulb, which makes it a great choice for just about any application. It’s an outstanding price point for such a stylish fixture!
- Teri E. | Showroom Sales, Atlanta
lisa britt designs
The Quatrefoil Table Lamp by Suzanne Kasler looks just as elegant in a room full of patterns and textures as it does against a clean, minimal backdrop. It’s eye-catching in any space!
- Ali M. | Sales Center
brooke girty design
I love the classic line work of the Darlana Linear Pendant by E.F. Chapman. It mixes beautifully with so many different fixture styles! My favorite application of this pendant is over a kitchen island or dining table.
It’s time to prepare your porch for warmer nights ahead! The right lighting design can enhance the curb appeal of your home and extend the hours of outdoor entertaining after dark. This week we get up-close and personal with some of our favorite outdoor fixtures: the Suffork Lantern series by E.F. Chapman.
The Suffork series is an ideal fit for modern and traditional architecture styles, and offers eight different sizes to suit every exterior. When designing the lighting scheme of their coastal South Carolina home, Robert and Lydia Mondavi achieved a custom look by layering pairs of different-sized Suffork lanterns (pictured above):
“We chose the Suffork Lanterns for our Lowcountry Beach House as they have a beautiful copper patina with an old world feel but with sleek and slender lines giving a modern contemporary look. We love the versatility of the Suffork Lanterns for beautiful applications at the main entry of our home, and also for a more slender look on the carriage house garage and screened porch entry.”
- Lydia Mondavi
You may notice a color change in the Suffork series because copper will naturally patina over time. When exposed to the elements, copper transforms from a shiny, new penny shade:
to a burnished espresso brown:
and eventually to a distinct green color:
Unlike rust, which corrodes iron, patina actually protects the metal finish underneath. This self-preservation is just one of the many reasons copper is such an appealing choice for exterior light fixtures!
Undoubtedly the most popular placement for this lantern is beside of the front door. If two lights are used on either side of the door, the height of each lantern should be no shorter than one fourth the height of the door itself. Use larger lights for a more dramatic look.
If your architecture dictates using a single light on one side of the door, the lantern should be no shorter than one third the height of the door. Be sure to install the lantern on the doorknob side in order to see your visitors better when opening the door.
The Suffork lanterns set the rear exterior of the Mondavi Home aglow. The placement not only invites guests into the comforts of the screened porch, but also allows those inside to appreciate the Mondavi’s view of the Port Royal Sound after sundown.
This month we have added some of our most popular styles to the Hot List! These fixtures are timeless in design, and the favorites of many. Here are some fans who have shared their love for these pieces on Instagram:
A lighting and design legend, E.F. Chapman has served as Chief Designer at Visual Comfort & Co. for nearly 20 years. His classically influenced style and custom-quality production sets the standard for all of Visual Comfort’s designer brands. Mr. Chapman’s comprehensive collection of premium lighting makes it simple to find the perfect piece for every style and space. This post contains some of our E.F. Chapman favorites, all in stock and ready to ship!
We love the fact that no two Circa Lighting showrooms are alike – each reflects the unique character of the city in which it serves. It is always a welcome challenge to custom tailor each window of our five (soon six!) locations, and an opportunity to showcase several of our brilliant designers. Here is a chance to see all of our winter windows in one place!