Love finding a new lighting source! If there is one aspect of the design business that I am a total junky about it is lighting…although, I must confess I go absolutely crazy over fabrics as well but that’s another post!
Who is my latest passion in the lighting business?
The company is known as CTO Lighting. They hail from England…one of my favorite sources for home furnishings …and they have produced a terrific line of contemporary lighting that will be just the ticket for most homes.
My criteria for lighting is that it be original, i.e., have I seen it before?, and that it not be something I think has been knocked off by every Tom, Dick & Harry, i.e., Made in China!
I like simplicity and elegance in lighting. Plus, the decorative aspect of the lighting is numero uno in my book so, I never expect to get all of the light needed in a room from one fixture.
My rule of thumb is at least 3 lights per room. And that can be any combo: ceiling lights, sconces, floor lamps or table lamps.
I never include hi -hats in this calculation because I look at that as general lighting and all other lighting as human lighting. Trust me, no room can function by hi-hats alone unless it is some dismal commercial place!
What do I like about CTO lighting? The entire line screams of luxury and bespoke quality of execution…I’m a sucker for product excellence. All of the shapes of their lights are just a little bit more unique and unexpected. AND there is a simplicity to their designs that screams elegance and sophistication to me.
The other great feature is that they customize most everything. They also only use hand blown glass on all of their fixtures, which makes a world of difference in the beauty of the light that shines through the glass.
Well, I certainly hope I have made you a convert to CTO Lighting as well!
Ciao, ciao ’til next time!