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5 Lighting Designs Inspired by Architecture

All fixtures have a history and a backstory. Many of ours just happen to have both.

When it comes to provenance, many of our fixtures trace their roots back much further than their conception or born-on date. Rather, they harken to bygone eras and aesthetic direction from the design world at large—and this is especially true of architecture. From the slant of a porch roof to the construction of Versailles, these five fixtures carry trace elements of the physical structures that inspired them.

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Inspired by porch covers with copper roofs, the Fenwick harkens back to the days of the horse and carriage (and the reflectors those carriages often sported).

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This fluted fixture nods to the Palace of Versailles where, outside of the hall of mirrors, there was a multi-arm light source in which the center was raised. Creative Director Michael Amato subtracted that and replaced it with a cup and fluted detail.

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The Kensington channels London’s Underground stations, grand dame transportation hubs featuring vaulted ceilings studded with hanging glass orbs.

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We took the original proportions of Colonial Charleston’s quintessential (and exquisitely proportioned) outdoor lantern and perfected it.

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A sculptural monastic vessel from St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh birthed this sconce, which features a strong base topped by a cylindrical candle cup.

Explore these five lighting designs inspired by architecture, plus many more, here.