01 November 2017
Lighting should be an exciting and fun part of the decor. That is the belief of Norwegian interior stylist and blogger Elisabeth Heier, who used a number of her favourite Nordlux Design For The People light fixtures in her styling.
What mood did you try to create with your photos and styling?
Today, many interior shots are very similar and stuffed with things. A style which characterises my expression quite well is ‘soft minimalism’. Get good quality products in materials which soften an otherwise very minimalist decor. You should not be so afraid of adding textiles, using wood or other materials which add warmth and cosiness to the interior. The light fixtures have a clean and minimalist look, which contrasts with a gorgeous woollen rug, a wooden table or light linen curtains. Together, the various objects create a whole which is soft and minimalist.
Why did you choose these light fixtures in particular?
The lights I used for styling are part of the whole of the decor. They complement the furniture and materials and are chosen for that exact reason. I like the MIB for the simplicity of the design and its ability to fit into different expressions. The light fixture is functional and the light can be directed to where you need it. It is part of a series of several light fixtures and is available as both ceiling and wall spotlights, floor light, table light and pendant. By being able to choose different light fixtures from the same series, you automatically get a coherent whole in the decor. The Strap pendant has fine details which make its expression exciting. Metal and leather combined into a Nordic design fits my style well. Contrasts in the materials give that exciting look.
What do you emphasise when you decorate with lights?
Both function and aesthetics are important to me. The light fixture must serve a purpose, while also complementing the decor. It has to provide good lighting, like the Strap pendant which disperses the light softly across the table. On contrast, the MIB focuses the light exactly where I need it. The table light and the floor light work as a work light by the desk and a reading light, respectively. I also choose light fixtures with a timeless expression, rather than following a trend. A light fixture must remain part of the interior for many years, and with a classical form language, you will appreciate it for longer.
What trends characterise light fixtures and lighting in 2017?
Both the industrial and metallic trends continue into 2017. Nordlux has many fine designs, such as the Strap. The Strap is available in both brass and brushed steel and combines the raw, industrial metal with the Nordic style through the leather strap. We also see many sculptural light fixtures which, to a greater extent, are allowed to dominate the decor. On the whole, choices in lighting are greater than ever before and, as with the rest of the decor, you are free to choose from personal tastes and styles.
Are we daring enough when we decorate with light fixtures and lights in our homes?
It would probably do us good to be even more daring – especially when it comes to letting our light fixtures have an even more central position in our decor. But I think a lot has happened over the past years, and we dare more and more, choose with our hearts and are more conscious about design. Not least, we know more about design and how “our” light fixture in particular came to be. Since the awareness of how important light is for us humans has increased and with interest in lighting and light fixtures increasing, we will also become more daring and playful in regard to the lighting in our homes.