Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shades of Sophistication; You Don't Have to Pay a Fortune for the Best Designer Lighting

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shades of Sophistication; You Don't Have to Pay a Fortune for the Best Designer Lighting

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Byline: BARBARA CHANDLER

YOU may find sophisticated recessed downlighters and spots in new properties, but many of us are still saddled with the ugly central pendant and dangling flex. For those in need of an update, there are now easily installed fittings that make this inherited evil look attractive, and there are also lots of exciting plug-in options to create cosy atmospheres.

Many modern fittings get around the problem of the ceiling rose by selling integral "cups" that replace the rose or fit over it, disguising the flex with, for example, a steel rod or chain.

Then there are the multi-branched light fittings, plus a variety of tracks that make several light sources possible from one connection.

Head first for Habitat, which has combined technology with a variety of production methods to create its best lighting range ever. Design manager Diane Pretty rises to the challenge of the central fitting, providing a selection of textured drum shades in neutral colours with up-to-the-minute printed patterns as an alternative. She has given her own name to the innovative Anna chandelier, whose blue resin droplets each have a tiny LED fitted in the tip for extra sparkle.

But the Habitat piece de resistance is still Tord Boontje's Garland design.

A new silvery colour is fresh for spring.

Delicate petal and leaf shapes are acidetched from thin metal to drape around a bulb and its flex. When first introduced, this fitting sold out immediately and - just like a posh handbag - went onto waiting lists all over the country.

Call 0845 601 0740 or visit www.habitat.net.

Chandelier charm How to light up Woolworths also has lighting that has gone onto waiting lists - at the same time proving the eternal popularity of the chandelier. A simple version with plain glass drops was featured in a magazine and became a runaway success. The store has christened it the Beckham, because it reminds people of Posh's palace, and has chandeliers from [pounds sterling]19. …

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