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20 Simple and Sculptural Wooden Pendant Lights

Good lighting is indispensable to any interior and yet it is frequently underrated, even dismissed. The human need for comfort, warmth, sanctuary and security will not be addressed by the ineffective nature of poorly chosen lighting. When hanging a pendant light in a room, it is important to consider its purpose – for example to light the entire space or simply create a warm ambience. A pendant’s character and design, its materials and heritage, the feeling it imparts and its placement are important characteristics that we should consider when choosing a light.

Dividing wooden pendants into simple and sculptural, we are able to view the breadth and diversity of this lighting genre.

Captivating Simplicity

A wooden pendant will immediately furnish a room with its natural warmth. In designs made using wood we often find years of time-honoured craftsmanship, where objects are imbued with integrity and simplicity, their form perhaps traditional or assuming a modern aesthetic. At its best, wooden design is pared back and understated, tactile and pure, having little fuss or embellishment. Wood provides a level of balance that is lacking in much of today’s consume and throwaway society. With wood we find urbanity and homeliness, vitality and quietude, longevity and sustainability.

Simple only in terms of their effortless appearance and elegance, these wooden pendants are nonetheless complex in their design.

Terence Woodgate Solid Cylinder Pendant Light in natural oak.

Terence Woodgate Solid Cylinder Pendant Light

Image © Clippings.com 2015.

Flux Light by Tom Raffield.

Flux Light

Image © Tom Raffield Ltd.

Belle (small) in black stained bamboo plywood by David Trubridge. 

Belle Small Black stain

Image © David Trubridge Ltd.

Funk 40/40P in satin walnut veneer by dreizehngrad.

Funk 40 40P in satin walnut

Image © dreizehngrad.

Ginger by Joan Gasper for Marset.

Ginger by Joan Gasper

Image © 2015 Marset Iluminación S.A.

Babula S7 pendant in oak by Krools.

Pendant Lamp Babula S7 in oak

Image © Krools.

Hat Lamp by Norm Architects for ex.t.

Hat Lamp in natural oak by Norm Architects

Image © Norm Architects.

Secto 4200 at Cafe Picnic, Helsinki, Finland.

Secto 4200 Cafe Picnic, Helsinki, Finland

Photo by Lasse Keltto via Secto Design. Image © 2015 Secto Design Oy.

Slope by Skrivo Design for Miniforms has a solid wood body with a metal shade.

Slope by Skrivo Design for Miniforms in wood and metal

Image © Miniforms.

Acorn in tulipwood designed by Tom Housden for Hand&Eye Studio.

Acorn in tulipwood

Image © Hand&Eye Studio.

Sculptural Panache

Wooden pendants – as with many wooden products – can be appreciated for their craft, soul, honesty and luxury. Perfectly suited to a culture of slow living, wood has the ability to connect with individuals at an emotional level. A wooden pendant will spread a warm and homey illumination throughout a space, providing light to be enjoyed and embraced year-round.

Intricate, detailed and creative, these sculptural wooden pendants appear as artistic works.

Bau by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt for Normann Copenhagen.

Bau by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt

Image © 2015 Normann Copenhagen.

Scots Light in walnut by Tom Raffield.

Scots Light in walnut

Image © Tom Raffield Ltd.

Coral (with white on one side) by David Trubridge. Made using bamboo plywood, Coral is available in six sizes, from 400mm to 1600mm (shown).

Coral White One Side

Image © David Trubridge Ltd.

BEL light (in sanded padouk wood) by LMBRJK is handcrafted and laser cut.

BEL light sanded

Image © LMBRJK.

Aspiro 8000 at a workshop in Helsinki, Finland.

Aspiro 8000 at a workshop in Helsinki, Finland

Photo by Uzi Varon via Secto Design. Image © 2015 Secto Design Oy.

Apollo 8 Command Module in beech by Gaël Wuithier.

Apollo 8 Command Module

Image © Woodlabo.

Anfora designed for LZF by Miguel Herranz.

Gorgeous and curvy wooden pendant for LZF by Miguel Herranz

Image © LZF.

Diva pendant in walnut designed by Peter Natedal & Thomas Kalvatn Egset for Northern Lighting.

Diva pendant in walnut

Image © Northern Lighting AS.

Norwegian Forest pendant (small) in white ash. Designed by Cathrine Kullberg for Northern Lighting, it incorporates a laser cut depiction of a pine forest with animals.

Norwegian Forest pendant small white ash

Image © Northern Lighting AS.

Troag suspension in curved plywood and PMMA designed by Luca Nichetto for Foscarini.

Troag suspension in curved plywood and PMMA

Image via reuter-shop.com.

Gerard McGuickin
Gerard is a writer, a thinker and a modern-day gentleman living in a modish neighbourhood in south Belfast. Walnut Grey Design is his popular manifesto of good design. From Gerard’s discerning perspective, design should be aesthetic, smart, honest and gratifying. Moreover, it must be for keeps. A self-confessed urbanite, Gerard is enthralled b[...]

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