Add instant drama to a room with home lighting fixtures that are also exciting and sculptural works of art.

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Creative new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art.

“Designs are now not only a source of light, but a distinctive feature of an interior design,” says New York architect West Chin.

Chin recently hung a frothy cluster of LED glass bubbles over a dining table in a minimalist apartment in Manhattan. The fixture’s a focal point in an otherwise sparely decorated space. In a duplex, he placed a trio of mesh orbs over a staircase; when the lights are on, shadows dance theatrically against a paneled accent wall.

Chin’s also a fan of Stickbulb, a lighting component created by RUX studio in New York City. The “stick” is offered in various types of wood fitted with an LED. They’re then attached to a central metal element and can be configured into various shapes. The Stickbulb Little Bang Table Lamp ($1,100–$1,500 at ylighting.com) could easily be the focal point of a room.

Tom Dixon recently debuted a new lighting collection called Cut. The faceted, clear or smoky fixtures, with mirrored finishes and metalized interiors, resemble enormous futuristic crystals. The Cut Tall Pendant ($950 at tomdixon.net) looks stunning alone or clustered.

Tom Dixon Cut Tall Pendant, $950
Tom Dixon Cut Tall Pendant, $950

“When we’re planning a room that calls for a large piece of statement lighting, we always start with that piece first, building everything else around it,” say Brandon Quattrone and Mat Sanders of Consort Design in Los Angeles. “You want it to be the wow factor in a room. If you’re hanging a dining room chandelier, keep the surrounding walls simple, with a minimal piece of artwork or some subtle shelf styling.”

Designer Ghislaine Viñas did that in a Montauk, New York, beach house project. She hung Alvaro Catalan de Ocon’s PET Lamp Chandelier ($6,780 for 21 lights at pamono.com) in an all-white dining space. The brightly hued lights, hanging on colored cords, bring in an element of playfulness.

Other intriguing fixtures new to the marketplace employ modern technology with a nod to classic design. Corbett Lighting’s Theory Chandelier ($3,790 at lightology.com) is an ode to midcentury Italian design, with horizontal spokes alternating clear glass and gold-leaf iron rods. Calibrated LEDs gracefully cast light up and down.

Jonathan Browning was inspired by ’60s French minimalist design for his Aquitaine series (starting at $419 at rhmodern.com), which features slender brass, nickel or bronze tapers tipped with faceted LEDs, suspended on black cord.

Clockwise from top left: O&G Studio Contrapesso LED Globe Pendant, $799–$1,999; Brendon Farrell Stand Floor Lamp, $429; Stickbulb Little Bang Table Lamp, 
$1,100–$1,500
Clockwise from top left: O&G Studio Contrapesso LED Globe Pendant, $799–$1,999; Brendon Farrell Stand Floor Lamp, $429; Stickbulb Little Bang Table Lamp, $1,100–$1,500

At Rejuvenation Lighting, designer Brendon Farrell of Portland, Oregon, has the Stand Floor Lamp ($429 at rejuvenation.com) with an elongated linen drum shade perched on a brass stand; the stand is embedded in a white or black oak ball base.

And art meets engineering in O&G Studio’s Contrapesso LED Globe Pendant ($799–$1,999 at rejuvenation.com), in which an LED-lit glass ball is counterbalanced by a small brass or bronze globe. It’s lighting made acrobatic.