Ideal for all-around illumination, ceiling lamps often serve as the primary lighting source in a space. But these reliable workhorses can also play an important design role, complementing the architecture and atmosphere or acting as a stylish accent. Here, we’ve selected several standout projects where our ceiling lights steal the show.
Their circular silhouette echoes the oval apertures of the nearby concrete pillars, while their matte white finish blends into the ceiling in keeping with the minimalist aesthetic. Plus’ large lampshade adopts the form and function of a skylight, casting a broad swath of ambient, uniform light upon the hallway below.
At the Pitsou Kedem-designed Gindi Holdings headquarters in Tel Aviv, Link XXL makes a striking modern statement. Designed by Ramón Esteve, the LED-powered lightfeatures cubic panels in different heights and depths that appear integrated into the architecture of the ceiling. The dense cluster of geometric modules forms a dramatic focal point above the reception desk, conjuring the look of an urban skyline.
Credits: Lighting Design – Orly Avron Alkabes. Architecture – Pitsou Kedem Architects. Photography – Amit Geron
In the lounge, the rhythmic variation of the lamp’s volumes creates a sprawling ceiling sculpture that casts a soft, ambient glow over the relaxed space.
Barcelona’s contemporary Restaurante Novecento features Big, a Lievore Altherr Molina fixture. Big reimagines the utilitarian ceiling light with an enlarged diffuser that covers nearly the entire chrome fitting.
The simple, oversized form evokes a glowing orb overhead, its pure, geometric silhouette consistent with the dining room design by GCA Architects.